Rajma (Kidney bean curry)

    9 hours 10 min

    Rajma is comfort food at its best. I like rajma best with simple jeera rice. When I was in university, I ate rajma at least once a week. Cheap, nutritious and comforting.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 370g dried red kidney beans
    • 1 large onion, chopped
    • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 1 (5cm) piece fresh root ginger, chopped
    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 2 teaspoons ghee
    • 2 dried red chillies, broken into pieces
    • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
    • 6 whole cloves
    • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
    • 2 tomatoes, chopped
    • 475ml water
    • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
    • salt to taste
    • 2 teaspoons garam masala
    • 1 teaspoon ground red pepper
    • 4 tablespoons coriander leaves, chopped

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Extra time:8hr soaking  ›  Ready in:9hr10min 

    1. Place the kidney beans into a large container and cover with several inches of cool water; soak 8 hours or overnight. Drain and rinse.
    2. Grind the onion, ginger and garlic into a paste using a mortar and pestle.
    3. Heat the oil and ghee together in a pressure cooker over medium heat. Fry the red chillies, cumin seeds and whole cloves in the hot oil until the cumin seeds begin to sputter; stir the onion paste into the mixture and cook, stirring frequently, until golden brown. Season with the ground turmeric, ground cumin and ground coriander; continue cooking for a few more seconds before adding the tomatoes. Cook until the tomatoes are completely tender.
    4. Add the drained kidney beans to the pressure cooker with enough water to cover; pour the 475ml water additionally to the cooker. Add the sugar and salt. Close the pressure cooker and bring to 15 pounds of pressure; cook about 40 minutes. Lower the heat to low and cook another 10 to 15 minutes. Release the pressure and open the cooker. Stir the garam masala and ground red pepper into the bean mixture; garnish with chopped coriander to serve.

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    I saw this and had to make it. It was very tasty and I've already had requests to make it again. Looked exactly as in the picture.  -  30 May 2011


    Used different ingredients. I didn't have any frsh tomatos so used a tin of chopped tomatos and decreased the water by 200ml.  -  30 May 2011


    So so so yummy! I don't have a pressure cooker so I started at step 4 using canned beans. Quick, easy and delicious weeknight meal! Didn't bother making a paste, just cut the onions, garlic, and ginger fine. Next time I will add more liquid, mine didn't have enough of a sauce. I'll also add more tomatoes next time, I only had one fresh tomato on hand so I used that plus 2 canned whole peeled plum tomatoes from the fridge.  -  24 Aug 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)