Punjabis love their rajma chawal and so do we! Although this rajma recipe belongs to North Indian cuisine, rajma masala is enjoyed as a main course dish across the country. This dish is now a staple meal in most Indian homes but the rajma recipe became a part of North Indian cuisine only after kidney beans were brought to India from Mexico.
Rajma masala is a simple yet flavourful curry that features kidney beans cooked in a thick onion-tomato gravy. It is then garnished with some cream or butter and fresh coriander leaves. Typically served with steamed rice, sliced onions and lemon, rajma masala can also be paired with jeera rice, naan or tandoori roti. Rajma chawal, like dal makhani, is a comfort food for many. Not only is rajma masala tasty but packs in a ton of nutrition in the form of iron and protein thanks to the kidney beans. This could be the reason why this rajma recipe is so popular.
Just like us, if you too are a die-hard fan of rajma chawal, then here is an easy-to-make rajma recipe you should try at home. All you have to do is follow the simple instructions in this Hindi recipe video.
Looking for the list of ingredients and method? Click here for the step-by-step rajma recipe.
Celebrity Fans of Rajma Chawal
In an interview with LF, TV actor Ssharad Malhotra reveals that he has a special place in his heart for rajma chawal made by his mother. It makes for an important part of his childhood memories of food and is his favourite ghar ka khana. Read the full interview here.
More Rajma Recipes
A rich source of protein, kidney beans should be the favourite ingredient of every vegetarian! But don't think rajma masala is the only way to make the most of this ingredient's nutritional value. Kidney beans are a versatile ingredient and there's a tremendous lot you can do with them. Here are some of the best rajma recipes from LF chefs to always have rajma on the menu.
This rajma recipe is Kashmir's take on kidney beans. Rajma gogji is a winter special and is made with rajma and turnips. Follow the simple instructions in this Hindi recipe video to make this Kashmiri delicacy at home.
Rajma madra is a curd-based gravy dish from Himachal Pradesh. You're sure to find this preparation at every celebration in the mountainous region. Click here for Chef Ajay Chopra's rajma madra
Don't be mistaken! This recipe has no green peas. This classic Jamaican dish is the rajma chawal of Jamaica. Follow Chef Vicky Ratnani's simple instructions in this Hindi recipe video to bring the flavours of this Carribean nation into your kitchen.
Give the kidney beans an international and healthy twist by preparing this Mexican-style rajma salad. All you need is a cup of boiled rajma, bell peppers, spring onions, black pepper, salt and sugar. Season the salad with a dressing made using fresh tomatoes, spring onions, black pepper, salt, chilli flakes, lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil.
As if to thank Mexico for giving us kidney beans, Chef Ripudaman Handa makes a fusion dish mixing the best of Mexican cuisine with Indian flavours. In this rajma recipe, the chef makes patties out of well-spiced kidney beans and wraps them in tortillas. Follow the simple instructions in this Hindi recipe video to make the rajma recipe at home.
For more tortilla goodness, here's another recipe by Chef Pankaj Bhadouria. This tortilla wrap is a quick and yummy snack. The chef makes a mixture of kidney beans, white beans, corn kernels, tomatoes and onions before neatly wrapping them in tortilla sheets. Watch the Hindi recipe video and follow the simple instructions.
Sandwiches are perfect when you're looking for a quick and easy snack. For this rajma sandwich, Chef Ranveer Brar makes a mixture using ginger, onions and kidney beans. The chef accompanies the rajma sandwich with a raita-style mixture of chopped cucumber and curd. To make this rajma recipe, follow the simple instructions in this Hindi recipe video.
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Instead of a simple sandwich, Gurdip Kohli Punj makes a mixture and uses it as a stuffing between two bread slices. The food expert then seals the two bread slices together and fries them. This rajma recipe makes for the perfect evening snack option. Watch the Hindi recipe video to follow the simple instructions of the recipe.
Chimichanga is a deep-fried burrito but in this rajma recipe, Chef Gautam Mehrishi gives the Tex-Mex dish a desi twist. Instead of tortilla sheets, the chef makes chapatis and stuffs them with a mixture of kidney beans and paneer. He then plates them in bite-sized portions. Watch the Hindi recipe video to follow the simple instructions of the recipe.
Kibbeh is a Middle Eastern dish usually made with meat but in this kibbeh recipe, Chef Ranveer Brar uses rajma to make a vegetarian version of the fried appetiser. The chef grinds the ingredients together to make a mixture before frying. Follow the simple instructions in the Hindi recipe video to make this rajma recipe at home.
By now you may have guessed that rajma makes for the perfect alternate ingredient in most meat-based dishes. If you have been missing out on the yumminess of galouti kebabs because you're a vegetarian, it's time to give Chef Ajay Chopra's vegetarian version of the galouti kebab in which he uses rajma.
If the non-vegetarians were feeling left out in this list of rajma recipes, here's Chef Vicky Ratnani's chilli con carne recipe. According to the chef, this Mexican dish tastes even better the next day and is best accompanied with steamed white rice.
With two rich sources of protein, kidney beans and mutton, in one dish, this keema recipe is packed with nutrition! To make this rajma recipe at home, all you have to do is follow the simple steps in this recipe video.
Click here for the step-by-step rajma keema recipe.
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