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December 6, 2008

Rajma(Spicy kidney beans Gravy)

Everyone has their own way of making gravies. I have tried different methods and liked all of them. Today I made a simplified version of Rajma by grinding all the ingredients together and simmering the mixture for some time. It was very tasty. My husband was carried away with the aroma of Rajma when he entered the house.

To grind to a fine paste:
Onion(cut into big pieces)-1 small
Tomatoes(cut into big pieces)-4 small
Ginger-1 inch piece
Garlic pods-3
Coriander leaves-a handful
Cinnamon-2 inch stick
Star anise-1(crushed)
Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp
Red chilli powder-as per your spice level
Badshah Kitchen king masala-2 tsp
Garam masala powder-1 tsp
Coriander powder-1 tsp

Other ingredients:
Red kidney beans(Soaked for 7 hours)-1 cup
Oil-3 tbsp
Yogurt-1/4 cup
Jeera-1 tsp
Coriander leaves-to garnish
Lime juice-from 1/2 lime

Grind all the ingredients listed above to a fine paste without adding water.
Pressure cook red kidney beans till soft.
Heat oil in a pan, add jeera. When it crackles, add the ground paste. Add some water and bring it to gravy consistency. When the mixture starts boiling, simmer and let it cook on very low flame till oil starts to float on top(about 1/2 hr). Add cooked kidney beans and yogurt and simmer for another 10 minutes. Squeeze lime juice on the gravy just before serving. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with hot chapathis or rice.

Red kidney bean is an excellent source of protein, iron and fiber. For more information click here
This goes to My legume love affair-sixth helping event hosted by Tasty palettes and Susan
Also sending this to Eat healthy-during pregnancy event hosted by Sangeeth.


  1. I also grind everything and slow cook, but my way is different. Looks delish!

  2. thats a tempting picture...nice recipe..

  3. I love rajma.. looks so inviting.

  4. Kanna,
    Your picture of Rajma and chappati makes me hungry.Better you become a photographer.

  5. Mahi, rajma is an excellent source of protein and fibre as u've mentioned.looks sooo yummy and nice.chapathis oda supera irundhurkum la.

  6. Lovely color and I like all the ingredients that you ground together... sometimes I get this bitter aftertaste when I grind onions raw. How can we prevent it?

  7. Oh yeah, and I love the chapathis in the background.

  8. hey mahi..looks yummy pa...differenta iruku recipe and indha rendu id vaichu its really hard to comment and chat...

  9. Wow healthy n colourful gravy Mahi...looks gorgeous n no doubt they will be usual the clicks r really makes me hunger..

  10. Great rajma looks really nice... the pic is very nice...

  11. Wow really a simplified version. Bookmarked. Pics look delectable.

  12. Looks delicious.. & nice entry Mahi...

  13. Looks so rich,nice accompaniment for rotis using rajma!

  14. Wow you are fast in sedning for the event.
    Rajma looks so delicious.

  15. Very nice color! my husbands fav..... I like it with rice:-)

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  17. This version of rajma is new to me.Will try.Never added star anise to a rajma dish.

  18. I love Rajma accopanied with chawal, adding cashew to the gravy makes it rich...

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  19. The rajma looks incredible, Mahimaa. I love that you used star anise.

  20. perfect for a cold winter night:)

  21. Wow, Mahimaa the rajma looks delicious and loved the chapathi's in the background too...

  22. delicious and gorgeous rajma! Beautiful color.


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