Quick Rajma Masala

Rajma masala or rajma chawal is a delicious kidney bean curry from Punjab. Tasty kidney beans in a spicy gravy of tomatoes and onion.

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Yield: 4 servings

Typically, rajma masala is made with dried kidney beans, which require forward planning and more time. I haven't got time for that, so I've condensed the recipe down to 30 minutes. If you have a bit more time, you can always simmer it for longer to develop the flavour.


  • 45mL olive oil (~41.1g)
  • 1 yellow onion (~175g)
  • 1 green chilli pepper (~3g)
  • 1 small knob fresh ginger (~8g)
  • 2 cloves garlic (~12g)
  • 4 medium tomatoes (~360g)
  • 1tsp whole cumin seed (~2g)
  • 1tsp ground coriander seed (~2g)
  • 2 cans kidney beans, canned, drained (~480g)
  • 40mL water (~40g)
  • 1tsp garam masala (~2g)
  • 1tsp mango powder (amchoor) (~3g)
  • 2g salt
  • 300g basmati rice
  • 640mL water (~640g)


  1. Dice the onions and finely chop the ginger, garlic and chilli pepper.
  2. Place in a pan with the oil and start to fry.
  3. Meanwhile, peel and dice the tomatoes and add to the pan.
  4. Add the cumin seeds and coriander to the pan and stir.
  5. Cook like this for about 3 minutes.
  6. Drain the kidney beans and add to the pan along with 40mL water.
  7. Bring to the boil and keep on a very gentle boil for 15 minutes
  8. While you wait, start cooking the rice according to packet instructions (I used 300g basmati rice and 640mL water in my rice cooker).
  9. Add the garam masala, mango powder and salt to the curry, stir and simmer for a further 5 minutes (or up to 15 if you're not in a rush).
  10. Serve with the rice. Make sure everyone gets some of the gravy/sauce, it's responsible for most of the flavour.

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Special Diets

  • Suitable for vegetarians
  • Suitable for vegans
  • Gluten free


Per 100g Serving (517g)
Energy 431kJ 2232kJ
Energy 103kcal 533kcal
Fat 2.3g 12g
  of which saturates 0.41g 2.1g
Carbohydrates 16.3g 84.5g
  of which sugars 1.7g 8.8g
Fibre 2.2g 11.4g
Protein 3.1g 15.9g
Sodium 39.4mg 203mg
  as salt 0.1g 0.52g
Fruit/veg portions 0.33 1.7

Values are based on nutritional values of the ingredients, it doesn't allow for evaporation losses or changes caused by cooking. Figures are estimates only.