May 24, 2010

Rajma (Kidney Beans Curry) and the first Award :)

Rajma (kidney beans) is very popular sabzi in North India. But today it is known to almost every Indian foodie. Kidney beans are amongst richest source of proteins. Two variety of kidney beans are seen in market. Light-speckled kidney beans and dark red kidney beans. Both are much similar except for the cooking time they take. Light-speckled kidney beans cook faster than the other variety. I have used both of them, rather experimented with both the varieties...:)

Ingredients: Serves: 3-4
1 cup Rajma (Kidney beans)
2 cups of Tomato  puree
1 medium grated Onion
2 tsp Ginger paste (adrak)
1/4 tsp Garlic paste (lasan)
1/2 tsp green Chili paste
1 Clove
Salt as per taste
1 tsp Red Chili powder
3 tsp Coriander-Cumin powder (Dhaniajeera)
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tsp Garam Masala powder
2 tbsp Oil, 2 tsp Cumin seeds for seasoning
Coriander for garnishing


1. Wash rajma and soak it overnight.

2. Pressure-cook soaked rajma until it cooks.

3. Heat oil in a skillet and add a clove.

4. When clove starts to sizzle add cumin seeds to it. Then add grated onion, ginger, garlic, green chili paste and a pinch of salt and saute till they turn brown. Add turmeric powder and red chili powder, mix.

6. Add tomato puree and saute till oil separates.

7. Then add cooked rajma (kidney beans), water as required and salt as per requirement and bring to boil. Simmer for 10 minutes. Add coriander and garam masala.


If Rajma remains uncooked even after cooking for long then you can try adding soda to it when soaked on previous night.
If you want more puree (gravy) add some milk and cook for 3 minutes.
Rajma is usually enjoyed with plain rice or even with rotis (Indian Bread)
Light brown Rajma beans will cook in less time (2 whistles) than the Red Rajma beans.

My first Award From Yummy Team :) :)

I am so grateful to Yummy team to remember me and sharing this award. Thanks a lot, Yummy Team. This award doesn't have any name (:O) but the rules asked me to post my favorite photos and tag other blogger friends. Please don't get bored as I am going to post many of my favorite pics :)

The Pacific Ocean

The Jungle at Multnomah falls

 The Scenic River Columbia

 The amazing Lotus at Chinese Garden

Tulips at Skagit Valley

The Colorful and Charming Trees during Fall

I would like to share this award with my blogger friend Suvidha of Suvidha's kitchen, Turmeric and Spice team, Kalai of my reciepsDiary, Priya of Mharo Rajasthans recipe, Cooking Foodie of 365 days of eating, Akhila of Eatomaniac, PJ of Garlic and Ginger, Gita of Gita's Kitchen, An Open book of Look Who is Cooking, Nisha of Nisha's Kitchen Ramya of Simple Vegetarian Recipes, Deepa and Tanu sister of Hamaree Rasoi, Valarmathi of Simple and Yummy Recipes, my favorite Malar of Kitchen Tantra, Gayatri Raj of Heaven On the Spoon, Neelu of Neelu's Cuisine.


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  2. Lovely curry and recipe.

    I guess that award doesnt have any name :).

  3. Great tips and lovely recipe

  4. What a coincidence!!Ur rajma masala looks yumm too..beautiful pic!!

  5. I love your garnishing !!! That tomato rose is so cute:-) Your rajma looks well cooked and very tempting. I just need a bowl of rice with it.
    Beautiful picture dear.

    If time permits do visit Hamaree Rasoi in your free time.


  6. Olá;
    Eu gosto muito de feijão!!!!
    Congratulações pelo blog rico e maravilhoso!!!
    Vou te seguir!

    Maria Paula -BRASIL-

  7. Hey thats a nice colourful rajama masala...and the presentation was awesome...

  8. gravy looks perfect and very tempting dear:-)
    Nice click..

  9. my rajma curry never comes out nice..i wonder try it out your way the next time

  10. Rajma Masala looks so yummy..beautiful presentation dear..

  11. Rajma curry looks super delish...perfect with rotis.

  12. Love this..a family fav of ours :-) Looks too good

  13. Rajma curry looks tempting and so yummy.

  14. The curry is so creamy! And I love rajma, reminds me of my hostel days!

  15. Congrats on awards!
    Curry looks awesome

  16. congarts on your first awards..Keep on rocking.
    Rajma looks so delicious.

  17. SS, that is one yummy looking rajma curry, oh i love rajma so much with a warm bowl of rice.

    Firstly, congrats on your very first award and thanks for remembering to share it with me, I really appreciate it. May you receive many many more like these :)

    Those, are some amazing looking pics, I especially love the one of pacific ocean. Simply mind-blowing.

  18. I love all the pics u have posted and thanks a lot for the award...

  19. Sorry that I have never come across ur blog before. Really an amazing place with wonderful recipes. Well decorated and eye catching clicks. Really wonderful. Very happy to follow u dear.
    I really loved the photos that u have added. Nature at its best.
    Rajma masala looks so creamy and yummy.

  20. SS - thanks for the award - its much appreciated.
    Great rajma curry here... its much loved in my family- rajma chawal is a comfort food...

  21. First time here,let me apreciate ur blog n all those wonderful delicacies presented here.....Yum yum...
    I love ur version of rajma recipe......

    Will visit u soon......drop in sometime

  22. Congrats on your award..first one is always very special :)
    Love the colors in your pics..beautiful!

  23. Congrag on ur first award. U deserve it dear.

  24. congrats on your awards da.. drenching in these beautiful picture .. each one is mind blowing ..

    :) loved that scruptious recipe and awesoem presentation

  25. Thanks for the award, dear.:) Enjoyed seeing those pictures at leisure, today. I liked the fall color - picture a lot, very pleasing to the eyes.:) And once again thanks for thinking of my name, means a lot:)

  26. looks bful and delcious dear..awesome color..collect ur award from my r great...

  27. Congrats on your award, admire those amazing pictures, rajma looks so delicious...

  28. Amazing pictures!! U have a wonderful blog here! Congrats on the award and thanks for sharing it with us, we love awards:)

  29. Thanks for sharing the award dear. Rajma curry looks awesome and wonderful. Nice click.

  30. Congrats on ur award...and all the pics are beautiful....rajma look too gud..lovely pic...glad to follow u

  31. Congratulations and thank you for sharing the award with me!

  32. lovely snaps and lipsmackin curry!

  33. Lovely post! Full of information about your flavourful recipes :)
    Thanks very much for sharing!
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