Rajma Chawl with Mango Kachumber - Punjab

This recipe of Rajma/ Kidney beans is my daughter's favorite. I make it often. Rajma curry and rice…mmm... no meal can be more satisfying. Rajma is filling and nutritious and turns out beautifully when cooked in a thick tomato pulp with only basic spices. This curry is a favorite in Punjab.

Kidney beans, also known as Rajma, is a well known pulse that is extensively used all over the world in the preparation of variety of dishes, particularly in rice, curries, salads and toppings. Mexican foods that are popular all over the Globe. Kidney beans is the main component that is used in preparing the dishes. Tacos, Mexican chaat and Mexican Bean Hotpot are few famous dishes that are prepared using Kidney beans or Rajma.

Rajma beans are packed with protein, soluble (and insoluble) fiber, folate (vitamin B12), magnesium, potassium and a number of other health promoting nutrients, red kidney beans (haricots rouges, red beans, in French) are a true super food.  Lets go to the recipe.


1 Cup Kidney Beans/ Rajma- washed then soaked overnight
3 Large Tomatoes - grated
2 Large Onions  - grated
¼ Teaspoon Turmeric powder
1 Teaspoon Chilly powder
1 Teaspoon Ginger - Garlic paste
1/2 Teaspoon Garam masala powder
2 Tablespoons Coriander leaves - finely chopped
1-2 Green chilies -  slit (optional)
Salt to taste
4 Tablespoon Oil
1 Tablespoon Desi Ghee


Drain the Rajma beans, they have increased to about 2-3 times the original volume.

In a pressure cooker  heat the oil, add the onion paste, ginger-garlic paste and saute till light brown.  Add the tomato and chilly powder and fry till oil separates. 

Add the Rajma and fry for 3 -4 minutes.  Add water enough to cook the Rajma, close the cooker and cook on high flame for a whistle and reduce the flame and cook on slow flame for 10 minutes.   Open the cooker when cooled, add salt, adjust the consistency of the gravy.

In a another pan heat ghee, add the slit green chilies saute for a minute, pour this over the Rajma curry.  

Mango Kachumber


1 Cup Raw Mango - peeled, finely chopped
1 Large Onion  - finely chopped
1 Green Chilly - finely chopped
Salt to taste
1 Tablespoon Coriander leaves - finely chopped


Mix all the above ingredients together and the Mango Kachumber is ready.

Garnish with coriander and serve hot with steamed rice and Mango Kachumber.

Enjoy !!!!

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Labels : Rajma, Steamed Rice, Salads, Mango, Punjab, Blogging Marathon, Main course, Vegetables

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Sneha's Recipe
Sneha's Recipe

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  1. Rajma chawal is our family fav.I make it once in a week and that menu is fixed.Never tried the salad,looks yummy.

  2. Nice combo. Rajma looks flavorful and is a filling meal. Mango salad is very tempting

  3. Great combo. Rajma is pretty comforting and healthy too.

  4. Lipsmacking kachumber, and that fingerlicking rajma makes me hungry.

  5. I tasted the traditional Rajma Chawal at my Punjabi friend's place and fell in love with the flavor.

  6. Rajma-Chawal is such a hearty, comforting and nutritious meal.

  7. Rajma chawal looks so delicious...

  8. Comfort food. Love Rajma Chawal. The salad is new to me. Must try.

  9. Rajma chawal is one comforting and filling meal. That mango salad sounds delicious.

  10. Like the thick gravy this is one of my fave beans