rajma masala restaurant style, how to make rajma masala recipe

rajma masala recipe

rajma masala restaurant style – my mom’s way of making this famous punjabi curry. rajma masala is a weekly affair at home and a sunday lunch.

so i make rajma masala in three different ways.

1: easy one pot method of making rajma and my mil’s recipe. this is a very homely soupy rajma & comforting.
2: sauting the onion-tomato masala and then simmering the cooked rajma – the most often used method of making rajma masala
3: this restaurant style rajma masala version similar to the above one, but which includes butter and cream.

so depending on the mood or occasion i cook rajma in either of these three ways. according to me the best accompaniments to rajma is steamed basmati rice and the next comes some hot naan or rotis.

this particular recipe of rajma in restaurant style goes very well with both rice as well as naan…… and when you have rajma and rice, do you need anything else… in my home there are no side dishes made on the day when rajma is cooked. just the melt in the mouth rajma beans in a creamy curry along with rice and you have a comforting meal.

while making rajma, the kidney beans have to be cooked very well. they should melt in your mouth when you bite into them offering no resistance. this is very crucial and the most overlooked aspect of cooking rajma. even in restaurants, the beans have a bite in them and this not only ruins the texture in the dish but also affects your tummy.

so its important to soak the rajma or kidney beans overnight or for 8-9 hours and then cook them really well. also buy beans which are new and not old. the older they are they take a lot of time to cook and we don’t get the perfect texture in the rajma. i always check the packaging date while buying them and i don’t buy rajma if they are older than 6 months.

rajma masala

if you are looking for more punjabi recipes then do check easy dal makhani, dal bukharapunjabi chole masala, lauki koftapaneer tikka masala recipe and restaurant style paneer butter masala.

rajma masala restaurant style recipe below:

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rajma masala recipe - restaurant style
 
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rajma masala restaurant style recipe - lightly spiced, creamy and a popular punjabi curry made with kidney beans.
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Recipe type: main
Cuisine: punjabi
Serves: 2-3
Ingredients (american measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
  • 1 cup rajma or kidney beans (any variety)
  • 1 large onion or pyaaz
  • 2 medium to large tomatoes or tamatar
  • 3-4 garlic + 1 inch ginger + 1 green chili - crushed to a paste in a mortar-pestle
  • 1 tsp coriander powder or dhania powder
  • ¼ to ½ tsp red chili powder or lal mirch powder
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder or haldi powder
  • a pinch of asafoetida or hing (optional)
  • ¼ tsp to ½ tsp garam masala powder
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds or jeera
  • 1 tsp kasuri methi or dry fenugreek leaves, crushed
  • 2 tbsp butter + 1 tbsp oil or 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 to 3 tbsp cream
  • 4 cups water for pressure cooking
  • 1.5 to 2 cups of rajma stock (the water which is used to cook the rajma) or plain water for the gravy or curry
  • salt as required
Instructions
  1. rinse and soak the rajma or kidney beans in enough water overnight or for 8-9 hours.
  2. next day, discard the water and rinse the beans again in fresh water.
  3. in a pressure cooker, take both the rajma and 4 cups water.
  4. pressure cook on a medium to high flame for 15-20 minutes.
  5. when the rajma is cooking, you can chop the onions, tomatoes etc.
  6. when the pressure settles down on its own, open the lid,
  7. check if the rajma is cooked or not by taking a bite or pressing a bean.
  8. if they are not cooked completely, then pressure cook again adding some water if required for some minutes.
  9. heat oil + butter in another pot or pan. add cumin first and let them crackle & get browned.
  10. then add onions and saute them till they caramelized or golden browned.
  11. take care not to burn them as this will impart bitter tones in the curry.
  12. light browning the onions is also alright.
  13. keep on stirring the onions while sauting them, for uniform cooking and also so that they don't get burnt.
  14. add the ginger-garlic-chili paste. stir and saute for 5-10 seconds on a low flame.
  15. add the tomatoes. saute for 2-3 minutes till the tomatoes become soft.
  16. add all the spice powders one by one - turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder, asafoetida/hing and garam masala powder.
  17. stir and saute the whole masala mixture till the fat starts leaving the masala.
  18. use a slotted spoon or a strainer and remove the beans and add them to the masala.
  19. you can also strain the rajma first and keep it aside.
  20. keep the stock also aside. stir and saute for a minute.
  21. take 1.5 to 2 cups from the stock and add to the rajma.
  22. add salt and stir the whole curry mixture.
  23. simmer without a lid for 10-12 minutes or more till the curry thickens slightly. it should not be watery.
  24. mash a few rajma beans with the spoon. this helps to thicken the curry.
  25. when the rajma masala has thickened and comes to the right consistency which is neither too thick nor thin, then add the kasuri methi and cream.
  26. stir & simmer rajma masala for 30 seconds to 1 minute. switch off the fire.
  27. serve rajma masala restaurant style with steamed basmati rice, jeera rice or naan.
Notes
1. to make this dish gluten free, omit the asafoetida in the recipe.
2. canned kidney beans can also be used. in this case, just make the curry or sauce first and then add the rajma beans and water.

if cooking rajma in a pot or pan:
first soak the rajma as usual for 8-9 hours. drain them and rinse them with fresh water. then in a huge pot, boil enough water first. add the rajma and salt. cook covered for about 45 to 1 hour or more if required. it takes a long time to cook rajma without a pressure cooker.


Comments

  1. nisha says

    Hai dassana i was not knowng to make rajma masala but yr recpie is so good that my family and frnds liked its very much realy is very delicious thank to u

  2. muneera says

    Hey there a big shout out to u for doing this amazing job. I have tried sooo many recipes and they were all just awesome. I never knew cooking can b this fun n easy. Ur blog really really really helped me sort all my cooking problems. I visit ur blog atleast every other day. Thank u sooo much for making things soo easy.

    Keep up the good work.

  3. Genevieve says

    Thank-you! Such a perfect recipe, it came out delicious! My husband was so happy! Can’ wait to try more dishes…

  4. Shani says

    Thank you so much for this great recipe! I have never been good at making rajma and was nervous to make it for important dinner guests who requested it. This dish was a hit, they loved it & even I think I can make rajma now.

  5. Anu says

    Hi
    Rajma was one thing which i love so much but it never turned out good. So my husband was never fond of it..It became a thing like once in 3-4 months. But when i found your recipe i tried it and it was so yummy that my husband said that its for first time he liked rajma and in last 15 days i cooked it 3 times and with same yummy taste…Thanx a lot….tried few other recipes from your website and everything turned out perfect….

    Thanx a lot once again

  6. pratish c nair says

    Thank you so much. i love cooking but mainly dals . have been stuck to few of my recipes for the past few years cause u can understand didn’t want to mess up my dinner while trying new stuff, but this is the first time i tried my hand on rajma and it’s perrrrfect..thanks once again.

  7. says

    your recipe is too good
    i try this recipe at my home..and i had great pleasure …it’s such a nice experience to made it…lovely recipe ……
    i think it is good for all persons who don’t know how to cook..all persons are easily make such a great tasty and delicious food by this recipies without any problems or without anybody’s help..

  8. jasmin says

    Dear,

    Have a query.How may whistles should we give to cook.Becoz I tried cooking Rajma before 3 yrs the beans were not that prepared even after 4-6 whistles please suggest the right boiling and soaking process.

    • says

      jasmin, it depends on the quality of rajma. as the rajma gets old they take more time to cook. i personally check the packaging date while purchasing the rajma beans. if you soak the rajma overnight then they cook faster and i strongly suggest you to soak rajma for good taste as well as to cook them faster. on few rare occasions, the rajma has taken more than 11-12 whistles also to cook. so it depends upon the quality.

  9. Sav says

    I made rajmah following your recipe, and it turned out great. My husband who is not a big fan of rajmah enjoyed it too. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe and for creating such a wonderful and helpful blog with great detailed recipes, and awesome photography.
    Keep up the good work !!

  10. Sylvia says

    Having a punjabi bf…your recipes come so handy when cooking meals for him… :p and he is amazed at how I end up cooking such authentic punjabi food ;) thanks a ton

    • says

      welcome sylvia. glad to know that blog is helping you in cooking punjabi food. punjabis love parathas (aloo, gobi, onion, mooli and paneer paratha), rajma, chole, dal makhani, bread pakoras, punjabi kadhi and lassi.

  11. Rose says

    Thanks Dassana Jee the rajma was a great hit at my place… My husband loved It..
    Thanks you for sharing ur recipes to us.. :)

  12. serena says

    Hi Dassana, loved your Rajma masala recipe. It was simply grrrrrrt.
    It was easy to cook and simply delicious and a real hit with my family. Thanks once again.

  13. Deepa says

    Dear Dassana, firstly, I need to confess that I have just fallen for your site. I am not at all fond of these social websites but there is something very genuine and magnetic about your site which has kept me clinging to it for the past 1 hour. I love cooking and I was looking for some good authentic rajma recipe and came across your site. I felt very happy and peaceful reading your candid expressions on religion, caste etc. I am surely going to a regular visitor to your site. Wishing you All the very best in all your future projects. Happy cooking!

    • says

      thanks deepa for these kind words. they are motivating and genuine. its nice to know and hear that the site is good, well designed and is helping the people in cooking. do visit again as you said and feel free to comment or to ask any query. happy cooking.

  14. shruti jain says

    Hi Dassana, I am your secret follower and I love all your recipes. Today I thought its high time I should comment something on your blog. I think your blog is one of the best blogs in India. Just wanted to say thank you because I am getting to learn a lot from your recipes. :)

    • says

      hi rashmi, generally asafoetida or hing is used as a substitute for onion and garlic. so in this recipe since we already adding asafoetida, i would suggest adding a total of 2 generous pinches of asafoetida. you can even go for about 1/4 tsp if you have the powdered form of asafoetida.

  15. pg says

    hi dassana, thanks for your recipes. For folks without a pressure cooker what should be the best way to cook rajma beans.

    • says

      first soak the rajma as usual for 8-9 hours. drain them and rinse them with fresh water. then in a huge pot, boil enough water first. add the rajma and salt. cook covered for about 45 to 1 hour or more if required. it takes a long time to cook rajma without a pressure cooker.

  16. RAJANI MOHAN says

    your all recipes are good. I tried 3-4 items. In Rajma masala, is butter necessary?. Can we use oil only. what is cream mentioned here. where from we get this or can we make it at home? can we use any other things instead of cream?
    Are you published any recipe books of all these your recipes?

    • says

      thanks. you can use oil or ghee instead of butter. the cream here is milk cream. if you live in india, then you can get amul cream in tetra packs for 200 ml and 400 ml. if you live abroad, you can easily get cream in any store. you can also use the malai which floats on top of milk. just beat the malai well before adding it. if you don’t get cream then sjust skip it. the recipe are not published in any book yet, but plan to do so.

  17. Asha says

    Question on the Rajma recipe…it says to pressure cook for 15- 20 minutes. So, this with the whistle on correct? So, just want to make sure I am understanding this correctly…..it will be about 20 whistles or so …..correct?

  18. Valerie Owens says

    Dear Dassana,

    Thank you so much for your cooking website and Pinterest postings. I made this Rajma Masala last night and it was so delicious! My husband said, “please make this regularly!” I wanted to let you know that this also works with canned beans. I just cooked them at the end a little longer so that they would be as soft as you described, and in order to get the gravy consistency, I added water (instead of the bean cooking water) and used an immersion blender to blend up some of the beans. Thank you again for your website!

    Valerie

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