Punjabi Rajma Chawal Recipe

punjabi rajma chawal recipe

Bring in a new scrumptious flavour into the not so appetizing aubergine, with the blend of spices and your touch. To make this yummy dish you will need a mid-sized eggplant or baingan.

Prep Time – 8 hours

Cook Time – 45 minutes


Pressure cooking rajma:

  • 1 cup rajma
  • 4 cups water

Rajma Masala:

  • 2 tsp butter / ghee / oil
  • 1 tsp jeera / cumin seeds
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic finely chopped
  • 1 to mato finely chopped
  • few coriander leaves finely chopped
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder adjust to your spice level
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • ½ tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tbsp kasuri methi / dry fenugreek leaves
  • water if required


  1. Soak the rajma / red kidney beans overnight with enough water.
  2. Next day rinse it well in running water and pressure cook for 5 whistles.
  3. In a large pan, heat 2 tsp of butter and add in cumin seeds.
  4. Next add chopped onion and fry till they turn translucent.
  5. Time to add ginger, garlic and saute till the raw smell goes away.
  6. Now add chopped tomato and fry till they start releasing oil from sides.
  7. Time to add spice powder; add chilli powder, coriander powder and garam masala. fry for a minute without burning the spices.
  8. Now add cooked rajma.
  9. Add salt to taste and give a good mix.
  10. Next is to cook rajma with onion-tomato gravy for 15 minutes. keep the flame on low.
  11. Finally add crushed kasuri methi and chopped coriander leaves.
  12. Mash the beans a bit and stir again to make a thick gravy.
  13. Serve rajma masala with steamed rice or chapati.

Recipe notes

  • Firstly, cook the rajma well else it is not good for digestion.
  • Furthermore, you can add fresh cream to make richer restaurant curry.
  • You can also use tomato puree instead of tomatoes.
  • While rajma masala goes very well with rice, it can also be served with roti and chapati.

Nutrition information

  • Calories322.9
  • Total Fat3.7 g
  • Cholesterol0.0 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate59.7 g
  • Protein 1 g
  • Vitamin A – 4 %
  • Vitamin C – 16.1%
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