Red Kidney Bean Curry Recipe

17 Jan

This Goan inspired Red Kidney Bean Curry recipe is also called as Rajma in Hindi and is a popular Indian Dish in Punjab, just like the rice and fish curry in Goa. It’s also a staple at most Indian restaurants in the US. The only way we ate Red Kidney beans was a Portuguese dish called FeijoadaΒ  which is another very popular goan food recipe made with pork also very well-known in Brazil.

Thanks to my friend Aman, who makes it often and where IΒ  have eaten many a time at her place, she used the xacuti spice to make it for one of our potlucks and it tasted great. So this recipe does not compromise the original flavor of this popular Indian food. You can also make it with White Kidney Beans. This is a great recipe for those who are looking for newer ways to eat Kidney beans then the regular norm of salads, chili and soups.



Ingredients for Red Kidney Beans Curry Recipe | Rajma Chawal

3 cans of Red Kidney Beans (I used the larger cans, about 1 1/2 can)

2 inches of finely julienne orΒ  chiffonade ginger

2 tbsp of Xacuti Masala (Goan Imports)

1 medium chopped onions

2 medium ripe tomatoes chopped

1 tsp of Cumin seeds

1 green jalapeno cleaned and julienne

2 cups of the kidney beans liquid.



* Heat oil and add the Cumin seeds let it get a bit roasted for about 10-15 seconds. Add the chopped onions and jalapeno and saute till translucent. Add the chopped tomatoes and saute again for 3-5 minutes till it soften.

*Add in the xacuti spice and ginger. Saute for 1-2 minutes.

*Next add the kidney beans and its liquid, salt to taste and cook covered for 20 minutes on medium heat . check occasionally and stir so that it does not stick to the bottom.


Red Kidney Bean Curry | Rajma Chawal

Enjoy Red Kidney Beans curry / rajma chawal with rice and fresh pico de gallo salsa on the side.

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10 Responses to “Red Kidney Bean Curry Recipe”

  1. Antonio Caggiano January 18, 2014 at 4:52 am #

    Hi there:) Thanks very much for following my food blog! Appreciate it. Beside italian Kitchen I love to cook some indian dishes too but here where I live there aren’t Indian food shops.So, thanks again and hope to share the one or other recipe πŸ™‚ BEST ~ Antonio

    • Nandini January 18, 2014 at 7:52 am #

      Thank you Antonio. Will look forward to your blog as well πŸ™‚

  2. hiraeth91 January 19, 2014 at 9:27 am #

    I’ve been looking for a good vegetarian curry recipe for ages. This one looks great! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    • Nandini January 19, 2014 at 5:14 pm #

      Thanks hiraeth91. I am happy you like it .

  3. Jacqueselini July 5, 2014 at 2:32 pm #

    Reblogged this on Jacqueselini and commented:
    My oh my! This recipe looks delicious!

  4. circadianreflections September 27, 2014 at 2:28 pm #

    The dishes are so well lit, and look scrumptious. I just had a red kidney bean dish yesterday at a favorite Indian Buffet. It’s one of my favorites.

    • Nandini September 27, 2014 at 9:55 pm #

      Thank you so much for your compliment, specially coming from a great photographer :-). It is very popular specially in the northern parts of India


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