Rajma (Kidney Bean Curry) with Spinach


Rajma is a North Indian curry of kidney beans cooked with onions, tomatoes and spices. “Rajma chawal” which just means rajma and rice is the most popular way to eat this curry, kind of like the Indian version of rice and beans. I liken rajma also to chili since it’s cooked in a spicy tomato gravy. Usually, it’s not made with spinach but I had a ton on hand so I just threw it in and it came out quite well.This is a good recipe to make during the week because it’s really quick*. ¬†There’s hardly anything to prep except for the cutting of onions. I had my rajma with a paratha and some labne, thick middle eastern yogurt. Another day, I had it with rice and some radish raita on the side. I was eating it throughout the week, and it was tasting better and better each day.*If you are using dried kidney beans, that will take longer and I have directions for pressure cooking the beans below.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13264576743630783877 meeso

    Well, considering Rajma is a favorite of mine along with spinach, this seems perfect for me :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16560475178526401269 jayasri

    Hi chitra, Tomato Sauce!!, in the curry sounds interesting I will have to try this out.., looks very tempting, very colourful

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11253361621149571185 Fatema

    This was delicious and easy to make. Thanks for a great recipe!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07062265049551601446 Chicainthecity

    This food looks amazing. This is awesome.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18339337861027874229 Aartee

    wow… rajma is something i always get overcooked, am gonna try yours and see if i can get it right.

  • Anonymous

    nice recipe

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13719147393664042620 Sam


    I stumbled across this recipe the other day and I’ve just tried it now – absolutely delicious! I was unsure what you meant by ‘tomato sauce’ so I used 250ml passata. My sauce was much thicker that yours looks, perhaps next time I’ll reduce the amount.

    Thank you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09050471034563110203 Chitra

    So glad you like the recipe Sam! Tomato sauce I used is usually just pureed tomato and you can use fresh pureed tomatoes too if you have. Everyone has their preference for consistency so the more you make it, the more you will get a feel for yours.

  • Gaylon Parsons

    Fantastic! Just made this with my 2nd grader, and the family ate it all up. I put in more spinach and skipped the chile, put it over rice with some yogurt at the table. So satisfying. Thank you.