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Dhaba Style Rajma Masala Recipe

  • Author: Suguna Vinodh
  • Total Time: 5h30m
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Rajma Masala Recipe – Dhaba Style Rajma Masala Recipe. Recipe with step by step pictures and video.



For cooking Rajma / Red Kidney Beans

1 cup red kidney bean / rajma
3 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt

Other Ingredients

1 tablespoon peanut oil
1 tablespoon ghee
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 inch piece cinnamon – cassia
4 cloves
1.5 cups finely chopped onions
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 inch piece ginger
67 cloves garlic
5 small ripe tomatoes (Use 3 if big)
2 green chillies
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon Kashmiri red chilli powder
1 tablespoon coriander powder
1/4 teaspoon asafoetida
1 teaspoon channa masala
1 teaspoon kasuri methi
1 tablespoon coriander leaves
1 teaspoon sliced ginger


Wash and soak the rajma in water for 5-6 hours. Drain the water and add the rajma to a cooker. Add in the water and the salt. Cook on medium flame for 15 minutes. Allow the pressure to settle naturally. Set aside.

Heat oil in a pan, add in the oil and the ghee. Add in the cloves and cinnamon. Sauté for a minute on low flame. Add in the onions and the salt. Cook on a medium flame till the onions are nice and brown.

In the mean time, make a paste of ginger, garlic, tomatoes and green chillies. Add it to the pan. Sauté till the tomatoes are cooked and dry. Add in all the spice powders and sauté for a minute.

Add in a ladle of the cooked rajma along with some liquid. Gently mash the rajma. This process of mashing the rajma will make for a thick gravy. Add in the remaining rajma along with the water used for cooking. Let the gravy simmer for 5-7 minutes. Finally, finish with a generous sprinkle of coriander leaves and finely cut ginger strips.

Serve with rice or roti.

  • Prep Time: 5h
  • Cook Time: 30m

Keywords: dhaba style rajma masala