Thursday, February 19, 2009

Rajma Chawal

I always get confused with this name. During college days my Punjabi friend Gurvinder(...ok lets refer to her as Priti...thats what she preferred to be called)...used to bring this yummy dish in her lunch box and we all used to relish it. Punjabis have a unique style of cooking. All their dishes taste simply great. Even if we make the same dish at home it lacks the Punjabi touch. Ok coming back to the topic her rajma chaval was a single dish in contrast to the usual rajma gravy which is eaten with rice. But in those days i was not so much into cooking so I never bothered to ask her the recipe.
Few days back I made rajma curry for which I boiled some rajma. But even after making enough gravy I was left with some more boiled rajma. So I made this One pot meal the next day.
This is not the authentic recipe. I have just added a few masalas and the dish turned wonderful. So I thought of posting it.

Boiled Rajma/Kidney beans - 1 cup
Boiled Rice - 2 cups
Onion - 1 medium, cut lengthwise
Ginger paste - 1 tsp
Garlic Paste - 1 tsp
Tomato - 1 medium, pureed
Kasuri Methi - 1 tbsp
Kitchen King Masala - 1/2 tsp
Biryani Masala/Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp
Cumin-Coriander Powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Cilantro - few
Oil - 3 tsp

Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin and when it crackles add onions. Fry till it turns golden. Then add the ginger and garlic paste. fry till the raw smell goes and then add the tomato puree. Fry for 3-4 mins. In the mean while add all the spice powders. Finally add the boiled rajma, rice and kasuri methi and adjust salt. Add some chopped cilantro. Mix all together cook for a minute or two and serve hot.


  1. Hi Namratha, a time saving dish it is!!though I've made gravacious rajma and white rice to go with it, haven't tried combining both in pulao style..shall try this method next time I plan to make rajma. Thanks for the time saving recipe :)

  2. hi,
    came here from AP's more konkani on the blogsphere.You have a nice blog.
    Even i agree that you cannot get the authentic punjabi taste even after following their recipe to the tee.Anyway your rajma-chawal looks delish.

  3. Arvind's had a classmate in Med school called "sweety", a punjabi girl. Hope that wasn't her real name! I heard that she is working in New York now, imagine Dr.Sweety in US! :D

    Rajma chawal looks yum and very nutritious too. Looks great. Enjoy your weekend, me got to cook for Shiva Ratri! :)

  4. Suparna
    Do try it and let me know.
    There are so many Amchis in the blogosphere. At one point of time I used to feel as if amchis have dominated this place.
    Haha thats a funny one. All the best for your Shiv Ratri preparations.

  5. I love this but then I guess most people do:) Very tasty!