Kidney Beans Curry

May 29th, 2020

Even though the title of this recipe is Kidney Beans Curry, the actual name is ' Rajma ', one of Indias best dishes. Like many famous Indian dishes, Rajma also did not originate in India...it came all the way from Mexico. But of course, Indian spices are used to make this taste more like Indian Curry! We will go through two ways to make this curry, one the easy method using simple ingredients and other also easy method but using authentic Indian spice blend. Before jumping to the recipe, let's know more about Kidney Beans!

Uncooked Kidney Beans are Toxic.

Yes, thats true. Not everything raw is healthy. Eating as few as 4-5 uncooked Kidney Beans can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea in less than 4 hours. Some people might have symptoms like bloating, stomach upset after eating not completely cooked kidney beans. The best way to avoid all this is by completely/properly cooking kidney beans. Incase you have no time to cook beans or not sure how to cook properly, get canned kidney beans. And also if you are new to beans try taking very less amounts in the beginning to avoid bloating. Apart from this, cooked kidney beans are very rich in protein and fiber, just make sure you cook kidney beans completely.

Authentic Indian Way...

Ingredients for Spice Blend

  • 3 tbsp Coriander Seeds

  • 1 tbsp Cumin Seeds

  • 1 Black Cardamom 

  • 1 Bay Leaf

  • 3-4 Cloves

  • 1 Mace

  • 1/2 tsp Carom Seeds

  • 1/2 Nutmeg

  • 1/2 tsp Mango Powder

  • 1/2 tsp Pomegranate Powder

  • 3 Dry Red Chillies

Process

  • Dry roast coriander seeds in a pan and keep aside.

  • Dry roast cumin seeds and keep aside. Roast reaming ingredients except mango powder and keep aside, let cool before blending. 

  • Add roasted ingredients and mango powder to a blender and blend to fine powder.

  • Keep in an airtight container in refrigerator for a month.

If you cannot find all this ingredients or don't have time to do, you can get pre-made spice blend from any Indian store or from Amazon..this is my go to! And also we need just 1-2 tbsp of this spice blend in the curry. Find complete recipe below!

Kidney Beans Curry

Vegan | Gluten-Free | Nut-Free

Time : 40 mins

Yield : 3-4 servings

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup cooked Kidney Beans
  • 3 tbsp Cooking Oil
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 Red Onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes
  • 1 small Potato, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Rajma Masala ( spice blend )
  • 1-2 tsp Red Chillies Powder
  • 1/2-1 tsp Salt
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1/2 inch Ginger

PROCESS

  • In a large cooking pot, add cooking oil, when oil is hot add cumin seeds and fry for a second. Add finely chopped onion and cook for 3-4 minutes or till onions turn translucent.

  • Add minced garlic, ginger and cook for a minute. Blend tomatoes to puree.

  • Add tomato puree and cook on medium flame for 5 mins or till oil is separated. Add prepared spice blend (rajma masala), salt, red chillies powder, cooked kidney beans, chopped potato, 1 cup water and simmer on medium flame for 15-20 mins...add 1/2 cup more water if needed.

  • Serve with rice or naan bread!

  • Can store in refrigerator for 2 days.

How do you like it..? let me know in the comments below and don't forget to follow @theguccha on Instagram & Facebook for live updates and video recipes. Thank you for the support!

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Sindhu

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