Meatless Monday – Kidney Bean Curry (Rajma)

Meatless Monday – Kidney Bean Curry (Rajma)

If you are a chili fan, you will love this dish. Rich in exotic flavors, and plenty of protein from the kidney beans – this is one of our family favorites. Delicious served over rice, or with the flatbread of your choice. Enjoy!



3 tablespoons oil of choice
2 bay leaves
2 black cardamom, whole
3 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1 cup onions, finely chopped
1⁄4 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1⁄2 teaspoon coriander powder
1 teaspoon Garam Masala, divided
Pinch of Cayenne Pepper or Kashmiri Mirch (add more if you like heat)
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon garlic, finely minced or put through garlic press
1⁄2 teaspoon ginger
1 14.5 oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt, or salt to taste
2 15oz cans kidney beans drained, reserving 1 cup of liquid
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
Sour Cream (1/2 cup, or 1/4 cup depending on desired creaminess)


  1. Place turmeric, cumin, coriander, 1/2 teaspoon Garam Masala, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons water, and stir to form a paste.
  3. Heat oil in large pot over medium heat.
  4. Add bay leaves, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, stir and cook for 30 seconds.
  5. Add onions, stir.
  6. Sauté onions stirring frequently until golden brown, about 10 minutes.
  7. Add masala paste.
  8. Cook for 1 minute stirring frequently.
  9. Add ginger and garlic, stir. Cook for 1 minute.
  10. Add tomatoes and salt.
  11. Increase heat to medium high and cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  12. Add kidney beans, stir and then mash some of the beans.
  13. Cook stirring frequently for 3 minutes.
  14. Add reserved bean liquid and 1 cup boiling water, stir.
  15. Add remaining 1/2 teaspoon Garam Masala, stir.
  16. Bring to a boil.
  17. Cover and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  18. Add cilantro, stir.
  19. Add sour cream, stir. Continue to cook for 1 minute.
  20. Remove bay leaves, cardamom, cloves, and cinnamon stick, serve.
  21. Enjoy!

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