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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Lehsuni Rajma Masala

How to make Lehsuni Rajma Masala | Spicy Indian Kidney Beans Curry | Garlic Flavored Kidney Beans in Spicy Green Sauce | Rajma Curry In Spicy Green Sauce

Hello Friends,

My today's blog post is one of the most preferred and religiously cooked kidney beans recipe . Sharing Kidney beans recipe with stepwise images.. 

Kidney beans are a variety of common beans. True to their name, these beans are kidney shaped, deep red in color and has a soft and creamy flesh. The other common names of this legume are Rajma and Surkh Lobia. Kidney beans are available in dried as well as in canned form.

☑ Cooking Instructions 

Kidney beans can be never consumed in raw or partially cooked form as they do hold in toxins. Eating them in raw or inadequately cooked form may lead to symptoms that indicate food poisoning. The symptoms of food poisoning - Extreme gastrointestinal upset - stomach pain, nausea and vomiting..

It is very important to soak these beans for 8-10 hours and after that water needs to be thrown out and then rinse again, and at the time of cooking, add fresh water and pressure cook and allow 5-6 whistles and after that water in which beans are cooked also needs to be discarded ... 

☑ Why to discard that water? 

The reason is it carries relatively high amounts of phytohaemagglutinin and due to this they are more toxic compared to other beans. 

☑ What is phytohaemagglutinin?

Phytohaemagglutinin (PHA) is a plant protein aka lectins which is found in certain legumes that can cause food poisoning. It means indigestion of raw and partially uncooked kidney beans. 

Another important thing about kidney beans cooking is that never add salt at the initial stage as it toughens their skin. 

Let's get started ⬇

Recipe details 

⚫Cuisine: Indian
⚫Category: Vegetarian 
⚫Course: Main Course 
⚫Difficulty: Easy 
⚫Serving: 2
⚫Soaking time overnight 
⚫Prep time 5-10 minutes 
⚫Cook time 25-30 minutes 

☑Ingredients required 

⚫1 cup Kidney beans
⚫8-10 garlic cloves 
⚫Handful of coriander leaves 
⚫2-3 green chilies or as per preference.
⚫2-3 medium size tomatoes 
⚫½tbsp tamarind paste (optional) or
⚫½ lemon juice (optional) 
⚫1 tsp turmeric powder 
⚫salt to taste 
⚫1 tbsp ghee or cooking oil


✔Step 1 Mise en place 

Kidney beans - Soaked overnight - nicely rinsed - add fresh water and pressure cook allow 7-8 whistles. Drain the water - Keep it aside until called for..

✔Vegetable cutting 

Tomatoes - washed - finely chopped or sliced
Ginger washed, peeled and chopped 
Garlic peeled and chopped 
Green chilies washed and finely chopped 

✔Prepare a green paste - coarse grinding 

◾In a mixer grinder jar, add sliced tomatoes, green chilies, cilantro leaves and pulse for 10-12 seconds. Now open the grinder jar, add chopped garlic and garlic cloves and pulse for 3-5 seconds..

✔Step 2 Cooking time

◾Heat oil in a deep fry pan over medium heat, add coarsely grinder green paste. 

◾Stir fry it on medium to high flame for around 2-3 minutes, 

◾Add turmeric powder, red chilly powder, and salt to taste.

◾Mix well and then add boiled kidney beans and 1-2 cups of water. 

◾Cover with the lid and simmer for 8-10 minutes.

◾ Serve hot garnished with lemon slice and chopped fresh coriander leaves. 


  1. I loved this simple and tasty...nice clicks.. :)

    1. thank you so much dear Swati.๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒท

  2. I love kidney beans and your this curry recipe looks terrific and super delicious. love to make it very soon. Thanks๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  3. What an awesome and flavorful Kidney beans recipe. Loved it.

  4. I love garlic in any form. I am going to try this one soon. Thank you for sharing this!

  5. thank you so much dear Kushi.๐Ÿ˜Š

  6. Very informative post. Good to know that we need to discard the water. Great share deepa.

  7. Love rajma masala, and yours look awesome. Didn't know about discarding the water, thanks for this info! :)