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January 15, 2020

Rajma Pulav | How to make Kidney beans pulav | GF One Pot meals

Rajma Pulav - a delicious one pot meal has me in smiles. Smiles not because of the onion prices have dropped a bit,but smiles because the husband who’s a staunch Anti-Rajma campaigner asked for second helpings !!

Yay… I found a way to serve Rajma in a pure form (rather than sneak them in Rajma Pepper Quesedillas , the Mexican Baleadas Honduras or Multigrain Adai or the favourite Galoti Kebab, of course the fresh Rajma Sundal is quite welcome, but well, during Navratri). 

Some time ago, I also used fresh Rajma that my friend had sent over in these delicious GF / Vegan Rajma Sweet Potato Tikkis which were also well received. 

So, all in all we have another Rajma (Kidney bean) dish that can go to the meal rotation. At the A-Z Recipe Challenge this month, we have alphabet K. Each month we need to cook a dish from a particular alphabet which features the central ingredient name starting from that alphabet (in English)


So, its K for Kidney beans was my choice. Other close contenders for the alphabet was Kale (I bought a very expensive bunch but couldn’t make the crisps I want simply for lack of time!!) and Kohlrabi (which vanished into a poriyal and a paratha - recipe coming soon). 

But as I had a worthy winner in persuading the better half to eat Rajma in a delicious form, I shall definitely be looking at making this dish again.

Do try this nutrition packed version and let me know how you liked it.

Other similar One Pot meals on the blog you may want to check out + 26 different varieties of Khichdis and Pulao:

Kabuli Channa pulao (GF, Vegan)


Menthye Bataani Bhath (fenugreek leaves + peas aromatic rice - karnataka speciality)







Prep time - 15 mins. Soak time : overnight. Cook time - 20 mins+15 mins
Serves - 3~4 generously

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What you need:
Kidney beans / Rajma  - 1 cup (soaked and cooked overnight to soft but not mushy texture) ; if using canned beans, be sure to rinse thoroughly.  
Basmati rice - 1.5 cups
salt - to taste
Mint and coriander leaves - a handful each
turmeric - 1/8 tsp
Dry masala powders : Coriander powder 1 TBSP, Red Chilli powder 1 tsp
Tomato - 1 medium - juilenned 
Onion - 1 small - sliced thin
Oil - 1 TBSP
Ghee - 1 tsp (skip for vegan version or replace it with 1 tsp oil or vegan butter)

Whole masala / spices
bay leaf 2 nos, green elaichi / cardamom 1 no,
Shahjeera - 1 tsp, large cardamom / Badi Elaichi - 1 no. 

Masala paste:
Onion - 1 large
Garlic pods -2 -3
Ginger - 1/2 tsp
Cashews soaked in warm water - 6 to 8 nos. (opt. but recommended)  

How to:
Wash and soak the rice for 15 mins. 
In a pressure cooker, heat the ghee and oil. Add the whole masala and saute for 30 seconds. Now add the sliced onions and saute further. 
Now add the ground paste and saute till raw smell disappears. Now add the soaked and drained rice and fry for 1-2 mins.
Add the dry masala powders and saute further for 1 min. Tip in the julienned tomatoes, mint and coriander leaves. 
Add the cooked rajma. Add 2 cups of water (or as much ratio you would use for the regular pulav - this depends on the type / quality of rice used)
Add the salt , mix well and pressure cook for 2 whistles. Let the pressure come down on its own.
Once done, fluff the pulav lightly with a fork and serve hot.
This tastes yum as is or with any raita / curd on the side.



28 comments:

  1. Very nice and healthy.. I also make it sometimes.

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    1. thanks shobha. Nice to know you also make it :)

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  2. I usually use red kidney beans when I make Mexican rice, but your Indian style rajma pulav looks very tempting. I enjoy using fresh red kidney beans whenever they are available in season in Kenya.

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    1. Thanks Mayuri. Mexican Arroz Rojo was on my mind, but then made this Indian version :)

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  3. Love this! We love rajma at home, and using it in an Indian-style Pulav sounds very interesting. Will definitely be trying this out some time. :)

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    1. Glad to hear you guys love Rajma .. do try this Priya ! am sure you would like it..

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  4. Please pass me on that bowl of rice... I am feeling totally hungry looking at it... Looks totally delicious! Also love the prop used... pretty plate! :)

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    1. Come over, Rafee . Will make you some. Thanks - the plating and photography was both done by the elder girl :-)

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  5. Love the one pot option as it will be so useful on the days I cant be bothered for more. Plus this pulao takes care of the protein needs. Ideally with a raita it is a wholesome meal.

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    1. Yes, Seema ! this totally is a very filling One Pot Meal and gets done in a jiffy if you have the cooked beans on hand !

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  6. Used rajma in Mexican rice but never made pulao. Your looks so aromatic and delicious. Perfect one pot meal for a lazy day. I will surely try it sometime.

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    1. after mexican rice, this seems to be the kids favourite now, Sujata :)

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  7. I love rajma in any form or dish! This pulav looks so delicious dear; cannot blame your husband for asking for seconds! A perfect one pot meal to enjoy any time!

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    1. thank u vanitha. For a rajma-hater like the husband, asking for seconds was truly a welcome surprise.. :)

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  8. wow.. what a lovely way to use rajma. Pulao looks so inviting with each grains separate. Loved your masala paste using cashews that makes it so rich

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    1. Thanks Narmadha. yes the cashews did add to the creaminess

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  9. Loved this Rajma Pulao, so easy and quick to make. This is a perfect recipe for lunchboxes, nutritious and wholesome. a nice change from Rajma Chawal which is our weekend staple.

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    1. I was glad to make them eat Rajma in this form, Rajma Chawal is a distant dream for me :) lol !!

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  10. An easy and delicious one-dish meal, if there was ever one. Protein-rich and filling too.

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    1. thanks Aruna.. yes easy and filling too !

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  11. I make such rajma pulao often and it makes for a delicious and filling one pot meal. Goes well in lunch box as well with some raita or curd.

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    1. Yes Poonam, it was indeed delicious :)

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  12. Kalyani, this is my go to recipe for weekday lunch box. In fact we make the Pulao or Rice more often than the curry. Quite filling, hearty and comforting. Needs a side of salad and chaas for the complete meal experience. Looks delicious.

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    1. Thanks Vidya. yes we did have this salad and raita. will update the pictures the next time I make it..

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  13. Wow, the rajma chawal looks incredibly delicious! I love that you have used cashews in curry, I usually don’t add on it. Perfect lunch treat. Love to eat with pickle and salad.

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  14. This is best one pot meal option which i always love to cook.Busy days and one pot meal is a savior.Adding cashews gives the creamy flavor which adds to the beauty of this pulav.

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  15. Loved this protein rich one-pot dish. This comes handy on busy days and midweek. I always end up using canned beans as I'm terrible at pre planning to soak beans! Lovely share Kalyani.

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  16. Rajma pulao looks very tempting Kalyani !!! I am simply loving this one pot meal here using rajma in it... And also love the platter you have used here :)

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