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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. 

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)


Sesame Broccoli Fried Rice


Goan Xacuti Masala Veg Pulav made with Brown Rice 


Prep time – 15 mins. Soak time : overnight. Cook time – 20 mins+15 mins

Serves – 3~4 generously




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

Garlic pods – 2 (minced fine)

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.  (optional)

Masala paste (Optional)

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:

Check out this video embedded below for the method



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

  2. Mayuri Patel

    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.

  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. 🙂

  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! 🙂

    • Come over, Rafee . Will make you some. Thanks – the plating and photography was both done by the elder girl 🙂

  5. mildly indian

    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.

    • 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 !

  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.

  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!

  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

  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.

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

  11. Poonam Bachhav

    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.

  12. Vidya Narayan

    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.

  13. JollyHomemadeRecipes

    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.

  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.

  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.

  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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