Rajma Pulao

Rajma / Red Kidney beans are an excellent plant-based source of protein. They’re also rich in various minerals, vitamins, fibers and antioxidants.

Rajma Pulao is a easy, healthy and protein rich dish that can be prepared with minimum ingredients.

Ingredients (Serves 3)

Soaking time – Overnight
Preparation time – 5 mins
Cooking time – 20 mins
  • Rajma / Red kidney beans – 1/2 cup, raw
  • Basmati rice – 3/4 cup
  • Onion – 1, sliced thin
  • Tomato – 1 small, chopped
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbsp
  • Green chilli – 2, slit
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Red chilli powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Garam masala – 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander leaves – for garnishing
  • Salt – as needed
  • Butter / Oil – 1.5 tbsp
  • Bay leaves – 1
  • Cloves – 2
  • Cardamom – 1
  • Cinnamon – 1/2 inch
  • Jeera – 1/2 tsp


  • Wash and Soak the Rajma overnight.
  • Pressure cook the Rajma for 2 whistles. Instead of pressure cooking, you can boil for 10 minutes too. It will be semi cooked.
  • Wash and soak the Basmati rice for 30 minutes.
  • In a pressure cooker, add oil / gheee, add the Bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves , cardamom and cumin.
  • Add onion, green chillies and fry till onions turn transparent.
  • Add the ginger garlic paste and fry till the raw smell goes off.
  • Add tomatoes and little salt and sauté till the tomatoes turn mushy.
  • Add garam masala, red chilli powder and turmeric powder and sauté well.
  • Add the semi cooked Rajma to the pan.
  • Add salt, water and allow it to boil.
  • Now drain water from the rice and add the rice to the pan.
  • Mix well and check for salt.
  • Close the pressure cooker and cook in lowest flame possible for a whistle.
  • Open the cooker once the pressure subsides and fluff the rice

Garnish with coriander leaves and enjoy !!!

Key Points

  • Cooking time and water quantity may vary depending on the soaking time and basmati rice variety.
  • Pulao was mildly spiced.

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