So, it happened the other day that I was in the mood for Rajma but I didn't have tomatoes, chilies or cream...that's when I brought out a can of tomatoes with green chilies already in them, and some canned milk. Then, I had to quick grind up some cumin seeds and I didn't feel like saving the rest of the powder, so I ended up adding close to three times more cumin than I normally would. I don't know why or how it happened, but this turned out to be some of the best Rajma I ever made! I always make it even easier by using canned beans.


  • 2 tbs. ginger/garlic paste
  • 2 tbs. oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 15 ounce canned chopped tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 tbs. coriander powder
  • at least 3 tsp. cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne powder
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric
  • 30 ounces canned kidney beans
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp. garam masala
Sautee onion in hot oil till browned. Add ginger/garlic paste for a few minutes. Add tomatoes and spices, except garam masala, simmering for five minutes. Add beans and water, simmer 15 to 20 minutes. Add milk and simmer to desired thickness. Add garam masala and serve.

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Kribha said...

You surely have whipped up a great meal although you lacked some ingredients. I don't add cream to mine. Maybe I'll try that next time.

Namratha said...

Hmm this is my fav curry of all times Meeso, looks delicious! Great way of making it too :)

meeso said...

~ Kribha, I have fun always trying different ways to make these dishes...I have had it with and without cream, sometimes with yogurt...different ways. Thanks for stopping by :)

~ Namratha, Thanks so much...I really like this dish too :)

Lisa said...

I adore Rajma. I make a version with paneer cheese cubes. I like your quick version. You have made me hungry Meeso!

By the way, Holler of Tinned Tomatoes are starting a new monthly food event and we've love for you to make a submission. You can find the details here.

Lisa said...

Oop, too quick on the keyboard. That should read:

"Holler of Tinned Tomatoes and I are starting ..."

Happy cook said...

Really clever Meeso and i love rajma

meeso said...

~ Lisa, Thank you for inviting me and for the nice comment :) I should be able to whip up a vegetarian soup by the 20th!

~ Happy cook, Thank you :)

Shella said...

Meeso the rajma looks great. Nice way too.

meeso said...

~ Shella, Thank you!

SpicyTasty said...

Oohhh Rajma. I love it . I make this atleast thrice in a month. Love to eat with chapathi. It must have tasted really good meeso.

Cynthia said...

I've seen this dish so many time but never made it. Sounds easy and delicious.

meeso said...

~ Spicytasty, I also would rather have it with bread but was too lazy to make any that night :D Thanks for the comment :)

~ Cynthia, You should definitely try some sometime, It's such a tasty dish :)

vimmi said...

looks great Meeso,

We dont add milk or cream. But rajma chawal (rice) IS THE Uultimate comfort food for me. Nice pics.

Passionate baker...& beyond said...

Hail you big curry chief Doris!!! BOW!! Great looking Rajma...I make one too, sometimes, the daughter loves it! LOL Deeba

meeso said...

~ Vimmi, Thank you :)

~ :)) Deeba, That was a great laugh I got reading your comment...Thanks so much!

Vcuisine said...

It's too good meeso. Viji

meeso said...

~ Viji, Thanks :)

zlamushka said...

Hi, this is my first time here. Meeso (cute name), I like the way you cook and write. It looks very homey.

meeso said...

~ Zlamushka, Thank you for stopping by :) Meeso was the nick-name given to my daughter when she was very little and I have adopted it as my internet name...I agree, It's very cute :D Thank you for your nice comments and I hope to see you again!