Rajma Rice / Rajma Pulao

Meatless Mondays, One Pot Vegetarian Rice Dish and Everyday Lunch Menu – The Rajma Rice or Rajma Pulao is a sumptuous rice dish that will please the entire family.

Rajma Rice / Rajma Pulao

Are you always looking for easy one pot vegetarian rice recipes? A Recipe that is filling, healthy and loved by the family? Well, Rajma Rice or Rajma Pulao is the perfect solution to your weeknight meals / lunch box idea / quick weekend meal and / or simply hosting a group of friends / guests visiting home.

Rajma Rice or Rajma Pulao is a delicious combination of soft boiled kidney beans, basic spices and Aromatic Long Grain Basmati Rice. An Ideal vegetarian meal plan for Meatless Mondays. It is a complete dish by itself and does not need any side dish or vegetables. A simple Raita during summers is good enough! For winters, I would opt for a simple chopped salad.

I am sure in many homes, it must be a marathon of sorts early morning packing kids tiffin box and then planning lunch for self or other family members. The Rajma Recipe serves as an ideal filling tiffin box recipe for the kids long break in school as well as a hearty lunch for the adults at work.

If you are looking for such quick and easy One Pot Vegetarian Rice Varieties then please try Broccoli Rice, Maharashtrian Tondli Bhaat (Ivy Gourd Rice) or Chhole Pulao (a combination of chickpeas and rice)

Delicious One Pot Rajma Rice Served

Why you must try Rajma Rice / Rajma Pulao at home?

  • Rajma or Kidney Beans as they are called, are extremely filling Legumes.
  • Great way to included protein in your diet in the form of beans.
  • Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian and Plant Based Meal for the entire family
  • Budget Friendly – Most ingredients available in your refrigerator or kitchen pantry.
  • Can be easily prepped a day in advance for busy mornings.

While I have served Rajma Rice with Onion Raita, you can opt for some delicious serving suggestions from the blog like Lauki Ka Raita (Bottle Gourd) or Mixed Vegetable Raita.

Before we begin the process of cooking Rajma Rice, let us first deal with frequently asked questions about Rajma or Kidney beans.

How long should Rajma be soaked?

Ideally Rajma or Kidney beans should be kept for soaking overnight or say 8 hours at the maximum. The longer you allow the beans to soak, the faster they cook.

How can I soften Rajma or Kidney beans quickly?

If you are short of time, soak the rajma or kidney beans in boiling water for say 4 – 5 hours and then give it some extra cooking time in the pressure cooker. I do not personally recommend less soaking time for any beans.Overnight or 8 hours is recommended.

What variety of Rajma is best for the recipe?

I normally use the light brown colour for the traditional Rajma (gravy). For this particular recipe, I have used the Himalayan Rajma (bought it from my recent trip) which is crimson red in colour and the beans are smaller in size as compared to the brown ones. You can use any variety, as available in your pantry.

Rajma or Kidney Beans

Key Ingredients for Rajma Rice / Rajma Pulao

Ingredients to cook Rajma Rice

Step by Step Process of Making Rajma Rice or Rajma Pulao at home

  • Let us first start by soaking the Basmati Rice for 15 minutes with 2 cups of water.
  • Heat a Kadhai or pan, add oil and cumin seeds or jeera. Once they are slightly brown, add the whole spices like cloves, cinnamon stick, bay leaves, javitri or mace.
  • Saute the whole spices until you get a nice aroma (on low heat). Now add the grated garlic and ginger, saute well until the raw smell goes off.
  • Add sliced onions, Saute until they are translucent.
  • Now add the turmeric powder, red chilli powder, garam masala. Mix well.
  • Add the cooked Rajma followed by the basmati rice (drain the water and add)
  • Mix well, add salt to taste and switch off the flame.
  • Transfer the contents to a cooker vessel with a lid, add water 1 1/2 cups and pressure cook until the rice and rajma have cooked well.
  • Serve piping hot with Raita and pickles.
Rajma Rice tastes best with onion raita
One Pot Rajma Rice

Rajma Rice / Rajma Pulao

Aromatic Basmati Rice combined with Rajma or Kidney beans, select spices make a wholesome and delicious one pot Rajma Rice or Rajma Pulao. Enjoy it for lunch with raita and papad or pack it in lunch box with some salad on the side.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: One Pot Rice Dish, Rajma Pulao, Rajma Rice
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 3 people

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Basmati Rice 1 cup is 250 ml measurement
  • 1 1/2 cups Water For cooking + Extra as required for soaking the rice and Rajma separately
  • 2 cups Cooked Rajma or Kidney Beans 1 cup is 200 ml measurement
  • 2 nos. Onions (sliced) 1 large and 1 medium size used for this recipe
  • 2 tbsp Ginger Garlic Both grated or minced
  • 4-5 nos Cloves or Lavang
  • 2 nos. Bay leaves or Tej Patta
  • 1 nos. Javitri or Mace
  • 1/2 inch x 2 Dalchini or Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Jeera or Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala powder
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  • Soak the Basmati Rice for 15 minutes with 2 cups of water.
  • Heat a Kadhai or pan, add oil and cumin seeds or jeera. Once they are slightly brown, add the whole spices like cloves, cinnamon stick, bay leaves, javitri or mace
  • Saute the whole spices until you get a nice aroma (on low heat). Now add the grated garlic and ginger, saute well until the raw smell goes off.
  • Add sliced onions, Saute until they are translucent.
  • Now add the turmeric powder, red chilli powder, garam masala. Mix well.
  • Add the cooked Rajma followed by the basmati rice (drain the water and add)
  • Mix well, add salt to taste and switch off the flame.
  • Transfer the contents to a cooker vessel, add water 1 1/2 cups and pressure cook until the rice and rajma have cooked well.
  • Serve piping hot with Raita and pickles.

Notes

  • This whole recipe can be made in a small pressure cooker too and there would be no need to transfer the contents in a separate vessel etc for cooking either. Since I own a 10 litre cooker, I tend to follow this method as I cook few other things too along with the rice. 
  • I have pressure cooked the Rajma or kidney beans for atleast 4 to 5 whistles before adding the same to the rice. Rajma takes a while to cook so I precooked it slightly so that it doesn’t remain uncooked in the centre. Uncooked beans cause flatulence so always boil / cook them well. 
  • If you like, add any other masala like biryani masala etc in lieu of Garam Masala.
  • You can bulk cook this one pot rice dish and store in your refrigerator. Stays fresh for couple of days. Good to feed a crowd. 
  • I have made this rice recipe with very little oil. You can opt for ghee too. 

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Vidya Narayan

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Vidya Narayan

Hi Everyone, I am Vidya Narayan & Welcome to my blog MasalaChilli. Born in a Traditional Palakkad Iyer (South Indian) Family with strong value systems to an exceptionally strong and independent Single Mom, spent most of my childhood studying well (as most Iyer girls do).

This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Looks so beautiful! Thanks for sharing a wonderful lunch box recipe.

    1. my pleasure and glad you liked it.

    1. thank you so much Jyoti. Where have you been?

      1. Enjoying my vacation in India😍 and all the delicious food cooked by MIL.
        Will be back soon. Thanks for asking Vidya. ❤️ This means a lot.

      2. Arre wah! Sounds great! Enjoy all the attention and food! Come back soon! Take care dear.

      3. Thank you so much ❤️

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