Rajma – Red Kidney Bean Curry


Rajma – Red Kidney Bean Curry

Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 4 People


  • 800 g canned tomatoes
  • 800 g canned Red Kidney beans, drained (drained weight 500g)
  • 2 Tbs ginger paste
  • 40 g oil
  • 2 Tbs Rajma masala powder
  • 2 tspn ground turmeric
  • 15 g black cardamom pods
  • 4 cloves
  • 1/4 stick cinnamon
  • 1/4 fresh long green chillies, sliced
  • 1/2 birds eye chilli, sliced
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 Tbs brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs vegetable stock paste
  • 1 good pinch of asafoetida
  • Salt to taste


  • Add tomatoes, sugar, stock paste and salt and cook 5 min/100°C/speed 1, then blend 20 sec/speed 4-7, increasing speed gradually from speed 4 to speed 7.  – set aside
  • Add ginger paste, oil and curry leaves, asafoetida and sauté 6 min/100°C/speed 1.
  • Add half the tomato mixture, 2 Tbsp Rajma masala powder and beans. Cook 10min/90°C/ reverse /speed 1.
  • Serve hot with rice or hot puris.
  • Freeze the other half of the tomato mixture for next time.

HERE’S HOW WE MADE IN virtual cooking experience–with no onion or garlic

    My Tips

    • ramped up the ginger paste to 2tbsp
    • added ½ sliced green chilli and ¼ birds eye chilli
    • 1 sprig of curry leaves
    • 1 good pinch of asafoetida
    • 1 tbsp vegetable stock paste
    •  2 heaped tbsp of Rajma masala powder
    • Add whole spices – 3 green cardamom, 4 cloves and ½ stick of cinnamon


    How To Options:
    You can add cream and 1 tbsp of ghee to finish, we omitted to keep it vegan in virtual cooking experience. 
    Serve this for breakfast on toast or poach eggs in the rajama for an Indian inspired Shakshuka
    Serve with rice that has been cooked with ½ tspn cumin seeds, a couple of cloves, ¼ cinnamon stick, ¼ tspn salt.  
    When rice has finished cooking add 1tbsp of ghee through it (but not if you are keeping it vegan).   These whole spices will echo the spices of the curry and give the rice a lot of flavour.  
    Keyword lentils, no onion no garlic, thermomix,, vegan option, vegetarian