How to make Rajma Biryani -

Especially for the vegetarians – rajma cooked with basmati rice and masalas to make a delicious biryani.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Kidney beans (राजमा), Basmati rice (बासमती चावल)

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Rice

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Rajma Biryani

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History of Indian cuisine dates back to nearly 5,000-years ago when various groups and cultures interacted with India that led to a diversity of flavours and regional cuisines.
Indian cuisine comprises of a number of regional cuisines.  The diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group and occupations, these cuisines differ from each other mainly due to the use of locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions. 
Foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism had introduced certain foods to the country like potato, chillies and breadfruit.    

Prep Time : 5-6 hour

Cook time : 31-40 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Rajma Biryani Recipe

  • Kidney beans boiled 1 cup

  • Basmati rice soaked and drained 1½ cups

  • Ghee 1½ tablespoons + 2 teaspoons

  • Onions sliced 2 medium

  • Ginger-garlic paste 2 teaspoons

  • Green chillies slit 2

  • Cloves 3-4

  • Green cardamoms 2-3

  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

  • Garam masala powder 1 teaspoon

  • Turmeric powder ¼ teaspoon

  • Ginger cut into juliennes 1 inch

  • Green cardamom powder ½ teaspoons

  • Browned Onions 1 cup

  • Salt to taste

  • Kidney beans stock 3 cups

  • Thick yogurt ¼ cup

  • Fresh mint leaves chopped, 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon

  • coriander leaves chopped, 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon

  • coriander leaves 2 teaspoons

  • Fresh mint sprigs for garnishing


Step 1

Heat ghee in a non-stick pan. Add sliced onions and sauté for a minute.

Step 2

Add ginger-garlic paste, green chillies, mix and sauté for 2 minutes.

Step 3

Add cloves, green cardamoms, red chilli powder, ½ teaspoon garam masala powder, turmeric powder, ginger juliennes and ¼ teaspoon green cardamom powder, mix well and sauté for a minute.

Step 4

Add ½ cup browned onions, mix and sauté for 2-3 minutes.

Step 5

Add kidney beans, mix and cook for 2 minutes. Add salt and stock, stir to mix and bring to a boil on high heat.

Step 6

Add yogurt and mix well. Add ½ tablespoon chopped mint and ½ tablespoon chopped coriander and mix well. Add lemon juice, mix well and cook for 2 minutes.

Step 7

Add rice and mix well. Reduce heat, add remaining chopped mint and coriander and some browned onion. Sprinkle remaining garam masala powder, remaining cardamom powder and 2 teaspoons ghee. Cover and cook on low heat for 10-15 minutes or till the rice is fully cooked.

Step 8

Transfer biryani in a serving bowl. Garnish with remaining browned onions, 1 teaspoon chopped mint and 1 teaspoon chopped coriander, ginger juliennes and a mint sprig and serve hot.

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