How to make Rajma Pulao -

Rajma masala and rice is a great combination, but here both are combined in one dish – just tasty

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Red kidney beans (rajma) (राजमा), Rice (चावल)

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Rice

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Rajma Pulao

Rajma Pulao Recipe Card


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 : 7-8 hour

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Rajma Pulao Recipe

  • Red kidney beans (rajma) (soaked overnight and ¾ cooked) and cooking water 1 cup

  • Rice (soaked for 30 minutes and drained ) 1 1/2 cups

  • Ghee 2 tablespoons

  • Black peppercorns 8-10

  • Cloves 4-5

  • Green cardamoms 2-3

  • Medium onions sliced 2

  • Medium tomatoes chopped 2

  • Tomato puree 1/2 cup

  • Red chilli powder 2 teaspoons

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Garam masala powder 1 1/2 teaspoons

  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped 2 tablespoons

  • Salt to taste

  • Fresh coriander sprig for garnish


Step 1

Heat ghee in a pressure cooker, add peppercorns, cloves, green cardamoms and onions, mix well and saute till the onions turn golden brown.

Step 2

Add tomatoes and tomato puree, mix and saute till the oil separates.

Step 3

Add red chilli powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, coriander leaves and cooked red kidney beans and mix well.

Step 4

Add rice, salt and 3 cups of the reserved cooking water and mix well.

Step 5

Place the lid on the cooker and cook under pressure till 4 whistles are released. Open the cooker once the pressure settles completely.

Step 6

Transfer into a serving bowl, garnish with coriander sprig and serve hot.

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