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Kidney Bean Chili, Indian Style (Rajma in Masala)

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“This is one of the signature dishes of North India, and is spicy, aromatic, flavourful, and simply out of this world! For the authentic feel, try to stick to the original recipe ingredients as much as possible, but you may also use suitable substitutes as mentioned. This is from "Vegetable Delights" by Malini Bisen. Note: Prep. time does not include pre-soaking time for the beans.”
1hr 40mins
5 cups

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash the kidney beans well and soak in water overnight.
  2. Next morning, steam them until tender; or cook in a large pot of water for about an hour or until tender.
  3. Remove 1/2 cup of cooked beans, crush coarsely and keep aside.
  4. Grind 1 onion, ginger, coriander seeds, chili peppers, cumin, turmeric, peppercorns, and cinnamon to a very fine paste.
  5. Heat ghee in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  6. Add the chopped onions and saute until golden brown.
  7. Add the ground paste and saute, sprinkling water occasionally, until the ghee starts separating from the paste.
  8. Add the cooked beans (not the crushed beans), stir for a while and add salt and dried mango powder.
  9. Pour 3 cups of water and add the crushed beans.
  10. Mix well and bring to a boil, twice.
  11. Serve hot over steamed rice, chappatis, or whole-wheat tortillas.

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