Kidney Beans

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Serves 2-3

Kidney beans (rajma) are some of the healthiest most nutritious beans to have in one's diet. They are full of proteins. I have several ways that I normally prepare them. Sometimes with coconut milk, other times with spring onions and soya sauce, sometimes with boneless chicken.

But this simple basic recipe is one of the best because you get to experience the full flavour of the lovely beans. Beans on rice is (for my family) the ultimate homely simple comfort food.

1 cup
kidney beans, washed then soaked overnight
fresh tomatoes
leaves methi/fenugreek
4 tbsp
onion chopped very fine or grated
1 tbsp
tomato paste
1/4 tsp
turmeric powder
1 tsp
cumin powder
1 tsp
coriander powder
1/2 tsp
garlic paste
2 tbsp
fresh coriander leaves n stems chopped
green chillies
(can be increased or omitted according to taste)
salt to taste

Drain the kidney beans, they will have expanded to about 2-3 times the original volume.

Blend the tomatoes with their skin, along with the coriander leaves and the green chillies to a smooth paste.

Heat the oil in a pressure cooker, add the fenugreek leaves, followed by the garlic paste. Stir for a minute, then add the onions. Fry until they are translucent. Add the tomato paste and the spices (cumin, turmeric, coriander powders) and let these fry for a few minutes on low heat.

Then add the blended tomatoes and let this cook/simmer until the gravy thickens and the raw tomato smell diminishes.

Then add the kidney beans plus some salt and stir together for a few minutes.

Finally add about 3-4 cups water and let it come to a boil. Cover the pressure cooker, and cook on medium heat for about 10-12 minutes.

Once the pressure/steam is released, open the pressure cooker and check the beans. If they are done, then sprinkle with a bit of coriander leaves and serve. If not yet, then cover and cook for another 2-3 minutes. This depends on the type of kidney beans you have, some take longer than others.

If you prefer more gravy with your beans, you can add some water after the kidney beans are done and let it simmer for a few minutes. Mash some of the kidney beans to thicken the gravy to a lovely consistency.

I've served my beans with simple boiled/steamed rice, some saucy fish fillets and a bit of sweet & sour mango pickle/chundo, but you can serve them with chapatis/parathas, or as preferred!


Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, it can be bought ready-made from the stores.

how do u make tomato paste.

Salaam Fauzia, do you need to soak tinned kidney beans?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, no need to soak the tinned ones. They are already cooked, you just drain them and use in the recipe.

Jazakallah! :) :)

A.a.what is methi/fenugreek leaves in swahili n where d i get them here at mombasa,shukran...

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, they are called methi leaves, they are like dania only short and round. You can find them in the market where dania is normally sold.

salam can we use the dry methi leaves instead ofthe fresh ones?if yes then how many tsp?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, yes you can, just a pinch or two will do as the dried ones are quite potent.

hi, if I am using canned kidney beans, do I still have to do them in pressure cooker...some or your recipes say to use pressure cooker and I don't have one so can just boiling normal do or not?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Hi, canned kidney beans are already precooked so you do not need to pressure cook them. Just drain and use them in the recipe.