Punjabi Rajma Masala

Red kidney bean curry with garlic, black pepper and Knorr smoked tomato chilli pots

Winters are for comfort food and Rajma chawal is a favourite for many of us. Spiced kidney bean curry with ginger, chilli and cumin, this hearty curry is served with plain rice, pickled salad, and green chillies. Traditionally the curry is slow cooked and includes several steps to get the that rich luscious gravy Rajma is known for. I’ve been using the Knorr Veggie Cook’s Essential Range smoked chilli and tomato flavour. The smokiness in the stock pot and the vibrant colour gives the kidney bean curry a delicious rich flavour and depth. This recipe is perfect for a midweek family meal that’s simple and accessible. The Knorr Veggie Cook’s Essentials Range is vegan friendly and gluten free as well. It also comes in two other flavours: Kaffir Lime & Ginger and Paprika & Sun-dried Tomato.


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over a medium flame. Add cumin seeds and as they sizzle add onions. Fry for 10-12 minutes as they soften and go light brown

  2. Add the garlic and fry for a minute stirring well. Add kidney beans along with the Knorr smoked chilli tomato stock pots and coriander powder. Stir well for a minute

  3. Add pepper and season to taste. Add water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes over a low heat with the lid on. Stir halfway through cooking

  4. Mash a few of the kidney beans to thicken the curry slightly. Turn the heat off and add lime juice, coriander, and ginger to garnish. Serve warm with chapattis or pulao.

  • Marzenna

    Hello Maunika, masala looks very tasty but I have a problem with Knorr Stock Pot Smoked Chilli & Tomato. We have no such a product in our Polish shops. Do you think I may use something else instead?

  • mian bilal

    Hello maunika, i am from pakistan in pakistan how can i make what is the pakistani name of rajama kindly tell me because it look very tast and yummy and i want to make this

  • Joseph Evans

    Hi Maunika, have you taken down your old Rajma recipe? That was one of my favourite of yours so very disappointing to see it replaced with this using premade ingredients!

  • Naveed Ahmad

    Thanks for sharing…Checkout my profile by Clicking here to find fresh dairy products…


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