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rajma sundal recipe

red kidney beans recipe south indian style
Prep Time8 hrs
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time8 hrs 40 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: South Indian
Keyword: rajma recipes, south indian recipes, stir fry recipes, sundal recipes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Jinoo Jayakrishnan
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to pressure cook rajma

  • 1/2 cup rajma beans - soaked overnight
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • salt to taste

to make sundal

  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/8 tsp urad dal
  • 1 tsp chana dal
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 medium onion - finely chopped
  • 1 no carrot - grated
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

coconut paste

  • 1/8 cup coconut grated
  • 1 no green chilli
  • 1 inch ginger


  • soak the rajma overnight. pressure cook it with 2 cups water, salt and turmeric powder to 5-6 whistle. 
  • open and strain the water. heat oil in a pan. 
  • crackle mustard seeds, urad dal, chana dal, curry leaves, chopped onions, grated carrots, salt to taste and fry for a minute or two. 
  • grind coconut , green chilli and ginger to a coarse paste without adding water. add the paste to the pan along with cooked rajma. 
  • mix well and let it cook until moisture leaves. 
  • lastly, add chopped coriander leaves and mix well. serve hot !



  1. soak rajma at least for 5-6 hours to get it cooked soft and tender. if you forget to do this, then soak in hot water for 3 hours. 
  2. you can reduce the coconut quantity according to your taste. 
  3. you can also add a pinch of garam masala for an extra flavour.