Restaurant Style Rajma

How to Make Restaurant Style Rajma | Rajma recipe

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What is Restaurant Style Rajma?

Restaurant style rajma is creamy and delectable rajma recipe that doesn’t require more than 30 minutes or onions or garlic. Yes, it is a “no onion no garlic” rajma masala recipe” but is absolutely rich and flavourful. Rajma chawal as in rajma masala and rice is a staple Sunday lunch in most of the Punjabi households. However, rajma masala can also be served with chapattis, parathas etc.

Let’s talk about the ingredients for rajma recipe

There is a variety of rajma available in the market. You can pick any rajma of your choice for this restaurant style rajma recipe. It’s a tomato based recipe. And believe me tomato puree does more justice to it instead of pureed tomatoes. Tomato puree makes the gravy absolutely smooth and silky. The gravy has been flavoured with finely chopped ginger and green chilli and dried fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi). Further to add richness to Restaurant Style Rajma recipe heavy cream has been added.

Other rajma recipe on the blog is one pot rajma etc.

Restaurant Style Rajma recipe

Passive time  8-10 hours of soaking time
Preparation time  10 minutes
Cooking time  15 minutes
Total time  25 minutes
Serves/Makes  4 persons

Ingredients for Rajma Recipe

To boil Rajma

1 cup kidney beans (rajma)

3 cups water or as much required

1 pinch baking soda

To make spice mix

2 cloves (laung)

6-7 black pepper corns (sabut kali mirch)

1” piece of cinnamon (dalchini)

2 green cardamoms (chhoti elaichi)

1 black cardamom (badi elaichi)

To make gravy

2 tbsp oil

1 bay leaf (tej patta)

1 cup tomato puree or 3 large tomatoes pureed

1 tbsp dried fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi)

1 tbsp finely chopped ginger and green chilli

1 tsp red chilli powder

1 tsp coriander powder

Salt to taste

2 tbsp heavy cream

To garnish

Handful of dried fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi)

Handful of chopped coriander leaves

1-2 tbsp heavy cream

How to make Restaurant Style Rajma Masala

  1. To boil rajma: Pressure cook 1 cup rajma with 3 cups water and a pinch of baking soda.
  2. Cook on high flame till first whistle and thereafter on low flame for 10-12 minutes or till rajma is soft and cooked.
  3. To make spice mix: Dry roast 2 cloves (laung), 6-7 black pepper corns (sabut kali mirch), 1” piece of cinnamon (dal chini), 2 green cardamoms (chhoti elaichi), 1 black cardamom (badi elaichi) till aromatic.
  4. Let the whole spices cool down. Grind to a fine powder using a pastel mortal or grinder.
  5. To make gravy for rajma masala: Heat 2 tbsp oil. Add 1 bay leaf and cook till aromatic.
  6. Add 1 cup tomato puree.
  7. Cover and cook till oil oozes.
  8. Add 1 tbsp finely chopped ginger and green chillies. Cook for 1 minute.
  9. Add 1 tsp red chilli powder and 1 tsp coriander powder. Cook for 1 minute.
  10. Add 2 tbsp heavy cream.
  11. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  12. Add 1 tbsp dried fenugreek leaves. Cook for 30 seconds.
  13. Add boiled rajma.
  14. Let it simmer for 10-12 minutes. Add water if required.
  15. Add spice mix.
  16. Add salt to taste. Let it simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  17. Finish off restaurant style rajma masala recipe with handful of dried fenugreek leaves, handful of chopped coriander leaves and little heavy cream.
  18. Serve with jeera rice and sirke wala pyaaz. Bon appétit.


  • The cooking time of rajma varies according to the variety of rajma used.
  • You can add salt at the time of pressure cooking. I forgot adding it then therefore added later.
  • The spices can be adjusted as per taste.





How to make restaurant style rajma







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