North Indian Rajma Masala: We Answer 5 FAQs To Help You Make The Best Rajma Masala

When you say ‘comfort’, I hear ‘Rajma Masala’. Rajma Masala is one of the most loved and desirable North Indian curries to date. Made by cooking kidney beans in a tomato-based gravy, Rajma Masala is usually relished with long-grained rice or chapatis in the Northern states of India. However, the love and fame of Rajma Masala has transcended borders and is a favourite food of many Indians now. The rich, creamy and decadent curry has managed to tug at the heartstrings of foodies- both home and abroad. But agree to it or not, the comfort and taste of homemade Rajma Masala are incomparable to any fine-dining restaurant. However, making Rajma Masala is not all things easy. So, we have curated some of the frequently asked questions about Rajma Masala along with their answers to make relishing a wholesome bowl of Rajma Masala at home easy for you.

1. Which variety of Rajma should I use?

Ideally, it is advisable to use pink-coloured, stripped Rajma beans. However, in case of unavailability, you can also use dark-coloured Rajma beans.

2. Can I make Rajma Masala at home if I haven’t soaked the beans the night before?

Yes, you can. You just have to pour boiling water over your Rajma beans, cover and soak them for 1-2 hours. Boiling Rajma beans in cooker may also come in handy.

3. Why do my Rajmas take a long time to get cooked?

The time taken by Rajma beans to get cooked depends on their quality. For cooking them in less time, you must avoid aged beans.

4. How to thicken the Rajma gravy?

You can add mashed Rajma beans to your gravy to thicken it. However, blending half a cup of boiled beans in a blender and adding it to the curry base is a better option.

5. Can I skip adding cream and butter to my Rajma Masala?

Yes, you can skip adding cream and butter to your Rajma Masala. One can always go for vegan options and keep in mind their other dietary preferences too and tweak the dish accordingly

Nothing in the world should stop you from enjoying a piping hot, rich, creamy and delicious bowl of Rajma Masala along with rice. And we hope this article has made it easier for you to savour your favourite food. Here’s a quick Rajma Masala recipe for you to try.