Rajma Chawal/ Vegeterian Chilli

Weekend always bring this extra smile on my face, the cheek to cheek smile 🙂 🙂 🙂 Sometimes, I wonder how our life would be without any weekend. Can you guys even think about it??!! Did you know that the present-day concept of the weekend first arose from Dies Solis (Day of the Sun) decreed by Constantine and the Biblical Sabbath. The first five-day work week was instituted by a New England cotton mill and it wasn’t until 1940 that the two-day weekend began nation-wide. Well, I just want to THANK the person who invented weekend!

This weekend was fun! We did SHOPPING and lots of shopping. Yeah! I am one of those girls who loves to shop anytime and every time 😀 At times, it works out as a stress buster for me.. How silly does that sound? Back in Bangalore, I and few of my girlfriends used to spend the whole day on window shopping. Try out diff outfits, do our very own fashion show and then come back home after eating a heavy meal outside. Some days, it used to be serious shopping and we used to return home with dozen of bags and way too tired.

OK, enough of talking about shopping, lets talk about my today’s recipe. If Chili is one of America’s favorite dishes, then Rajma is one of North Indian’s favorite dishes and the fun part is that they are cooked almost the same way except for few changes here and there. Maybe, Rajma can also be called as Vegetarian Chili. That is just my guess, at least that’s what I felt when I fist ate Chili. My instant reaction was.. it’s Rajma with a twist 😀 So, here comes my version of Rajma


  • 2 cups red kidney beans
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, pureed
  • 5 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tbs garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 jalapenos, finely chopped
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp chilly powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • salt
  • oil

Directions :

Soak the kidney beans in water overnight.

Boil them using either a pressure cooker or in a pan with some salt. Make sure you boil them till they are little tender and keep them aside.

In a wok or a deep pan, heat some oil and add the cinnamon stick and bay leaves.

Next, add garlic and ginger and saute them for around 2 minutes.

Add the onions and saute them till they are transulent

Now, add the tomato puree, chopped jalapenos, salt and keep cooking in low heat. Avoid burning it and don’t add any water.

Add cumin powder, coriander powder and chilly powder and then, cook for another few minutes.

Lastly, add the boiled red kidneys to the pan. Then, add 2 cups hot water and let it simmer till the gravy is thick.

Garnish it with chopped cilantro and serve it hot with white rice.

Sharing this dish with Mouthwatering Monday, Just Another Meatless Monday, Midnight Maniac Meatless Monday, Hearth and Soul Hop

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Vimitha says:

Superb clicks and good recipe for rotis /rice

Priya says:

Wat a beautiful clicks, rajma chawal makes me hungry..

What a lovely presentation. I make vegetarian chili all the time, but it sure doesn’t look as good as yours 🙂

Manu says:

Great pictures Kankana! This dish sounds so yummy. I love beans! I will have to try it! 🙂

Love your take on vegetarian chilli, looks delish! I actually prefer vegetarian to a meat chilli. Thanks for sharing.

This sounds so delicioussss, and it does look stunning…
So you like to shop? hmm shopping is my best friend LOL..we have something in-common!

RS says:

This is my favorite one…Looks Scrumptious

I will never get tired of shopping! Ha! What a great recipe to recharge after a great day!

Priti says:

Looks so gud and nice pics …

sonia says:

The rajma chawal are looking awesome, just cant resist to make a platter for myself, its has come out really nice, Kankana !

Your photographs are wonderful – absolutely mouthwatering! I love the spices you have used as well – what great flavours!

Tempting click and looks delicious!

Another mouthwatering recipe! This looks just delicious. We eat chili in some form or other a lot during the cold weather, either beef or chicken or turkey, but Adam, being a committed carnivore, tends to eschew the vegetarian varieties. This is so flavorful though I’m sure he’ll go back for seconds!

delicious flavours haven’t added jalapeno before

Christy says:

Your dish has almost all the same spices as my chili – the cinnamon would be the only real difference and I bet it lends a wonderful element to the dish. It looks delicious and I love that it is served over rice – thanks for sharing this with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop!

Tiffany says:

This is such beautiful plating! And I love the chiles in the chili! MmmmmmmmMMMMMmmmmm 😀

OohLooKBel says:

I wouldn’t like to imagine a world without weekends *shiver*. This dish looks delicious, and the kidney beans would taste fantastic with all those spices and the tomato.

tigerfish says:

The chili and spices in the dish tempt me!
Shopping tempts me too 😛

Bumped in here for the first time..u have a awesome space here with great collection of recipes..Glad to follow you.
Rajma chawal is one of my favorite, such a comforting meal..yours looks delicious..and lovely pictures too!

What a beautiful dish! How wonderful to serve it over rice. Can’t wait to try it!

sukanya says:

loved your version of rajma chawal with a twist, the dish cant be ignored and great comfort food

eizel says:

I love that this looks lighter than the classic chili – comforting but not one the would send you sleeping as soon as you’re done 🙂

Raji says:

One of my favourite north indian dish..I love the colour kankana..the pictures and presentation are lovely.

I have to agree with everyone about the pictures – they’re lovely!

This looks delicious, I love all of the ingedients. I’ll have to make it soon.

Krithi says:

Picture Perfect.. Yummy preparation.. Keep rocking…
I was nodding to all your memories on Bangalore…Oh.. how I miss those days…
Herbs & Flowers in my Platter – Coriander/Cilantro

aipi says:

Ooopss… I’m damn hungry now and I guess, it was a bad idea to look at your blog now. I’m drooling drooling… Rajma- chaawal is my all time fav comfort food..loved the first photo very much..

And yes..shopping is very therapeutic n a great stress buster and I LOVE shopping too :))))

US Masala

Angi says:

Looks delicious! I think you’re right. It looks close to the chili I made a few days ago. Love the photo!

looks damn good kankana ! and yes shopping is a great stress-buster; if not buy ogling at all things bright n beautiful instantly peps me up !! and hey i loved ur comment on the savithri-vrat- but india is india because of its unity in diversity !!

Looks really good! Love the colours and it must be so flavoursome!

Oh this chili sounds incredible and I love the way that you served it! Beautiful!

Harini says:

Kankana, thank you for visiting my blog. You have a beautiful space too. Rajma chaawal is a favourite comfort food of mine. You make it look extremely appetizing too:).