Recipe – Curried Beans Kidney Beans (Rajma)

(enough for 4 persons ; soaking time: 8 hours; cooking time: 30 – 40 minutes)


  • 1 cup kidney or pinto beans soaked for 8 hours or overnight
  • 1 tablespoons (20 ml) olive oil or Ghee or any other oil added for boiling the beans
  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons (40 ml) olive oil or Ghee or any other oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2 ml) yellow asafoetida powder
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) green chili, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) cumin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons (20 ml) ground coriander seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon (2 ml) ajwain
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2 ml) garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) turmeric
  • 2 tablespoon (40 ml) grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons (40 ml) tomato paste or 2 Cut Tomatoes or half of both
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) salt
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon (20 ml) chopped fresh cilantro for garnish


  1. Wash the kidney beans in running water.
  2. Soak the kidney beans in 4 cups of water for alteast 8 hours or overnight at room temperature.
  3. Boil the beans with 1 tablespoon of oil until soft.
  4. Mash or press some of the beans with a laddle.
  5. Heat the oil in a small saucepan and saute the cumin seeds. Then add ginger, green chilli, ajwain, coriander powder and asafoetida.
  6. Add the tomatoes and/or tomato paste, turmeric, garam masala and salt. Stirring often, cook on moderate heat for about 10 minutes.
  7. Add the boiled and mashed beans. Add more water if you need it more liquidy. Simmer everything for another 10 minutes on moderate heat.
  8. In the end add lemon juice and fresh cilantro and serve hot with plain rice.


Recipe – Lemon Rice

(enough for 4 persons; cooking time: 30 – 40 minutes)

Lemon Rice


  • 1 cup rice
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons (any) oil
  • 1/2 cup cashew
  • 1/2 tablespoon urad dal
  • 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 teaspoon turmeric
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup fresh or dried coconut


  1. Wash rice in running water. Keep 3 cups of water, salt and rice for boiling on high heat.
  2. When the water starts to boil, reduce the heat to medium for 15-20 minutes. You may close the lid for last 5-10 minutes when the water has evaporated.
  3. Take out one grain of rice and if it can be easily pressed without any graininess, it means it is done.
  4. Heat the oil in a small saucepan and saute cashews.
  5. Then add urad dal and mustard seeds. Saute them till urad dal become little brown in color.
  6. Switch the stove off and add turmeric and coconut.
  7. Add the mixture to the pot of rice, along with lemon juice and fresh cilantro.
  8. Carefully mix everything so that the spices are mixed well with in every portion of the rice and rice does not get mushed.


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