Instant Pot Rajma

Rajma, an Indian kidney bean dish, involves kidney beans simmered with Indian spices. This is a typical Punjabi recipe that is enjoyed with rice by all!

Instant Pot Rajma

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: kidney beans, Rajma
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 3


  • 1 cup dried kidney beans soaked overnight
  • 1/2 onion roughly chopped
  • 1/4 Serrano pepper
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • 1 tsp ginger minced
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • pinch cayenne optional
  • 1 cup fresh tomato puree
  • 1 cup water
  • cilantro garnish


  • Blend together Serrano pepper and onions ina food processor and set aside.
  • Put oil and cumin seeds into the Instant Pot and select “Sauté”.
  • Sauté for about 1 minute and add blended Serrano mixture.
  • Stir fry for 10 minutesuntil the mixture turns brown.
  • Stir in garlic, ginger, bay leafand spices and add pureed tomatoes.
  • Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally and add water and kidney beans.
  • Select “Manual” and set at “high pressure” for about 30 minutes.
  • Select “cancel” and release the pressure naturally.
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve with roti or rice.


Calories: 304kcal Carbohydrates: 41g Protein: 14g Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g Monounsaturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 1g Sodium: 982mg Potassium: 887mg Fiber: 10g Sugar: 2g Vitamin A: 38IU Vitamin C: 6mg Calcium: 67mg Iron: 5mg
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