Friday, 31 January 2014

Rajma Saagwala / Rajma Sirukeerai Poriyal

Rajma Saagwala / Rajma Sirukeerai Poriyal
Rajma Saagwala / Rajma Sirukeerai Poriyal

Rajma Saagwala is  a north indian style side-dish for roti or paranthas. Usually we prepare either kuzhambu or poriyal or kootu with siru keerai. But when i saw this recipe in a cookbook, i wanted to try it immediately. I made few changes and altered the recipe to my taste.Lets check the recipe,

Serves 3-4
Soaking time : Overnight
Preparation time :  10 mins
Cooking time : 20 mins
Recipe Source : "Dal Recipes" by Tarla Dalal

Ingredients :
  • 1/2 cup Rajma (Red Kidney Beans) - soaked overnight
  • 1 SiruKeerai Bunch (Amaranth / Chawli) - finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2-3 green chilies (or) dry red chilies
  • 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala - optional
  • asofoetida - a pinch
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
 Rajma Saagwala / Rajma Sirukeerai Poriyal

Method :
  • Soak rajma beans overnight in water. Wash and drain the water completely.  Pressure cook rajma beans and chopped siru keerai along with 2 and 1/2 cup water for 4-5 whistles.
  • Remove from the heat and once pressure settles, mash the mixture. Heat 1 or 2 tsp oil in a pan or kadhai.
  • Temper mustard seeds & dry red chilies. Add finely chopped onions and fry for a min on low flame.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste and saute a while. Add mashed rajma & siru keerai mixture. Stir well.

  • Add turmeric powder, asofoetida, cumin powder and salt to taste. Cook it covered on low flame for 10 mins. 
  • Sprinkle garam masala and cook it for another 5 mins. Remove from the heat and serve with roti or steamed rice.
Notes :
  • You can also add 1/4 cup cream, but it is optional.
  • Since we are adding 2 and 1/2 cup water to cook rajma beans and siru keerai, it wont be necessary to add water while cooking curry. I made it little dry, but if you want the curry to be watery then add 3/4 cup water and cook it.
Rajma Saagwala / Rajma Sirukeerai Poriyal

Rajma Saagwala / Rajma Sirukeerai Poriyal


  1. THat looks so fantastic Preeti!I love your props!!

  2. Looks really delicious, awesome clicks as always...

  3. Looks yum da, I love to eat rajma and greens but my fussy husband hates both. Must be superb and filling along with chapati

  4. beautiful combination..healthy way to eat our favorite food...

  5. Mouthwatering and wholesome looking rajma preparation.

  6. Lovely combo sis, you really think out of the box...

  7. Soo Healthy and sounds great combo...


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