Rajma Pulao

Pulao and Qorma is one combination I love. And this particualar combination of Rajma Pulao with Vegetable Qorma is my favourite. Try it once and you will love it.

I had prepared it for dinner yesterday night after having Cabbage Pakodas for iftaar. I will be posting the recipe for the pakodas soon. During this month I haven’t got much time to post. Only two days more, and Ramadhan, the holy month will go away, and we will have to wait for an another year to for this auspicious month to again arrive. Eid, our festival, which we celebrate at the end of Ramadhan might be on this Saturday. On Eid we usually prepare dishes like ‘Nihari‘, ‘Biryani‘, ‘Cholay‘ and ‘Sheer Kurma’, a sweet dish which we muslims especially prepare on Eid of Ramadhan which is called as Eid-Ul-Fitr.

On Eid, we get up early, and the men and women go to mosque and offer the Eid Prayers, some women offer their prayers for Eid at home. We then greet our relatives and spend the day together with our loved ones. We celebrate Eid for the three days after Ramadhan. Back in India, we used to have a grand celebration on Eid, with our all relatives and loved ones visiting and greeting each other, the whole day.

Rajma Pulao – Red Kidney Beans and Rice Casserole

One of my friend had once invited me and she served Rajma Pulao. I had loved it and that day, I decided someday I will try to prepare that dish in my own way. So, yesterday, i was all set and we had Rajma Pulao with Vegetable Kurma, it was one yummy dinner which we enjoyed a lot. It didnt take a lot of time and I was very happy over my own successful experiment of preparing my version of Rajma Pulao.

Rajma Pulao – Red Kidney Beans and Rice Casserole


  • Long Grained Basmati Rice – 2 cups
  • Salt – 1 tbsp
  • Black Peppercorns – 4
  • Green cardamom – 2
  • Cinnamon – one 2 inch stick
  • Cloves – 2
  • Onion – 1, large, sliced thin
  • Oil – 6 tbsp
  • Sesame seeds – 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Cashewnuts – 2 tbsp
  • Green chillies – 2, sliced lengthwise
  • Dried Red Chillies – 1
  • Shredded/Grated Coconut – 2 tbsp
  • Canned Red Kidney Beans – 1 Can


  • Make a bouquet garni with black peppercorns, green cardamom, cinnamon and cloves.
  • Boil five cups of water in a heavy bottomed bowl on stovetop and add the salt and the prepared bouquet garni to it. Once the water is boiling nicely, squeeze and remove the bouquet garni and add the rice and set the gas temp to 8 level.
  • After 3-4 minutes, take some grains of rice in a spoon from the boiling water and test them if they are soft enough. Once they are just soft, drain the water and adjust the gas level now to 2, and put the bowl of rice onto the stovetop and cover well.
  • Remove the bowl from heat after 2-3 minutes once the steam has nicely formed.
  • Meanwhile open and put the red kidney beans in a colander and wash them well in a water bath, taking care that you do not break the beans into pieces.
  • Pour 2 tbsp ghee/butter/oil into a pan and add the mustard seeds, sesame seeds, cashewnuts and green chillies and dried red chillies. Let them splutter up a bit. Then add the red kidney beans. Give it a careful stir and add this to the prepared rice.Mix it well with the rice
  • Pour 4 tbsp of butter/oil/ghee in a heavy bottom pan and fry the onions till brown and crisp. Remove in a paper towel and garnish the rice with the fried onion and serve hot.


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13 Responses to “Rajma Pulao”

  1. hi mona

    wonderful pics as always n very mouth watering…wil sure give it a try

  2. Very easy method of preparation…heathy too…Picture looks very nice..Thanx for the recipe ..!

  3. Rajma Pulao looks delish.. and easy n neat recipe..Thanks..:))

  4. Thats a great combination…
    i love to make pulao as they become one dish meals and having the right combination with rice is very essential (thats what i feel ) to get the right taste.
    I will surely try this and let you know…
    Mona how do you get the signature at the end of your post and how do you get your name on the photos ? can you please help me.

  5. Mona I just love this, but not with tinned one 🙂 Will post my version soon. Very nice. Viji

  6. delish combo Mona……very nice pic ….and yes EID MUBARAK in advance 🙂

  7. I was looking for Rajma Rice lately, guess I can try the pulao version too…that platter looks lovely Mona!

  8. Gorgeous color. Last night I was thinking I should soak some Rajma. Now I know what to do with it!:))

  9. It looks great! Rajma is one little bean I can’t get enough of…right after my favorite garbanzo 😀

  10. Hi Mona! Lovely pulao! Rajma-chawal is my most favorite food on earth 🙂 Would love to try this recipe!

  11. Rajma pulav with kurma sounds fabulous.
    Best wishes for the festivalseason! 🙂

  12. Eid Mubarak, dear! thats one lovely pulaav and like your korma recipe too :).

    Hope you had a great time with your family and friends for the festival.


  13. simpleanddelicious Says:

    Thanks for the wishes, Mona..My Eid was good, could see many relatives and friends..:)

    I love rice recipes, especially trying out various biyanis and pulavs..
    will try this also.Thanks dear.

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