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Rajma Chawal and Thayir Sadam By Chef Ajay Chopra

Rajma Chawal and Thayir Sadam

Also known as - Rajma Rice

Rajma chawal is a popular comfort food across North India while Thayir Sadam or curd rice is popular in south India. Chef Ajay Chopra shares the detailed recipe for these yummy dishes.
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Cooking Time

20-30 Min

Meal Type


Preparation Time

10-15 Min



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  • For Rajma

    • mustard oil

    • 1/2 tsp jeera

    • 2 - 3 cardamom

    • 2 black cardamom

    • 1 stick cinnamon

    • 2 - 3 kashmiri lal mirch

    • 2 bay leaf

    • 1/2 chopped onion

    • 1/2 cup chopped ginger

    • 1/2 cup chopped green chillies

    • 1/2 cup chopped garlic

    • 1 tsp salt

    • 1 tsp turmeric

    • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes

    • 1/2 cup kasuri methi (soaked in water)

    • 1 tsp red chilli powder

    • 1/2 bowl tomato puree

    • 1 bowl rajma (soaked in water overnight)

  • For curd rice

    • 1 cup over boiled rice

    • 1 cup curd

    • 1 tsp salt

    • 1/2 cup chopped coriander

  • For Tadka

    • 2 - 3 tbsp coconut oil

    • 1 tsp mustard seeds

    • 2 - 3 kashmiri red chillies

    • curry leaves

  • For garnish

    • 1 tbsp chana dal

    • 1 tsp urad tal

    • crushed fried cashews

    • ginger juliennes


  1. 1

    Heat mustard oil in a pan.
  2. 2

    Add jeera, cardamom, black cardamom, cinnamon, kashmiri red chillies, bay leaf and mix them well. To this add chopped onions.
  3. 3

    In a mortar pestle grind some ginger garlic and add it to the pan. Add turmeric, salt, red chilli powder and cook on slow flame.
  4. 4

    Add chopped tomatoes or tomato puree and kasturi methi soaked in water.
  5. 5

    Add the soaked rajma with water in the masala and cook.
  6. 6

    For garnish, drop in some juliennes of ginger and a generous amount of ghee.
  7. 7

    Serve Rajma Chawal with fresh onions and green chillies.
  8. 8

    In a bowl add one cup of over boiled rice and one cup of dahi and mash it well with your hand.
  9. 9

    Add some salt and freshly chopped coriander.
  10. 10

    For the tadka, heat some coconut oil and add mustard seeds, dried red chillies, curry leaves.
  11. 11

    Pour it to the curd rice mixture.
  12. 12

    Garnish with some fried cashewnuts, fresh pomergrante seeds, roasted urad dal and chana dal and ginger juliennes.

Rajma chawal is a dish that is popular throughout North India and easy to make too. Rajma (red kidney beans) is cooked in a gravy made with onions, tomatoes and assorted spices.

The spicy, tangy and yummy rajma gravy is nutritious and healthy and tastes best with steamed rice.

Thayir Sadam or Curd Rice is a popular south Indian dish. It's easy to make and is mildly spiced through a basic tempering.

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