Punjabi Rajma Masala Instant Pot Recipe
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Punjabi Rajma Masala Instant Pot Recipe is a perfect way to enjoy authentic Punjabi Rajma with less effort. This has the perfect texture, flavor, and aroma. It is best served with Perfectly Cooked Basmati Rice.
Punjabi Rajma Masala Instant Pot Recipe
Just like Punjabi Kadhi, Rajma is another favorite indulgence for my family. Can’t help it, that is how North Indian families live, from Kadhi to Rajma to Mah ki Dal to Chhole and so on. Whenever I ask the family what to cook over the weekend, Amit and Aanya are confused between Kadhi and Chhole, whereas Myraa has her answer fixed with Rajma. So this Rajma was made especially for her, as she calls it Red Beans.
Sabut Dal or Whole Lentils make a significant part of North Indian Meals and that is quite evident with the use of different varieties of Beans and Legumes in our diet. Well, I have to tell you that if you like Rajma then it has to go PUNJABI STYLE. The use of warm spices and the long hours of cooking imparts mesmerizing aroma and spell-binding flavor. You just can not stop at one serving.
Rajma-Chawal goes together which means Red Kidney Beans & Rice. It is a complete FOOD COMA. It resembles The Dirty Rice from Southern American meals. Rajma alone can give a tough competition to American Chili or should I say, it can easily be mistaken as Chili.
Since I am hooked on my Instant Pot, this Punjabi Rajma had to be cooked in it. You can see below, why?..
Why do I cook in Instant Pot?
- There is no Baby-sitting your cooking when using Instant Pot, since temperatures are always controlled and the food doesn’t get burnt or spoiled.
- I can multi-task my life easily without stress. All you parents can agree with me that when you have kids juggling around between school and activities, life gets PRRETTY fun. So, Instant Pot is a savior. You should believe me since I am a hater turned lover.
- Why not use Instant Pot, is rather I would ask.. It is a cooking gadget that is smartly programmed, makes your life easy, makes cooking effortless, you can actually plan your meals in advance and not worry about it. Moreover, it is mess-free one pot cooking.
- You come back home hungry and the food is ready, can you beat that? Set your food for cooking in the morning and it is done and ready when you are back. Takes so much stress away from everyday planning. FOOD IS TAKEN CARE OF when you plan with Instant Pot.
Some Other Popular Vegetarian Instant Pot Recipes from my Blog are
Punjabi Kadhi Instant Pot Recipe
Tuscan Vegetable Soup Instant Pot Recipe
Some RAJMA or RED KIDNEY BEANS Recipes from the blog are – Rajma & Soy Patties for Breakfast and Tomato and Red kidney Beans Baskets.
This is how you make Punjabi Rajma Masala in Instant Pot, which is a NO ONION & NO GARLIC RECIPE.
Here is the Stove Top/Pressure Cooker Recipe for the same.
Punjabi Rajma Masala Instant Pot Recipe
- Measuring Spoons, Measuring Cups, Stirring Spoon,
- Chopping board and knife
- Kitchen Colander
- Instant Pot 6 quart or Mealthy Multipot
- Inner Pot
- Kitchen Spatula
- 2 cups Rajma / Red Kidney Beans I used small Jammu Rajma. Use any that is available.
- 1/3 cup Chana Dal / Split Gram this is optional. Skip it if you dont have it.
- 1/2 cup Red Onion
- 500 grams/ 1 pound Tomatoes juicy and plump
- 1 Big Piece of Ginger about 1 tablespoon
- 2 small Green chilies Use 1 for medium heat or Skip if you want to make it mild
- 1 tablespoon Tomato Paste
- 4 cups Water
OILS & SPICES
- 1 tablespoon Oil/Ghee
- 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
- 1 Large Bay Leaf
- 4 Pieces Cloves
- 4 Pieces Black Pepper Corns
- 1 Medium Cinnamon Stick
- 1 Piece Black Cardamom
- 2 Whole & Dry Red Chili
- 1 Teaspoon Kashmiri Lal Mirch/ Fancy Paprika
- 1 Tablespoon Coriander powder
- 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric
- 1/2 Teaspoon Red Chili Powder
- 1 Teaspoon Garam Masala
- 1 Teaspoon Kasuri Methi
- 1 Teaspoon Amchur/Khatai/Dry Mango Powder
- To Taste Salt
IF YOU DO NOT WANT THE LONG LIST OF SPICES, USE MARKET BOUGHT RAJMA MASALA.
- 1 Tablespoon Oil
- 1&1/2 to 2 Tablespoon Rajma Masala MDH or Shaan are good brands for this
- TO Taste Salt
IMPORTANT NOTE about IP Timings
- It takes about 6-7 minutes for IP to start the timer and once the timer is off, it takes IP about 10 minutes to release the pressure naturally. I have written actual time of cooking and have not included the extra time.
Soaking Rajma / Red Kidney Beans
- Take Rajma and Chana Dal in a large bowl and wash thoroughly in cold water. Soak both the beans for atleast 5-6 hours. For best results, soak overnight.
Making Punjabi Rajma Masala in Instant Pot
Cooking on SAUTE MODE
- Collect all the ingredients beforehand and place near Instant Pot. Wash the vegetables. Drain the water from the beans and set aside. Place the inner pot inside 6 quart Instant Pot and Plug it in. Set it on SAUTE MODE at MORE setting.
- Meanwhile, take a blender and add onions, tomatoes, ginger and green chilies to it and make a fine puree. Once the IP screen displays HOT, add OIL, cumin seeds,bay leaf, cardamom, cloves, black peppercorn, cinnamon and dry whole red chilies to it. Saute for about 30-40 seconds and then add KASHMIRI LAL MIRCH + TOMATO PUREE + TOMATO PASTE to it.
- Give a good stir and then add all the other spices, besides Amchur to it. Stir once again. Cover with glass lid and let it simmer for 7-8 minutes till it looks slightly thick and cooked. Some people use covering lid specific for IP pots, where as I use any glass lid from my pots and pan collection.
- Once the tomato sauce is thick and the bright, add soaked rajma and chana + 4 cups Water to the tomato curry. SWITCH OFF THE SAUTE MODE. Place the IP LID and set the FLOATING VALVE to SEALING.
COOKING ON STEW/MEAT MODE or You may choose Bean/Chili mode as well.
- Set the IP on HIGH PRESSURE and MORE STEW MODE for 45 Minutes and forget about it.
- Once the pressure is released, open the lid carefully. Add amchur/dry mango powder and give it a good stir. Cook further for 5 minutes on stew mode, uncovered. If Rajma is too thick for you, add warm water as desired and adjust salt and garam masala.
- Serve it hot with Basmati Rice or Naan. Or eat it as is like stew. I love it with a slice of rustic bread.
STOVE TOP RECIPE OPTIONS
- Here is the Stove Top/Pressure Cooker Recipe for the same.
BASMATI RICE RECIPE
- Recipe for - Perfectly Cooked Basmati Rice.
How to cook INDIAN CUISINE with EASE?I have come across many people who love Indian Cuisine but when it comes to cooking Indian Recipes, they get intimidated. I am going to break it down into some simple and easy tips and tricks for all the people who want to get started to cooking INDIAN at home. Take Baby steps and then become a pro. It is not that hard. If you cook Pasta Sauce at home then it is as easy as that.
How to cut down the long list of spices and still cook authentic Indian FoodThe best way is to skip that long list of SPICES and rather buy a starter pack of READY MADE INDIAN SPICE BLENDS. You can either buy it from the Indian Grocery Store of your town or Order from AMAZON.COM. Do not go for Hot blends or Madras or Vindaloo blends since these are spicy. Go low on heat to begin with. MDH and SHAAN are 2 great brands to shop from if you are going to Indian Store. For a serving of 4 people, stat with 1 tsp to begin with. Add 1/4 tsp more at a time, if needed.
How to control the HEAT OF THE CURRY, if it gets spicy by mistakeIt is super simple and easy. You can add either or combination of these to reduce the heat in Indian Curry. The heat can be reduced by adding either some Sugar or Honey OR Heavy cream OR Coconut Milk OR MILK. Start by adding a little at a time and adjust accordingly. I sometimes add boiled potatoes to bring the heat down.
I served my Punjabi Rajma with Basmati Rice, Yummy Aloo Methi and Loads of Salad.
I am sure you are going to try this recipe soon in your Instant Pot. If you do, then send me the feedback, or ask me any question. I will try my best to answer the queries.
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Yummy!!!! Omitted the Chiles and just did a sprinkle of chile powder. Also I didn’t have the mango powder – need to get that but even without all of that it was delish!
Only thing I wish I knew was how much salt to put in before/after. My 3 kids asked for 3rds. Perfect with papad and some seasoned basmati rice. Thank you!!
Super. Thanks for trying and sharing
I have made this recipe twice, and while the flavor profile is the bomb.com, each time the kidney beans were not 100% cooked through, despite having been soaked for the appropriate time. I am not sure if I should just add 10 minutes to the overall cook time, or if I should try the Bean/Chilli Setting for the suggested 45 minutes. Regardless, this recipe is another keeper from your fabulous blog.
Set the IP on HIGH PRESSURE and MORE STEW MODE for 45 Minutes .. i am new to the IP cooking so not surw how do i set the time.. i have meat/stew option but i sont seehigh pressure and time setting option..any hints to address this are welcome
When you press the Meat/Stew button the IP screen will display few things – the pressure level which can be low, normal or high AND then another thing it displays is the setting of meat/stew button which can be More or Less.
You can adjust the pressure level by pressing the plus Pressure button under the Screen.
You can adjust the Meat/Stew setting to more or less by pressing the Meat/Stew button.
You can adjust the time by pressing + or – button under the screen.
Outstanding recipe…so simple and so flavorful ! Thank you !!
Instant Pot recipes are the BEST! This looks delicious!
Meals like this are SO perfect for Instant Pot cooking! This looks like such a warm and comforting meal. My family loves Indian flavors – definitely adding this to my to-try list 🙂
This dish looks fantastic! I love chili and it sure looks like this recipe would be a good swap when I’m thinking warm comfort food.
I love learning more about Indian food with your posts. This looks delicious and easy with your step by step Instant Pot directions!
Instapot Rajma Masala sounds like a keeper recipe. I don’t have an instapot .. but would love to try them in my tefal’s cook4me.
Thank you Sandhya! I am sure you are going to love the Instant Pot once you have it.
Is it possible to soak beans overnight and then if you want it ready for dinner the next evening…what steps can you do in the morning and can you set a timer so it’s ready when getting home from work?
You can totally make the curry in the morning and just warm and serve. Actually Curries like this taste way much better when they sit over for sometime to soak all the flavors…
This looks absolutely delicious. I’ve copied the recipe and plan to make it soon. One point, though: American chili was originally made with meat and chilies. Later, beans were added but its base ingredients are always meat and chilies. Of course there are some vegetarian versions but they’re not technically chili, since no meat is added.
Thank you so much Dean.. I fell you try then keep me posted.
Also thanks a ton for clearing my doubts on American Chili. I had no idea since I have always seen chili here with beans. I plan to make the vegetarian/vegan version of American chili using plant based crumbles soon.
Delicious… It looks perfect… In india,. Instant pot is yet to come in the market.. i am eagerly waiting for this product…
You will love it 🙂