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Punjabi Rajma Masala Instant Pot Recipe is a perfect way to enjoy authentic Punjabi Rajma with less effort. This is a No Onion & No Garlic Rajma Recipe and still has the perfect texture, flavor, and aroma. It is best served with Perfectly Cooked Basmati Rice. #rajmacurry #rajmah #rajma #rajmamasala #indiancurry #redkidneybeans #instantpotcurry #instantpotvegancurry #instantpotglutenfree #instantpotvegetarianmeals #vegancurry #plantbased
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Punjabi Rajma Masala Instant Pot Recipe

Punjabi Rajma Masala Instant Pot Recipe is a perfect way to enjoy authentic Punjabi Rajma with less effort. This is a No Onion & No Garlic Rajma Recipe and still has the perfect texture, flavor, and aroma. It is best served with Perfectly Cooked Basmati Rice.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 6
Author: simplyvegetarian777


  • 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


  • 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


  • 1 Tablespoon Oil
  • 1&1/2 to 2 Tablespoon Rajma Masala MDH or Shaan are good brands for this
  • TO Taste Salt



  • 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. 




    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 Food

    The 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 mistake

    It 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.