Spicy Red Kidney Beans curry

It’s currently 1pm here in Horgen, Switzerland and I’m all cozy on my couch and staring out the window at the rain falling down on this beautiful place! The air is filled with a mix of delicious smells. The nostalgic smell of wet earth, the dreamy scent of wisteria and roses, & the appetizing whiff of these delicious red kidney beans curry cooking on the stove! All mixing together but still distinct! All heavenly! This is our third day in Horgen, and we are already in love as expected! This place has such a beautiful, rustic charm to itself! So gorgeous, so clean, so natural & so peaceful! A blog post about this magical place is coming up soon!

Life feels so simple and charming around here and I just felt like cooking something earthy, simple and delicious. This red kidney beans curry is the perfect dish that suits this moment! It’s goes so well with boiled rice. And to top it off, it’s very easy to make as well! I always make it once every two weeks and my kids devour it every time! Give it a try and you’ll fall in love with it too.

Red kidney beans


2 cans of red kidney beans

1 big onion

2 green chilies

Handful of curry leaves

1 tbsp whole cumin

1 tsp red chili powder

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1 tbsp coriander powder

1 tbsp tamarind pulp or 2 tbsp lemon juice

3 tomatoes

1 dried button chilli

Salt to taste

Ginger & garlic paste 1 tbsp


In a blender, blend the onion or chop it in chopper. In a heated pan, heat 2tbsp oil & add cumin seeds, curry leaves, dried red chili and sauté till it crackles. Add the onion chopped or blended. Sauté for 7-8 mins till it starts to change color. Meanwhile blend tomatoes with green chilies in the same blender or chopper. Once the onion changes color, add g/g paste, red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder & sauté for 2 mins. Add the tomatoes and green chilli mixture. Bhoonify for 5 mins and add drained red kidney beans. Mix them & check for salt. Add tamarind paste/lemon juice and mix well. Lower the heat and cook for 20 mins. Add chopped cilantro and green chilli at the top. Sprinkle garam masala if you want. Done! Add 1/2 cup water before cooking for 20 mins if you want to eat with rice.

Happy cooking! ❤️

4 Comments Add yours

  1. YUMNA says:

    Great recipe! Will definitely try it 😋

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Leena says:

      Thank you! ❤️


  2. Samia Aleem says:

    I’ve made this a couple times now and it’s always been a hit!! Rajma is my husband’s favorite dish and after a couple of failed attempts, this one makes us both so happy. Its such a feel-good, rainy day dish!! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Leena says:

      Samia, thank you so much for the feedback! Reading your comment made my day. This is my family’s favorite dish on a vegetarian day & I agree with you about it being a feel-good, rainy day dish! Lots of love! 💕


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