Saturday 30 November 2019

Rajma Biryani/Red Kidney Beans Biryani/Pavazha Mocchai Biryani –Rajma Biryani in Clay Pot/Easy Lunch Box Recipe

Rajma Biryani/Red Kidney Beans is a super healthy, one pot meal that can made for lunch or for get-togethers or packed for kids/office goers for lunch. It is one protein packed, flavorful, aromatic and tasty rice, which everyone will fall in love immediately.  Rajma/Red Kidney beans is an ideal replacement for red meat. Each 100 gm of Rajma contains 24 gm of protein, 25 gm of dietary fiber. They are also excellent source of minerals such as copper, manganese, phosphorous, folate and vitamin B1. These beans are loaded with nutrients that help in regulating blood sugar, lowering cholesterol and boost immunity. Do try out this delicious Rajma Biryani and post your comments here. Meanwhile, do check out other interesting Vegetarian Biryanis/Pulavs/One pot meals/ricevarieties here and Non-veg Biryanis/Pulavs here.

Here’s how to make Rajma Biryani with step by step photos…


Basmati Rice
1 cup
Rajma/Red Kidney Beans
½ cup
1 sliced
2 sliced
Green Chillies
1 slit lengthwise
Ginger & Garlic Paste
1 tsp
Red Chillli Powder
½ tsp
Coriander Powder
1 tsp
Turmeric Powder
¼ tsp
Garam Masala Powder
¼ tsp
Dried Fenugreek/Kasoori Methi
1 tsp
Cilantro/Coriander leaves
2 tbsp finely chopped
2 tsp
As needed
1 ½ cup

For Tempering

Oil +  Ghee
1 tbsp
Cinamman Sticks/Pattai
½ inch stick
Green Cardamom/Elachi/Elakkai
Fennel Seeds/Sombu
½ tsp
Cumin Seeds/Jeeragam
½ tsp
Bay Leaf/Birinji Elai
Preparation Time: 5-7 minutes
Cooking Time: 30-35 minutes
Author: Priya Anandakumar
                                                      Rajma/Red Kidney Bean  

Wash and soak Red kidney beans/Rajma thoroughly for 2-3 times and soak in fresh water overnight or for 6-8 hours.

Add the soaked Red Kidney Beans/Rajma to pressure cooker, add about 1 ½ cup of water, ¼ tsp salt and cook for 3-4 whistles and switch off the stove. Wait for the pressure to release. Open the lid, drain the water and keep it aside.

Meanwhile chop the vegetables, wash and soak the basmati rice for about 30 minutes.

Heat oil+ ghee in a chatti/clay pot/heavy bottomed pan. Add cinnamon sticks, cloves, green cardamom/elakkai, bay leaf, fennel seeds/sombu, cumin seeds/jeeragam and fry until nice aroma fills the room.

Now add sliced onions, green chillies and fry until they turn translucent.

Add chopped tomatoes and fry until they turn mushy.

Add ginger and garlic paste and sauté until raw smell vanishes.

Now add red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder,  crushed fenugreek leaves, salt to the chatty/clay pot.

Saute for about a minute for the raw smell to vanish.

Add the cooked Rajma/Red Kidney Beans and mix really well until well combined.

Add 1 ½ cup of water, cilantro, curd/yogurt to the masala.

Wait for it to come to boil.

Drain the water and add the soaked basmati rice.

Give a gentle stir, wait for one boil to come. Reduce the flame to low medium.

Cover and cook the rice for about 12-15 minutes or until well done and switch off the stove. 

Since we are cooking in the clay pot the heat will retain for longer time, open the lid after 10 minutes, fluff up the rice and enjoy.

Yes, delicious, healthy and filling Rajma Biryani/Red Kidney Bean Biryani is ready to be enjoyed. Serve it hot with any Raita of your choice.


I have used basmati rice, you can very well replace it with seeragama samba rice or any type of millet. Adjust the water level for cooking, for 1 cup of seeragama samba add 2 ½ cup of water.

You can also canned Rajma/Red Kidney beans, just make sure you wash it thoroughly before using and you need not pressure cook it separately.

Adjust the spice and salt level according to your family needs.

I made a big batch of rice for my family, so I have reduced the measurements and shared the recipe with you all.

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