Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Red kidney beans stir fry / Rajma Sundal

Navaratri is one of the most important festivals of Hindus, traditionally associated with Goddess Durga and worshipping her Nine Incarnations. Nav means ‘Nine’ and Ratri means ‘Night’. Thus Navratri means ‘nine nights’. The first three days of Navratri are dedicated to Goddess Durga dressed in red and mounted on a lion. Next three days are dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and last three days are dedicated to Godess Saraswati. During these nine days varities of sundals are prepared and offered as neivedhiyam to God. Today I prepared Rajma / kidney beans sundal, a delicious evening snack which is offered as neivedhiyam to God. It is very easy and quick to prepare. Rajma is very healhy since it is packed with proteins.

Prep time: 5 hours

Cook time: 15 mins

Total time: 5 hours and 15 minutes


Rajma / Red kidney beans – 1 cup

Ginger – 1 inch, Finely chopped

Mustard seeds – 1 tsp

Urad dal – 1 tsp

Chana dal – ½ tsp

Asafoetida – a pinch

Curry leaves – 1 spring

Coconut – 1/8 cup

Salt to taste

Water as needed


1. Wash and soak the red kidney beans overnight or for atleast 5 hours.

2. Pressure cook it with the enough amount of salt for 5 whistles.

3. Drain the water and keep it aside.

4. Heat oil in a pan, Temper it with mustard seeds, urad dal, chana dal. Add ginger and hing and then add curry leaves and coconut.

5. Stir fry for few seconds and add the cooked rajma to it.

6. Give a good mix for about 4 to 5 minutes. Now prasadham is ready offer as a neivethiyam to God.

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