Rajma Biryani | How to make Rajma Biryani ~ Step by Step

>>  Thursday, July 26, 2012

For the last day under Biryani and Pulaos, I wanted to try a biryani with Rajma. I have had this recipe for many years and every time I check my file, I think of making it and then again postpone. Last month when I got the darker variety of Rajma just for making this biryani, but days passed by and the Rajma had to be used up without being made as a Biryani. So I got another packet this month just for this biryani and unfortunately the darker variety was not available.

When I planned to make this on Saturday something came up and I had to refrigerate the beans even though I had it soaking overnight. I was finally able to make it after 48 hours, though actual soaking might have been for 8 hrs, rest of the time it was refrigerated. When I pressure cooked, I was remembering the dark brown Rajma which never gets cooked properly and kept the same timing for this lighter coloured ones as well. Result was the beans was completely cooked and I couldn't have it cooked again with the rice. So I drained the water, used little bit of beans while cooking the rice. The second half was done by doing a dum process of the beans with the rice. And that ended up being perfect biryani rice for you.

Ingredients Needed:

Raw Rice / Basmati Rice - 2 cups ( I used Sona Masuri)
Rajma - 1 cup
Curds / Yogurt  - 1/2 cup
Tomato, finely chopped - 1 big
Ghee + oil - 3 tbsp

Grind to a paste:

Cinnamon - 1 "
Cardamom and clove - 2 each
Green chilli - 2 medium
Onions - 1 medium
Coriander Seeds / Dhaniya - 1 tsp
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds / Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
Salt to taste

How to make Rajma Biryani

Wash and soak Rajma overnight or for 8 hrs. Once done, pressure cook with a pinch of salt.  Drain & keep ready. Use the water that's left out for cooking rice.

Wash and soak th rice for 15 mins.

Heat ghee & oil in a non stick pan. Drain the rice and add to the hot pan, roast rice till stiff for couple of mins and remove.

Grind the masalas listed under the paste to a smooth texture and keep it aside.

Then in the remaining oil & ghee mixture, fry the ground masala paste till the raw smell leaves. Add finely chopped tomatoes, salt. Simmer for 5 mins for the tomatoes to soften.

Remove the pan from fire and add curds. Saute well and then add the fried rice, turmeric salt and 4 cups water if you are using regular rice, else 3 cups water if using basmati rice. You can use the water you have saved up from cooking rajma.

When the mixture starts boiling close the pan with a tight lid and cook in simmer.

Once the rice is done, layer with cooked rajma, cover again and dum over tawa for 10 mins.

Once done, sprinkle few drops of ghee and coriander leaves

Serve with side dish.  

How to make Rajma Biryani
Rajma Biryani

This recipe actually called for the beans to be cooked along with the rice. Since my beans were overcooked already, I added the water from the cooked beans for cooking the rice. Optionally you can also add handful of cooked rajma for more bean taste.

Even if the Rajma is overcooked, when you do it finally in the dum process, you will find that the beans gets well mixed with the rice.

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Amarendra July 26, 2012 at 12:54 PM  

Awesome Biryani.. Its tempting.

vaishali sabnani July 26, 2012 at 4:17 PM  

Valli I think its better to cook raajma separately...raajma takes long to cook and rice is done a result we wud b left with hard blessing in the masalas..

Pooja July 26, 2012 at 5:34 PM  

rajma in rice . quite interesting !

Divya Pramil July 26, 2012 at 7:26 PM  

Wow a healthy Biryani just loved it..Bookmarked!!
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Prathima Rao July 26, 2012 at 7:47 PM  

Super tempting biryani srivalli!!!
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Chef Mireille July 26, 2012 at 8:40 PM  

love the spice paste...great biryani

Suja Manoj July 26, 2012 at 11:55 PM  

Healthy and yum Biryani

sushma July 27, 2012 at 9:27 AM  

Yummy Biryani.Bookmarked.

Priya July 27, 2012 at 5:01 PM  

Yummy briyani, looks super delicious and inviting.

The Pumpkin Farm July 27, 2012 at 7:45 PM  

sometimes my rajma -colored, loses its color when soaked makes me feel whether it gets colored, a punjabi frd assured me that is not the case....wonder why i never thot of this biryani when rajma and rice always seems to be the most amazing combo ever....looks fabulous

Nirmala Gurunathan July 28, 2012 at 7:43 AM  

Looks delicious and quite healthy ,spicy.....

Harini-Jaya Rupanagudi July 29, 2012 at 8:46 PM  

very healthy one pot meal!

Cool Lassi(e) August 1, 2012 at 3:52 AM  

Red or white, I am sure they tasted great! A nutritious pulao for sure.

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