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Instant Pot Rajma Masala - Kidney Bean - Rajma Curry

This recipe is definitely a crowd pleaser and very easy to make.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Rajma soaking time 8 hrs
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine North Indian
Servings 4




  • Rinse and finely chop the onions, slit the Serrano pepper into two halves lengthwise, and puree the tomatoes. 
  • Rinse and soak the kidney beans overnight in 3 cups water. Discard the water that was used to soak the beans overnight before cooking.


  • Select sauté on the instant pot.
  • When the oil is hot add the cumin seeds.
  • When the cumin seeds begin to splutter in about 30 seconds add onions. Keep stirring.
  • When the onions turn golden in about 2 to 4 minutes add the ginger garlic paste and Serrano pepper.
  • Then add the Kashmiri chili powder and stir.
  • Then add the ground turmeric, ground coriander, ground cumin, salt, and sugar. Stir well and sauté for about 30 seconds.
  • Then add the pureed tomatoes and let them sauté for 2 to 3 minutes. 
  • Then add the kidney beans and water. Stir
  • Press cancel.
  • Secure the lid on the pot.
  • Select manual and cook at high pressure for 40 minutes.
  • When cooking is complete, use quick pressure release to depressurize.
  • Add garam masala, and mango powder (amchoor). Finally, add the dried fenugreek leaves.
  • Transfer into a serving bowl and garnish with cilantro.


  • Enjoy with roti, naan (Indian flatbread), or steamed rice.


  • This recipe has been tried on the 6-quart instant pot. The proportions may vary depending on the size of the instant pot you choose to use.
  • The recipe is based on soaking the kidney beans overnight. 
  • On a scale of 1 to 5 in terms of spice levels, I would rate this recipe as 3.5. You can modify the recipe if you like your food super spicy. You can modify the recipe by adding 1/2 an additional Serrano pepper or an additional 1/2 tsp of Kashmiri chili powder.
  • I have used light red kidney beans, however you can use dark red as well.
  • If you live in an area with hard water add a pinch of baking soda. The pressure time often varies with the bean quality. If your beans are not ready in the amount of time described below add a little baking soda a cook for a few extra minutes.
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