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Kashmiri Rajma Shalgam - Instant Pot Kidney Beans and Turnip

This recipe is very fast to make and is delicious. It is different from the typical Punjabi red kidney beans (rajma) recipe.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Rajma soaking time 8 hrs
Total Time 55 mins
Cuisine Kashmiri, North Indian
Servings 4




  • Wash and soak the kidney beans overnight in 3 cups water. Discard the water that was used to soak the beans overnight before cooking.
  • When ready to cook, rinse and peel the turnip. Cut the top and bottom edges and discard. Chop it into 4 to 5 inch cubes. Set aside in a plate.


  • Select sauté on the instant pot and adjust to normal.
  • Add oil to the pot. When the oil is hot add the cumin seeds and asafoetida. 
  • When the cumin seeds splutter add in Kashmiri chili powder and 1/4 cup water. Additionally, keep stirring for about 30 seconds to a minute.
  • Add in ground fennel, ground ginger, salt, garam masala, whole cloves, baking soda and mix well. Furthermore add the red beans and 1 and 3/4 cup water. Stir well.
  • Finally, close the pressure sealing valve and select manual/high pressure for 50 minutes, if using Kashmiri Rajma and 35 minutes if using Mexican rajma.
  • When cooking is complete, use quick release to depressurize. Open the lid. Add the chopped turnips into the pot and stir well.  
  • Secure the lid on the pot and close the pressure-release valve. Select manual and cook at high pressure for 7 minutes. when done quick release the pressure and open the lid.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl.


  • Enjoy with steamed rice.


  • This recipe has been tried on a 6-quart instant pot. The proportions may vary depending on the size of the instant pot you choose to use.
  • Most of the spices/ingredients are available in the Indian grocery store or on Amazon.
  • Kashmiri red chili powder instantly imparts a vibrant red color to any dish and is not very spicy. 
  • This dish is not very spicy. On a scale of 1 to 5, I would place it at 2.5. It is supposed to be very flavorful.
  • Baking soda is recommended to soften the beans and reduce the pressure cooking time. I live in an area where the water is hard and it takes a very long time for the beans to soften in hard water. Kashmiri beans take longer than normal to soften so I would highly recommend using baking soda for this recipe.
  • You can add the garam masala in the end after the rajma is cooked instead of putting it with all the spices. I personally, like to throw all the spices in together.
  • If you dont have Kashmiri rajma, you can use mexican red kidney beans.
  • Some people like to sauté the turnips separately and then pressure cook them. I have eliminated that step and pressure cooked them directly.
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