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Red Kidney Bean Curry with Lamb (Rajmah Chawal)

In this recipe for Red Kidney Bean Curry with Lamb (Rajmah Chawal) I wanted to take it from it's rustic beginnings and bump it up a bit to a non-traditional version. I love this on it's own, but I added ground lamb for a fuller meal. Adapted from Recipes from the Kitchn
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: bean curry, Lamb curry, punjabi curry
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 422kcal


  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 large onion finely diced
  • 4 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2- inch piece ginger peeled and grated
  • 1 lb ground lamb or beef
  • 4 green bird's eye chiles finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed tomatoes and juices
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp garam masala + 1/2 teaspoon to garnish
  • 32 oz can red kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • Hot water as required
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • Fresh cilantro chopped, for garnish


  • Heat the oil in a stock pot and add the diced onions. Fry over a medium high heat, until the onions are soft and golden around the edges, 7 to 8 minutes.
  • Add the garlic, ginger and chiles, and fry together until fragrant, another minute. Add the ground lamb or beef and crumble to break down the meat with a spoon. Brown the meat add the crushed tomatoes, ground coriander, cumin and garam masala. Season with a little kosher salt. Turn down the heat and cook, stirring every so often until the masala starts reducing, comes together in a sticky mass and the oil starts separating from it, 7 to 10 minutes.
  • Add the kidney beans and the chicken stock. Simmer for a few more minutes, until the beans are heated through. Add a little more hot water if the sauce is too thick.
  • Stir in the reserved garam masala and cilantro, taste, and adjust seasonings with salt and pepper if needed. Serve over steamed rice.


Calories: 422kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 549mg | Potassium: 868mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 185IU | Vitamin C: 15.3mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 5mg