Rajma or Red Lobia

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This recipe originates from Kashmir where it is known as Laal Lobia. It is a simple & delicious vegetarian curry.
  • PREP TIME: 15 minutes
  • COOK TIME: 30 minutes
  • SERVINGS: 5 persons
Rajma or Red Lobia


  • Lobia or Red beans: 1 and a 1/2 cup
  • Oil: 1/2 cup
  • Onion: 1 medium sized
  • Ginger:1 tsp
  • Garlic: 1 tsp
  • Black Cardamom 1
  • Cinnamon stick:1/2 an inch long
  • Cumin seeds: 1 tsp
  • Salt: to taste
  • Haldi: 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilli powder: 1 tsp or to taste
  • Garam Masala: 1/2 tea spoon or to taste
  • Green Coriander: 2 Table spoons
  • Green chillies: 2


  • 1. Soak Lobia for two to three hours and boil it in whatever cooking utensil you use to boil lentils.Since i don't use pressure cooker so I really don't have an idea how much time it will take to cook in it. I use slow cooker to boil Chick peas and Lobia etc. which I usually put at night on high setting and switch it off after 4-5 hrs so it slowly and steadily cooks.
  • 2. Now moving onto making daal masala
  • 3. Put oil and thinly sliced onion in a cooking utensil, golden brown onion slices and then
  • 4. Put ginger and garlic, fry it for one or two minutes.
  • 5. Put all dried spices (Black Cardamom, Cinnamon stick, Haldi, salt, Mirch, cumin seeds) except for garam masala with a splash of water so that they don't burn.
  • 6. Put boil lobia in with two cups of water.
  • 7. When the water boils, cover it with a lid.
  • 8. After ten minutes, mash daal a bit like we do with masoor daal or haleem(half mashed and half unmashed).
  • 9. Check if you like the consistency but if you like your daal a little runny then put some water in and cook some more.
  • 10. When daal's consistency looks according to your liking, put garam masala ,coriander and green chillies on top, cover it for 5 minutes again.
  • 11. Daal is ready to serve with Naan/chapaati/white boiled rice , achaar and salad.


Put some butter/desi ghee on top when you serve daal to make it taste even richer.
Sana Sheikh
Sana Sheikh For more recipes from the author, click here Sana is a home maker originally from Islamabad and currently residing in UK. She has done her masters in HRM and is the mother of a beautiful toddler.
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