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Red Kidney Bean Curry (Rajma)

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Red Kidney Bean Curry (Rajma)

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/2 Cup(s)

Makes: 6 Serving(s)

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 138

Total Fat: 5g

Saturated Fat: 0g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Sodium: 400mg

Total Carbohyrdates: 19g

Dietary Fiber: 5g

Protein: 6g

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Make this for: Lunch

Category: Rice, Beans & Potatoes

This Recipe Makes: 6 Serving(s)

What you'll need

  • 2 tbsp. canola oil
  • 3 med cardamom
  • 2 med bay leaves
  • 1 med cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 cup thinly sliced (lengthwise), onion
  • 2 tsp. minced ginger
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3/4 cup no slat added diced canned tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp. salt


  • Step 1
    In a medium saute pan or skillet, heat oil over Medium heat; about 1 minute.
  • Step 2
    Add cardamom, bay leaves, cinnamon, turmeric and chili powder and fry until fragrant; about 1 minute
  • Step 3
    Add onion and ginger and saute until onions are golden brown; about 3 minutes.
  • Step 4
    Add garlic and stir.
  • Step 5
    Add red kidney beans, tomatoes, water and salt and stir for 1 minute.
  • Step 6
    Cover and simmer on Low heat for another 10 minutes.
  • Step 7
    TIP 1) This is an easy, delicious and hearty recipe from North India that is a great alternative to meat based dishes. Beans and lentils are low in fat, high in fibre and protein. They will not raise blood sugar levels and are great for individuals with prediabetes or diabetes.
  • Step 8
    TIP 2) The amount of oil has been cut down from the original recipe. Always heat your pan prior to adding oil to prevent sticking, especially when cooking with less fat. If you find your ingredients are starting to stick to the pan, do not add any more oil. Instead add a tbsp of water to prevent sticking and/or burning. If this continues you may have your stove on too high of a heat so turn it down slightly
  • Step 9
    TIP 3) You can add more cinnamon to this dish if you wish. Cinnamon has been shown in some studies to lower blood sugar levels. Studies are still ongoing but you can certainly add fresh cinnamon to your everyday cooking

Diabetic Exchanges

  • Fat: 1/2
  • Meats & Meat Substitutes: 1/2
  • Carbohydrate: 1