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Rajma pulao recipe | easy lunch box recipes

Rajma chawal

Making interesting items for lunch box is a challenging task for most of the moms. Thankfully both my kids love chole, rajma and other legumes. The channa pulao is always a super hit in their lunch box . I always make rajma masala seperately and make basmati rice and mix both and pack for box. Recently when one of my friend was telling casually in a chat, she made rajma rice for lunch box and mentioned she made it as a one pot meal. She made it the same way as my channa pulao. I slightly tweaked the recipe according to my taste and it was a super hit with kids.
 I made this again for me today for me and enjoyed spicy rajma pulao with boondi raitha.
Rajma pulao

  Preparation Time : 10 mins+ 8 hours soaking| Cooking Time : 20 Mins |Serves: 1-2

     Rajma     1/4 cup
     Basmati rice    1/2 cup
     Onion   1
     Tomato  1
     Ginger garlic paste   1/4 tsp
     Red chili powder    1/2 tsp
     Coriander powder   1/4 tsp
     Cumin powder   1/4 tsp
     Green chili   1
     Oil    3 tsp
     Garam masala | rajma masala   1/2 tsp
     Bay leaf           1
     Cardamom         1
     Mint leaves     few
     Coriander leaves     few 

rajma - pulao

  • Soak rajma for 8 hours or over night.
  • Cook the rajma till 4-5 whistles. Add 1/2 cup of water while cooking the rajma. Add little salt too.

rajma pulao

  • Soak basmati rice in 1/4 cup of water. The water we have used in cooking the rajma will be used for the pulao too. So 1/4 cup of water is enough.
  • Finely chop the onions and tomatoes.
  • In a pressure cooker add oil and throw in the cardamom, bay leaf,clove and ginger garlic paste.
  • Saute it for few minutes in a low flame and add the chopped onions. Cook for few minutes.


  • Add in the chopped tomatoes and cook for 2 minutes in a low flame. Add in the red chili powder, green chili, cumin powder, coriander powder, rajma masala (garam masala). Add in finely chopped coriander leaves and mint leaves. Add salt. Remember that we added salt while cooking rajma too. So add accordingly.
  • Add the cooked rajma. Do not discard the water. Measure the water and keep 1/4 cup for cooking the pulao. Already we added 1/4 cup to the rice.

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  • Add the rice and water. Mix well and cover it. Cook till one whistle and put in a lowest flame for 7 minutes.
  • Let the pressure subside on its own.

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  • Fluff the rice with a fork. You can either pack it for lunch or serve it hot for lunch too.
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  1. Ensure that the rajma is well cooked before you put for the pulao
  2. You can grind the onion, tomato, corinade leaves, mint leaves too.
  3. Adding a tsp of butter while cooking enhances the flavour.

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