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Rajma, or red kidney bean curry is a go-to comfort food for many Indian people. The creaminess of the red beans with the spice from the gravy is perfect over a steaming bowl of rice. Besides being easy to make, this dish is healthy and vegan. Give this recipe a try and your friends and family will think you worked all day to make this tasty traditional comfort food.
Serves: 4
  1. Drain and rinse the kidney beans after soaking overnight
  2. Put the kidney beans in the Instant Pot liner
  3. Add 2 cups water to the pot
  4. Add 1 tablespoon oil
  5. Close and lock the lid on the Instant Pot
  6. Turn the vent to sealing to prevent steam from escaping
  7. Turn on the Instant Pot to BEAN mode (30 mins) **If you did not soak the beans, set timer to 60 mins **
  8. Once the timer goes off, manually release the pressure by turning the vent on top of the lid
  9. The silver prong will drop back into the lid once the pressure has released
  10. Press CANCEL on the Instant Pot
  11. Carefully open the lid
  12. Using oven mitts, remove the Instant Pot liner and drain the cooked kidney beans
  13. Set aside the cooked beans
  14. Wash and dry your Instant Pot liner or use your 2nd Instant Pot
  15. Turn on the Instant Pot to SAUTE mode
  16. Wait until the display reads “HOT”
  17. Add the oil to the pot
  18. Add the cumin powder and cloves
  19. Allow to roast for 1 minute
  20. Add the onion
  21. Allow to saute for 2 minutes
  22. Add the garlic, ginger, green chilies, coriander powder, salt and tomatoes
  23. Stir well and allow to simmer for 5 minutes
  24. Add in the cooked drained kidney beans
  25. Add 1.5 cups water (more or less depending on your preference of gravy thickness)
  26. Simmer for 5-7 minutes
  27. Press CANCEL on the Instant Pot
  28. Serve in a bowl and garnish with cilantro
  29. Enjoy!
Serving suggestion
This dish can be served over white rice, brown rice or with your favorite naan, roti, paratha, etc.
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You may use canned kidney beans and omit the boiling process. Add in the kidney beans after you simmer the gravy for 5 minutes and simmer with the beans again for 5-7 mins.

You can use tomato sauce instead of diced tomatoes for a smooth gravy.

Omit the onions and garlic. Use finely chopped bell pepper instead of onions in the gravy or only use tomatoes.
Recipe by Instapottin' With Poonam at https://www.instapottinwithpoonam.com/rajma-red-kidney-bean-curry/