34 RAJMA/KIDNEY BEANS DIP

Rajma/kidney beans Dip


Partially Indianised version of dip suited for any kind of chips preferably tostitos. This is a perfect snack/appetiser for any gatherings( small or large). You can prepare this way ahead or previous day and just top it with cheese and place them in the oven/microwave just few minutes before serving. This is one of my sister Vimala's favourite dish. She used to tell about this dish often over the phone, but I never really gave it a try. But, when she came down to my place to attend my younger one's First birthday she insisted on making this dish for the party with guest nearing 100. Since we had already ordered snacks and other foods outside, I was not in a mood to try something else at home as I was totally tired with the arranging and packing goodies to around 40 + kids. The other reason was she was already in her 6th month pregnancy and tired travelling with her older one all the way from California as she had reached just the previous day. But she was not the one to leave for all those reasons, just was asking me to show the pantry to look for some rajma for soaking. So she just did it and the dip was such a hit at the party good that we did not miss it. All the friends just enjoyed the dip with tostitos and went in for many rounds. Since then I make this often for our gatherings, makes me easy to cook other dishes making this dish ahead and just topping with the cheese and placing in the oven.

Rajma - 1 cup
Onion - 1 small chopped fine
Tomato - 1 chopped fine
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Chilli powder - 3/4 tsp
Dhaniya/coriander/garam masala powder - 3/4 tsp
Salsa( can use mild, medium or hot) - 3 tbsp depending upon the spice needed
Jalapeno - 1
Colby and monterary Jack cheddar cheese(grated) - 2 - 3 tbsp
Oil - 1tbsp
Salt as needed

Soak rajma over night and next day drain water and add cook in a pressure by adding water just enough for immersing for 3 - 4 whistles. Cool and mash well with a masher/churner to a fine paste.
Heat oil in a pan and add chopped onions, fry till nice brown and add ginger and garlic paste. Saute for a minute and add chopped tomatoes. Fry to cook till they are soft and pulpy. Next add some sliced jalapeno and fry together for 2 - 3 minutes. Also add all the powders and just salt enough for these. Remove and keep aside.


Transfer the cooked and mashed rajma( paste) on a microwavable container/pan/tray or oven safe container and add the onion tomato and jalapeno mixture. Also add some salsa and mix well. Check for salt and add required salt. Add the grated cheese on top and microwave for 3 - 4 minutes ( till the cheese on top melts). If you are preparing in large quantity then you get best taste when you cook in the oven. Place them in the oven under 350 degrees for 12 - 15 minutes or until the cheese on top melts. You can as well prepare this just by adding salsa and cheese and if needed the spice powders to make it much more simpler ;) .


Serve with any kind of chips/nachos/tostitos and enjoy your delicious rajma dip.

Reposting this entry to send it to Priya of Akshayapatram's Spill the Beans-Sunday Snacks





34 comments/Reactions:

Ann said...

This sounds so healthy Padma :) Love this recipe :)

Aysha said...

Rajma with cheese!!Have never tried it out..Yummy!!!

Parita said...

Rajma with cheese is unbeatable combination, love that click with melted cheese..yummmm

Pooja said...

Wow lovely dip. Never had this before! Looks yummy!

Pavithra said...

Wow we too love this and healthy tood.. really mouthwatering

Preety said...

this is a must try

Padma said...

Thanks Ann,Aysha, Parita, Pooja, Pavithra and Preety :)

Gita said...

Hi Padma...thanks for stopping by my blog and the lovely comment. The rajma dip is such a brilliant idea...looks so creamy! Your kids look adorable :)

the twins said...

that looks so good, thanks for the recipe! i love dips but i'm actually not that big on chips...i usually get the smallest chip possible with a huge amount of dip on it =)

Padma said...

Thanks Gita and the twins for dropping by and leaving ur comments :)

Superchef said...

thats a great idea..i love all that cheese on top!

kittymatti said...

wow! Padma, this is a real creative idea..looks great da!

Padma said...

Thanks Superchef and Preethi :D

Preeti Singh said...

Padma, Dip looks so dark and healthy...lovely recipe...will try soon.

Prathibha said...

Lovely dip dear....Loved those chips on the side.

Sanghi said...

Mmm innovative dip.. good dish padma!

Priya said...

Wow Padma, rajma dip is definitely very innovative yaar!!such a healthy dip, will try out soon!

Padma said...

Thanks Preeti, Prathibha, Sanghi and Priya :D

Nithya Praveen said...

Rajma n cheese...great combo.Great idea....it is pretty different from the usual dips.must try this.

Vrinda said...

Great healthy recipe with rajma..never tried rajma this way,sounds good...

munchcrunchandsuch said...

the cheesy rajma is melting in my mouth. delightful

Padma said...

Thanks Nithya, Vrinda and Shubha :D

SriLekha said...

its looking so good dear!

Sushma Mallya said...

very nice and unusual dip padma...must surely try it soon...

rekhas kitchen said...

wow very creative interesting and very new to me looks yum.

Purva Desai said...

Even I make this dip in similar Indiansied way but I use it as a sauce in nachos......loved ur version tooo

Valarmathi said...

Healthy and yummy dip...

Kalaivani said...

I bet this is delicious,I used to make with kidney bean and cheese.
will try ur version.

Mangala Bhat said...

wow! new recipe to me ..Thanks for shairng ..Looks soo yummy !

Padma said...

Thanks a lot Srilekha,Sushma, Rekha, Purva, Valarmathi, Kalaivani and Mangala :)
Thanks to u everyone of you...sure it is so cheesy,spicy and tastes too good :D

Viki's Kitchen said...

A dip with Rajma.... looks so yummy.
By the way the potluck chicken event roundup has been published.
http://elitefoods.blogspot.com/2009/06/potluck-chicken-event-round-up.html
Hope u enjoy it.

Varsha Vipins said...

Thats one perfect Indian twist Padma..rich n creamy..yumm..!

DEESHA said...

wow, I have never made a dip with Rajma .. must be soo yumm

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