Search Recipes

Rajma Masala Sundal | Kidney Beans Sundal

Navratri is starting on 13th October this year. Sundal is one of the important neivedhyam (offering) prepared during this festival. Sundal is nothing but a healthy salad made with legumes or lentils and coconut, tempered with mustard seeds, split black gram, red chillies and curry leaves. On each day, different variety of sundals are made and offered to God. 

Usually beans like green gram, cow peas, chickpeas are used to make sundal but now a days we make sundal with whatever pulses or beans are available. Today I'm sharing a spicy red kidney bean sundal with a special ground masala. You can make this sundal plain just by adding coconut, green chillies and the tempering. Do try this healthy sundal for this Navratri for a change! Check out other sundal recipes too.


{ Spicy masala salad with kidney beans, coconut and spices }
Serves 3


½ cup rajma / red kidney beans
Pinch of turmeric
Salt to taste

For the masala:
2 tsp chana dal / kadalai paruppu
1 tsp coriander seeds
2-3 dry red chillies
½ tsp black pepper
¼ tsp cumin seeds / jeera
¼ cup grated coconut

To temper:
2 tsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
½ tsp split urad dal
¼ tsp asafoetida / hing
Few curry leaves


1. Soak the kidney beans overnight or for atleast 8 hours. Drain the water and add fresh water. Pressure cook until soft. Drain and set aside.

2. In a small pan, roast chana dal, coriander seeds, red chillies, black pepper and cumin seeds until light golden color.

3. Cool and grind to a coarse powder. Add the coconut and pulse it 2 -3 times.

4. In a pan heat oil and add mustard seeds. When it splutters, add urad dal, asafoetida and curry leaves.

5. Add the rajma, turmeric powder, salt and saute for 2-3 minutes. Then add the ground masala and fry for 2-3 minutes.

Notes and Tips
  • You can add the coconut at the end instead of grinding along with the masala.
  • Adjust chillies according to your spice preference.
  • If using canned beans, drain the water and wash well. Add less salt as canned beans already have salt.


  1. It looks good...such fun way to have rajma..

  2. Healthy and tasty sundal!

  3. Yummy and healthy snack,thanks for sharing

  4. Beautiful clicks and the sundal looks delicious. The masala must have added so much flavor.

  5. Healthy and delicious sundal. Can't take eyes out of your lovely pics!!!!

  6. Wow nice pics!!! A different kind of sundal.. I guess it would be go well as side dish to rice too.

  7. Love it like anything... perfect for those no-mood-for-cooking days... :)

  8. Looks great ! Never tried sundal with Rajma !!

  9. Never added pepper while making masala..Sundal looks really delicious sona.

  10. Looks delicious..perfect for the season

  11. yummy and healthy sundal

  12. Delicious and healthy sundal.. Looks very tasty.. Nice clicks too..

  13. Yummy and healthy..makes a perfect light meal too.

  14. Tasty spicy sundal for Navaratri!


Thank you for taking time to visit my blog. Your feedback is a big motivation for me
and I appreciate your valuable comments and suggestions.
Hope you liked my space and please keep visiting for new recipes.

Please do not leave comments with links to your blogs, events and advertisements.

- Sona

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...