Rajma Salad/ Simple Kidney bean salad

Being a Salad lover, I keep looking for salad options. In general, I make veg/ fruit salads more often than lentils salad. Green gram & moong dal salad is very common in Karnataka meals which is also known as kosambri here. Look for some of my salad recipes here

Guavasalad, pink water apple salad, Star fruit vegetable salad, knolkol green gramsalad, sweet corn salad, Pomelo coconut salad, Baked capsicum salad, Tomato mixed vegetables salad, Pasta vegetable salad, green papaya salad….

Today, I am sharing a protein rich easy Rajma/ kidney beans salad which you can assemble quickly if you have soaked Rajma ready. You don’t need any special ingredient to make this. We loved it, it is a filling salad which you can have as a meal!

Rajma Salad

Preparation time: 6-8 hours (soaking time)

Cooking time: 10 - 15 minutes

Serves: 2


Kidney beans/ Rajma – ½ cup

Onions – 1

Tomatoes – 1

Capsicum (small)- 1

Coriander leaves – 2 tsp (finely chopped)

Green chillis/ birds’ eye chillis – 2 (as desired), I user around 3 birds eye chillis

Salt – to taste

Vinegar/ lemon juice – 2 tsp, Vinegar gives that typical salad flavor



  • Wash and soak Rajma overnight.
  • Wash once again and cook with 2 glasses of water for 4-5 whistles (until tender). Allow cooling.
  • Meanwhile wash and chop all the vegetables, green chillis & coriander leaves.
  • Peel, wash and chop onions too.
  • To make the salad, take a wide salad bowl. Drain & add cooked & cooled rajma. The water can be used while making rasam/ sambhar.
  • Add the chopped vegetables, chilli & herbs. Add salt, vinegar/ lemon juice and mix everything well.
  • Serve the salad fresh.

Kidney bean salad


  • Optionally you can drizzle one tsp of cooking oil (preferably olive/ coconut oil).
  • Sometimes Rajma cooking will take more time depending on how old the Rajma is (older, the slower it cooks).
  • Any other vegetable of choice can be used.
  • If you don’t have vinegar, you can use lemon juice in this salad.

Rajma Salad or Simple Kidney bean salad