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Red Kidney Beans Nuggets / Rajma – Masala Vada / Fritters

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Recipe Cooked, Photographed and Written by Praveena

Prep Time:10mins  CookTime:20mins   Cuisine:Indian

Red Kidney Beans / Rajma offer amazing health benefits. Some of them are⇒⇒ Lowers cholesterol, high dietary fibre, improves memory, boosts energy, Anti-oxidant properties, powerhouse of proteins, natural detoxifier, prevents hypertension (info from internet).

Whenever I soak red beans / rajma this is a must and should recipe my family craves for. You can make any number of variations in the ingredients, but this is the version that I follow. I skip few and use more other ingredients like coriander, basil etc in the same recipe. Just add whatever you ingredients you might have, and enjoy different taste of these nuggets / fritters everytime.

Make ahead the patties and freeze them, but fry them only before serving. You can use these patties/nuggets for any burger, in any sandwich, as a side for your spaghetti, noodles, rice, or just have them as it is with any sauce/dip. Give it a go then!!

Recipe for Chutney in the pic⇒  Capsicum – Tomato Chutney / Pachchadi

Before starting to cook, don’t forget to see the Tips which I mentioned at the end.

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Rajma vada / Red beans nuggets


  • Dry Rajma / Red Kidney Beans / Beans Sprouts – 1 cup
  • Chopped Onions – ¼ cup
  • Whole Black Pepper – ¼ teaspoon
  • Green Chillies – 2
  • Ginger pieces – 1 tablespoon
  • Garlic pieces – 1 tablespoon (optional)
  • Mint Leaves – ¼ cup
  • Jeera / Cumin Seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric – ¼ teaspoon
  • Salt – 1 teaspoon
  • Rice flour – 1 teaspoon
  • Chickpea Flour / Besan – 1 teaspoon
  • Curry Powder / Garam Masala – ½ teaspoon
  • Spring Onion Greens – 1 tablespoon (for garnish)
  • Water – for soaking & grinding
  • Cooking Oil  – as required (for deep fry)

Special Ingredients:

  • Ginger
  • Mint
  • Green Chillies
  • Curry Powder / Garam Masala


  • If using dry red kidney beans
  • Firstly, take the rajma / red kidney beans wash them well twice or thrice with cold water. 
  • Add water upto 3 inches above the beans and let them soak at room temperature for upto 7-8 hrs. After that, drain the water.
  • If using canned red kidney beans just ignore the above steps. Follow the recipe from next step.
  • For sprouts, click this link for detailed procedure⇒ Sprouts 

    I used rajma / beans sprouts for this recipe
  • Take the rajma/beans into a food processor/blender/mixer.

    Rajma vada / Red beans nuggets
    All the ingredients except the powders taken into processor
  • Then add the salt, turmeric, onion pieces, green chillies, ginger pieces, garlic pieces (optional), mint leaves, jeera/cumin, whole black pepper, into the same.
  • Grind them into coarse batter.

    Powders added to the coarse batter
  • Mix everything gently. Keep aside.
  • Put a frying pan with enough of cooking oil (for deep frying) on the stovetop under high flame.
  • Meanwhile, make small balls with the batter. Then press each ball into flat patties with your thumb finger.

    Dumplings/Patties gently dropped into hot boiling oil, for deep fry.
  •  When the oil is perfectly hot, gently drop these patties to fry.
  • Fry them on one side for 2-3 mins and then flip them back to the other side gently.
  • Fry on the other side also for 1-2 mins / until they turn golden brown. 

    Nuggets / Fritters / Vada flipped the other side
  • Once the vada(s) or fritters are fried to golden brown colour, take them out using the ladle onto a plate with paper towel on. Done!!


  • Skip any ingredient, if you are out of stock.
  • Soaking the rajma/beans might take more time in winters.
  • Don’t worry if you have soaked the rajma/beans for more time than required. 
  • Do not throw away the soaked water . You can use them for mixing the flour for roti.
  • Adjust the salt and spice as per your taste.
  • The oil for deep frying must be perfectly hot, to test this just drop a small blob of batter into the oil and check .
  • If you would like to avoid deep frying you can try these in an air-fryer too.
  • You can store the batter or patties in the refrigerator and fry vada(s) or nuggets when needed.


  • The vada(s) or fritters are perfectly crispy on the outside and soft in the inside.
  • The flavour of mint, masala, ginger is very much evident in every bite.
  • I served it with Capsicum – Tomato Chutney / Pachchadi , tomato sauce and sliced  green cucumbers.
    Rajma vada / Red beans nuggetsRed Kidney Beans Nuggets / Rajma Fritters served with Capsicum-Tomato Chuteny and Green Cucumber slices

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    1. Hi Suneetha! Thanks for the interest! Yes, you can bake in the oven and even in an air-fryer too. I am not so sure about the exact time duration. But go for 5 mins first , check and then extend the time. Hope this helps.

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