Karamani-Rajma vadai

Karamani and Rajma vadai prepared this Sunday on the occasion of Aadi krithigai. Actually planned for only to add karamani but the quantity of karamani at home was less. So I added Rajma which was bought long back and used it. Actually karamani keerai vadai is a famous known recipe of every one. I don’t have spinach leaves at that time. So I have added lots of greens like curry leaves and coriander leaves. It just gave a nice fresh flavor. And also the flavor of fresh ginger and garlic along with fennel seeds was awesome.

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Health benefits of kidney beans:

1. Lowers cholesterol

The high content of complex carbohydrates and dietary fibre in kidney beans lowers cholesterol levels in the blood. The presence of soluble dietary fibre forms a gel like substance in the stomach, which surrounds the cholesterol and prevents its reabsorption into the body.

2. Good for diabetics

Rajma is a healthy option for diabetics because of its low glycemic index, which keeps body’s sugar content balanced. It also reduces the risk of developing diabetes.Learn to know more about wonder foods for diabetes.

3. Improves memory

Kidney beans are rich in Vitamin B1, which contributes greatly to healthy cognitive functions. Sufficient levels of Vitamin B1 help in synthesising acetylcholine (an important neurotransmitter), which ensures proper functioning of the brain and boosts concentration and memory. It is also beneficial in slowing the progress of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

4. Boosts energy

Manganese in the kidney beans is very important in conducting metabolism, which is basically breaking down of nutrients to produce energy for the body.

5. Anti-oxidative properties

Manganese in kidney beans also aids body’s antioxidant defences to make sure that the harmful free radicals in the body are properly and efficiently destroyed. Hence kidney beans fall under the category of antioxidant rich foods.

6. Powerhouse of proteins

Kidney beans have high protein content. So much so that it can serve as a great substitute for meat for vegetarians. When consumed with rice or whole wheat pasta, it provides a boost of protein to the body without the added calories of meat or heavy dairy products.

7. Natural detoxifier

A lot of foods these days are loaded with preservatives, which contain sulphites. High sulphite content is known to be toxic to the body. The molybdenum present in kidney beans helps in detoxifying the body off sulphites. It is also beneficial for people with sulphite allergies because the symptoms of the allergies rapidly decrease after regular consumption of kidney beans.

8. Prevents hypertension

Kidney beans being a good source of potassium, magnesium, soluble fibre and protein help reduce hypertension. Together these elements help in maintaining normal blood pressure. The potassium and magnesium expand the arteries and vessels and ensure smooth blood flow.

9. Helps in weight loss

The large amount of dietary fibre in kidney beans keeps one full for longer. Also, low fat content makes it a wholesome low calorie meal.

10. Relieves constipation

The insoluble dietary fibres add bulk to your stool, which ensures a smooth bowel movement and helps in relieving constipation.Read more to know home remedies for constipation.

11. Boosts immunity

The antioxidants in kidney bean strengthen the immune system by getting rid of the free radicals and protecting the cells of our body

12. Has anti-ageing properties

Antioxidants in the kidney beans get rid of the free radicals and slow down ageing of cells. They also help in reducing wrinkles, healing acne and nourishing hair and nails.

13. Cleanses stomach

When kidney beans are consumed in the right quantities they can also help with cleansing the digestive tract, ensuring removal of toxins from the body and lowering the risk of colon cancer.

14. Improves heart health

High quantity of magnesium in kidney beans acts on the cholesterol and helps the body fight diseases associated with the heart like stroke, vascular diseases, coagulation of the arteries, heart attack, etc. and maintain a strong heart.

15. Strengthens the bones

The manganese and calcium present in the kidney beans make the bones stronger and help in preventing osteoporosis. The folate in kidney beans helps in maintaining bone and joint health, which reduces the risk of bone diseases and fractures.

16. Helps reduce migraine

The magnesium present in kidney beans helps in preventing the awful migraine headaches and also stabilises blood pressure.

17. Helps in tissue repair

Vitamin B6 helps in tissue growth and repair of the skin and hair. It also helps in preventing any sort of degeneration of the eye. It even helps in stopping hair fall.

18. Helps reduce cataracts

Vitamin B3 has been seen to reduce and in some cases cure cataracts. The high quantity of vitamin B3 in kidney beans will pretty much ensure the same.

19. Helps relieve rheumatoid arthritis

The high copper content in kidney beans reduces inflammation in the body in the case of arthritis. Copper also ensures flexibility of the ligaments and joints.

20. Helps relieve asthma

The magnesium present in kidney beans has a bronchodilatory effect and ensures smooth air passage in and out of the lungs. Studies have shown that low magnesium levels can lead to asthma.

Reference www.practo.com

Karamani-Rajma vadai

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Side Dish, Snacks
Cuisine Indian
Servings 5 People


  • 1 Cup Karamani Red beans
  • 1 Cup Rajma
  • 1 Inch Ginger / இஞ்சி
  • 5-6 garlic / பூண்டு
  • 4 Red chilly / சிவப்பு மிளகாய்
  • 1 Tbsp Fennel seeds / பெருஞ்சீரகம்
  • Handfull Curry Leaves / கறிவேப்பிலை
  • Handfull Coriander Leaves / கொத்துமல்லி தழை You can also use greens of your choice.


  • Soak karamani and Rajma in water overnight.
  • Add soaked lentils in mixie jar add small ginger piece and garlic cloves. Add 1 tbsp fennel seeds and 2 red chilly. Grind to a coarse mixture without adding water. Keep aside.
  • Add next batch of lentils add hand full of curry leaves and coriander leaves add required salt and grind well. Do not add water.
  • Transfer to a bowl. Add cut onions and red chilly. Mix everything well. Keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add round shaped vada mixture in oil. Once cooked serve hot.
  • Karamani vadai is ready.


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My name is Poornima Thirumurthy Kumar born in chennai (Tamil Nadu), Studied BSc Mathematics did MCA and working as Technical Lead in a software company. I have more than 8 years experience in IT field. I was a freelance web designer while pursuing GNIIT (Software Engineering) course in NIIT. But later then I gave up my time only with my company. Though I would like to cook before marriage for my parents and my elder brother, cooking has become my passion since (2014) I got married and became Poornima Senthil Kumar, its just because to impress my hubby. And I would like to do more recipes for my daughter Keerthana who is 15 months old now, many times she would not try it at all. Now I would like to post my recipes to the world to impress you all. I have planned to launch this website on 14th April 2017. And its going to be updated with new recipes frequently. Cooking healthy food, eating happily and staying active without any illness till the last breath is the way of my life. And I would be very happy to know my friends are too happy and healthy with my recipes. No rules, Don’t be afraid to do whatever you want. Cooking doesn’t have to have rules. I don’t like it that way. – Masaharu Morimoto Thank you.

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