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Kidney Beans

Also Known As : Rajma, Red beans, Red peas, Haricot rouge, Rognon rouge, Rote Bohnen, Rote Kidney-Bohnen, Rote Nier Bohnen, Kintoki-mame
Technical Name : Phaseolus vulgaris


Taste Profile

They have a mild, creamy, nutty flavour with a slightly sweet aftertaste.

Usage Tips

  1. Dried Kidney beans can be stored in a container for up to one year. Canned kidney beans can be stored for 2-3 years or till the expiry date. Dried kidney beans should be soaked before cooking to speed cooking time.
  2. Canned kidney beans should be rinsed thoroughly before use.
  3. Kidney beans can be added to salads, soups, rice dishes, stews, cutlets and curries.
  4. They can be used to make popular Rajma curry, served with rice or roti. They can also be added to chili, refried beans and simmered dishes.

Common names and forms

  1. Kashmiri Beans
  2. Lal Lobhia
  3. Munsiara Rajma
  4. Organic Red Kidney Beans
  5. Organic Sparkled Kidney Beans
  6. Rajma
  7. Rajma Chitra
  8. Rajma Jammu
  9. Red Kidney Beans
  10. Red Lobia
  11. Red Rajma


Kidney beans are a variety of the common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris), native of Mexico and Central America. They are referred to as "common bean" as they are derived from a common bean ancestor that originated in Peru. They are kidney shaped beans, mostly red in color and 1/2 inch long. They are available in different variants like Red kidney beans(common kidney bean, Rajma), Light speckled kidney bean, Red speckled kidney bean and White kidney bean (known as cannellini in Italy and lobia in India). They have derived their name from their shape and color, similar to a kidney. They have firm, creamy, white flesh inside, when cooked. They cook up to a smooth texture and hold their shape well even after cooking. They readily absorb surrounding flavors and are ideal for use in simmered dishes. They are considered as an integral part of the cuisine in Northern regions of India(cooked as rajma). They are also used extensively in Mexican cooking.

Health benefits

  • Kidney beans are a good source of vitamin k for the body. It helps to protect body cells from oxidative stress which further decrease the risk of cancer, particularly colon cancer.(1)
  • They have a low glycemic index that helps to maintain blood sugar level in the body and also reduces the risk of diabetes.(1)
  • They help to stabilize blood sugar level, as a result less insulin is released by the pancreas. This helps to promote fat storage in the body and maintain healthy weight.(1)
  • They contain folic acid that helps in regular formation of the skin cells. As new cells are produced, they help to reduce the acne breakouts and also clear the pores on the skin.(1)
  • They contain fibre that bonds with the bile acid in the intestine which is helpful in the synthesis of cholesterol. This helps to reduce the risk of high blood pressure levels.(1)
  • The dietary fibre in them helps to prevent osteoporosis by maintaining blood pressure level in the body.(1)
  • Being a good source of Vitamin B1, kidney beans helps in boosting the memory power and concentration level.(1)
  • They contain magnesium that has a bronchodilator effect. It is good for asthma patients as it ensures smooth air passage in and out of the lungs.(1)

Selection Guide

Look for Kidney beans that are whole, dried, plump and evenly colored. Make sure they are clean and uncontaminated by debris with no hint of moisture in them. Avoid any cracked or broken beans. Both dried and canned kidney beans are available in the market. Check for their "use-by" date to confirm their freshness.


Excessive Intake of kidney beans can cause digestion and bowel health issues. It can also cause abdominal pain, blocked intestine, diarrhoea, and gas. Being rich in folate, kidney beans can increase the risk of cancer, if consumed in large quantities. It may also cause damage to the organs. It is high in iron that can damage the brain and can cause heart attacks.(2) ​

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