Rajma Tikki – Kidney Bean and Sweet Potato Kebabs

August 17, 2015

When hunger strikes on a Monday evening, I’m often short on energy and high on health and well being ambitions. For moments like this a tin of beans is nothing less that a saviour in brine! This kidney bean and sweet potato cakes recipe, or Rajma Tikki, is a quick, easy  and healthy meal option. Bake the sweet potato so you get their full nutritional value, and whizz up a fresh green salad to go with it. Amazing dipped into Sriracha, something tells me these will be great as party nibbles too!



Makes 8:

  • 1 tin kidney beans (400gm)
  • 2 sweet potatoes (350gm)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • Half tsp chilli powder
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 tsp oil



Preheat the grill to 200 degrees centigrade. Drain and rinse the tin of kidney beans well, then toss into a mixing bowl. Next prick with a fork and bake the sweet potatoes in their skin. I do this in the microwave and it takes about 8-10 minutes.

When the potatoes are soft, carefully peel their skin and add the fleshy part to the kidney beans. Now add the cumin, chilli, cornstarch and salt to your taste and a teaspoon of oil and mash the whole lot together well.

Next, line a baking tray with parchment and spread the remaining oil on. Then with a deep spoon or spring loaded ice cream scoop, press a dollop of the kidney bean mixture onto the tray to create a disc. Continue until all the mixture is used up.

Place the tray under the grill and cook for 10-12 minutes until the top of the rajma tikki is golden and crispy. Take the tray out of the grill and leave to cool for five minutes before serving.






9 Responses to “Rajma Tikki – Kidney Bean and Sweet Potato Kebabs”

  1. Qfoodtravel Says:

    May 19th, 2018 at 4:30 am

    This is amazing ideas for making kababs from kidney beans.

    I cant wait to try this!!!

    Can we used another beans instead of kidney beans?

  2. tami Says:

    April 24th, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Hi! Lookes delicioius. Do you mash everything together by food processor or just by hand with a potato masher?

    Hi! I just mash it up using a masher or my hand! Good luck M x

  3. Manu Says:

    December 14th, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    By grill, do you mean oven?

    I mean the grill setting in the oven M x

  4. Ferhana Says:

    May 6th, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    When is the corn starch used?

    So sorry, I have now added it in. Enjoy! M x

  5. Ferhana Says:

    May 6th, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    When is the cornstarch used?
    I can’t see it in the description.

  6. The best university in Dubai Says:

    December 14th, 2015 at 11:37 am

    looks delicious

  7. Anju Bala Says:

    October 5th, 2015 at 8:04 am

    Looks very tempting, children will love it.

  8. Tanvi Says:

    August 18th, 2015 at 6:39 am

    Delicious! It looks like cookies of chocolate. I had never tried to cook kidney beans in this style, even I had never imagined in this way.

  9. ann Says:

    August 18th, 2015 at 2:11 am

    Sounds like something I will be making a lot. So easy but yummy.
    Thank you.

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