With this “Rajma Chawal Pizza”, I can say that fusion food is clearly my calling! I am stepping into the realms of food crossovers and it is resulting in some amazing recipes like this gluten-free, rice crust, curry Pizza with kidney bean toppings, in short, Rajma chawal Pizza.

Rajma Chawal Pizza, leftover kidney beans curry and rice turned into a gluten-free rice crust pizza with the curry for topping, Indian-Italian love child

Beans and legumes have a way of … er.. what do you call it? Over-produce themselves? What I mean is that, when you soak dried beans to cook them, the end quantity always takes you by surprise. Does it happen to you? Each time, I think “this should be just right for the two of us” and boom! 6 hours later, the beans have not only swollen but I think they might have done some naughty business there 😉 Because, I surely soaked enough for two but how on earth is the quantity, now enough to feed four or even six! Add them in a curry and, you can apparently feed a battalion! 😀

She had left over curry and rice (Rajma Chawal), what she did next will amaze you!

Recently, I made this delicious Punjabi Rajma and was left with more curry then we cared for. Don’t get me wrong. We never waste food. We don’t mind having the same thing for lunch the next day. As a matter of fact, we did. Rajma chawal (chawal is rice in Hindi) was shared and enjoyed for 2 consecutive meals. Thereafter, the foodie in us sought variety. Thus, the idea of rajma chawal pizza was born.

Take a peek on Pinterest, and you will soon realize that cheese and Pizza has taken over the world! I have seen quite a few variety of crusts on the internet and having dabbled with the (drumrolls please!) Quinoa Crust Pizza myself, I felt quite positive I could turn the rajma chawal into a rice crust, rajma chawal pizza.

Gluten free, vegetarian Pizza made with leftovers of Indian food, unbelievable!

I was pretty determined to not add too many extra ingredients to the makeover (apart from the cheese of course!) and the results? Well, it had an amazing flavor. The curry from the Rajma made an excellent replacement for marinara sauce and the kidney bean-red onion topping over a sizzling golden rice crust, all of which was enveloped in a lava of hot oozy cheese, it rocked my world! Except, for the fact that I had to use a fork instead of picking it up like a slice.

Rajma Chawal Pizza, a gluten free, rice crust pizza

Now, I did not add egg for binding the crust and I used a questionable non-stick pan. You see, my good, food-will-slide-off-the-pan, pans were under a mountain of dishes. And, who does dishes when hungry?!! That would be super crazzzy! 😛

Nevertheless, every bite had a crispy crust, a flavorful sauce, luscious toppings and warm cheese, all the components that make an excellent Pizza…. A rajma chawal Pizza 🙂

Rajma Chawal Pizza, gluten free, rice crust pizza

So, read on folks, here is the recipe for:

Rajma Chawal Pizza


Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Serves: 2-3



    For the crust
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme (or Italian seasoning)
  • Salt to season
  • For the toppings
  • 1 cup rajma curry
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese blend (I have used Mozzarella and Cheddar)
  • Few slices of red onion
  • Cilantro for garnish


  1. Mix all the ingredients for the crust and spread it over a greased pan.
  2. Now place the pan on medium high heat for about 10 minutes.
  3. When you begin to smell the rice begin to crisp, take it off the heat to spread the toppings.
  4. Spread the curry as the marinara sauce.
  5. Spread the beans and sliced onions and cheese.
  6. Cover and continue to cook for another 10-15 minutes until the cheese melts completely and you are able to lift the crust off the pan.
  7. Dig in!

My Take:

Add one egg into the crust mixture for further binding of the crust.

You can use a ceramic or non stick pan to help you with removing the crust off the pan easily. Else, you have the option of eating it with a fork like I did. No compromise on the pizza taste whatsoever!

Since my topping is an already cooked curry, I added them midway. If your toppings are fresh veggies and you want them cooked through and through, you might want to add them beforehand along with the first cooking of crust.

Yummily Yours'



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  1. this is the coolest thing you [published so far,,

  2. Wow, you took fusion to a new level. That is possible the unthinkable mix. great idea!!

  3. Who does dishes when hungry and who makes (traditional) pizza crust when hungry? I can’t wait to try this with something. I rarely (never) have leftover rajma curry, but I can see using this idea for all kinds of leftovers –rice crust plus cheese could go with anything. This is ingenious.

  4. How fun! We love rajma! Even better with CHEESE!

  5. Oh yum! This combo of ingredients, along with this ooey-gooey cheese, is making me drool. This looks so so good! Thanks for sharing. Stopping in from FBC today 🙂

  6. ooh, love the look of this rice crust pizza! looks so cheesy and delicious.

  7. This pizza sounds so interesting to me! That rice crust is fascinating! Sounds great!

  8. I love rajma chawal and to turn the leftover into a pizza is such an innovative idea and looks delicious too! 🙂

  9. This looks SO GOOD! I want to reach in through my computer with a fork! I agree, beans have a way of over-producing themselves…just means more of this PIZZA!

  10. I use this method with my leftover curry too! Curry and cheese goes so great together, aren’t they?

  11. Looks amazing.. never thot of such an interesting twist

  12. Prash u genius u!!! What a cracker of a pizza idea..cant really imagine this..but it looks so so good. Anything with rajma and I am in. We would love for you to link it at #SaucySaturdays… pretty pls 😉

  13. very innovative n healthy!!this look so good Prashanthi 🙂

  14. Oh my! What a clever clever idea, Prash. I have seen kids do this when they are eating rice.

  15. This is a great recipe! Thanks for helping me eat pizza without gluten and for linking up with Saucy Saturdays!

  16. What a clever idea! rajma chawal made even more delish with cheese!! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  17. This is such an amazing twist to a regular meal. I love how creative your recipes always are Prash 🙂

  18. Wow… Pizza with Indian touch…. I love it

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