Wednesday, September 14, 2022



Capsicum ( more commonly called Bellpepper in the United States) is a commonly available vegetable in India. In Hindi it is called Shimla Mirch while as in Kannada, it is called Donne Menasinakayi.
It is a versatile vegetable and we can use it in making side dishes, snacks, as well as raita.

As you know, capsicums have several health benefits.

Elsewhere in the blog you will find recipes for dishes made with capsicum, such as :-

Today's recipe is for Capsicum Masala, an easy to make side dish which goes well with both rice and rotis. 


  • Capsicum, 3
  • Tomatoes, 3
  • Onions, 2 
  • Turmeric Powder, 1/4 tsp
  • Chilli Powder, 1 tsp
  • Coriander Powder, 2 tsp
  • Coriander Leaves, 2 tbsp, for garnish
Grind to a Paste:-
  • Coconut Gratings, 1/3 cup
  • Ginger, 1 and 1/2 " piece
  • Green Chillies, 3
  • Garlic Cloves, 3
For Seasoning:-
  • Cumin Seeds, 1 tsp
  • Curry Leaves, a sprig
  • Oil, 2 tbsp

Wash the capsicum, cut and discard the core and seeds. Chop the capsicum into pieces 
Chop the onions, tomatoes, and ginger
Finely chop the coriander leaves 

In a small mixer jar, grind together the coconut gratings, green chillies, ginger and garlic cloves to a smooth paste adding just the required amount of water. Keep aside.

Heat 2 tbsp oil in a thick-bottomed kadhai and on medium heat add the cumin seeds. When they sizzle add the curry leaves and sauté for a few seconds
To this add the chopped onions, a little salt, and sauté till they turn slightly golden 
Add the chopped tomatoes and fry till they become soft and mushy
Now add the turmeric powder, chilli powder, and coriander powder and salt to taste
Mix well so that the spice powders do not get burnt. They should get well blended with the onions and tomatoes
Next add the freshly prepared masala paste and mix well. 
Cook on medium heat for 2-3 minutes
Now add the chopped capsicum, and a little water, mix well and cook covered stirring from time to time till they get done
The capsicums should get cooked yet remain firm, take care they don't get overcooked 
Switch off the gas and garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves
Transfer to serving bowl
Serve Capsicum Masala with rice or rotis 


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