Capsicum curry

In my cookbook collection, I have a book called “100 easy-to-make Gujarati Dishes” by Vanamala Desai and Veena Shroff. This petite, unassuming book has some very unique and tasty recipes. The first one I tried was capsicum curry and just loved it. I tried many recipes after that and each one of them was truly wonderful. The book, which until now received only casual glances, has became a prized possession.

Capsicum curry has no gravy but contains a nice coating of chickpea flour and spices. Indians, especially south indians, oftentimes eat rice with chutney or some chutney-like dish before moving on to their daal or sambar. I did the same by mixing this curry with hot, steaming rice, and a tea spoon of oil. I quite relished it. This curry turned out to be quite spicy (I like it that way.) if you prefer medium spicy, use 1/2 tea spoon of red chili powder.

Capsicum curry and Paratha

Capsicum curry and Paratha

2 bell peppers/capsicum (red, green or 1 of each!)
3 tea spoon besan/chickpea flour/chana no loat
1 tea spoon red chili powder
1/4 tea spoon turmeric/haldi
3 table spoon oil
1 tea spoon sugar
1 tea spoon mustard seeds/rai
1/4 tea spoon asafoetida/hing
1 tea spoon salt
Half lemon (optional)
In a small bowl, mix together besan, red chili powder, salt, turmeric, sugar and 1 table spoon of oil. This is the masala powder.
Cut capsicum lengthwise into thin strips. I used one green and one capsicum. Heat 2 table spoon oil in a pan and do tadka/vaghar with rai/mustard seeds and hing. Add the capsicum and cook it uncovered on medium-low heat for about 5 minutes. Now sprinkle masala powder all over capsicum and cover the pan. Do not stir capsicum after adding the masala. Cook for 5 more minutes and take it off the stove. Mix well. If you like, you can add lemon juice from half a lemon (about 1 table spoon.)

9 Responses to “Capsicum curry”

  1. Sujatha Says:

    I made the capsicum curry three times. It was quick and tasty. Every time had different set of guests. Now your blog has become a favourite with all of them. Thanks for posting all these delicious recipes.

    • Anupama Krishnamurthy Says:

      Dear Sujata, Thank you very much. Indeed very happy to hear that you are trying my recipes and liking them. So nice of you to share your experience. As much as I like to cook, I need encouragement from people like you to keep the blog going.

      Best wishes, Anupama

      On Thu, Aug 7, 2014 at 12:06 PM, મીઠો લિમડો Mitho Limdo wrote:


  2. Anonymous Says:


    I tried this recipe today and am loving it. Thank you SO much for your blog. It is really great.

  3. Ambica Says:

    Loved this one!!! made the palya and used it as a filling in gyoza wrappers. Thank you for posting this.

  4. Vandana Says:

    Hi Anupama,

    Cooking has become so much more interesting since you started this blog. I tried this curry with yellow and orange bell-pepper and it was so yummy. I loved the spicy tangy flavor.

  5. Sharada Sharma Says:

    Dear Anupama,
    I am becoming a big fan of your blog. All the recipes so far are fantastic.
    I tried the capsicum curry recipe. It came out very well. Very quick and very tasty. It is great to eat with rice, paratha or even in a sandwich.
    Thanks for the great recipe.

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