Capsicum also called as Bell peppers or Sweet peppers are rich in vitamin C and also a source of antioxidants. They are available in 3 colours green, red and yellow. The sweetness in them is due to their natural sugars. Red capsicum is the sweetest while green ones have a low sugar content.
Capsicum rice is a quick and tasty rice variety prepared by mixing capsicum with homemade masala and rice. The masala powder adds a very special flavour and taste to the dish.
Ingredients (Serves 3)
|Preparation time – 10 mins|
Cooking time – 20 mins
- Basmati Rice – 3/4 cup, raw
- Green capsicum – 1 medium, finely chopped
- Red capsicum – 1 small, finely chopped
- Yellow capsicum – 1/2, finely chopped
- Mustard – 1 tsp
- Turmeric – a pinch
- Salt – as required
- Oil – as required
To Roast and Grind
- Peanuts / Groundnuts – 3 tbsp
- Black Sesame seeds – 2 tsp
- Red chilli – 3
- Whole urad dal – 1 tsp
- Channa dal – 1 tsp
- Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
- Coriander seeds – 1.5 tsp
- Cardamom – 1
- Cinnamon – 1/2 inch
- Cloves – 2
- Curry leaves – a sprig
- Wash and soak the rice for 30 mins.
- Cook the basmati rice in enough water and allow it to cool. Refer this recipe.
- Cut the capsicum finely.
- Dry roast the groundnuts separately.
- Dry roast the sesame seeds.
- Dry roast the remaining ingredients mentioned above and allow it to cool.
- One they cool down, grind them to a fine powder.
- In a pan, add oil, mustard and once it splutters add the chopped capsicum.
- Add salt, turmeric powder and fry for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add 5 to 6 tbsp of prepared masala powder.
- Mix well and add the cooked basmati rice to the pan.
- Toss carefully to mix evenly.
Enjoy the most aromatic and delicious capsicum rice. You can serve them with raita or pappad / fryums.
- Adjust the prepared masala powder according to your taste.
- You can refrigerate the remaining masala powder for future use.