Capsicum Rice

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

Steps

  • 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.

Key points

  • Adjust the prepared masala powder according to your taste.
  • You can refrigerate the remaining masala powder for future use.

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