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Capsicum Masala Rice
Region: Indian
Dish:Vegetarian - Rice Items
Main Ingredient: Capsicum, cooked rice
Time to Prepare: 20 Minutes


Black Mustard Seeds 1tsp
Black Gram Daal(minnapappu) 1tsp
Capsicums(bell peppers)-Thinly Sliced 2big
Cinnamon Stick 1inch piece
Cooked Rice 3 cup
Coriander Seeds 1tbsp
Cumin seeds 1/2tsp
Dry red chillies(adjust spice level) 3-4piece
Fresh Curry Leaves 10-12
Freshly Grated Coconut(Optional) 1tbsp
Ghee/Oil 2 1/2tbsp
Roasted Peanuts 3tbsp


To the cooked rice add a tsp of Ghee and combine(each grain should be separate). Keep aside.
Dry roast on medium heat and add cumin seeds and black gram and fry till the cumin splutters and the dal turns light brown.

Add the coriander seeds, cinnamon stick, curry leaves and dry red chillis and fry further for another minute till the rawness disappears and the flavors come out.

Finally add the roasted peanuts and combine with the other spices for a few seconds and turn off heat. Once cool, grind to a make a fine powder. In the same vessel, add the remaining oil/ghee and once its hot, add mustard seeds and let them splutter.

Add the curry leaves and let the flavor of the curry leaves come out and the leaves turn crisp.

Add oil/ghee and the sliced capsicums and fry them for approx 3 minutes.

Donít over cook them, let the capsicums retain their crunchy texture. Add salt to taste and combine well.

Reduce heat and add the cooked rice and combine with the spice mixture.

Add the grated coconut,roasted peanuts and ground masala powder and combine with the rice till its well mixed .
Serve hot with pickle,yogurt,appadam(poppadams).

Recipe Tips
This rice can be prepared using other veggies like carrots, potatoes,egg plants, etc. The peanuts really brings out the flavor, so donít skip this step.

Serving Ideas
If you serve with any Gravy Curry ,it will be complete meal!

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