Spicy Bell Pepper Rice – Capsicum Rice

    Spicy Bell Pepper Rice

    Giving you guys a break from the sweet overload on my blog these days. But this break is temporary and there are a lot of Valentine’s Day recipes to be shared in the coming weeks so stay tuned for that. For now lets talk about this spicy bell pepper rice or as we would call in India, capsicum rice. I never get this, why same thing has different names in different countries. It makes everything complicated! If I say bell peppers in India, my mom is never going to understand which vegetable I am talking about and if I say capsicum here, people will assume I am talking about something else!

    Anyway this rice dish with green and red bell peppers comes together in minutes and is quite flavorsome. Everyone who knows me, knows that I love bell peppers. In fact some people find it very weird when I tell them that bell pepper is my favorite vegetable. People have this look like “what are you even talking about”?! I don’t think it’s a very common response!

    Indian Capsicum Rice

    To make this capsicum rice all you need is some cooked rice, onion, tomato and of course capsicum/bell peppers. I used a mix of green and red bell peppers but you can use only green or a mix of other bell peppers too. This is an easy one pot meal which you can prepare without much stress for weekday dinners. I have used long grain rice here, basmati would work just as well, in fact better here!

     

    Method

    Heat oil in a pan on medium heat. Once hot, add green cardamom pods, black cardamom, cinnamon stick, bay leaf, cloves and peppercorn. Saute for 30 seconds till you get a nice aroma of the spices.

    Add the cumin seeds and let it splutter. Also add the chopped green chili and saute till it starts turning light golden in color.

    Add the chopped onions and cook till they are translucent and the raw smell goes away.

    Capsicum Rice Recipe-Step-1

    Now add the ginger-garlic paste and cook till raw smell goes away, around 2 minutes.

    Add in the chopped tomatoes.

    Cook the tomatoes for 5-6 minutes or till they are soft and nicely cooked and there’s no raw tomato smell.
    Capsicum Rice Recipe-Step-2

    Add the chopped green and red bell pepper and cook for 1-2 minutes.

    Add the yogurt and mix.

    Cook the veggie mixture till yogurt is well combined with the veggies and spices, around 3-4 minutes on medium flame. Also add the salt.Capsicum Rice Recipe-Step-3

    Add the cooked rice into the pan and mix thoroughly.

    After 2 minutes, sprinkle garam masala on top and mix. Cook for another 2 minutes on medium heat. Squeeze in lemon juice [if using].

    Place the rice in serving bowl, garnish with coriander leaves and serve.
    Capsicum Rice Recipe-Step-4Serve the capsicum rice hot with raita [yogurt side dish].

    Spicy Bell Pepper Rice

    * Adjust spice level to taste. Add more green chili to make the rice spicier.

    * To make this vegan, simply skip the yogurt and follow the rest of the steps as it is.

    Bell Pepper Rice - Capsicum Rice

    Capsicum Rice - One pot flavorful rice cooked with spices and lots of Capsicum/Bell Peppers.
    Servings: 3
    Calories: 341 kcal
    Author: Manali
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    Ingredients

    • 3 cups cooked rice
    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 3 cloves
    • 2 green cardamom pods
    • 1 cinnamon stick, small
    • 1 black cardamom
    • 3 peppercorns, small
    • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
    • 1 green chili
    • 1.5 teaspoons ginger-garlic paste
    • 1 red onion, medium, finely chopped
    • 1 to mato, big, chopped
    • 1.5 tablespoons yogurt
    • 1 cups bell peppers, cut into small cubes [i used green and red]
    • ¼ teaspoon garam masala, to sprinkle
    • salt, to taste
    • coriander leaves, chopped, to garnish
    • 1 teaspoon lemon juice [optional]

    Instructions

    1. Heat oil in a pan on medium heat.
    2. Once hot, add green cardamom pods, black cardamom, cinnamon stick, bay leaf, cloves and peppercorn. Saute for 30 seconds till you get a nice aroma of the spices.
    3. Add the cumin seeds and let it splutter. Also add the chopped green chili and saute till it starts turning light golden in color.
    4. Add the chopped onions and cook till they are translucent and the raw smell goes away.
    5. Now add the ginger-garlic paste and cook till raw smell goes away, around 2 minutes.
    6. Add in the chopped tomatoes and cook the tomatoes for 5-6 minutes or till they are soft and nicely done.
    7. Add the chopped green and red bell pepper and cook for 1-2 minutes.
    8. Add the yogurt and mix.
    9. Cook the veggie mixture till yogurt is well combined with the veggies and spices, around 3-4 minutes on medium flame.
    10. Also add the salt and mix.
    11. Add the cooked rice into the pan and mix thoroughly.
    12. After 2 minutes, sprinkle garam masala on top and mix. Cook for another 2 minutes on medium heat.
    13. Squeeze in lemon juice [if using].
    14. Place the rice in serving bowl, garnish with coriander leaves and serve.
    Nutrition Facts
    Bell Pepper Rice - Capsicum Rice
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 341 Calories from Fat 90
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 10g 15%
    Saturated Fat 8g 40%
    Cholesterol 1mg 0%
    Sodium 62mg 3%
    Potassium 255mg 7%
    Total Carbohydrates 55g 18%
    Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
    Sugars 4g
    Protein 5g 10%
    Vitamin A 31.1%
    Vitamin C 83.5%
    Calcium 6.3%
    Iron 7.9%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

     

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