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capsicum masala recipe, how to make capsicum masala curry recipe

capsicum masala recipe with step by step photos – delicious hyderabadi style curry made with capsicum or bell peppers. the recipe is similar to the way the popular hyderabadi curries like bagara baingan and mirchi ka salan are made.

the capsicum masala gravy has a sour taste due to presence of tamarind. there is a nuttiness coming from the peanuts and sesame seeds. the gravy has complex flavors. the sweetness of the capsicum & onions balances very well with the nuttiness and sourness of the gravy. a delicious lip smacking capsicum masala curry. 

i used a mix of green and red bell peppers. you can use either one colored or two different colored bell peppers. for a more colorful gravy use the entire trio of green, red and yellow bell peppers/capsicum.

so do try this capsicum masala and you will like it. what i have shared is a quick version of making this curry. i have sauteed all the masala ingredients together instead of sauteing them separately. also, i have not sauteed or fried the capsicum separately. but sauteed them with the other ingredients.

capsicum masala tastes very good with chapatis or parathas. it accompanies steamed rice also well. you can also serve it with veg biryani or veg pulao.

if you are looking for similar curry recipes then do check matar masala, paneer butter masala, tawa paneer masala, and kaju butter masala.

capsicum masala recipe below:

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capsicum curry recipe
prep time
30 mins
cook time
30 mins
total time
1 hrs
 
capsicum masala recipe - delicious hyderabadi style curry made with capsicum or bell peppers. good side gravy dish with chapatis or parathas.
course: main
cuisine: hyderabadi, south indian
servings: 5 to 6
author: dassana
ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)
for nuts and seeds paste:
  • 2 large onions Or 175 to 200 grams onions Or 1.25 cups of chopped onions
  • 1 inch ginger Or 1.5 to 2 teaspoon chopped ginger (adrak)
  • 4 to 5 garlic Or 1 to 1.5 teaspoon chopped garlic (lahsun)
  • 3 tablespoon desiccated coconut (nariyal ka boora)
  • 2 tablespoon peanuts (moongphali)
  • 1 tablespoon white sesame seeds (safed til)
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds (sabut dhania)
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds (khus khus) - optional
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon tightly packed seedless tamarind (imli)
  • ½ to 2/3 cup water for grinding
other ingredients for capsicum masala:
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds (rai)
  • 7 to 8 fenugreek seeds (methi dana)
  • 7 to 8 curry leaves (kadi patta)
  • 1 small to medium tomato Or 1/3 cup tightly packed chopped tomatoes
  • 200 to 250 grams capsicum (green or red or yellow bell pepper) Or 4 to 5 medium sized capsicum - about 2 cups sliced capsicum (shimla mirch)
  • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi) or 2 to 3 pinches haldi
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1 to 1.25 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon powdered or grated jaggery or add as per taste
  • salt as required
  • 1 to 2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves for garnish optional
how to make recipe
prepping veggies for capsicum masala:
  1. rinse and slice the capsicums. make medium width slices. not too thin or thick. remove the seeds also. you can even cut the capsicum in small squares. chop the onions, ginger and garlic & tomatoes.
preparing the nuts and seeds spice paste:
  1. in a pan, heat 2 tbsp oil. add 2 tbsp peanuts, 1 tbsp sesame seeds, 1 tbsp coriander seeds and 1 tsp poppy seeds (optional).
  2. on a low flame saute these nuts & seeds for 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. then add 1.5 tsp chopped ginger and 1 tsp chopped garlic. saute for a minute.
  4. then add 1.25 cups chopped onions. stir very well.
  5. saute the onions till they turn translucent or a light brown. add a pinch of salt, so that the onions cook faster.
  6. next add 3 tbsp desiccated coconut. stir again very well.
  7. on a low flame, continue to stir and saute for 7 to 8 minutes, till the coconut turns golden. the whole mixture should turn light golden or golden.
  8. let this roasted mixture become warm or cool down completely. then add the mixture in a grinder jar. also add 1 tsp tightly packed seedless tamarind.
  9. grind to a smooth paste with 1/2 to 2/3 cup water. keep this masala paste aside.
making capsicum masala gravy:
  1. wipe the pan in which we sauteed the nuts & seeds and add 2 tbsp oil. heat the oil and then add 1/2 tsp mustard seeds.
  2. when the mustard seeds crackle, add 7 to 8 fenugreek seeds & 7 to 8 curry leaves. saute for a minute.
  3. then add 1/3 cup tightly packed chopped tomatoes.
  4. sprinkle a pinch of salt for the tomatoes to cook faster.
  5. stir and saute the tomatoes till they soften and become pulpy.
  6. now add the sliced capsicums/green bell peppers.
  7. on a medium flame, stir and saute the bell peppers for about 3 to 4 minutes.
  8. lower the flame and add the ground nuts and seeds paste.
  9. add 1/8 tsp turmeric powder or 2 to 3 pinches and 1 tsp red chili powder. stir very well.
  10. saute for about 2 minutes on a low flame. do stir as the paste can stick to the pan.
  11. add 1 to 1.25 cups water. stir very well.
  12. add 1 tsp powdered jaggery and salt as per taste.
  13. add 1/2 tsp garam masala powder.
  14. stir and simmer the capsicum masala gravy on a low to medium flame for about 15 minutes or till the capsicum slices are cooked. you can keep the capsicum slightly crunchy if you want.

  15. when you see oil specks on top, the capsicum masala gravy is done. do stir at intervals when the gravy is getting simmered.

  16. serve capsicum masala hot with chapatis, parathas or rice. if you want you can garnish the capsicum masala curry with some coriander leaves.


lets start step by step capsicum masala recipe:

1. rinse and slice the capsicums/bell peppers. make medium width slices. not too thin or thick. remove the seeds also. you can even cut the capsicum in small squares.

2. in a pan, heat 2 tbsp oil. add 2 tbsp peanuts, 1 tbsp sesame seeds, 1 tbsp coriander seeds and 1 tsp poppy seeds (optional).

3. on a low flame saute these nuts & seeds for 3 to 4 minutes.

4. then add 1.5 tsp chopped ginger and 1 tsp chopped garlic. saute for a minute.

5. then add 1.25 cups chopped onions.

6. stir very well.

7. saute the onions till they turn translucent or a light brown. add a pinch of salt, so that the onions cook faster.

8. next add 3 tbsp desiccated coconut.

9. stir again very well.

10. on a low flame, continue to stir and saute for 7 to 8 minutes, till the coconut turns golden. the whole mixture should turn light golden or golden.

11. let this roasted mixture become warm or cool down completely. then add the mixture in a grinder jar. also add 1 tsp tightly packed seedless tamarind.

12. grind to a smooth paste with ½ to ⅔  cup water. keep this masala paste aside.

13. wipe the pan in which we sauteed the nuts & seeds and add 2 tbsp oil. heat the oil and then add ½ tsp mustard seeds.

14. when the mustard seeds crackle, then add 7 to 8 fenugreek seeds & 7 to 8 curry leaves. saute for a minute.

15. then add ⅓ cup tightly packed chopped tomatoes.

16. sprinkle a pinch of salt for the tomatoes to cook faster.

17. stir and saute the tomatoes till they soften and become pulpy.

18. now add the sliced capsicum/green bell pepper.

19. on a medium flame, stir and saute the bell pepper for about 3 to 4 minutes.

20. lower the flame and add the ground nuts and seeds paste.

21. add ⅛ tsp turmeric powder or 2 to 3 pinches and 1 tsp red chili powder. for a more spicy taste, you can easily add 1.5 to 2 tsp of red chili powder.

22. stir very well.

23. saute for about 2 minutes on a low flame. do stir as the paste can stick to the pan.

24. now add 1 to 1.25 cups water.

25. stir very well.

26. add 1 tsp powdered jaggery and salt as per taste.

27. add ½ tsp garam masala powder.

28. stir and simmer the capsicum masala gravy on a low to medium flame for about 15 minutes or till the capsicum slices are cooked. you can keep the capsicum slightly crunchy if you want.

29. when you see oil floating on top, the gravy is done. do stir at intervals when the gravy is getting simmered. finally check the taste and add some more salt or powdered jaggery if required.

30. serve capsicum masala hot with chapatis, parathas or rice. if you want you can garnish the capsicum masala curry with some coriander leaves.




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This post was last modified on November 13, 2017, 12:36 pm

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