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simple yet tasty recipe of a sabzi or bhaji made with capsicum (green bell peppers) and besan (gram flour).

4.86 from 7 votes
total time:
30minutes

capsicum besan sabzi recipe with step by step photos – simple yet tasty recipe of a sabzi or bhaji made with capsicum (green bell peppers) and besan (gram flour).

capsicum besan sabzi recipe

in marathi language this recipe is also known as bhopla mirch chi peeth perun bhaji, where bhopla mirch means capsicum and peeth means flour. in this case, peeth means gram flour. there are many variations of preparing this recipe. here is how i prepare this bhaji.

the recipe of capsicum and besan sabzi is very easy to prepare and gets done within 20 to 25 minutes. so good for those days when you do not have much time for cooking.

in fact the capsicum besan sabzi also goes well in tiffin box. as the bhaji has a sweeter taste due to the capsicum and besan, it is liked by kids. you can pack this bhaji with some chapatis. also can be served as a side dish with dal-rice or varan-bhaat.

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capsicum besan sabzi recipe

4.86 from 7 votes
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:20 mins
Total Time:30 mins
simple yet tasty recipe of a sabzi or bhaji made with capsicum (green bell peppers) and besan (gram flour).
capsicum besan recipe, capsicum fry with besan, shimla mirch besan recipe
Course:side dish
Cuisine:maharashtrian
Servings:2 to 3

INGREDIENTS FOR capsicum besan sabzi recipe

(1 CUP = 250 ML)
  • ¼ cup besan (gram flour)
  • 300 grams green capsicum or 2 large capsicum or 2 heaped cups chopped capsicum (shimla mirch)
  • 50 grams onion or 1 medium onion or ⅓ cup chopped onion
  • 3 to 4 garlic or 1 teaspoon chopped garlic (lahsun)
  • 1 or 2 green chilli, chopped (hari mirch)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil (you can also use sunflower oil)
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds (rai)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 sprig curry leaves or 8 to 10 curry leaves (kadi patta)
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder (lal mirch powder)
  • salt as required
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoon coriander leaves (dhania patta)
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional), can be sprinkled while serving or added when adding coriander leaves
  • if you want you can also add some sugar.

HOW TO MAKE capsicum besan sabzi recipe

preparation for capsicum besan sabzi

  • first rinse, halve, remove the seeds and then chop 2 large capsicum (300 grams) in 1.5 cm cubes or squares. also chop 1 medium onion, 3 to 4 medium garlic cloves and 1 to 2 green chilies. keep aside.
  • heat a thick bottomed shallow frying pan or kadai. keep the flame to a low and add 1/4 cup besan.
  • roast the besan stirring often till it becomes aromatic and changes color.
  • the besan has to be roasted well and should not be raw as we are not going to cook it much further.
  • roasting besan will take about 5 to 6 minutes on a low flame.
  • once the besan has got roasted well, remove it in a separate plate.

making besan sabzi

  • in the same pan, add 2 tablespoons peanut oil (can also use sunflower oil). when the oil becomes hot, add 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds. lower the flame.
  • when the mustard seeds crackle, add 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds. saute till the cumin seeds also splutter and change color.
  • next add ⅓ cup chopped onions, 1 teaspoon chopped garlic, chopped green chilies and 8 to 10 curry leaves.
  • stir well and saute till the onions turn translucent.
  • then add 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder and 1/4 teaspoon red chilli powder.
  • on a low flame, mix both the spice powders very well ensuring that they do not get burnt.
  • now add the capsicum cubes. mix very well with the rest of the ingredients.
  • add salt as required. mix again. pour 1/4 cup water and stir.
  • cover the pan with a lid and cook the capsicum on a low flame.
  • do check the capsicum a couple of times when its cooking and stir. if the water dries up, you can add more water.
  • the capsicum have to be tender and done. some water will also be there when the capsicum gets cooked.
  • then add the roasted besan in batches. first sprinkle add 1 tablespoon besan all over the capsicum sabzi. mix very well.
  • this way keep on adding roasted besan in batches and mixing.
  • mix the besan very well with the capsicum bhaji. if the bhaji looks very dry, then you can sprinkle some water.
  • lastly switch off the flame and add 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves. also drizzle 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. adding lemon juice is optional. 
  • you can also serve lemon wedges while serving the capsicum besan sabzi, instead of adding lemon juice at this step. mix very well.
  • serve capsicum besan sabzi hot or warm with some chapatis or as a side dish with dal-rice or varan-bhaat.

RECIPE TIPS

1. cut capsicum in 1.5 cm cubes. don't cut too large or they will take lot of time to cook.
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preparation to make capsicum besan sabzi

1. first rinse, halve, remove the seeds and then chop 2 large capsicum (300 grams) in 1.5 cm cubes or squares. also chop 1 medium onion, 3 to 4 medium garlic cloves and 1 to 2 green chilies. keep aside.

capsicum for capsicum besan sabzi recipe

2. heat a thick bottomed shallow frying pan or kadai. keep the flame to a low and add ¼ cup besan.

besan for capsicum besan sabzi recipe

3. roast the besan stirring often till it becomes aromatic and changes color.

besan to make capsicum besan bhaji recipe

4. the besan has to be roasted well and should not be raw as we are not going to cook it much further.

besan to make capsicum besan bhaji recipe

5. roasting besan will take about 5 to 6 minutes on a low flame. once the besan has got roasted well, remove it in a separate plate.

besan to make capsicum besan bhaji recipe

making besan sabzi with capsicum

6. in the same pan, add 2 tablespoons peanut oil (can also use sunflower oil). when the oil becomes hot, add ½ teaspoon mustard seeds. lower the flame.

mustard for capsicum besan bhaji recipe

7. when the mustard seeds crackle, add ½ teaspoon cumin seeds. saute till the cumin seeds also splutter and change color.

cumin for capsicum besan bhaji recipe

8. next add ⅓ cup chopped onions, 1 teaspoon chopped garlic, chopped green chilies and 8 to 10 curry leaves.

onions for capsicum besan recipe

9. stir well and saute till the onions turn translucent.

onions for capsicum besan recipe

10. then add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder and ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder.

spices for capsicum besan recipe

11. on a low flame, mix both the spice powders very well ensuring that they do not get burnt.

spices for capsicum besan recipe

12. now add the capsicum cubes.

capsicum for capsicum besan recipe

13. mix very well with the rest of the ingredients.

capsicum for capsicum besan recipe

14. add salt as required. mix again.

salt for capsicum besan recipe

15. pour ¼ cup water and stir.

water for capsicum besan recipe

16. cover the pan with a lid and cook the capsicum on a low flame.

cooking capsicum besan recipe

17. do check the capsicum a couple of times when its cooking and stir. if the water dries up, you can add more water.

making capsicum besan sabzi recipe

18. the capsicum have to be tender and done. some water will also be there when the capsicum gets cooked.

making capsicum besan sabzi recipe

19. then add the roasted besan in batches. first sprinkle add 1 tablespoon besan all over the capsicum sabzi.

besan for making capsicum besan sabzi recipe

20. mix very well.

making capsicum besan bhaji recipe

21. this way keep on adding roasted besan in batches and mixing.

making capsicum besan bhaji recipe

22. mix the besan very well with the capsicum bhaji. if the bhaji looks very dry, then you can sprinkle some water.

making capsicum besan bhaji recipe

23. lastly switch off the flame and add 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves. also drizzle ½ to 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. adding lemon juice is optional. you can also serve lemon wedges while serving the bhaji, instead of adding lemon juice at this step. i prefer to serve lemon wedges separately while serving the capsicum besan sabzi.

capsicum besan bhaji recipe, capsicum besan sabzi recipe

24. mix very well.

capsicum besan bhaji recipe, capsicum besan sabzi recipe

25. serve capsicum besan sabzi hot or warm with some chapatis or as a side dish with dal-rice or varan-bhaat. for more capsicum recipes, you can check this link – 25 capsicum recipes.

capsicum besan sabzi


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25 comments/reviews

  1. Your recipes are always perfect. I follow and refer ur recipes for every new dish I try or make old recipe in better way.

  2. Hello,
    I prepared this yesterday by following above recipe.. it was really yummy.
    Thanks for the recipe.

  3. Respected mam, I am not sure whether you will read this comment or not. But I want to say you are my teacher my magical teacher in cooking. Your teachings, way of explaining, inclusive recipes which also mentions servings ( which is hard to find in other shared recipes ) and so on. Please never stop cooking and teaching us. Please include every possible and little recipea in ur list. Because before starting any thing I check your site and if I happen to find it, it leaves a satisfactory smile on my face. I have told soo many people about your perfect way of cooking. I am 29 years old, married girl. And you wont understand my happiness with your recipes. I do not learn it for my marriage but for myself. For my satisfaction 🙂

    • Komal, Thanks a lot for this encouraging and sweet feedback. Glad to know that recipes and their presentation are helping you. I will keep on adding new recipe as i love cooking and experimenting with new recipes and different cuisines of india. thanks for recommending the site to your friends.

  4. Dasana, Long time no see or hear…. 😉 I came here for this Capsicum recipe, which in konkani is called a Jhunkow or Zhunko’. Thank you for pointing out that the besan has to be throughly roasted before it is added to the mixture …. and also that the addtion should be done in small quantities of single layers, and in measured amounts, so as to avoid unnecesssary coagulation or clumping or caking. I omitted the coconut, by oversight, but it was all good. Even your chappati looks delectable in the photograph – I am sorely tempted to invite myself to your home and table … LOL.

    My wife, Anjali, loved my Zhunko, and had seconds and thirds, but then she pouted and said, “its not as good as the Zhunko my mother used to make …. !! ” Excuse me, but that was 40 years ago !!?!!
    Now can you answer why, our wives feel compelled to compare their hard, persevered, husband’s cooking …. to their imagination of their “mother’s cooking” ???? …. and always depreciating the efforts of their husbands, and always to the disadvantage of the latter ?? This is meant to be a rhetorical question and no answer is necessary. Maybe its because “Women are from Venus, and men are from Mars “:…..
    Continued best wishes for your blog and website.

    • yes girish ji, long time. i am glad that you liked the recipe. its a simple recipe but tasty. capsicum besan sabzi is a variation to zhunka recipe. i still have to add a proper zhunka and pithla recipe. thanks for the best wishes.

  5. hey, how to make sure there are no lumps in the besan? i always end up with balls of besan and it just tastes bad.

  6. Dear dassana…the recipe is good…I prepared it today….which veg can b prepared similar way..n I always bake your coconut macaroons…can we add oats to that recipe..

  7. Thank you for this perfect recipe. It is one of my favorite bhajis that my mom makes. I’m so happy that I can make it now too! I added less than 1/2 tsp sugar, and it turned out perfect. Thank you for another fantastic recipe 🙂

  8. Thanks a lot for this recipe. Tried it and loved it. I have downloaded your app – it’s very convenient. I can get to the recipes I need so easily.

  9. Thanks a lot Dassana ma’am for sharing this recipe…It turned out so yummy….My husband who hated capsicums… now loves it…Thanks a lot again

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