capsicum besan bhaji | shimla mirch besan

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

capsicum besan

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.

This shimla mirch besan recipe 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.

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

How to make capsicum besan bhaji

1. First rinse, halve, remove the seeds and then chop 2 large capsicums (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 chillies. 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

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 chillies and 8 to 10 curry leaves.

onions for capsicum besan recipe

9. Stir well and sauté till the onions turn translucent.

onions for capsicum besan recipe

10. Then add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder, ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder and 1 pinch asafoetida (hing).

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 has 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 bhaji.

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24. Mix very well.

Capsicum Besan Bhaji, Shimla Mirch Besan

25. Serve capsicum besan 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 – Capsicum recipes.

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capsicum besan

4.93 from 14 votes
Simple yet tasty recipe of a sabzi or bhaji made with capsicum (green bell peppers) and besan (gram flour).
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins

Cuisine Maharashtrian
Course: Side Dish

Servings 2 to 3
Units

Ingredients

  • 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
  • 1 or 2 green chilli, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil (you can also use sunflower oil)
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 sprig curry leaves or 8 to 10 curry leaves
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder
  • salt as required
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoon coriander leaves
  • 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.

Instructions

preparation

  • 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 chillies. Keep aside.
  • Heat a thick bottomed shallow frying pan or kadai. Keep the flame to a low and add ¼ 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 capsicum besan

  • 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.
  • When the mustard seeds crackle, add ½ 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 chillies and 8 to 10 curry leaves.
  • Stir well and saute till the onions turn translucent.
  • Then add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder, ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder and 1 pinch asafoetida (hing).
  • 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 ¼ 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. 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 ½ to 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Adding lemon juice is optional. 
  • You can also serve lemon wedges while serving the shimla mirch besan bhaji, instead of adding lemon juice at this step. mix very well.
  • Serve capsicum besan hot or warm with some chapatis or as a side dish with dal-rice or varan-bhaat.

Notes

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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29 Comments

  1. Didn’t find out when to add hing in the recipe!

    I added during the cumin and mustard seeds adding process. It tasted good though!!

    1. hing can be added when cumin and mustard seeds are added. seems like i forgot the step. i will update in the post. thanks for the feedback.

  2. Your recipes are always perfect. I follow and refer ur recipes for every new dish I try or make old recipe in better way.4 stars

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