Capsicum besan bhaji | shimla mirch besan

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Capsicum besan with step by step photos. This is a simple yet tasty recipe of a sabzi or bhaji made with Capsicum (green bell peppers or shimla mirch), gram flour (besan), onions, spices and herbs. Serve this savory and mildly spiced dish with a side of roti, chapati or paratha for a comforting meal.

capsicum besan

In the 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 or paratha. It also can be served as a side dish with dal-rice or varan-bhaat.

Step-by-Step Guide

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.

chopped capsicum and onions

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

Make sure that the besan is fresh and within its shelf life.

besan added to pan

3. Roast the besan on low heat stirring often till it becomes aromatic and changes color.

roasting besan

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

roasting besan

5. Roasting besan will take about 5 to 6 minutes on a low heat. Once the besan has got roasted well, remove it to a separate plate.

roasted besan in a plate

6. In the same pan, add 2 tablespoons of peanut oil (You can also use sunflower oil). When the oil becomes hot, add ½ teaspoon of mustard seeds. Lower the heat.

mustard seeds added to pan

7. When the mustard seeds crackle, add ½ teaspoon of cumin seeds. Saute till the cumin seeds also splutter and change color.

sauteing cumin

8. Next add the following ingredients:

  • ⅓ cup chopped onions
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1 or 2 chopped green chillies
  • 8 to 10 curry leaves
onions for capsicum besan recipe

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

sauteing onions

10. Then add the following:

  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
spices added

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

mixing spices

12. Now add the capsicum cubes. You can use any color capsicum – green, red or yellow.

capsicum cubes added

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

mixing capsicum with rest of ingredients

14. Add salt as required. Stir and mix again.

salt added and mixed

15. Pour ¼ cup water and stir.

water added

16. Cover the pan with a lid and cook the capsicum on a low heat.

cooking capsicum

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

cooking capsicum in the pan

18. The capsicum has to be tender and done. Some water will also be there when the capsicum gets cooked.

cook capsicum till tender

19. Then add the roasted besan in batches. First, sprinkle add 1 tablespoon besan all over the capsicum sabzi.

besan added to cooked capsicum

20. Stir and mix very well.

mixing besan with capsicum

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

adding besan in batches

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

You can saute further for 1 to 2 minutes or more if you prefer.

capsicum besan bhaji in the pan

23. Lastly switch off the heat 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.

coriander leaves added to capsicum besan bhaji

24. Stir and mix very well.

Capsicum Besan Bhaji, Shimla Mirch Besan

25. Serve capsicum besan hot or warm with some chapatis or paratha or as a side dish with dal-rice or varan-bhaat or with your dinner or lunch. It can also be packed in the lunch box with a side of roti or paratha.

For more capsicum recipes, you can check this link – Capsicum recipes.

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Capsicum Besan

Simple yet tasty recipe of a sabzi or bhaji made with capsicum (green bell peppers), besan (gram flour), onions, herbs and spices.
4.94 from 16 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Cuisine Maharashtrian
Course Side Dish
Diet Vegetarian
Difficulty Level Moderate
Servings 2
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 capsicum in 1.5 cm cubes or squares. Also chop onion, medium garlic cloves and green chillies. Keep aside.
  • Heat a thick bottomed shallow frying pan or kadai. Keep the heat to a low and add 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 heat.
  • Once the besan has got roasted well, remove it in a separate plate.

making capsicum besan

  • In the same pan, add peanut oil (can also use sunflower oil). When the oil becomes hot, add mustard seeds. Lower the heat.
  • When the mustard seeds crackle, add cumin seeds. Saute till the cumin seeds also splutter and change color.
  • Next add chopped onions, chopped garlic, chopped green chillies and curry leaves.
  • Stir well and saute till the onions turn translucent stirring often.
  • Then add turmeric powder, red chilli powder and asafoetida (hing).
  • On a low heat, mix both the spice powders very well ensuring that they do not get burnt.
  • Now add the capsicum cubes. Stir and mix very well with the rest of the ingredients.
  • Add salt as required. Mix again. Pour water and stir.
  • Cover the pan with a lid and cook the capsicum on a low heat.
  • 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. You can saute further for 1 to 2 minutes or more if you prefer.
  • Lastly switch off the heat and add chopped coriander leaves. Also drizzle 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 chapati or paratha or as a side dish with dal-rice or varan-bhaat. It can also be packed in the tiffin box.

Notes

  • Cut capsicum in 1.5 cm cubes. Don’t cut too large or they will take lot of time to cook.
  • You can use any color capsicum – red, yellow or green.
  • Make sure that the besan is fresh and within its shelf period.

Nutrition Info (Approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Capsicum Besan
Amount Per Serving
Calories 261 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Sodium 829mg36%
Potassium 474mg14%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 821IU16%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 47mg235%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin C 213mg258%
Vitamin E 3mg20%
Vitamin K 14µg13%
Calcium 63mg6%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 557µg139%
Iron 2mg11%
Magnesium 51mg13%
Phosphorus 104mg10%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This Capsicum Besan post from the blog archives first published in September 2016 has been republished and updated on 1 July 2022.

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29 Comments

  1. Hello,
    I prepared this yesterday by following above recipe.. it was really yummy.
    Thanks for the recipe.5 stars

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  3. 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.5 stars

    1. 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.

  4. 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.5 stars

    1. sharon, you can mix the besan with some water to a smooth paste and then end.

  5. 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..5 stars

    1. you can make bhindi this way. then even tendli and red or yellow bell peppers can be used. you can add oats in the coconut macaroons recipe.