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Capsicum rice recipe with step by step pics. This is an easy, quick and delicious one-pot capsicum rice or capsicum pulao. Gluten-free and vegan.

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For those who like capsicum or bell peppers, here’s an aromatic pulao made with green bell peppers, spices and rice. This is a mild pulao and so goes well with kids or folks who do not prefer spicy food. It can also be packed in the tiffin box with a side dal or gravy dish or chutney.

There are not many ingredients used in the recipe and thus This capsicum rice goes very well with a side vegetable or paneer gravy, dal or even simple onion-tomato raita. I also make a spicy version of capsicum rice and I will share this recipe too.

Apart from green bell peppers, you can also use red or yellow bell peppers or even a mix of all three.

You can add additional veggies like carrot, green peas, cauliflower or potatoes in the recipe. This will not only add more flavor but will also increase the nutritional content in this capsicum rice. But then it will be more like a veg pulao however will taste good and will be healthy.

How to make capsicum rice

1. Rinse 1 cup basmati rice very well in water. Then soak rice in water for 30 minutes. Later drain and keep the rice aside.

rice for capsicum pulao recipe

2. Meanwhile when the rice is soaking, slice the 1 medium onion thinly. Also slice 2 medium capsicums. Keep aside.

capsicum for capsicum pulao recipe

3. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pressure cooker. Add the whole spices – 1 tsp cumin seeds, 2 green cardamoms, 2 cloves, ½ inch cinnamon, 2 small tej-patta (or 1 medium to large tej-patta), 2 single strands of mace. Saute till the spices crackle and become fragrant.

spices for capsicum pulao recipe

4. Then add the sliced onions.

onions for capsicum pulao recipe

5. stir very well.

onions for capsicum pulao recipe

6. Saute till the onions become golden.

onions for capsicum pulao recipe

7. Now add the sliced capsicum.

capsicum for capsicum pulao recipe

8. Add 3 tbsp chopped coriander leaves.

coriander for capsicum rice recipe

9. Stir very well.

stir capsicum rice

10. Saute for 3 to 4 minutes.

saute capsicum rice

11. Add rice and salt.

rice for capsicum rice recipe

12. stir and saute for a minute.

stir capsicum rice

Cooking capsicum rice

13. Pour 1.75 cups water. Also, squeeze in 4 to 5 drops of lemon juice. Stir again.

water for capsicum rice recipe

14. Cover the pressure cooker with its lid and pressure cook capsicum rice on a medium to high flame for 2 to 3 whistles. when the pressure falls down on its own, open the lid and gently fluff the capsicum rice. I pressure cooked rice for 3 whistles. Depending on the type of rice, you can add 1.75 to 2 cups water and pressure cook for 2 to 3 whistles. You can also make the pulao in a pot. Add water accordingly if making the capsicum pulao in a pot or pan.

making capsicum rice recipe

15. Serve capsicum rice With some curry dish or a dal. I served with mushroom masala.

capsicum pulao recipe

More tasty rice recipes for you !

  • Carrot rice – this is a lightly spiced and delicious carrot rice recipe.
  • Mango rice – a spiced, tempered and tangy rice dish made from raw mangoes.
  • Pudina rice – a fragrant, spicy and tasty dish made with mint leaves and some more spices-herbs.
  • Sambar rice – an easy to prepare delicious one pot meal. Making sambar rice is similar to making Bisi bele bath.
  • Coconut rice – light, mild South Indian coconut rice recipe made with fresh grated coconut.

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Capsicum Rice

4.67 from 9 votes
This Bell Pepper Rice is an easy, quick and delicious one pot recipe.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 45 mins

Cuisine North Indian
Course: Main Course

Servings 2 to 3
Units

Ingredients

  • 1 cup basmati rice or 200 grams basmati rice
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 2 green cardamoms (choti elaichi)
  • 2 cloves (lavang)
  • ½ inch cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 2 small tejpatta or 1 medium to large tejpatta (indian bay leaf)
  • 2 single strands of mace (javitiri)
  • 1 medium onion, sliced or ½ cup sliced onions
  • 75 to 80 grams capsicum or 2 medium capsicum or ¾ cup sliced capsicum (shimla mirch or bell pepper)
  • 3 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta)
  • 4 to 5 drops of lemon juice
  • 1.75 cups water
  • salt as required

Instructions

preparation for capsicum rice

  • Rinse 1 cup basmati rice very well in water. 
  • Then soak rice in water for 30 minutes. Later drain and keep the rice aside.
  • Meanwhile when the rice is soaking, slice the onions thinly. Also slice the capsicum.

making capsicum rice

  • Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pressure cooker. Add the whole spices - cumin seeds, green cardamoms, cloves, inch cinnamon, tejpatta, strands of mace. 
  • Saute till the spices crackle and become fragrant.
  • Then add the sliced onions.
  • Stir very well and saute till the onions become golden.
  • Now add the sliced capsicum and chopped coriander leaves.
  • Stir very well and saute for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add the rice. Stir and saute for a minute.
  • Pour water and season with salt. Also add 3 to 4 drops of lemon juice. Stir.
  • Cover the pressure cooker with its lid and pressure cook capsicum rice on a medium to high flame for 2 to 3 whistles.
  • When the pressure falls down on its own, open the lid and gently fluff the capsicum rice.
  • Serve capsicum rice hot with some curry dish or a dal.

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  1. Hey I have always been reading ur recipes.. I tried this pulao today but I think I used too much water because it turned out like a khichdi. My hubby just love capsicum in any dish so i tried this today but it doesnt look like pulao 🙁 can u tell me the measurement of water for rice . Does water measurement differ for plain rice and pulao/biryani

    1. sush, depending on the quality of rice, you can easily add 1.5 to 2 cups water for 1 cup of rice which has been pre soaked for 30 minutes. while cooking in a pressure cooker also you can add upto 1.5 to 2 cups water for 1 cup of presoaked rice. for an aldente texture in rice, 1.5 cups water is fine, but if you want the rice to be more on the softer side, then add 1.75 cups rice. usually i add 1.75 cups water for 1 cup of organic basmati rice or even regular basmati rice which has been presoaked for 30 minutes. in biryani and pulao, the rice is cooked well but it should remain separate, whereas in usual cooking of rice, it can be cooked more.

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