Capsicum Rice | One Pot Bell Pepper Rice

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.

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.

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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

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Capsicum Rice

4.63 from 8 votes
This Bell Pepper Rice is an easy, quick and delicious one pot recipe.
capsicum rice recipe, capsicum pulao recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:30 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Total Time:45 mins
Course:main course
Cuisine:north indian
Servings (change the number to scale):2 to 3
(1 CUP = 250 ML)

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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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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44 comments/reviews

  1. All your recipes are superb. Always comes out tasty.5 stars

    • thanks a lot jayashree. glad to know. thanks for the rating too.

  2. 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

    • 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.

  3. U didn’t mention what to use for spicing up the rice ?

    • shobhana, are you asking for the spicy variation of this pulao?

  4. Very nice recipes from your blog. I love it and the recipes I tried was yummy. Thank you so much for a detailed procedure. I’m so happy5 stars

    • welcome akshathanv. thanks for your positive feedback.

  5. Love your recipes. After making couple of dishes from this website i have stopped looking else where. This is my one stop for tasty veg recipes. Big Thanks to you.

    • pleased to know this thank you for your kind and motivating words 🙂 always welcome.

  6. All receipes are tasty. Wat ever we search here am able to find it. We found this very useful

    • pleased to know that preeethika thankyou so much 🙂

  7. Thank you for posting this recipe. It came out great. My husband is a fantastic cook. It felt amazing when he appreciated it. I did a slight variation. Added green chillies and green peas. It was hard to differentiate between green chilly and capsicum after it was cooked. So I think it is better not to add green chilly next time.

    You are doing a great job!5 stars

    • welcome archana. glad to know this. thanks for sharing your positive feedback and variation.

  8. Hello,

    The recipe was helpful for preparing a quick but tasty lunch. Was great with cucumber and pomegranate raita. Thanks to you.5 stars

    • Welcome Mrs S Kumar

  9. It is my pleasure to write a comment for you because I am a person who have never cooked food before marriage because I never had time but 3 months back I got married so the biggest problem for me was cooking good and variety food which was a dream but because of you it is possible know so you are my guru and whatever cook from your given receipes is a hit. So thank you so much. And love to se more recepies .one more thing I would like to know the receipe of dal batti which is not their in your blog plz post it for me.

    • thank you very much amrata. glad and pleased to read your comment. i will add the dal bati recipe. i have got some more requests for the same recipe.

  10. It’s really amazing and you know it’s tasty too. I am very Happy today because of you. THANKS A LOT

    • welcome srishti

  11. Hi Dassana.. I am a great fan of your recipes… I never used to cook south Indian food, but with your simple and easy-to-make recipes, i have started enjoying cooking it.. Thank you so much… 🙂

    • welcome jessica. nice to know this. thanks for your positive feedback and kind words.

  12. Hi Amit, all your recipes are awesome… can you pls tell me which rice did you use (Brand and Type of rice) ?

    • thanks heena. i use various organic brands of basmati rice. i also use sona masuri rice.

  13. It was the first time that I’ve cooked rice and it already seems like my best.
    Thanks a lot. It’s one bonus for the detailed description 🙂4 stars

    • thanks a lot rashi.

  14. Can u please post spicy version of capsicum rice

    • yes will add in some time.

  15. Great ! Just one suggestion … Personal experience has been if one adds a spoon or two of coconut powder after sautéing the onion and capsicum and adding the rice … It gives a wonderful fragrance and enhances the taste as well !!

    • thanks mangala for the suggestions.

  16. I tried this one it came really nice 🙂4 stars

    • thanks harmya

  17. so simple very easy…..My parents also like this..even ready in just 30 minutes which is the plus point for all office going females……

    • thanks deepika

  18. Awesome…. will surely try and let u know

    • thanks sunita

  19. Yummy! I am going to try this next!4 stars

    • thanks chanchal

  20. Nice recipe every nicely explain step by step

    • thanks kalpana

  21. So simple n so easy .vl try tody itself3 stars

    • thanks sharada.

  22. Hi dassana,

    Pulao looks mouthwatering can you please give us punjabi mushroom masala recipe too

    • thanks vidhya. i will add the recipe soon.