Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Bell Pepper Rice / Capsicum Rice


Bell Pepper or Capsicum has a very unique flavor and renders a beautiful and distinct flavor to any dish it is used in. I use it alot in my kitchen. Today, I bring to you a delicious rice preparation using Bell Peppers. It can be prepared with left over rice (although I often cook rice just to make this rice dish) and makes a great lunch box option.







INGREDIENTS:
Note: All measurements are based on the US measuring cup and spoon sizes where 1 cup = 235 ml
Cooked (and cooled) rice (You can use left over rice): 4 cups
  • Bell Pepper / Capsicum (finely chopped) : 1.5 cups
  • Onion (finely chopped) : 3/4 cup
  • Ginger (finely grated) : 1 tbsp
  • Garlic (finely grated) : 1 tbsp
  • Oil : 2 tbsp
  • Cinnamon / Dal chini : 1 inch stick
  • Cumin seeds / Jeera : 1/2 tsp
  • Black Pepper : 1/2 tsp
  • Cloves / Lavang : 4
  • Cardamom / Elaichi : 2
  • Bay leaf / Tej patta : 1
  • Star anise : 1 (optional)
  • Cashews : 8-10
  • Turmeric powder : 1 tsp
  • Red Chilli Powder : 1/4 tsp - 1/2 tsp (Adjust according to taste)
  • Garam masala powder : 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder : 1 tsp
  • Salt as per taste
  • Fresh Cilantro / Coriander leaves (Finely chopped) : 1/2 cup
PROCEDURE:
  • Heat oil in a deep bottomed pan.  When hot, add the cashews, Cinnamon, cardamom, blackpepper, cloves , star anise and bay leaf. When the cashews have slightly changed color, add the cumin seeds.

  • When the cumin seeds start to splutter, add the onion, ginger and farlic. Mix well. 

  • When the onion turns translucent, add the capsicum / bell pepper. Sprinkle some salt. Also add the dry masalas : Turmeric powder, red chilli powder, Coriander powder and garam masala. Mix well. Cover and cook on low heat until the bell pepper has cooked.



  • Add the rice. Adjust the salt (Remember , we added some salt in the beginning). Mix gently.

  • Add the chopped coriander leaves / cilantro. 


  • Mix well and serve hot with raita or yogurt of your choice.

Note:
You can use left over rice  for this dish. If cooking rice  freshly for this dish then cook and spread it in a large plate. Cool completely and then use it in the recipe.


4 comments:

  1. i like the flavor of capsicum in my rice dishes..

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  2. flavourful rice which is healthy too

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  3. This is another favourite and quick dish I make especially with leftover rice....lovely share!!

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  4. You showed a rice dish, I love you Subha. I love this rice dish superbly.

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