18 Feb 2013

Capsicum Curry

Do you know that capsicum is botanically a fruit, which are considered a vegetable in the same manner as tomatoes? They are also known as sweet pepper, paprika, bell pepper, jalapeno and chilli.... So if you hear any of these names, don't be confused, they are all the same colourful ones you shop in the market... As far as I searched round the net, I did not come across any differences in the health benefits depending on their color... they all are packed with the same nutritional values as their coloured counterparts except that the green ones are younger with a more intense flavour while the others are sweeter and milder, all suitable for eating either fresh or cooked.....

This sabzi goes along well with roti's as well with rice.....

You will need..........

Capsicum - 3 (chopped into squares)
Onion - 1 large (finely chopped)
Garlic - 4 clove (finely chopped)
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Lemon juice - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste
Oil - 3 tsp

To roast and grind:

Coriander seeds - 1 tbsp
Dry red chilli - 2
Peanuts - 1/4 cup
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp

Get going..........

Heat a kadai with a tsp of oil and roast the peanuts and keep aside. In the same pan, add coriander seeds, dry red chilli and cumin seeds. Roast them for about 2 mins and transfer to a plate. Cool them and grind everything to a coarse powder.

In the same kadai, heat the remaining oil, temper it with cumin seeds and add onions and garlic. Saute until the onions turn transparent. Now add in the chopped capsicum and saute for about 3 mins. Sprinkle salt over them to enable them to cook fast. Now add in the turmeric powder and chilli powder. Give a quick stir to get rid off the raw smell. Now add in the ground masala powder. Stir until all the capsicum pieces are coated well. Stir in one cup of water and bring it to boil. Simmer until it reaches the desired consistency. Check salt and switch off. Add in a tsp of lemon juice and garnish with coriander leaves.

Enjoy the capsicum curry with rice or roti!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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