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Capsicum fry/ Green pepper fry/Bell pepper

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I was not that great fan of peppers n i never gave them a place in my curries. I jus use them for sauce n chutneys'. Yesterday, my husband asked me to cook capsicum( he rem'd his bachelor days n asked me to cook. They always used to have jus 3 curries 4 whole week- ---dal curry, capsicum, non veg curries..)

So, i thought of cooking capsicum and not knowing how to cook this veggies. I immediately  called my mom, n asked her how to prepare capsicum fry.She is always a life saver, sweet mom. she gave me the recipe n i started cooking...

Source: Amma
Preparation time: 10mins
Cooking time: 20mins
Ingredients:
Capsicum: 2-3, chopped into chunks
Onion: Finely chopped
Green chili: 2, chopped
Ginger garlic paste: 1tsp
Mustard seeds: 1tsp
Cumin seeds: 1 tsp
Peanuts or Cashews: 2tbsp
Sesame seeds: 2tsp( optional, but it gives very good taste to curry)
Dry powder: 1/2 cup(see below)
Garam masala: 1/2tsp
Coriander powder: 1/2 tsp
Red chili powder: 1tsp
Salt: to taste
Turmeric: 1tsp
Cilantro: to garnish






Preparation: 
I always keep this powder handy. I use this powder mainly in dry curries especially in eggplant n bitter gourd.
Dry roast each ingredient individually until they leave their raw smell.
  • Peanuts: 1 cup.
  • Channa dal/ Pachi senaga pappu: 1cup
  • Urad dal: 1cup
  • Grated coconut: 1cup(optional)
  • Coriander seeds: 2tbsp
  • Sesame seeds: 2tbsp
  • Cumin seeds: 1tsp
  • peppercorns: 1tsp
  • Cloves: 1/2tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds/menthulu: 1/2tsp
  • Cinnamon: 1inch piece
  • Red chili: 7-8, or to taste
Take all ingredients in to  a blender  n grind them into a coarse powder. Keep this powder handy. It saves u lot of time n u can use this powder in any dry curries.


Lets come to the main part:
1) In a skillet, heat oil n add mustard seeds. Let them splutter n add cumin seeds. Fry for30 secs. 
2)Add peanuts n fry for 1 min. Now add sesame seeds n fry for 30 secs.
3) Add, onions n green chili. Fry until onions are translucent.
4) Add, ginger garlic paste , turmeric n fry for 1 min.
5) Now add, capsicum chunks n a pinch of salt. Fry them covered for 10 mins on medium -low heat.
6) Add chili powder, salt, coriander powder n mix it well. Cover it n cook for another 5 mins or until the skin of capsicum pieces is tender.
7) Now add, dry powder and garam masala n cook for another 2 mins uncovered.
8) Adjust spices according to your taste n garnish with cilantro.






Enjoy dry capsicum fry with rice , chapathi..

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