Monday, September 10, 2012

Tri Color Capsicum Rice

          I always have a stock of capsicums in my refrigerator, love its flavor, adding a small piece of it to any dish makes it more flavorful. We can also make so many dishes with capsicum alone, starting from sambars to curries and pilafs. Today's dish is a rice preparation, you can make this with just the green capsicum alone, but since I also had a red and yellow one , I added a little of each one of them, making it very colorful..

Need To Have

  • Basmati Rice - 1 cup
  • Red Capsicum - 1/2 chopped or sliced
  • Green Capsicum - 1/2 chopped or sliced
  • Yellow Capsicum - 1/2 chopped or sliced
  • Tomato - 1 chopped
  • Mustard Seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cumin Seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Urad Or Black Gram Dal - 1 teaspoon
  • Curry Leaves - 10

Roast And Powder

  • Coriander Seeds - 1 tablespoon
  • Chana Dal - 1 tablepoon
  • Peanuts - 2 tablespoons
  • Dried Red Chillies - 2
  • Cinnamon - 1" piece

          Wash and soak the basmati rice for 1/2 an hour, drain and cook it with 2 cups of water, salt and a teaspoon of oil, cool it. Roast everything together except for the peanuts ( roast separately, and remove the skin), make a coarse powder with everything.

          Heat some oil, add the mustard, cumin seeds and the urad dal, once it starts spluttering add all the capsicums, saute for about 4 or 5 minutes. Then add the tomatoes and saute till the tomatoes break down and the peppers are cooked, do this on reduced heat.

          Once the peppers are cooked, add the powder, mix it for a minute or two, add the curry leaves. Finally add the cooked rice, mix everything well on reduced heat, remove and serve warm with any raitha or even plain curds.

If needed, cover and cook the capsicum ( if it becomes too dry).
The grains should be separate in the cooked rice, not mushy and sticky.
You can also add some cooked chickpeas along with cooked capsicums, makes it more tasty.
Pin It


  1. That's an interesting powder that you have made to add to the rice. The rice looks really colourful and visually appealing.

  2. wonderful dish and it must be very nice. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Nice roasted masala with bell pepper would have tasted good.

  4. Capsicum is my favourites and this rice is so inviting...look at the third pan pic...Wow, tricolour .

  5. I make a similar kind of spice powder,but i add cloves,fennel,urad dal,coriander se eds,red chillies and powder it..looks so colorful and wud ve been aromatic too

  6. lately i have become quite fond of assorted vegetable fried rice... unlimited possibilities. and especially if it is colorful such as this one, even better & pleasing to the eyes!

  7. wow, very flavorful n yummy lunch box recipe...looks very colorful n inviting!!

  8. Delicious rice with beautiful capsicum. my little ones favorite is red bell pepper.

  9. lovely texture of the rice..yummy Join my ongoing EP events-Oregano OR Paprika @ Foodomaniatricolored version..Perfect lunch box idea:)

  10. Great looking dish - love rice with veggies!

  11. Colorful and healthy rice!!Looks yummy!

  12. Nice and tempting rice. Love the spice powder

  13. delicious and different pulao with masalas and peanuts and capsicums and dals and what nots

    love the color and look u got it there hema


  14. shall i say vibrantly delicious??

  15. full of flavors.. like the clicks :)

  16. Such a yummy rice full of flavours, drooling here.

  17. Ditto, I just made capsicum rice for dinner, wish it was half as tasty as urs. So tempting

    ♥ For latest recipe visit my blog - Tomato Basil Soup
    ♥ Like me on Facebook!

  18. Really yumm... this is looking so colorful... I love this recipe too...Thanks.

  19. Looks beautiful and very yummy! Nice blog!