Bell Pepper with Peanuts

1 Dec

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Butta Pacchi Mirapakaya Pallila Kura.

Bell peppers / capsicum is chopped up and cooked in tempered oil. A powder is prepared from roasted peanuts, sesame seeds and cumin seeds. Once the bell peppers are just cooked while still holding a light crunch, they are mixed with the ground powder and garam masala as a final step. This bell pepper fry tastes good with rice or with any flat bread.
Makes: around 3 Servings of Bell Pepper with Peanuts

Ingredients:

Green Bell Peppers 2
Peanuts 1 tbsps
Sesame Seeds 2 tsps
Cumin Seeds 1/2 tsp
Red Chilli Powder 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil 1 tsp

Talimpu:

Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/2 tsp
Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves 6
Oil 1 tsp

Method of preparation:

Wash thoroughly, remove stems, discard seeds and chop bell peppers into inch sized pieces.
Heat oil in a pan on medium heat, add peanuts and fry till they turn light golden color.
Stir in sesame seeds and cumin seeds.
Fry for another minute and remove from heat.
Cool to room temperature and grind the roasted peanuts, sesame seeds and cumin seeds into little coarse powder.

Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When mustard seeds start spluttering, add chopped bell peppers.
Cook covered on medium flame till bell peppers are little soft with golden color around the edges.
Uncover, fry for few more seconds, add ground peanuts powder, red chilli powder, garam masala and salt.
Stir and fry for few more seconds and remove from heat.
Serve capsicum with peanuts with plain steamed rice or any Indian flat bread.
Notes: Make sure bell pepper is cooked right with a very light crunch to it.

Suggestions: If bell peppers are not cooked well, put them back on heat, add a splash of water and cook covered till done.
Variations: You can also check Bell Pepper with Roasted Gram.
Other Names:Bell Pepper with Peanuts, Butta Pacchi Mirapakaya Pallila Kura, Simla Mirch Fry.

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2 Responses to “Bell Pepper with Peanuts”

  1. Jayashree December 3, 2009 at 8:49 pm #

    Looks inviting ! A simple dish with a different approach !

  2. Raji January 26, 2010 at 1:11 pm #

    So true. I love this capsicum curry.

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