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Capsicum with Peanuts

17 Feb

bellpepper_peanuts
Capsicum Pallilu Kura.

Bell peppers / capsicum is chopped up and cooked in tempered oil. A powder is prepared from roasted peanuts, urad dal and red chiles. Once the bell peppers are cooked while still holding a light crunch, they are seasoned with the ground peanuts powder. This capsicum with peanuts tastes good with steamed rice or with any flat bread.
Makes: around 2 Servings of Capsicum with Peanuts.

Ingredients:

Bell Pepper 2
Raw Peanuts 2 Tbsps
Urad Dal 1 Tbsp
Whole Red Chiles 1 – 2
Tamarind 1/2 inch Piece (optional)
Salt to taste

Talimpu:

Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves 5
Oil 1 tsp

Method of preparation:

Wash the bell pepper, remove ends and chop the bell pepper after discarding the seeds.

Heat a pan on medium heat, add urad dal and fry till it turns light golden brown.
Remove urad dal from heat and add peanuts.
Fry till peanuts are golden brown in color.
Remove from heat and add few drops of oil and broken red chiles and fry till they change color.

Cool all the ingredients to room temperature and grind them into fine powder along with tamarind using a spice blender.

Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When mustard seeds start spluttering, add bell pepper and salt.
Cook covered till bell pepper turns soft.
Uncover and stir in peanuts powder.
Fry briefly and serve capsicum with peanuts over plain steamed rice.
Notes: Make sure capsicum is cooked well.

Suggestions: If bell peppers are not cooked well, put them back on heat, add a splash of water and cook covered till done.
Variations: Try other recipes with capsicum here.
Other Names: Capsicum with Peanuts, Capsicum Pallilu Kura.

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