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Capsicum Rice

I got this easy and tasty capsicum rice recipe from my sister-in-law. This is an awesome lunch box menu and we can make it very quickly. We can just make the masala powder and keep it and we can use whenever we need it.

Time of Preparation : 45 minutes
No of Servings : 2
Spice level : 3


  • Basmathi rice – 1 cup
  • Capsicum – 2 cups (cut into small cubes)
  • Grated coconut – 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
  • Split Urad dal – 2 tsp
  • Channa dal – 1 tsp
  • Dry red chillies – -2
  • Curry leaves – a few
  • Cashews – 1 tbsp (optional)
  • Groundnuts – 1 tbsp (optional)
  • Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt – to taste

To grind:

  • Dry red chillies- 6
  • Cinnamon stick – 1 “
  • Clove – 1
  • Coriander seeds – 2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Urad dal – 2 tsp
  • Channa dal – 1 tsp

Method of Preparation:

  1. Dry roast all the ingredients for grinding to a slightly coarse powder and keep it aside.
  2. Cook the basmathi rice with 1 and 1/2 cup of water.
  3. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds followed by curry leaves, red chillies, channa dal and urad dal.
  4. Now add the capsicum with little salt and turmeric powder and fry till they become soft.
  5. Then add the ground powder followed by the coconut and fry for two minutes.
  6. Turn off the heat and mix the rice to the mixture.
  7. Roast the cahews and the groundnuts to the rice and serve hot with chips or raitha.


  • Instead of adding coconut we can dry roast 2 tbsp of groundnuts and grind it along with the masala mixture.


  1. Can we use purple Capsicum for the above recipe?

    • I have never tried this rice with purple bell peppers because I have never seen them in my place. Some said that it will taste like green peppers. I guess you can try (the bell pepper should not be sweet like red). Let us know how it comes :). Thank you!!

  2. Tried this dish today and it came out fabulous!! My family just loved it…thnx!

    • Thank you.

  3. Surely will try this receipe… looks good 🙂