Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Capsicum sabzi

Capsicum is one of my favorite veggies and i want to cook them often. I got fed up of having capsicum in onion and tomato gravy and want to try something new. Actually, this recipe happened accidentally and i was eagerly waiting to share it. Let me tell you how did it happen.

The other day, i was left with just a few capsicums and onions only. I was so confused and couldn't decide how to proceed further with these two things. i promptly turned to my SIL and asked for a quick recipe and got this.


Capsicum - 750 gms - cut in small bite sized pieces
Onions - 3 (Big size)
Chillis - 4
Coriander leaves - few sprigs
Cinnamon stick 1 inch piece
Cloves 4
Elachi 2
Marathi moggu (optional)
Oil - 6 tbsp
Poppy seeds
Coconut pieces
Cumin seeds
Garam masala
Kasoori methi (Optional)


Heat 3 tbsps of oil in a pan and add Cinnamon pieces, cloves, elachi and marathi moggu and fry them.
Add Onions and chillis and coriander leaves to this and saute them for while.
Keep a lid on the pan and let the onions and chillis cook on a low flame until the raw smell is gone.
In the mean time, boil a half cup of water and poppy seeds to it and let it sit for few minutes.
Switch off the stove and transfer the fried onions & chillies and poppy seeds in to the mixie jar
*(before doing this, i've removed all the masala items Cinnamon, elachi, cloves and marathi moggu as i don't want them to grind together with the onions).
Add half cup of coconut pieces to the mixie jar.
Grind the onions, poppy seeds and coconut together in a mixer to get a fine paste.
In a large frying pan, heat 4 tbsps of oil and add cumin seeds.
Once the cumin seeds starts crackling, add capsicum and saute them with a lid on the pan till they become soft.

Then add the onion and poppy seed paste to the capsicum and mix them well.

Add little water and cook it with the lid on.

Finally, add required amount of salt and a little sugar and tsp full of garam masala powder to the mixture and keep it on low flame for a minute or two.

Take off the stove and transfer the contents to a serving bowl.


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