Bell Pepper (Capsicum) Rice with Homemade Vegetable Rice Powder

Bell pepper rice

Navarathri was a wonderful time and today being the last day of it, we are feeling a little down. This year I had the pleasure to make several new friends during the occasion. Bell pepper or capsicum rice was something that I had cooked during one of the nights, when I had friends over for Golu. This recipe is made with a homemade masala powder that was passed down to me through my cousin’s wife’s mother. I have this recipe in my recipe note book forever and I always have a batch of this powder made in the pantry. This week I got a chance to take pictures of it and I am posting it for this week’s cooking from a cook book challenge.

This rice powder is very versatile and can be used with any vegetable and rice. I happened to have lot of harvested bell pepper in hand; hence I made it with bell pepper. I usually also add onions when making this rice, but since I made it for navarathri, I skipped the use of onions. The masala powder stays very well in the pantry and comes in very handy to make for lunch boxes.

Preparation time – 20 mins
Cooking time – 40 mins for the masala powder and about 40 mins to make the rice
Difficulty level – easy

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Ingredients –

For the Vegetable rice powder – (makes about 500 gms of powder)

  • Kadalai paruppu / Channa dal – 1 cup
  • Ullatham paruppu / Urad dal – 1 cup
  • Dhania / whole coriander seeds – 1 cup
  • Cloves – 12
  • Cinnamon – 4 sticks
  • Red chilies – 25 (makes medium spicy)
  • Desiccated coconut – ½ cup
For the Bell pepper rice – (serves 4-6)
  • Rice – 1 cup
  • Bell pepper/capsicum – 2 cups (chopped)
  • Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Kadalai paruppu /channa dal – 2 tsp
  • Cashew pieces – few
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Asafetida – ¼ tsp
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Vegetable rice powder – 4 to 5 tbsp
  • Salt – to taste
Procedure –
To make the Vegetable rice powder –
  • Dry roast all the ingredients mentioned above separately until golden brown and aromatic. (I am missing the cinnamon in the picture).
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  • Let it cool down to room temperature and then grind it into a coarse powder.
  • Store in an airtight container.
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To make the bell pepper rice –
  • Cook the rice and cool it in a wide pan.
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  • In a large pan, add the oil and season with mustard seeds, cumin seeds, turmeric powder, kadalai paruppu, asafetida, curry leaves and cashew.
  • Now add the chopped bell pepper pieces and cook it until it is almost done. Do not overcook the vegetable. Make sure it still has a crunch to it.
  • Now add the salt and vegetable rice powder. Mix well.
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  • Add this to the cooled rice and mix well. Add some oil or ghee when mixing (optional).
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  • Serve with raita and chips!
  • I served it with some Aviyal!
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This post is for the CC Challenge of the month

17 thoughts on “Bell Pepper (Capsicum) Rice with Homemade Vegetable Rice Powder

  1. I have a very similar recipe from somewhere (I don't remember where) for capsicum rice and podi. It is amazingly easy to make and flavorful too – isn't it?

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