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Capsicum Rice (Bell Pepper Rice)

 Published 2011-Apr-28   Updated 2017-Apr-04

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Kudamilagai Sadam, Variety Rice with Capsicum)

Capsicum Rice

Today I am going to share a recipe which I recently learnt from one of my friend that she made for our quarterly potluck. Many a times, I feel how nice it would be for one day, if I just did not have to cook and someone else cooks and serves me something mouthwatering and tasty. It is one of those days when I miss my mother’s pampering towards me. Now, these days, I find a similar sort of solace when we have our get together. Thank you friends, all of you make my life beautiful. In our last get together, my friend Gayathri made this yummy, colorful and easy one pot rice meal using all the varieties of capsicum. The spicy and flavorful capsicum rice accompanied with onion raita was just amazing and out of the world. The flavor of capsicum along with the crunchiness of cashews or peanut is loved across all age groups. It also makes to be an excellent option for a lunch box recipe for children since it is easy to make in busy mornings and it is so colorful that children will finish their boxes to the last bite. Pack this yummy dish to school this week and watch your kids drool over you completely.

Recipe for Capsicum (Bell Pepper) Rice

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Serves: 4-6


  • Rice - 2 cups
  • Capsicum (Bell Pepper) - 2 (chopped/sliced) - (I've used 1/2 of each colored bell pepper - green, orange, yellow and red)
  • Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Cashew Nuts (or Peanuts) - 1 tbsp
  • Oil/Ghee - 1 tbsp
  • Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Cilantro - handful (finely chopped)

To Powder

  • Coriander Seeds - 1 tbsp
  • Urad Dal - 1 tbsp
  • Dry Red Chilies - 4 (or as needed)
  • Curry Leaves - 1 spring
  • Grated Coconut - 1.5 tbsp (You can also use 1 tbsp of Sesame Seeds instead)


  1. Cook the rice separately. Spread it in a tray and let it cool.
  2. Dry roast all the ingredients under 'To Powder'. Cool it and make a powder.
  3. Heat ghee in a pan and splutter the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, cashew nuts (or peanuts) and curry leaves.
  4. Add the chopped capsicum pieces and saute till it becomes little soft.
  5. Add the spice powder, turmeric powder and required salt. Fry for a minute.
  6. Add the cooked rice and fry everything together till each rice grain is nicely coated with the spice powder.
  7. Check and adjust the salt and other seasonings. Switch off.
  8. Garnish with finely chopped cilantro and sliced colorful bell peppers. Serve with raita and papad.

Detailed Steps to make Capsicum Rice

Slice the capsicum into thin slices. Other option for picky eaters is to chop it very finely. I usually prefer to use different colored peppers for a good eye appeal.

Capsicum Rice Preparation Step

Cook the rice separately. It should not get overcooked but each rice grain should have a bite to it. Spread it in a tray and let it cool.

Capsicum Rice Preparation Step

Take all the ingredients for roasting - coriander seeds, dry red chilies, urad dal, curry leaves and grated coconut in a heavy bottomed pan. 

Capsicum Rice Preparation Step

Dry roast in medium low flame until it turns golden brown and a nice aroma comes out. Cool it and make a powder. 

Capsicum Rice Preparation Step

Heat ghee in a pan, pop the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, cashew nuts (or peanuts) and curry leaves.

Capsicum Rice Preparation Step

Add the chopped capsicum pieces and saute till it becomes little soft.

Capsicum Rice Preparation Step

Add the spice powder, turmeric powder and required salt. Fry for a minute.

Capsicum Rice Preparation Step

Add the cooked rice and fry everything together to coat each rice with the spice powder.

Capsicum Rice Preparation Step

Reduce the flame to low and cover with a lid. Cook it like this for another 2-3 minutes so that the flavors can blend together

Capsicum Rice Preparation Step

Check and adjust the seasonings if needed. Switch off, garnish with finely chopped cilantro and sliced colorful bell peppers.

Capsicum Rice Preparation Step

Serving Capsicum Rice

  • This rice has so much flavor by itself, it can be served with some raita and potato chips.
  • It also goes very well with any non veg and veg side-dishes.

More Capsicum (Bell Pepper) Recipes

Capsicum Potato Subzi Capsicum Potato Subzi Capsicum Masala Capsicum Masala Yellow Pepper Chutney Yellow Pepper Chutney Capsicum Fish Capsicum Fish
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Comments (17)

Person   ()
Hi.I had tried this today morning. And it was simply superb. I really loved it.It tases very nice.i have just added some onions and till seeds instead of coconut powder and same procedure as above.Thank you for your receipe
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Thats nice to hear Priya.
Person   ()
Wow, I tried this recipe today n it tasted yummmmm. An excellent one for those in hurry !!! Simple food but tastes great with its humble flavours
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Thanks dear.
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I tried it today...its sooo easy..
Person   ()
Hope you liked it...
Person   ()
I cook this dish quite frequently for my family
Person   ()
Good. Its a very tasty dish.
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super mam
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Thank You.
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wow super mam
Person   ()
I tried it today .. Really nice .. Thank you so much
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Thanks for trying and posting your comments.
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I tried it today... It is so yummy... Healthy also.... Thanks a lot.... Appreciate more postings like this...
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Thanks. Sure.Many more simple and tasty recipes on the way.
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Old Comments

Comment by Samia Datoo
          Hi could you tell me whitch veg did you use and how???
thkx a lot.
Reply :-
           Hi Samia, I din't get you.

Comment by pooja pathak
       hi dahlia,
       i made the rice by taking the help of your reecipies it was so nice and awesum....
add some more recepies whatevea u knw....thankyou....
Reply :-
       Thanks Pooja. I keep adding new recipes often. Keep visiting the site and try new recipes.

Comment by Annie San
       Hi Dahlia,
        I made the rice just now and it tastes yummy. It great for packed lunch. Thanks
Reply :-

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