Capsicum Rice

Capsicum rice is a flavorful and colorful dish made with cooked rice and sautéed bell peppers (capsicum). It is typically made by stir-frying cooked rice with diced bell peppers, onions, and a mix of spices like turmeric and chilli powder. Capsicum rice is a popular dish in Indian cuisine and is often enjoyed for lunch or dinner.

This delicious rice dish is prepared with bell peppers and chickpeas. It also includes a special rice mix powder. If you don’t have the rice mix powder on hand, you can easily make your own by frying a teaspoon each of bengal gram dhal, urad dhal, coriander seeds, two red chilies, a small piece of cinnamon stick, and a clove in a teaspoon of oil, then grinding it into a powder. This homemade mix can be added to the rice for a similar flavor.

  • Rice Mix Powder

    Difficulty: Easy

    This rice mix powder is made with Bengal gram dhal, Urad dhal and red chillies. You can use this powder when you make capsicum rice, tomato rice or any vegetable rice.

Capsicum Rice

Recipe by S Kamala
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Course: Rice, MainCuisine: Indian, TamilDifficulty: Medium


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This flavored rice is made with capsicum and chickpeas (kondai kadalai). It also uses the rice mix powder.


  • Raw Rice – 1 cup OR cooked rice – 1 bowl (sufficient for 3 people)

  • Capsicum – 1 No

  • Kondai Kadalai (Chickpeas) – 1/4 cup

  • Onion – 1 No

  • Tomato – 1 No

  • Red Chilli Powder – 1/4 teaspoon

  • Turmeric Powder – 1/4 teaspoon

  • For seasoning:
  • Oil – 4 or 5 teaspoons

  • Mustard – 1/2 teaspoon

  • Bengal gram dhal – 1 teaspoon

  • Urad Dhal – 1 teaspoon

  • Red Chilli -1

  • Curry leaves – few

  • Rice Mix Powder – 1 tablespoon

  • Salt – 1 teaspoon or as per taste


  • Cook the rice until it’s soft but not mushy. Spread it out on a plate or flat dish and sprinkle one or two teaspoons of oil over it to keep the grains separate.
  • Soak kondai kadalai (chickpeas) for 8 to 10 hours, then pressure cook them with a little salt for four to five whistles. Drain any excess water and set aside.
  • Finely chop the onion and cut the tomato into small pieces and the capsicum lengthwise.
  • If you don’t have Rice Mix Powder on hand, you can make your own. Simply fry one teaspoon each of Bengal gram dal, urad dal, coriander seeds, two red chillies, a small piece of cinnamon stick, and a clove in a teaspoon of oil. Cool this mixture and grind it into a powder.
  • Heat oil in a kadai and add mustard seeds. Once they pop, add Bengal gram dal, urad dal, and a red chilli, frying until the dals turn light brown.
  • Add curry leaves and chopped onion, frying until the onion turns transparent.
  • Next, add the tomato pieces with a pinch of salt and fry until they mash well.
  • Stir in red chilli powder, turmeric powder, and additional salt to taste. Mix well.
  • Add the capsicum pieces, fry for a few seconds, then sprinkle a handful of water and cover with a lid. Allow to cook for a few moments.
  • Stir in the cooked kondai kadalai, mixing well.
  • Add the cooked rice and combine thoroughly.
  • Finally, sprinkle in the Rice Mix Powder, mix gently, and remove from heat. This flavorful dish is now ready to be served.

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  • To make the rice more flavourful, you can add a handful of ground Nut / Pea Nut or cashew nuts.
  • Alternatively, if you do not have Rice Mix Powder in stock, just fry one teaspoon each of bengal gram dhal, urad dhal, coriander seeds, two red chillies, a small piece of cinnamon stick and a clove in a teaspoon of oil and powder it. Add to the rice and mix it.


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