Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Capsicum Gravy for Rice,Chapati-Capsicum Masala Curry Recipe

One of Padhuskitchen readers sent me 4-5 Andhra recipes long time back asking me to try it and share it with others. I tried her Capsicum masala curry and loved it a lot. This capsicum gravy can be had as a side dish with rice, chapati, phulkas, parathas and flavored rice like ghee rice, jeera pulao etc. It can be mixed with rice to make a simple and delicious one pot meal. Today we will learn how to make capsicum (bell pepper) gravy following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Capsicum Gravy

Capsicum Masala Curry Recipe

Capsicum Masala Curry Recipe

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Cook Time : 30 mins 
 Serves: 3
 Recipe CategorySide Dish
 Recipe CuisineIndian

   Ingredients needed

   Capsicum/Bell Pepper - 3 cups chopped or 3 medium size
   Tomato - 2 cups chopped
   Onion - 1 cup chopped
   Salt to taste

   Spice Powder

   Coriander powder - 1 tsp
   Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp
   Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp

   For grinding (masala paste for the curry)

   Grated Coconut - 1/3 cup
   Ginger - 2 inch piece
   Green chillies - 2
   Garlic - 3 cloves

  For the seasoning

   Oil - 2 tbsp
   Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
   Curry leaves - a sprig

   For Garnishing

   Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp finely chopped


Grind grated coconut, green chillies, ginger, garlic to a fine paste and keep it ready.

masala paste for capsicum gravy

Chop capsicum into small pieces. Chop onion and tomatoes into small pieces and keep it aside.


Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds, when it splutters, add curry leaves.

capsicum gravy preparations

Add finely chopped onions, little salt and saute until onions turn golden brown.

sauteing onions

Add chopped tomatoes, salt needed and all the spice powder mentioned under "Spice Powder".

Cook until tomatoes become mushy. If you feel, it is too dry, you may add 1 or 2 tbsp of water. Since the tomatoes I used were juicy, I did not add water.

how to make capsicum gravy

Add the ground coconut paste and cook for 2-3 minutes. Then add the chopped capsicum and cook covered, stirring in between.

capsicum masala gravy

If needed sprinkle little water and cook covered.

capsicum masala curry

Once cooked, add 1/4 cup of water and cook for a further 5 minutes on medium heat.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot as a side dish for rice, chapati, parathas or flavored rice. This curry can also be mixed with rice to make a delicious one pot meal. You can serve with chips or papads or raitha as side dish for it (in that case, do not add that 1/4 cup water).

capsicum gravy for rice-chapati

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  1. Easy and tasty recipe.. before cooking lunch sometimes I check ur website for new recipes to try.. I ll do this for today's lunch.. would like to have more spicy andhra recipes from u :)

    1. Tried it and it was a HIT.. even my toddlers ate it without complain :)

  2. Hi I tried ur recipe ..it has come out nicely

  3. Hi.. Can we add carrot also in this recipe but carrot will take sometime to cook

    1. You can add carrots if you want, but I don't think it will go well. You can par boil carrot separately and then add.

  4. The gravy is excellent. Which is very easy to cook. Even for dosa it goes very good.

  5. Will the red capsicum be nice or should we only use the green? Thanks,

  6. I tried this receipe but the gravy was bit watery ....suggestions please .

    1. You should have added less water. If gravy is too watery, try any one of the suggestions given below
      1. boil for some more time.
      2.add cashew nut paste (just 4-5 soaked in hot water)in the end and simmer for a few minutes.
      3. You can add fresh dairy cream or even ground coconut paste if you want it thick.
      4. You can also add a tsp of rice flour to thicken the gravy.

  7. Thanks for sharing the recipe, this looks to be the simplest way to cook capsicum for amateur cook like me. Had it with plain rice and its just superb.

  8. The gravy was awesome... For a twist I added some soya chunks and at last added two eggs and sauted... It was fantastic !! Thank u padhu... I m newly wedded learning to cook mostly from ur receipes...long way to go !!!

  9. Today I prepared this dish....it was very nice.... superb combination for chappathi...

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    1. Thank you for liking my website and recipes. You can mail to me at padhusblog@gmail.com

  11. Hiii padhu ... prepared this dish today . had it for chappathi . Planning to have the extra with rice tom. THANK u so much for such nice and easy menu's.

  12. Hi padhu I have been a fan for your receipe from when I started my cooking after marriage.i have learnt cooking through your receipe only thanks much
    Today gonna try this

  13. I tried it today.it has really turned out well..

  14. Awesome recipe..thank you..i tried it yesterday and it came out very well. I enjoyed it with Jeera rice :)

  15. I am making this today it was something different am sure it will be nice

  16. It was easy to prepare and it's nice too.thank you

  17. Just cooked ..... Wow.... Yuuummeeee.
    Thank you

  18. Simply loveeeed it. Thank-you for such a good recepie. I tried it since my mom was not at home . I was woried what to do as a side dish for chapati got this. Everyone in my family loved it.Its my first recepie on your site . Now on I will go through it regularly for best recepies

  19. Just cooked...loved it... Yummy....

  20. Hi padhu loved your recipe. If Adding garam masala will give good taste or not?

  21. Well... I would like to give an ad for you. "Worried about experimenting in the kitchen? No hassle. Hop into padhuskitchen and you will be ending up with a lip smacking dish". God bless you

  22. If we don't have coconut then can I do without it ? Or what else can I add as replacement? Please suggest

    1. You can skip coconut but adding it gives a nice taste. Try adding cashew nuts or almonds. Soak a few in water, grind it to a paste and add it.

  23. Hi Padhu,
    Just love all ur recipes.I always look for ur blog whenevr i needed one

  24. Hi Padhu,

    Thanks for your post. Today I prepared capsicum gravy with the help of your post. It's delicious

  25. Padhu, nice recipe, i added soaked badam paste instead of coconut, it came out delicious.


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