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Capsicum(Bell Pepper) Curry

Like chillies, bell peppers are also members of the capsicum family. They range in color from green through to orange, yellow, red and now the latest fancy color in US markets is purple.

The most common varity we see in Nandyala region is green bell peppers. They have refreshing juicy flesh and crisp texture. And unlike mature bell peppers yellow and red, they do not have sweet flesh, which suit the curry preparations.

The following is a traditional recipe with green bell peppers from Nandyala, India. In peanut sweet and sour sauce, this beloved bell pepper curry is easy to prepare and tastes quite good.

Capsicum-Peanut Curry Ingredients
Green Capsicum, Tomato and Onion

3 green bell peppers (capsicums)
1 small onion
1 big, ripe tomato
Cut the above vegetables into bite-sized pieces.

For gravy:
1 cup of roasted, unsalted peanuts, skins removed
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
2 tbsps of tamarind juice
2 tbsps of crushed jaggery or cane sugar
2 cloves, 1-inch cinnamon stick, 1 tsp cumin (jeera)
1/2 tsp of salt.
Grind all the above into a smooth paste by adding half cup of water.
Sometimes I substitute peanuts with toasted sesame seeds and sometimes I combine both peanuts and sesame seeds for different tastes.

Gravy Ingredients Peanut Paste

Sauteeing the bell pepper Curry Cooking


In a pan, add one teaspoon of oil, when it is hot, add pinch each –jeera (cumin) and mustard seeds. When they start to pop, add the cut vegetables. Saute until they are half cooked. Stir in the prepared peanut paste and half cup of water. Mix well, taste the gravy and add jaggery, salt and red chilli powder if needed. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes on medium flame, covered, stirring occasionally, till the bell peppers become tender and gravy thickens.

This capsicum curry tastes great with rice and with chapati.

Capsicum-Peanut Curry with Rice
Capsicum in peanut sauce with rice ~ Our meal today.

Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in Bell Pepper,Peanuts,Sesame Seeds (Tuesday April 26, 2005 at 1:41 pm- permalink)
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  1. Thanks for sharing your cooking secrets.
    Will try them out !
    Nice blog.

    Comment by Sidney — April 26, 2005 @ 9:57 pm

  2. aaahh…a recipe site/blog…i like Indian cooking especially northern Indian…it’d be nice if there were pictures to accompany the recipes…

    Comment by red — April 26, 2005 @ 11:06 pm

  3. Hi, followed your comment at my blog and found yours. Being from T.Nadu, I love the hot & spicy andhra cooking. I am enjoying your step by step photos. You must be so organized… Would love it if you can post your gutti vankaya gravy recipe (I don’t know if its spelled so).

    Comment by Mika — April 27, 2005 @ 11:58 am

  4. When I buy vankayalu, I will definitely post the recipe along with photos. Please wait and see.

    Comment by Indira — April 27, 2005 @ 3:36 pm

  5. I am definitely going to try this! Thanks, you’ve made me hungry all over again!

    Comment by miles — April 27, 2005 @ 10:53 pm

  6. Dear Ms.Indira,

    I wonder how I missed your site all this while. Though I am from Tamilnadu, I love Andhra food. Hats off to you for giving step-by-step instructions. The best part of the recipes is the accompanying pictures. I picked some of my favourite Andhra recipes here. Moreover, you also seem to value/preserve the nutritive content of the ingredients and vegetables in your cooking methodology. Thanks for sharing your recipes.

    Also, can you please post some chutney receipes (which can be had as an accomplice for sambhar or curd rice). I had one in an Andhra restaurant. I think it was made of groundnuts and onions and seasoned with mustard, red chilly etc.

    Best Regards,

    Comment by Anonymous — May 20, 2005 @ 9:05 am

  7. Ravi, thanks. I recently posted how to prepare and photos of Peanut chutney, check it out.

    Comment by Indira — May 23, 2005 @ 9:57 am

  8. Thanks for the recipe. I tried and it came out awesome. I stay in USA and shared the prepared dish with my roomates. They enjoyed it.

    Comment by kalyan — August 12, 2005 @ 9:44 pm

  9. What a wonderful website, thanks a lot for these recipes. good luck to you.

    Comment by Trupti — September 20, 2005 @ 3:52 pm

  10. dear ms. indira,

    i tried this recipe today and it was really tasty. if i tried it and it came out so tasty then defineley u r great.. coz iam a very bad cook.. but thanx to u..and ur step by step method of recipes is really great especially for people like me who have just started cooking. thanx a lot for ur recipes… keep posting a lot of them coz ur recipes are simple and delicious..

    best regards

    Comment by priya — September 23, 2005 @ 8:32 pm

  11. Priya… I am glad you tried and liked this recipe.As my mother used to say cooking is all about practise and learning from our mistakes.
    Thank You!

    Comment by Indira — September 24, 2005 @ 9:13 pm

  12. I tried this recipe today. It came out tasty. I tried with sesame seeds. I was lazy to take off the skins from the peanuts. It was an easy dish to prepare and not time consuming.

    Comment by Priya — November 14, 2005 @ 12:23 am

  13. Hi Indira,I tried this recipe with peanuts and is really awesome.I never found capsicum curry so tasty until i tried your recipe.Thanks for a great recipe.From now onwards i’ll prepare only this version of recipe.Cheers!!!

    Indira says
    Hello Kalyani, I am glad it turned out great, thanks for letting me know.

    Comment by kalyani — November 17, 2005 @ 7:13 pm

  14. Hey Indira, this curry is awesome! I’ve tried it today and it turned out finger-licking-n-lip-smacking good.Thanks for the recipe!

    Comment by Sandhya — January 5, 2006 @ 10:48 pm

  15. Thanks Mam,

    The curry tasted very good. You are teacher for people like, who are fond of cooking but have little knowledge.

    Thanks once again for all the recipes and especially for this curry.


    Indira replies…
    Thanks for the feedback, Vaijanath. I’m glad it turned out good in your kitchen.

    Comment by vaijanath — February 1, 2006 @ 12:30 pm

  16. I tried this today and it came out yummy! You seem to use peanuts a lot, is it an integral part of andhra cooking?

    Indira replies…
    I’m from ‘Raayala Seema’ (one of three regions in Andhra), which is a major producer of peanuts. Peanuts and peanut oil is very common to our cooking. Instead of cashew or milk based gravies, we use lot of peanut/coconut/sesame to make gravies and also for saute style curries., what is that site? looks like a spam site?

    Comment by veda — February 12, 2006 @ 11:39 am

  17. it is really very easy to prepare and also tastes good with chapatis.thanks for sharing a wonderful recipe with us

    Comment by revathi — February 27, 2006 @ 9:33 am

  18. Had some bellpeppers in the fridge and wasnt quite sure how to cook it. I knew if I came to your site you would have a good recipe. Thats excatly what I did – your site is awesome. It never fails. You by far have one of the best andhra recipe blogs.
    Love it,

    Indira replies:
    Thanks Radha. I hope you had a wonderful meal with bell peppers.

    Comment by radha — May 14, 2006 @ 4:46 pm

  19. hi Indira,
    Today I tried this curry,This recipe was really good.I am thankful to u for giving all these recipies.
    Actually I am looking for a white cake and choclate cake and also how to prepare creams for spreding on cake .If u know the recipe can u pls send to us.

    Indira replies:
    Hi Mani, this is one of my favorite ways to prepare capsicum, I am glad you liked it too.
    Also I wanted to thank you for your nice words about my blog, you have written about in another comment before. I was busy at that time and couldn’t reply. It’s always a pleasure to hear from a fellow Andhra ammayi.
    I usually don’t do recipe requests and but will certainly will post the recipes you asked for including the kajjikayalu, bundhi etc. in one of these days.
    Thanks and looking forward to reading your comments on my blogged recipes.

    Comment by mani — June 5, 2006 @ 6:55 pm

  20. I have trued u’r capcicum curry recipe for my friends it is so delicious all my friends asked this recipe and i told i saw this recipe in we are looking forward for u’r many more recipes

    Comment by dhruvitha — June 6, 2006 @ 10:07 am

  21. mee vantalu choostonte maa tadipatri gurthu ostondi. photos are really excellent along with the photos. will try to try all your recipes.

    Comment by Ravi — October 31, 2006 @ 8:20 pm

  22. Hi,
    I tried your recipe. It turned out good. And my-laws loved it too…
    Thanks for putting the effort of bringing the recipe and the photos together.

    Comment by swetha — November 3, 2006 @ 1:47 pm

  23. Hi Indira,

    Tried out yr capsicum curry with pappula podi and it turned out so so tasty. I was wondering that capsicum too use to be great for curries like this???

    Also, the earlier tips for sauting capsicum was very very useful as i was little scared on seeing the water. Keep up yr good job..


    Comment by Rama — November 7, 2006 @ 2:49 am

  24. I am a fresher in cooking .. have only theoretical knowledge .. no practicals yet..recently started cooking.. I started searching internet for every recipe. luckily i found your site.. i am a big fan of your site.. Basically I am also from rayalaseema. So when ever i see the words and names of the recipes u spell exactly matches with the recipes with what ever i know.. and u r presentations skills are simply superb.mouth watering .. yummy .. kudos to you.. Even if i know some recipes , I will check that with u r recipe and then only proceeding .. thanks a lot indira.

    Indira replies:
    Glad to meet a fellow Rayalaseema vassi through Mahanandi. Thanks for your nice words Mahalakshmi, I greatly appreciate it. Happy cooking!

    Comment by Mahalakshmi — January 4, 2007 @ 12:59 am

  25. Tried this today and was delicious !!.
    Thanks Indira for sharing such a wonderful simple recipe.

    Comment by Anand — March 4, 2007 @ 3:16 am

  26. hello indira
    your website is fantastic and i am just wondering in capsicum curry you have mentioned in this website can we also add chana daal powder and little bit cashewnut powder? also bit of ginger and garlic in the gravy? i am trying today and will let you know soon, my friends comming for dinner tonight and let me see what their opinion is
    thank you

    Comment by kalyani — March 11, 2007 @ 7:54 am

  27. Indira, I tried making your stuffed brinjal curry but the peanut-sesame sauce kinda tasted funny, I followed your instructions to a tee…I wonder where I could have have gone wrong. I love that combination though but I guess it tasted little too peanuty so can I reduce the amount of both seame seeds and peanuts? What do you think?

    -Vee the fearless (foolish?) experimenter

    Comment by Vee — March 12, 2007 @ 10:12 am

  28. I tried your recipe,its amazing. I am not a good cook but your recipe is so easy even I was able to make it tasty.

    Indira replies:
    I am glad to hear that you tried and liked this recipe. Thanks for letting me know Soujanya.

    Comment by soujanya — March 16, 2007 @ 6:10 am

  29. Hey! you are awesome.. This was one of the easiest and wonderful receipe which I came across. It was real ease to cook as well (I m not regular cook though). Thanks for your wonderful recipe. I appreciate that…

    Comment by Srinivas — April 14, 2007 @ 8:00 pm

  30. excellent recepie. my husband loved it. pls keep posting such yummy recepies

    Comment by swati — May 2, 2007 @ 1:05 pm

  31. Excellent and yummy recipe… Goes with both rice and rotis

    Comment by Sathya — June 12, 2007 @ 6:38 am

  32. thank you so much, i had guest coming over for the past few weekend and i made this almost every weekend. quick and very tasty.

    Comment by anonymous — June 23, 2007 @ 6:53 am

  33. Delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

    Comment by Umm Maryam — June 26, 2007 @ 2:54 am

  34. I tried out this recipe today. Oho my God. It taskes like blast. My husband loved it very very much. Thanks for sharing awesome recipe.

    Comment by Jyothi — July 20, 2007 @ 12:24 pm

  35. I love your website!! I tried your red bell pepper chutney and just loved it. Even my husband, who is not a big fan of chutney loved it. Thanks a lot.

    Comment by Chaitra — July 31, 2007 @ 12:30 pm

  36. hello,
    I tried this and it was amazing. Love the taste and the directions you gave.
    I love this site too.
    thank you for shating the recipies.

    Comment by rahul — August 31, 2007 @ 6:52 am

  37. Yummy..i tried came out very well.Tasty!!

    Comment by Deepa — September 27, 2007 @ 6:23 pm

  38. Hi,

    I tried your recipe today … I am a student and started cooking only after coming to US but this recipe was really easy and sooooo tasty as well 🙂 I never like capsicums but I loved this way of preparing … Thanks a lot!!

    Comment by Janhavi — October 7, 2007 @ 10:08 am

  39. Thanks for the amazing recipe. n

    Comment by nirmala — October 23, 2007 @ 12:58 pm

  40. I tried your recipe today , it came out very well

    Comment by ram — October 24, 2007 @ 12:29 am

  41. it was very tasty thank you for introducing this recipe….

    Comment by chandhana rao — December 2, 2007 @ 7:49 am

  42. Indira, I tried this recipe today. I never thought that bell pepper curry would be this tasty.

    Thank you for sharing such good recipes with us free of cost. As a token of my gratitude, I purchased my college books through your amazon link. Thanks again.

    Comment by Meenakshi — December 14, 2007 @ 3:38 pm

  43. awesome combination with rice…really great dish…

    Comment by rakesh chandra — December 27, 2007 @ 1:23 pm

  44. Unforgettable taste. I tried almost all of ur recipes everything came very good. and the idea that you put recipes with photos are very nice. thanks a lot for the great recipes.

    Comment by Vanitha — December 31, 2007 @ 10:41 am

  45. hi,
    I wrote to you before i was in boardman and you were in boardman then.Your writing style is awesome. Keep it going.

    Comment by padmaja — January 11, 2008 @ 3:13 pm

  46. I came across your website yesterday and enjoyed seeing your cooking ideas. I’m going to make the green bell pepper curry for today’s lunch.

    Thanks for sharing your great recipes. Look forward to checking out your new ones in 2008!

    Regards, Jyothi

    Comment by Jyothi — January 12, 2008 @ 7:48 am

  47. Its simply Gr8!!! just tried it

    Comment by Ramya — June 12, 2008 @ 8:55 am

  48. Is it possible to use Tahini in place of sesame paste? Sorry for asking about shortcuts.

    Comment by pipa — October 17, 2008 @ 8:14 pm

  49. this blog is very nice.vantalanny bagunnai. photos choosthu untene noruruthondi.thanks amma.

    Comment by lakshmi — October 26, 2008 @ 11:32 am

  50. I liked the ur blog very much. I am going to make the capsicum curry for our lunch today.

    Comment by Shalini Sukesh — December 9, 2008 @ 1:02 pm

  51. really very easy to prepare…delicious and tasty dish thanks….i already prepared it to lunch today.

    Comment by srujana — March 23, 2009 @ 12:26 am

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  53. I tried this yesterday and invited some friends family for dinner. It was so yummmmmy and my friend kept asking for the recipe and for the leftovers as well. :)… So yummy and very easy to try!

    Thanks for the recipe.

    Comment by madhuri — June 27, 2009 @ 5:31 pm

  54. I tried this today and my family loved this curryyy……. thank you for the awesome recipe …… Could you please post vankaya recipe also thank you

    Comment by lizma — July 1, 2009 @ 8:56 pm

  55. Can you substitute eggplant for capsicum for the same recipe ? Has anyone tried it ?

    Comment by Jaya Thomas — August 16, 2009 @ 5:43 pm

  56. Hi,
    Since I lost my job last March I am pursuing cooking for people as a personal Chef.My first cliant asked me to cook capsicum curry and I had no idea what to make the veg they provided(capsicum). I am glad you had a recepie for me to cook. My cliant is coming to pick up their food and I hope they will like it. I am very new in this business and I will take any advice you give me.
    Thanks again
    J.R (jyoti raj)

    Comment by Jyoti Raj Misra — November 25, 2009 @ 11:26 am

  57. thanks for reciepe, today i gonna make it and will share you how i came.

    Comment by bhart — February 19, 2010 @ 7:55 pm

  58. here is my curry photo

    Comment by bhart — February 19, 2010 @ 10:23 pm

  59. Thank you So much!..came out wonderful!

    Comment by Kanakesh — March 3, 2010 @ 10:47 pm

  60. hi…i wanted to prepare some curry for fried rice….had capsicum at home….browsed net…and got ur recipe!!! i tried it…and came out well…thanks…!!!

    Comment by archana — September 27, 2010 @ 10:20 am

  61. Hi,
    Your recipe is really great.I tried cameout very well.And almost cooking it frequently.Thanks for the recipe……

    Comment by Silpa — October 3, 2010 @ 3:39 pm

  62. Hi,
    I am halfway through cooking it and I realised there is no quantity for the mustard seeds? And is there two lots of cumin? (one lot in the peanut base and one lot fried with the capsicum?) Please help me, I can’t wait to try.

    Hi Julia, I’ve added the details to the recipe. Hope they are on time and helpful. Happy cooking.

    Comment by Jules — April 15, 2011 @ 7:56 pm

  63. Hi Indira,
    I have a get together tomorrow and wondering what to prepare with the bellpeppers I have and that too make an easy recipe!!! And I knew I just had to come to your blog and found this great recipe…and it becomes easy because of the step-by-step explanation that you give to us…Thanks a lot…

    Comment by Meena Shankar — April 26, 2011 @ 7:04 pm

  64. hi Indira,

    This is delicious dish. i loved it.. made for the first time.. my husband lived it. and perfectly goes with rice and chapati’s .
    will try all your recipes…

    thanks a lot… love u this site..

    Comment by vidya — May 12, 2011 @ 9:09 pm

  65. Hi

    A friend told me about this website and I wanted to let you know that it’s awesome! I tried this recipe and it came out great! Thanks for posting such awesome stuff and hope to see and try many more.


    Comment by PB — May 25, 2011 @ 4:43 pm

  66. This was SOOOOO yummy! Definitely a recipe we will be making again. Thanks!

    Comment by CF — January 26, 2012 @ 9:39 pm

  67. Hi Indira! Thanks for this delish recipe, just tried and came out good.

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