Thursday, August 2, 2012

Capsicum Chutney

Andhrites are popular for spicy pickles and chutneys. Anything and everything can be pickled or turned into chutney. One such creation is the capsicum chutney. Another of the quick chutneys, this one is the show stealer whenever included in the menu.

Preparation time: 15-20 mins

Serves: 2

Large Capsicum 2
Mustard seeds (rai/aavalu) 1 tsp
Red chillies (lal mirchi/endu mirchi) 6
Tamarind/tamarind paste 1 tsp
Refined cooking oil 1 tbsp
Black gram (Uraddal/uddipappu) 1tsp
Curry leaves 4-5
Pinch of turmeric
Pinch of asafoetida
Salt to taste


Wash, wipe and dice the capsicum.

Dry roast in half tsp of oil a tsp each of mustard seeds, black gram and the red chillies. Set aside to cool and when at room temperature, grind to a fine powder.

Heat a couple of tsps of oil and add the diced capsicum and a tsp of tamarind paste/ tamarind. Cover and cook until soft. This should take around 5-8 minutes on medium heat. When the raw smell is lost and the capsicum feels soft and cooked remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

Once at room temperature, blend the above ground powder, cooked capsicum and tamarind. Add salt to taste and blend to a fine paste.

For the seasoning, heat the remaining oil, add black gram, curry leaves and a pinch each of turmeric and asafoetida.

Add the finely blended capsicum paste to this seasoning and cook for a couple of minutes for the paste to absorb the oil.

Capsicum chutney is a hot rice and Indian bread supplement. Pour a spoon of oil over hot rice, mix in the capsicum chutney, dip into bland onion dal and enjoy.


Sabyasachi Patra | Tales from Wild India said...

Never heard of capsicum chutney. Have to try once.

hemalata said...

Unique chutney, sounds so yummy.

Mak said...

Luckily i am getting married to a andhrite Pratnee :)
Lovely dish

TTT said...

tried this today ...came out well !!!

Pratnee said...

Thank you TTT:)

@Mak: lolzz.. good luck with the wedding and the aftermath:P

@Hema: indeed:)

@Sabyasachi: You should and let us know too:)

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