Bell Pepper Rice

Bell Pepper Rice

Capsicum Rice:

Kudai-Milagai Saadham, Kodaimilagai Saadham. Simla Mirchi Ki Chaawal. Simla Mirchi Rice.

When it comes to anything that is named ‘Chili Peppers’, please count me in. I am all crazy for that ‘Hot Spice’! Whether you’re crazy like me or not…try to include ‘chilies’ or at least these ‘Bell peppers’ in your diet. Since these peppers aren’t that Hot, hope some of you will appreciate it.

The capsaicin present in it helps to kill cancerous tumours. Most of the people think chilies contribute a lot for stomach ulcer! Actually it isn’t…In fact ‘capsaicin’ is good for ulcers! It also reduces cholesterol, pain associated with arthritis, diabetes, muscle and joint problems. The colored peppers(Yellow, Orange, Red) are loaded with Vitamin A & C, can you believe it, more than Orange fruit!! Capsicum also releases ‘Endorphins’ in the body…that makes us feel ‘all excited’!!! Eat good, feel Happy!!!


To Be Toasted Each Separately And Powdered Together:

Coriander seeds 2 spoons
Chana dal 2 spoons
Urad dal 2 spoons
Dry red chilies 6
Fenugreek seeds 1-2 spoons
Whole black pepper 1 spoon
Cinnamon 2 sticks
Cloves 3
Cumin seeds 1 spoon
Dry coconut grated 1/4 cup
Black Sesame seeds 2 spoons

For Rice:

Long Grained Rice/Basmathi 1 cup
Ghee few spoons

For Pan-Frying:

Capsicum/Bell Peppers 4 sliced/chopped
Turmeric powder 1/4 spoon
Tamarind paste 1/4 spoon/ lemon juice few spoons(I used lemon)
Ghee few spoons.

For Seasonings:

Ghee few spoons
Mustard 1/2 spoon
Cumin 1/2 spoon
Asafoetida 1/2 spoon
Curry leaves few
Dry red chilies 3.


In a pressure cooker, cook rice along with salt and few spoons of ghee. When it is done…spread the rice in a wide tray. Fluff the rice with fork. Allow this to cool down to room temperature.

In a wide, heavy bottomed skillet, heat oil. Stir-in sliced capsicum…add salt, turmeric and lemon juice. Fry them till they are tender.

Now add powdered spices too. Let them get fried well. When the raw smell of the spices is gone and oil shows up on sides, remove from heat.

Now mix this spicy capsicum masala with rice. Let the rice get well coated with oil.

In a separate pan, heat ghee. Add seasoning ingredients one by one. Wait till they pop and splutter.

Now run this over the rice. Mix them once again thoroughly.

Serve warm as a main dish for lunch. Enjoy!


18 Responses so far.

  1. Ushanandini says:

    Bell pepper rice looks inviting ….. I just got excited when I read the post! I haven’t eaten this yet, yet the ‘Endorphins’ got released in my body!!!

  2. pooja says:

    Looking lovely malar……

  3. I just luv Capsicums..they are so healthy too..The dish looks lovely with so much greens Malar..:)

  4. Deepa Hari says:

    Bell pepper rice looks lovely Malar….new to me…like ur recipe….Thanks for sharing.

  5. Ashwini says:

    Looks lovely…Nice inviting color.

  6. chance se illa.. superb.. yesterday this was suppose to be my lunch. then i change my idea and prepared French fried rice. will post it soon…

    hey malar u made me laugh thro yr comnt dear. Nice one.theriyuma enga veetu krishnanuku vennai yum pidikum, eppovum Gopikas nenapa irukarathala Gobi masalavum pidikum… He he he he…..

  7. Hey Malar, supera iruku parkave…I too have one pending in my draft…Slight different method I follow…Post panren adhuthu…I love capscium rice da..

  8. Vibaas says:

    yummy recipe malar. i have to try this.

  9. Rice looks yummy.My recipe is a little bit different.Will sure try your version. Thanks yaar.

  10. Sanghi says:

    He Malar, Count me in, i am also a chilli loving person..! also thanks for the info on peppers. Wonderful recipe, will surely try out :)

  11. Chitra says:

    looks yummy dear,never tried this so far.i use capsicum only for freid rice,pulao..will try to include in other recipes too,thanks for the info abt capsicum..romba nallaa irukku:)

  12. Madhumathi says:

    I too love capsicum..Your capsicum rice recipe is worth trying :)

  13. SriLekha says:

    hey it new for me!

  14. Capsicum rice looks great dear. Good to know about the medicinal values of it.

  15. Chandani says:

    so yummy!! capsicums and rice are two of my favorite food items:)

  16. Mmmm Mmmmm, nadathu nadathu! unakku quail briyani, avarukku bell pepper rice-aaa? hahahha, but bell pepper rice too sounds good!!h

  17. Lavanya says:

    wow..vat a rice..really greenful and inviting!!

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