Thursday, October 25, 2012

Quick Capsicum Fry

This recipe is a keeper for those days when I am too tired to do elaborate side dishes. It requires minimal prep and can be a side for rice based dishes at lunch or for rotis at dinner time. Total time required is under 10 minutes including chopping.



Capsicum - 1 large, sliced
Mustard seeds - 1t
Urad dal - 1t
Cumin - 1t
Red chilly powder - 1t
Fenugreek powder (methi) - 1t (refer notes)
Turmeric - 1/2t
Salt to taste
Oil - 1T


Heat oil in a pan. Splutter mustard seeds, urad dal and cumin.
Add the capsicum and fry well.
Add the turmeric, chilly powder and salt and fry until the capsicum is cooked.
Add the fenugreek powder and mix well. Leave it on stove for about 2 minutes. Switch off and serve.


Fenugreek powder is made by dry roasting methi(fenugreek)) seeds until they turn a bit dark and grinding them into a powder. With its health benefits, methi powder can be used in many dishes and can also be added while making buttermilk. Adding this powder to sambar gives a lovely aroma. Just a pinch of it is sufficient as too much of it can make the dish bitter.

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