A new blog after a long break of many months. Kids had their summer vacation and towards the end of it, we went to India. Had a great month celebrating festivals with our families and the highlight being able to spend Janmashtami time at my native, Udupi. ❤️
If there is heaven on earth for me, it is Udupi. The feeling of living there, being able to see my dearest Krishna always is very precious. Hope my dream of settling down in Udupi fulfills in the coming years. ❤️🙏
I missed cooking at Udupi as we were either constantly travelling or were at our relatives’ houses. So coming back to my kitchen in Qatar, I have been cooking a lot to compensate it. 😁 This Capsicum Peanut Masala was a recent try inspired by something similar which I ate at a hotel during my vacation.
It comes out so delicious that a meal with rice, rasam and capsicum masala is all you need to get your soul satisfied. This is that kind of curry, simple, unique and very flavourful.
Hope you all try and love this curry too. Happy and healthy cooking! ❤️
1/4 Cup Peanuts
3 medium sized Green Capsicum, chopped into small pieces
1 small Onion
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
2 tsp Mustard seeds
Few Curry leaves
3 Green chillies
1 tsp Tamarind paste
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
2 tsp Red chilli powder or to taste
2 tsp Sambar powder ( I use Nirapara brand)
Freshly grated coconut for garnish
Salt to taste
Step by step recipe:
1. Dry roast peanuts in a pan till it starts changing colour and let’s out an aroma. Don’t let it turn black. Allow it to cool.
2. When it cools down, powder it coarsely in a mixer. Just pulse for few turns. Don’t blend it a lot as it will turn into paste. Keep it aside.
3. Now heat oil in the same pan, splutter mustard seeds. Add curry leaves and green chillies. Fry for few seconds.
4. Add finely chopped onions and fry till the onions turn translucent.
5. Now add chopped Capsicum and fry for few minutes.
6. Add salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, sambar powder and tamarind.
7. Mix well. Cover and cook till capsicum turns soft. Sprinkle little water if necessary. Now add the peanut powder.
8. Mix well. Cover and cook for about 5 mins. Add grated coconut on top. Done. 🙂
Serve with rice meals as a delicious accompaniment.
* Be careful while roasting peanuts such that they don’t turn black. Roast on medium flame and immediately remove them as soon as they start changing colour.
* Also be careful while grinding the peanuts such that they should not turn into a paste. Coarse powder is enough.
* Onion can be skipped if you follow satvic diet.
* You can reduce chilli powder as we have already added green chillies, depending on your spice level.
* Sambar powder adds a wonderful flavour. So don’t skip it in this curry.
* This curry also tastes yummy with dosa.
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