February 4, 2010

Spicy Bell Pepper & Tomato Rice

I heart Bell Peppers. All colors. I tend to include them practically in anything. From South Indian cuisine, to North Indian to Italian to Mexican. I can eat them raw, steamed, roasted, smoked .Yep, Bell peppers & I share a very loving relationship.

But Shankar, isn't exactly fond of these beauties. You give him anything that has diced bell pepper, & he painstackingly discards them. Anyways, that doesn't stop me from cooking bell peppers ..

Spicy Bell Pepper & Tomato Rice

You Will Need:

  • 1 cup Basmati Rice
  • 1 cup bell peppers - diced ( All colors - Red, Green, Yellow & Orange )
  • 1/2 cup Green Peas - fresh/frozen
  • 2 small onions - chopped finely
  • 2 large tomatoes - chopped
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1/2 tsp Kitchen King Masala
  • 1 tsp whole Garam Masala
  • Salt as per taste
  • Juice of half a lemon ( optional )

Method:

  • Clean Basmati Rice in several changes of water. Drain & set aside for about 15 mins. Heat a tsp of desi ghee in a pan, Roast the rice for a couple of minutes. Pressure cook the rice with 1 1/2 cups of water. Once done, set aside & let it cool completely.
  • In a heavy bottomed pan, heat ghee/oil. Splutter whoe Garam Masala. Add ginger-garlic paste.
  • Saute onions till they turn pink. Add diced bell peppers, turmeric & red chilli powder & saute for about 5 mins. Add chopped tomatoes, Green peas & saute until the tomatoes are completely cooked & bell peppers are cooked yet form.
  • Mix in Rice, Garam Masala, Kitchen King Masala, Salt & give a gentle mix without breaking the rice.
  • Turn off the stove, add lemon juice & transfer to a bowl

Serve HOT with some onion-cucumber Raita. Enjoi !!!

I love this mainly because it has bell peppers in it. They give a nice twist to the otherwise plain tomato rice. Make this for your guests, if you are bored of Pulaos & Biryanis. Your guests will love it too.

38 comments:

Asha said...

OMG! Deesha, that photo is worth a prize or something. Just gorgeous. I love colorful Bell peppers, dish looks tasty and easy too. Love Kitchen King masala, never added to rice dishes before, must try.

Sujatha said...

Great Picture, Deesha! Lovely color and decoration... Feel like tasting it right now :)

Sarah Naveen said...

Excellent click..Such a yummy and colorful rice..loved it..

Cham said...

Excellent and appetizing click!

Madhu said...

very colourful rice. like all the colors of peppers looks beautiful.

Ramya Manja said...

Wow Looks real Inviting.... Sounds Awesome,great clicks as well...

Priya said...

Wow Deesha, wat a eyecatching click, damn fantastic dish..

Mona said...

Thats a beautiful click!

Sonia said...

Even I'm capsicum lover and my hubby don't like much. :( But you always find a capsicum in my fridge. :))
Love the beautiful and colorful rice! nice click. Yes, the kitchen king masala pwd gives an extra kick to your dish. :)

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

beautiful, beautiful, beautiful pic :)

meeso said...

It's beautifully presented! Lovely dish and must be delicious :)

Rachana Kothari said...

A beautiful Click and a delicious rice dish...

BDSN said...

Such a colorful,yummy and mouthwatering photograph...
Nice recipe Deesha!!
Is the Kitchen King masala kind of a garam masala or just plain masala used to spice up a dish..

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Wonderful dish Deesha, very tempting and mouthwatering indeed...

sowmya.s said...

nice recipe..looks colourful and yummy..

LG said...

Rice looks tempting ...slurrprp is all I can say.

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

looks so yummy and colorful...

Sharmilee! :) said...

Tomato rice cant be any better, neat click!

blinkandmiss said...

Guess what! I just tried this out this morning with some left over rice from last night and it looks fabulous. I am looking forward to lunch time at work today. :)

Thanks for this simple, gorgeous recipe. And the pic looks very appetizing.

priya said...

yummy n delicious...tempting pics!

notyet100 said...

this looks yummy,..lovely cllick too,.

Valarmathi said...

Superb click.... rice looks tempting and delicious.

Raje said...

Delicious and a wonderful click!

Happy Cook said...

Such a colourfull and yummy looking rice.

ARUNA said...

amazing click and looks so yummy!

Ramya said...

amazing click!!Looks colorful and it will surely please kids

Sashi said...

Fantastic click Deesha, delicious looks inviting ..

Laavanya said...

I love capsicum rice too and that is one awesome looking dish!

Smitha said...

Picture perfect!! Looks gorgeous.

Parita said...

Ah such an inviting click!

jayasri said...

I love your bowl!!, After coming here this is one dish I keep making because of the colourful capsicums readily availabel 365 days!!, You can see I use peppers at least one in every dish I make, I have made them in different versions, but not using kitchen king masala, so this is going to be my next try!!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Colourful looking tomato bath! Looks pleasing!

Usha said...

Lovely picture, the rice looks colorful and appealing !

rekhas kitchen said...

so colorful pic. and reciope sound delicioud dear nice flavors mmmm mouth watering.

Jyoti V said...

Lovely recipe and pic Deesha...

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Madhavi said...

Mouth-drooling pic and delicious rice!!!

TBC said...

What a gorgeous looking bowl of rice that is!!

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Looks like tangy tomato wow nice recipe