Sunday, August 15, 2010

Capsicum shavige pulao

Plagiarising amma's recipe :)

Ingredients(Serves 4):
1/2 green capsicum - Sliced
1/2 yellow capsicum - Sliced
1/2 red capsicum - Sliced
1 onion - Roughly diced
1 cup vermicelli
3-4 coriander sprigs
1 Tbsp grated coconut
4-5 green chilli
1 clove
1 garlic pod
Small piece of ginger
2-3 peppercorns
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 Tbsp oil
1 and a 1/2 cups of water

1) Roast vermicelli in a frying pan. Once it begins to turn brown add water.Vermicelli should cook to tender in 3-4 mins. Add more water if needed. If water is in excess - drain it.
2) Add 1/2 a Tbsp of oil into frying pan. Add mustard seeds to it and wait for it to splutter
3) Add clove, peppercorns, garlic, green chilli and ginger. Fry it for 1/2 a minute
4) Add cumin seeds and onion. Fry it till onion turns brown.
5) Add turmeric, grated coconut and coriander. Stir it once and set it aside
6) Wait for it to cool and grind it into a fine paste
7) Add the remaining oil to frying pan and fry the capsicum for 2-3 minutes(More if you'd like it softer).
8) Now, add the paste and vermicelli. Stir it for another minute or so.

Goes well with a dash of yogurt on the side.


  1. Looks good!
    It is always tricky to get the vermicelli to not be sticky.
    I have a slightly different part 1). Pan fry dry and allow to cool. Add it to 'lots' of 'boiling' water (so that the starch gets out easily) and cook for sometime. When tender, drain water and spread out the vermicelli on a large plate or even paper. Add couple drops of oil and move your fingers through the vermicelli. If not over cooked, this will make the vermicelli to not be sticky.

    I had one question, would the masala paste taste the same if one oil fried the fresh paste instead of grinding the oil fried ingredients?

  2. Yup.. It would taste slightly different.. There would be a slight raw taste... but who says that - thats not good :)

  3. what isssss going on here..
    I cant believe this?!! Yelladru bidd bittu tale ge yeetu bitta??

  4. illa saar... sumne hange intrestu... eshtu disa antha wasi nodona saaaaar ;)