Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Bell Peppers

When I left India, I knew absolutely no cooking. I was a little nervous that I might be homesick for the food. Being vegetarian, the thought of being in the then-Meat and Potatoes-eating midwestern United States, was going to be a little difficult.

So, I armed myself exactly a week before I left with 10 recipes that are easy to make (under 20 minutes) and easy to prepare (minimal authentic Indian ingredients - since I wasn't sure if there would be an Indian store around). One of those was spicy potatoes, and another was this one.

Bell Peppers with Gram Flour

1 tbsp Oil
2 tsp Cumin Seeds
1 tsp Asafoetida
1 Bell Pepper, chopped
1 1/2 tbsp Gram Flour (Besan)
Salt, to taste

Heat the oil in a saute pan. Add the cumin, salt, asafetida and bell peppers and stir fry until the bell pepper is 3/4 done. Add the gram flour and toss to combine with the bell peppers. It will start to form a crunchy brown layer (which is so good!). Remove from heat.

This is perfect for a tortilla filling, and tastes great with steamed rice.

Besan Bell Peppers are off to Pooja for the VoW-JFI event.

What's everyone in the Recipe Marathon up to on Day 5? Let's see:
Lakshmi has a delightful mango and chocolate "fool". Siri made a great-looking Hash Brown Melt. Divya shared her lovely carrot rice. Valli got some meat into the mix with her Mutton Fry. Swati got inspired by Beckham to make some Aloo Gobi! . After looking at Dhivya's post, you might have to go for a run! :) (to burn away the "virtual" calories - absolutely gorgeous!). And let's not forget Bhags' Spanakopitta and Ranji's Banana Chips!


Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

The cornmeal Arundathi is not essential to the English Muffin loaf. I think what it does is prevent the loaf from sticking to the pan, but it does add a nice crunch.

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

I really love the flavour of bell peppers and this is a dish I really love, great with chapathis. Sadly my husband and daughter don't like the vegtable and so will not even try this dish!
Well, they don't know what they're missing.

Srivalli said...

Looks great!

Ranjani said...

This looks really good, and sounds very easy! I'm going to try it, have some left over tortillas from last night.
Thanks for sharing!

Rachel said...

ahhh i was in the same boat as you before i got married....i was forced into cooking thereafter and am now enjoying it and my mom is the most surprised :D

I like what you have done with the bell peppers...

Jayashree said...

You started off slightly better equipped than me....I knew how to make exactly three things - sambar, rasam and tomato rice :-))
Nice simple dish.....

sra said...

I believe this is a combination made in heaven!

Siri said...

I second Sra, this is one curry - Peppers + Besan made in heaven and looks deliiiiiiiisssssssssshhhhh Arundathi.


Sagari said...

nice recipee ,looks delecious

ranji said...

this dish is new to me!!sounds good and looks delcious.

Unknown said...

Beautiful presentation the use of bell peppers in the dish

Pooja said...

WOw ! that is looking so yummy :). thank you Arundhati for this nice entry .

notyet100 said...


Cham said...

looks wonderful ur dish, should be tasty this bell pepper

bha said...

I think mid westerners are very warm people of all in this country....but i didnt know about this eating habit here....anyways i need to search on this.
bell pepper sabzi looks nice....well I am cooking since I was in 6th grade, so i dont get any compliments on my cooking....:(

Arundathi said...

@ Bellini - Thanks! hmm...maybe I can substitute with oats! I'll let you know how it turns out...

@ Aparna - Yeah, my daughter doesn't enjoy it either. I've been trying to incorporate it in her diet gradually.

@ Valli - Thanks!

@ Ranjani - Sure. Enjoy!

@ Rachel - Thanks! Yes, its amazing how when you don't have a choice, you can suddenly start cooking well! lol! Since I was a student, I didnt have much time either, so these dishes were great on the time factor.

@ Jayashree - That's the thing, I think rasam and sambar are far more difficult to master than things like this! So hats off to you!

@ Sra - Yes, I agree!

@ Siri - Thanks dear!

@ Sagari - thanks!

@ Ranji - you've gotta try it if you haven't had it - its a delicious combination

@ Divya - thank you!

@ Pooja - You are very welcome. Looking forward to the round-up!

@ Notyet - I did come by - thank you so so so much! :)

@ Cham - yes it is quite tasty!

@ Bhags - Yes, they are very warm people - I've made so many friends there. But yes, their eating habits (at least 10 years ago) was very meat-based. And it was even more apparent when I moved from there to California.

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