Sunday, March 4, 2012

Capsicum and Chick-peas curry

There are a number of combinations to play around in indian cooking and many of us(atleast i was!) get a little worried to mix and match the stuff sometimes.One such magic combo is this channa and green capsicum gravy and it was an instant hit.The capsicum lends its unique flavour to the chickpea gravy.

Since week night dinners are always chapatis, i try to play around with the vegetables and pulses.A challenging job to feed the little one too, i try to make dinner as healthy as can be because school day lunches are almost nothing for her (she likes plain rice and thats what i give her just tossed in some butter :( )

Recently she has started liking pulses especially chickpeas.I'm making full use of the opportunity while it lasts.The health benefits of capsicum are many to name a few: its helps lower blood pressure, good for eye sight, it has anti-oxidant properties and read all about capsicum here.Pulses are power packed tiny morsels of protein, so on the whole this dish is a really healthy one for kids and elders alike.

You need

Chick peas 1 cup pressure cooked
Capsicum 1/2 cup or as much as you need
Tomato 1 large pureed
Ginger garlic paste 1 tsp
Cumin seeds 1 tsp
Coriander powder 1 tsp
Red chilli powder 1 tsp or more
Garam masala powder 1 tsp
Coriander leaves few to garnish
Salt to taste

Make a paste of
Onion 1 large pureed
WHole garam masala - cloves,cardamoms,cinnamon 2 3 pieces each

  • Heat oil in a pan, add the cumin and once it pops add the whole spices. Add the onion-spice puree and fry well until the raw onions smell goes away or until lightly browns.
  • Add the ginger garlic paste and sautee well. Next add the capsicum and fry it well.Once that is done,in goes the tomato puree and fry well until all is mixed well.Add the cooked chick peas.
  • Add the masala powders and cook well until capsicum and chickpeas absorb the spices well. Check for salt and turn off the heat.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
  • Serve hot with chapatis or any breads of your choice.



  1. Wow, nice combo, delicious, Capsicum gives a nice flavor to any curry..


  3. Never tried adding capsicum to chick peas,looks great!!

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  4. have never tried this combo..looks great n yummy..

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  5. I have never tried capsicum with chick peas... well seemz yummy
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  6. ahh what a tempting curry varity.looks hot.......

  7. Love the addition of capsicum..loved the versatility of the veggies.. Thanks for linking it to my event :)

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  8. delicious recipe the combo of capsicum n chick peas !

  9. Thanks was a good find and a keeper:)

  10. Capsicum helps lowering blood pressure ! This could be very helpful for all those preggy moms who are suffering from the high pressure, facing challenges with their eating habits. Thats a good info Princy ! Thank you for linking with Healthy Morsels-Pregnancy event ! Waiting for more such beautiful tips !

    1. thanks i love your recipes.waiting to try that arabian cake of yours.

  11. I love this combo..looks so spicy and yummy!

  12. Hi Prncy, Capsicumn chick peas sounds to be a great combo. Looks delicious :-)
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  13. Love the flavour of capsicum with chickpeas and yeah it's a very healthy combo too,thank you so much for linking with Healthy Morsels :)

  14. thanks for that. This recipe has been added to my favourites. i varied it slightly to work with ingredients i had but it turned out to be delicious.
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