August 28, 2007


This is my entry to Sharmi's JFI Event. The theme is Rice. This is for the month of September. Indira of Mahanandi started Jihva For Ingredients. Thanks Indira and Sharmi for hosting.
This rice dish is very easy to prepare with simple ingredients. Looks colorful and delicious. Here is my recipe:

Capsicum Rice:
Prep Time : 30 minutes (To soak the rice and for chopping all the ingredients)
Cooking time : 45 minutes
Serves : 4
Cuisine : Andhra

2 cups basmati rice
3 tbsp oil or ghee
2 cloves
2 elachi
2" dalchini
2 bay leaves
1 tbsp cumin seeds
1 finely chopped big onion (cut it length wise)
4 green chillies (slit them length wise)
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
few curry leaves
2 big capsicum (chop them length wise)
3 medium size ripe tomatoes (cut them length wise)
salt as per taste
3.5 cups water
1/2 cup finely chopped coriander leaves for garnish

1. Wash and soak the basmati rice for 30 minutes.

2. In the same time chop the onions, tomatoes, capsicum, green chillies and coriander leaves and keep aside.

3. Heat oil or ghee in thick bottom kadai, add cloves, elachi, dalchini and bay leaves, fry for few seconds on low heat.

4. Add cumin seeds, let them splutter, add green chillies, curry leaves and chopped onions, fry till transparent on low heat.

5. Add ginger garlic paste, fry till aroma comes out.

6. Add chopped capsicum and tomatoes, mix, covered, stirring, cook for 5 minutes on low heat.

7. Add soaked rice, water, salt and finely chopped coriander leaves, mix well, covered, stirring between, cook till rice done.

8. Serve with basic gravy, onions or Cucumber Raita.

Note: 1. For colorful preparation, use different colors of capsicum.

2. Use the green chillies according to your spicy level.
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  1. Jyoti, great dish for JFI-Rice,almost looks like Biryani!:))
    Love the gravy too.

  2. the capsicum rice looks lovely. very neat presentation. thanks for the nice one.

  3. Thanks asha dear. You are really great. Every time I am getting your comments for first time only. Thanks a lot.

    Hi Sharmi, yours event is a lovely event. Thanks for hosting and dropping by.

  4. Jyothi, great entry for JFI am wondering how it must have tasted with so much of capsicum.

  5. wow Jyothi....Ur Capsicum rice looks yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm :-)
    Wanted to grab it out of my screen and eat it :-)

  6. Hi Padma! really its so tasty. Thanks for dropping by dear.

    Hi Sirisha, thanks for your lovely words.

  7. capsicum rice looks yum, flavored rice is always my fav:)

  8. Nice entry jyothi! Looks yummy! good pictures!

  9. Hi,
    A perfect entry for JFI event. Looks tasty and very healthy with all the veggies in it,

  10. Good entry Jyothi! Red and yellow peppers would taste great too in this.

  11. Hi Richa! I love flavored rice too. Thanks for dropping by.

    Hi Latha! thanks for your lovely comments.

    Hi Pooja! welcome to my blog and thanks for stopping by and keep coming.

    Hi Tee, ofcourse, you are absolutely correct. Thanks for your wonderful words.

  12. pictures are looking gr8.Nice recipe :)

  13. Hi the rice is looking perfect...Nice color....Lovely recipe...

  14. You know I like rice right? :) so I love this dish :)

  15. Thanks archana.

    Thanks Sukanya.

    I know cynthia about your taste. Thanks for dropping by dear.

  16. i love the flavour of capsicum :)

  17. that looks lovely jyo... the smoky smell of capsicum adds new dimension to taste:)

  18. looks all yummy jyoti:)

  19. such a beautiful presentation jyothi! looks delicious

  20. Hi Nags, even I love the flavour of capsicum too. Thanks for dropping by.

    Hi Sia, you are absolutely right. Thanks for your lovely words.

    Hi Roopa, thanks dear.

    Hi Mandira, thanks a lot.