Alu / Aloo Capsicum Masala


Aloo can be a combination to prepare any dish you name for a few. The taste of the dish would be completely changed when you have potatos. Aloo-Capsicum Masala is a North Indian dish and goes very well with Nan, Chapati or rotis. I have already put up the conventional konkani version of this dish in my earlier post for which there was a great response. Hope you like this one too !

What you need to have:

- Potatoes (Alu) -  2

- Capsicum (medium) 4-6

- Onions 3

Alu, Capsicum & Onions

Ingredients for Masala:

- Onion 1

- Garlic cloves 4-5

- Ginger 1/2″piece

- Tomato 1

- Coriander leaves a handful

- Coriander seeds 1 teaspoon

- Cumin seeds 1/2 teaspoon

- Turmeric powder 1 teaspoon

- Chili powder 1 teaspoon

- Garam masala powder 1/2 teaspoon

- Cashews 10-15

Ingredients of Wet Masala

What you do with what you have:

1. Wash, peal,cut & cook potatoes in cooker as usual till soft. Wash and cut Capsicum into small pieces and keep it aside. Also wash and peal onions ( and peal them well !) .

2. In a spatula, dry roast coriander seeds and cumin seeds separately .

3.Grind in a mixer/blender onion, ginger, tomato, garlic cloves, coriander leaves, dry roast coriander seeds and cumin seeds (from Step 2) and cashews to a medium coarse consistency adding a little water.

4. Place a broad based bowl on the flame with 4 teaspoons of cooking oil in it. On heating add cut capsicum and a pinch of salt to it. Let it fry for a while and shift it to another bowl soon after.

5. In the same bowl add 2 teaspoons of oil and fry chopped onions till transparent. (You may want to add salt at this point)

6. To the fried onions add turmeric powder, chili powder & garam masala powder and stir it for a while.

7. Add ground masala to the fried onions above & bring it to boil on a medium flame till it leaves a layer oil as shown in the image below. Mix cooked potatoes from Step 1 and fried Capsicum from Step 3 to it and just stir it for a while.

Serve hot with Chapathi and Rotti. It can be prepared in advance and could be a party dish.

Ready to serve Alu Capsicum Masala

What to remember

1. Dry roast corriander seeds, Cumin seeds on a medium flame just to get rid of the raw smell. If over roasted it will make the dish turn bitter.

2. After adding the ground wet masala to the dish, cook it on medium flame since if burnt the dish will stink badly and lose its flavour. Always keep stirring on medium or low flame only.

3. The oil layer is given away by the cashews and also the distinct flavor is via cashews.

How long it takes: 1 hour

Number of servings: 4

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49 thoughts on “Alu / Aloo Capsicum Masala

  1. It was really really tasty as my daughter wanted it to be.I prepared it with_out aloo and still it was tasting wonderfull. thanks prathibhakka ,tonight i am going to prepare aloodum and i know sure it will taste good.

  2. Hope u don mind me calling u so! Nice to c this blog. I got to know abt this frm my cousin when I was luking for some Konkani food. But I am really glad to c this blog. jJz loved it. First recepie which I tried from this was Bread upma n my husband like it!! Now this will be my second food which I will be trying.I am sure he willl ike this too. Keep posting more dishes dear ;) Now am a regular visitor of this site.

  3. Hi there,

    Do you know how to cook this faster ? I dont like tomatoes and dont have a grinder/ mixer ? is that okay if i put the tomato sauce instead of all shebang you talking about here . how about simplifying the thing for some busy people.

    takes the care.

    dundee daddy

  4. Hello,

    I absolutely love Indian dishes, although I’m Italian. I just made your dish and it turned out wonderful. I can’t wait to prepare it again for my boyfriend. Yum!

    Thanks
    X0X0
    Kim

  5. hiii.. i tried ur recipe yesterday..it came out really excellent….and shud mention that the pics really helped me in identifying with the type of recipe i was looking for….thank you..

  6. Hi… i tried this receipe yesterday and the taste was good…Thanks for the receipe..i used small(shallot)onions for the wet masala…what kind of onion you use for the wet masala and also for sauting…please let me know…

    • Hi Ganesh,

      I have already posted few more recipes. A few of them are Capsicum roti, capsicum cairas, Capsicum-carrot salad, Alu-capsicum rice as well.

  7. Hi prathiba,

    I tried ur receipe today n it tasted Excellent.Thanks for a wonderful recipe n ur measurements were perfect.

    sreevidya

  8. Hii there

    I tried ur recipe and it came out very well. Thanks.I dropped the cashew part to make it healthy.

    Also please can you post some recipes for making healthy evening snacks to have with tea. My husband comes home hungry and i want to serve something healthy and tasty for him….

    Lavanya

  9. Hi there just wanted to say i made this recipe yesterday and it was great. I made it for my husband, as im not a capsium fan but even i liked it. i used yellow, red and green peppers and the dish looked colourful.

    A great dish thanks………

  10. Hi..Prathibha Mhave,
    I tried this last week and turned out really yummy….something different from the usual capsicum stuff….could you please put up some recipe for rajma? Thanx a lot…

    Love,
    Swati..

    • Hi Swati,

      Thanx a lot for ur Feed-back. The link for the request recipe is http:// cuisineindia.wordpress.com/2010/07/22Rajma masala. Please try out .Love to my sweety and say hi to Kiran. Bye for now and take care.

      Love Prathiba

  11. Hi Prahiba
    I tried your aloo capsicum today.. came out really good. Thanks for sharing. Your site is awesome.. I am looking forward to trying out more recipes :)

    Archana

  12. hi Pratibhalrao…thanks for this recipe…..it seems really nice….jsut tried it…if u add raw onions without roasting for the wet masala..then do u get a bitter taste?

    • Hi Waes,

      Please go thru step-7 of the recipe, where in the ground wet masala should be fried with onions till it leaves the oil layer and by then raw smell of the masala will turn into pleasant aroma. I hope i have made myself clear.

  13. Hi Thanks a lot fr a wonderful recipe.. however, u said to both fry the onions n grind them… ?? should i chop n fry or grind them with tomatoes, coriander etc??

  14. ’3.Grind in a mixer/blender onion, ginger, tomato, garlic cloves,…etc’
    ’5. In the same bowl add 2 teaspoons of oil and fry chopped onions till transparent.’

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