Alu / Aloo Capsicum Masala

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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


49 thoughts on “Alu / Aloo Capsicum Masala

    Anjali said:
    June 22, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    Hey, cool stuff. Made them for chapathis last night.

    rajashree said:
    August 18, 2008 at 11:11 am

    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.

    prathibalrao responded:
    August 18, 2008 at 11:31 am

    Hi Rajashree,

    Thanx 4 ur comments.

    Tejaswini said:
    October 16, 2008 at 11:38 am

    Thanks for the great recipe Prathibha ji, it tasted very nice!

    prathibalrao responded:
    October 16, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    Hi Tejaswini,

    Thanx for responding.

    Hello Pratibhamai, said:
    April 29, 2009 at 12:02 am

    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.

    Dundee Daddy said:
    May 5, 2009 at 7:14 am

    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

      prathibalrao responded:
      May 6, 2009 at 1:46 am

      Hi Dundee Daddy,

      You can simplify the preparation and lemme know how it tastes!!!!

    Kimberly Harvey said:
    July 15, 2009 at 7:37 pm


    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!


    prathibalrao responded:
    July 16, 2009 at 1:49 am

    Hi Kimberly,

    Thanx for ur comments. Do try out some easy ones if u love to!!!!!!

    Meera said:
    December 8, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Hi Prathiba,
    do you grind the onions (wet masala) or fry them?Please clarify

      prathibalrao responded:
      December 8, 2009 at 1:24 pm

      Hi Meera,

      U have 2 grind the onions 4 wet masala.

    Anupama said:
    December 23, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Hello. Today i prepared this dish and it came out really yummy. Thank you.

      prathibalrao responded:
      December 23, 2009 at 1:02 pm

      Hi Anu,

      Thanx a lot 4 ur feedback. I like to entertain such feedback. Thanx once again.


    meera ram said:
    April 26, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    this looks yummy and the other recipes. pics definetly help. thanks.

      prathibalrao responded:
      April 27, 2010 at 7:46 am

      Hi Meera Ram,

      The pictures are not that great since it is my very early post.

    bhanu said:
    June 9, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    nice recipe

    sherin said:
    June 17, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    hiii.. i tried ur recipe 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..

      prathibalrao responded:
      June 17, 2010 at 8:27 pm

      Hi Sherin,

      Thanx a lot for your co mments and am happy that yopu liked the recipe

    Premlatha said:
    September 10, 2010 at 1:19 am

    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…

      prathibalrao responded:
      September 10, 2010 at 7:27 am

      Hi Premlatha,

      I use normal onions only. But will surely try out with the shallot onions which would give a different taste.

        Premlatha said:
        September 10, 2010 at 10:07 pm

        Hi Prathiba….Thanks so much for your quick reply…

    ganesh said:
    September 26, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    hi Prathiba……fantastic recipe……authentic konkani recipe…….
    please post many more capsicum recipes……….

      prathibalrao responded:
      September 27, 2010 at 8:48 pm

      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.

    Sreevidya said:
    October 20, 2010 at 6:12 am

    Hi prathiba,

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


      prathibalrao responded:
      October 23, 2010 at 5:29 pm

      Hi Sreevidya,

      Thanx a lot and please pass on the link to your friends.

    lavanya said:
    October 21, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    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….


      prathibalrao responded:
      October 23, 2010 at 5:26 pm

      Hi Lavanya,

      So i think after a long time on my blog no????????/

        lavanya said:
        November 2, 2010 at 10:59 am

        Hi Prathiba

        Infact Iam blogging for the first time 🙂


    ganesh said:
    January 30, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    the taste was simply awesome……

      prathibalrao responded:
      February 2, 2011 at 8:14 am

      Hi Ganesh,

      Thanx a lot for your feed back which i always welcome.

    davina said:
    June 13, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    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………

    Vijetha Rai said:
    June 28, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    I have tried this recipe, it tastes wonderful with Chapathi. Thank you for the recipe.

      prathibalrao responded:
      June 28, 2011 at 10:07 pm

      Hi Vijetha rai,

      Thanx for ur feed back. Do pass on the link to your friends community.

    Swati said:
    July 24, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    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…


      prathibalrao responded:
      July 24, 2011 at 1:43 pm

      Hi Swati,

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

      Love Prathiba

    Smita Goswami said:
    July 29, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Hi Pratibha,
    I tried this receipe last night. It tasted excellent !
    Thanks for sharing this receipe.


      prathibalrao responded:
      July 30, 2011 at 7:50 am

      Hi Smitha Goswami,

      Thanx a lot for ur feed back.

    archana said:
    January 18, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    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 🙂


    mmk said:
    February 3, 2012 at 7:45 am

    This recipe is a keeper! Came out very well. Thanks a lot.

    waves said:
    February 17, 2012 at 3:47 pm

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

      prathibalrao responded:
      February 18, 2012 at 7:56 am

      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.

    Pooja said:
    August 6, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    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??

    Pooja said:
    August 6, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    ‘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.’

    prathibalrao responded:
    August 7, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Hi Pooja,

    A part of the onions are used in masala and rest are fried as shown in the pictures.

    ganesh said:
    September 9, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Awesome dish Prathibhaji………..just loved the taste……u held konkani tradition n cuisine on high spirits…..

      prathibalrao responded:
      September 10, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      Hi Ganesh,

      Its obvious since i am a GSB i should be posting more of konkani cuisines,although i post other cuisines even.

    Shikha said:
    September 13, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Great recipe!!!Tried it yest nite n was all praises for the recipe n preparation!!

    aparna said:
    December 19, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    good one

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