Capsicum Kairas

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Capsicum (Donne mensinkai in Kannada) is a very popular veggie of the modern kitchen. We prepare variety of dishes like the Capsicum salad, Capsicum Roti and Bhajis. This dish I am putting up today is a popular dish from Northern Karnataka dishes.

What you need to have

1. Capsicum chopped – 2 cups

2. Potato chopped – 1 cup

Chopped Veggies

Ingredients of  dry Masala powder:

1. Chick peas dal – 1 tablespoon

2. Coriander seeds – 2 teaspoons

3. White sesame seeds – 2 teaspoons

4. Fenugreek seeds – 1/4 teaspoon

5. Fresh grated coconut – 4 tablespoons

6. Red chillies – 3

Ingredients of Masala powder

What you do with what you have

1. Wash and chop capsicum. Also peal, wash and chop potatoes.

2. Place a skillet on medium flame and dry roast chick peas dal, coriander seeds, fenugreek seeds, wash and dry roast sesame seeds and using a few drops of oil fry red chillies. Dry roast grated coconut till light brown and till you get a pleasant aroma on low flame. On cooling, powder it together in the mixer.

Dry ground Masala powder

Ingredients of Seasoning

3. Place a pan on low flame with 3-4 teaspoons of cooking oil in it. On heating add mustard seeds to it. On sputtering, add peanuts, cashews and fry it till done. Add curry leaves as well.

Seasoning stage-1

Seasoning in progress

4. Prepare a thick syrup with tamarind, jaggery and salt and keep it aside. Once the seasoning is done add chopped capsicum, potatoes to it and fry for a while.

5. Now add the tamarind-jaggery-salt mix syrup from step 3 to it. Close the lid and cook for a while.

Veggies being cooked in seasoning

6. Finally add the dry masala powder from step 2 to it mix well and let it cook on low flame till done.

Veggies being cooked with Masala powder

Ready to serve Capsicum Kairas is as shown in the image below. Decorate it with chopped coriander leaves. One can enjoy this dish with rice and dal as well.

Ready to serve Capsicum Kairas

Capsicum Kairas with chapati

Number of servings: 4-5

How long it takes: 45 minutes


16 thoughts on “Capsicum Kairas

    madhu said:
    December 22, 2009 at 5:42 am

    Anything with capsicum sounds delicious, very new and different recipe. Like the masala mixture, gives very rich taste.

      prathibalrao responded:
      December 22, 2009 at 8:52 pm

      Hi Madhu,

      As you say Capsicum is a veggie which will be a good combo for any vegetable and also enhances the taste of the same.

    Ujwal said:
    December 22, 2009 at 8:04 am

    My MIL makes this regularly and my hubby is a great fan of this dish 🙂 Looks yummy

      prathibalrao responded:
      December 22, 2009 at 8:49 pm

      Hi Ujwal.

      This dish is also my hubby’s favorite.

    prathibha said:
    December 22, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Lovely side dish…perfect wid roti’s..

      prathibalrao responded:
      December 22, 2009 at 8:45 pm

      Hi Prathibha,

      Thanx a lot ya.

    Jayashree said:
    December 22, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    I love North Karnataka fare. This dish also is very interesting.
    Is this a sukha vegetable ?

      prathibalrao responded:
      December 22, 2009 at 8:44 pm

      Hi Jayashree,

      Ofcourse it is a sukha veggie.

    Sushma Mallya said:
    December 24, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Nice recipe,looks delicious prathibha…and wish u and ur family a very happy xmas and wonderful year ahead..

      prathibalrao responded:
      December 24, 2009 at 2:18 pm

      Hi Sushma,

      Thanx 4 ur comments and i too wish u and ur family very happy and prosperous new year ahead.

    rajani said:
    January 12, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    i wil try it today….and let u know..

      prathibalrao responded:
      January 19, 2010 at 10:44 pm

      Hi Rajani,

      Do try and relish da same.

    vidya said:
    February 10, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    namaskara pratibhaji !! made this yesterday and it came out great !!! thank you ..

      prathibalrao responded:
      February 10, 2010 at 6:55 pm

      Hi Vidya,

      Yhanx for ur feed back which is welcome.

    Deepa said:
    October 12, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Nice to see the step by step pictures. I tried this capsicum kairas recipe and loved it…i’ve put a picture in my blog

    niyatialbniyati said:
    June 17, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Hey thank you so much ,was craving for this dish and wasnt getting this perfect recipie….

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