Bell pepper-Alu stir fry

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Bell pepper and alu both need no introduction. This is a very simple dish good for starters as well. I have already put up Alu-Capsicum Masala which is among the most poplar posts on this blog. Alu and Bell pepper is also a very good combination. In this dish I have used Bengal gram dal as an additional ingredient to give a further boost to the dish. Here goes:

What you need to have:

1. Bell pepper (green) – 2 cups

2. Potatoes chopped – 1/4 cup

3. Bengalgram Dal – A handful

4. Salt – To taste

Ingredients of Bell-pepper Alu stir fry

Ingredients of Seasoning:

1. Chopped onions – 1/2 cup

2. Chopped tomatoes – 1/3 cup

3. Cumin seeds – 1 Teaspoon

4. Turmeric powder – 1 Teaspoon

5. Chilli powder – 1 Teaspoon

6. Garam Masala powder – 1 Teaspoon

7. Dhania-Jeera powder – 1 Teaspoon

Ingredients of Seasoning

What you do with what you have:

1. Wash and chop Bell pepper lengthwise, wash, peal and chop alu as well lengthwise as shown in image above.

2. Soak Bengalgram dal in water for about an hour and grind it in the mixer to a coarse consistency. Wash, peal and chop onions  and tomato and keep aside.

3. Place a skillet with 3-4 teaspoons of cooking oil in it on medium flame and when heated add cumin seeds to it. When it sputters add chopped tomatoes from step 2. When it turns mushy add chopped onions and also required quantity of salt to it so that it does not get burnt.  When done add chopped potatoes as well, lowering the flame and all the powders one after the other in a row and mix well. Close it with a lid for a few minutes till potatoes turn a little soft.

Seasoning in progress

4. Add ground Bengalgram dal from step 1 to it and lower the flame till it is cooked.

Ground Bengalgram dal being cooked in seasoning

5. When ground dal is cooked add chopped Bell-pepper from step 1 to it and let it cook till done on low flame. When done decorate it with chopped coriander leaves.

Ready to serve Bell pepper-Alu stir fry

6. Enjoy hot with either roti or chapati.

Bell pepper-Alu stir fry with chapati

How long it takes: 30 minutes (other than soaking of dal)

Number of servings: 2


7 thoughts on “Bell pepper-Alu stir fry

    Sushma Mallya said:
    July 6, 2010 at 11:13 am

    i love this combo and stir fry looks yum as well…

      prathibalrao responded:
      July 7, 2010 at 8:45 pm

      Hi Sushma,

      I tried this version of the recipe and my family members liked it very much , hence thought of sharing with you all!!!!

    praniskitchen said:
    July 7, 2010 at 9:08 am

    really delicious stir fry best side for chapathi ..very nicely presented

      prathibalrao responded:
      July 7, 2010 at 8:46 pm

      Hi Praniskitchen,

      As you say it is of course delicious and is a good combo with roti as well.

    prathibalrao responded:
    July 13, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Hi Hari,

    As u know Bell-pepper and potato is a good combo for palya.

    Vastavika said:
    November 26, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Tried it..Tastes great..

      prathibalrao responded:
      November 27, 2012 at 7:09 pm

      Hi Vastavika,

      Oh grea8 and thanx a lot for ur feed back!!!!!!!

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