• July 1, 2022

Capsicum besan bhaji | shimla mirch besan

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Capsicum besan with step by step photos. This is a simple yet tasty recipe of a sabzi or bhaji made with Capsicum (green bell peppers or shimla mirch), gram flour (besan), onions, spices and herbs. Serve this savory and mildly spiced dish with a side of roti, chapati or paratha for a comforting meal.

capsicum besan

In the Marathi language this recipe is also known as Bhopla mirch chi peeth perun bhaji, where bhopla mirch means capsicum and peeth means flour. In this case, peeth means gram flour. There are many variations of preparing this recipe. Here is how I prepare this bhaji.

This shimla mirch besan recipe is very easy to prepare and gets done within 20 to 25 minutes. So good for those days when you do not have much time for cooking.

It goes well in a tiffin box. As the bhaji has a sweeter taste due to the capsicum and besan, it is liked by kids.

You can pack this shimla mirch besan bhaji with some chapatis or paratha. It also can be served as a side dish with dal-rice or varan-bhaat.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Capsicum Besan Bhaji

1. First rinse, halve, remove the seeds and then chop 2 large capsicums (300 grams) in 1.5 cm cubes or squares.

Also chop 1 medium onion, 3 to 4 medium garlic cloves and 1 to 2 green chillies. Keep aside.

chopped capsicum and onions

2. Heat a thick bottomed shallow frying pan or kadai. Keep the heat to a low and add ¼ cup besan.

Make sure that the besan is fresh and within its shelf life.

besan added to pan

3. Roast the besan on low heat stirring often till it becomes aromatic and changes color.

roasting besan

4. The besan has to be roasted well and should not be raw as we are not going to cook it much further.

roasting besan

5. Roasting besan will take about 5 to 6 minutes on a low heat. Once the besan has got roasted well, remove it to a separate plate.

roasted besan in a plate

6. In the same pan, add 2 tablespoons of peanut oil (You can also use sunflower oil). When the oil becomes hot, add ½ teaspoon of mustard seeds. Lower the heat.

mustard seeds added to pan

7. When the mustard seeds crackle, add ½ teaspoon of cumin seeds. Saute till the cumin seeds also splutter and change color.

sauteing cumin

8. Next add the following ingredients:

  • ⅓ cup chopped onions
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1 or 2 chopped green chillies
  • 8 to 10 curry leaves
onions for capsicum besan recipe

9. Stir well and sauté till the onions turn translucent stirring often.

sauteing onions

10. Then add the following:

  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
spices added

11. On a low heat, mix both the spice powders very well ensuring that they do not get burnt.

mixing spices

12. Now add the capsicum cubes. You can use any color capsicum – green, red or yellow.

capsicum cubes added

13. Stir and mix very well with the rest of the ingredients.

mixing capsicum with rest of ingredients

14. Add salt as required. Stir and mix again.

salt added and mixed

15. Pour ¼ cup water and stir.

water added

16. Cover the pan with a lid and cook the capsicum on a low heat.

cooking capsicum

17. Do check the capsicum a couple of times when its cooking and stir. If the water dries up, you can add more water.

cooking capsicum in the pan

18. The capsicum has to be tender and done. Some water will also be there when the capsicum gets cooked.

cook capsicum till tender

19. Then add the roasted besan in batches. First, sprinkle add 1 tablespoon besan all over the capsicum sabzi.

besan added to cooked capsicum

20. Stir and mix very well.

mixing besan with capsicum

21. This way keep on adding roasted besan in batches and mixing.

adding besan in batches

22. Mix the besan very well with the capsicum bhaji. If the bhaji looks very dry, then you can sprinkle some water.

You can saute further for 1 to 2 minutes or more if you prefer.

capsicum besan bhaji in the pan

23. Lastly switch off the heat and add 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves. Also, drizzle ½ to 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Adding lemon juice is optional.

You can also serve lemon wedges while serving the bhaji, instead of adding lemon juice at this step. I prefer to serve lemon wedges separately while serving the capsicum besan bhaji.

coriander leaves added to capsicum besan bhaji

24. Stir and mix very well.

Capsicum Besan Bhaji, Shimla Mirch Besan

25. Serve capsicum besan hot or warm with some chapatis or paratha or as a side dish with dal-rice or varan-bhaat or with your dinner or lunch. It can also be packed in the lunch box with a side of roti or paratha.

For more capsicum recipes, you can check this link – Capsicum recipes.

capsicum besan sabzi


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capsicum besan

Simple yet tasty recipe of a sabzi or bhaji made with capsicum (green bell peppers) and besan (gram flour).

4.94 from 16 votes

Prep Time 10 mins

Cook Time 20 mins

Total Time 30 mins

preparation

  • First rinse, halve, remove the seeds and then chop 2 large capsicum (300 grams) in 1.5 cm cubes or squares. Also chop 1 medium onion, 3 to 4 medium garlic cloves and 1 to 2 green chillies. Keep aside.

  • Heat a thick bottomed shallow frying pan or kadai. Keep the flame to a low and add ¼ cup besan.

  • Roast the besan stirring often till it becomes aromatic and changes color.

  • The besan has to be roasted well and should not be raw as we are not going to cook it much further.

  • Roasting besan will take about 5 to 6 minutes on a low flame.

  • Once the besan has got roasted well, remove it in a separate plate.

making capsicum besan

  • In the same pan, add 2 tablespoons peanut oil (can also use sunflower oil). When the oil becomes hot, add ½ teaspoon mustard seeds. Lower the flame.

  • When the mustard seeds crackle, add ½ teaspoon cumin seeds. Saute till the cumin seeds also splutter and change color.

  • Next add ⅓ cup chopped onions, 1 teaspoon chopped garlic, chopped green chillies and 8 to 10 curry leaves.

  • Stir well and saute till the onions turn translucent.

  • Then add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder, ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder and 1 pinch asafoetida (hing).

  • On a low flame, mix both the spice powders very well ensuring that they do not get burnt.

  • Now add the capsicum cubes. mix very well with the rest of the ingredients.

  • Add salt as required. Mix again. pour ¼ cup water and stir.

  • Cover the pan with a lid and cook the capsicum on a low flame.

  • Do check the capsicum a couple of times when its cooking and stir. If the water dries up, you can add more water.

  • The capsicum have to be tender and done. Some water will also be there when the capsicum gets cooked.

  • Then add the roasted besan in batches. First sprinkle add 1 tablespoon besan all over the capsicum sabzi. Mix very well.

  • This way keep on adding roasted besan in batches and mixing.

  • Mix the besan very well. If the bhaji looks very dry, then you can sprinkle some water.

  • Lastly switch off the flame and add 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves. Also drizzle ½ to 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Adding lemon juice is optional. 

  • You can also serve lemon wedges while serving the shimla mirch besan bhaji, instead of adding lemon juice at this step. mix very well.

  • Serve capsicum besan hot or warm with some chapatis or as a side dish with dal-rice or varan-bhaat.

1. Cut capsicum in 1.5 cm cubes. Don’t cut too large or they will take lot of time to cook.

Nutrition Facts

capsicum besan

Amount Per Serving

Calories 261 Calories from Fat 144

% Daily Value*

Fat 16g25%

Saturated Fat 3g19%

Polyunsaturated Fat 5g

Monounsaturated Fat 7g

Sodium 829mg36%

Potassium 474mg14%

Carbohydrates 26g9%

Fiber 7g29%

Sugar 10g11%

Protein 6g12%

Vitamin A 821IU16%

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%

Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 47mg235%

Vitamin B6 1mg50%

Vitamin C 213mg258%

Vitamin E 3mg20%

Vitamin K 14µg13%

Calcium 63mg6%

Vitamin B9 (Folate) 557µg139%

Iron 2mg11%

Magnesium 51mg13%

Phosphorus 104mg10%

Zinc 1mg7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This Capsicum Besan post from the blog archives first published in September 2016 has been republished and updated on 1 July 2022.


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