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Capsicum-Cumin Rice With Saffron

capsicum cumin rice with saffron

I find myself making one pot meals very frequently these days. It is mainly to adapt to the busy schedule. These meals are easy to make and also help use up my pantry items.

I made this simple delicious rice last week. I had some left over dal from previous day. So I thought it would be a great combination. I used red bellpepper (red capsicum) which is milder compared to green ones. Green ones also can be used for a stronger flavor. The saffron and cumin seeds give a nice flavor to the rice.

1 cup basmati rice
1 tea spn cumin seeds
8-10 strands saffron soaked in 1 tbl spn warm milk
1/2 cup bellpepper (capsicum)
A pinch turmeric
1 tea spn chopped garlic
1/2 cup onion
2 cloves
2 cardamom
1″ cinnamon
4 green chillies

Heat ghee and add cloves, cinnamon, cardamom. Then add cumin seeds, onion, garlic. Fry till the onions turn brownish.
Add capsicum, rice, green chillies, salt, turmeric. Fry for 2-3mins.
Add salt, about 2 cups water (approx). Cover and cook till 3/4th done.
Open the lid and add the saffron milk. Mix well. Close and cook till done.
Serve hot on its own or with a simple dal.

Serves : 2
Preparation time : 20mins

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{ 22 comments… add one }

  • SE(Denufood) December 17, 2009, 7:02 pm

    This looks delightful…I too love to make these one pot dishes for a quick dinners

  • musical December 17, 2009, 8:41 pm

    Can imagine the aroma wafting through the kitchen!

  • Divya Vikram December 17, 2009, 8:45 pm

    Quick rice and goes well with any curry. sounds flavorful!

  • Chakh...le...Re!!! December 17, 2009, 10:30 pm

    First time here. You have a lovely blog with some very great recipes. I also loved your traditional recipes like matki-palak amti.

    You will see me often now.

  • Joyce December 18, 2009, 12:57 am

    Great pic. rice grains look well cooked yet …

  • Sriram December 18, 2009, 9:09 am

    Did the bell peppers have an overpowering effect (given their nature) on the overall dish so that the saffron flavor wasn’t evident, or did you get flavors from both while eating?

    • Shilpa December 18, 2009, 9:16 am

      Since I used red bellpepper which is not very strong, we could get the flavors of both.

  • notyet100 December 18, 2009, 12:00 pm

    rice looks delicious,..

  • sumi December 18, 2009, 8:03 pm

    I can smell the flavour from your picture…and now Iam off to read your recipe..

  • Sujatha December 18, 2009, 8:35 pm

    wow, looks wonderful!

  • Gayathri December 19, 2009, 12:36 am

    i love your website and always love to experiment with your version of konkani dishes.. great work.. keep it up…in this recipe can you please tell me when to add cumin??i think you forgot to mention it..

  • AshaLatha R.K.Prasad December 19, 2009, 10:29 am

    The grainy rice looks very pleasing…..


  • Dinners & Dreams December 20, 2009, 1:38 pm

    This is making me hungry-it’s lunch time where I live (Florida). Superb dish!


  • SABA December 21, 2009, 2:03 am

    hi aayi’s

    I really appreciate your website very interesting. Nice receips

    from mauritius

  • naseem naaz December 25, 2009, 10:42 am

    i liked ur website through which i kearned smart cooking

  • Rev December 28, 2009, 9:28 am

    looks yummy

  • Shilpa December 29, 2009, 11:25 am

    This is my first time here and I think your recipes do a fantastic job of steering away from the usual.Keep it up!!!!Definitely going to try some recipes….

  • yogi January 8, 2010, 8:47 am


  • yogi January 8, 2010, 8:48 am

    super o super yummyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy………………………….

  • sabari January 11, 2011, 2:10 pm

    Shud we soak the rice in water before cooking?

    • Shilpa January 12, 2011, 9:01 am

      No, just wash it

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