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Tomato-capsicum rice

tomato capsicum rice
I am always in search of simple and easy recipes for our lunchbox. I recently started preparing lunch on previous day to make my mornings a little bit less stressful. This is one simple dish that makes its appearance very often in our boxes.

Tomato-capsicum rice is something I have been cooking for a long time now. For the first time, I had tasted this from my friend’s lunchbox, about 4 years ago. I liked the way each grain of the rice was separate. The capsicum gives a nice flavor to the otherwise very mild rice. Use tender capsicum for best results.

1 cup rice
1/4 cup onion
1/2 cup tomato
1/2 cup capsicum
1 ea spn chopped ginger
4 green chillies
1/2 tea spn mustard seeds
4-5 curry leaves
1/2 tea spn urad dal
A pinch turmeric
1 tbl spn chopped coriander leaves

Cook rice so that each grain is separate (add about 1 and 1/2 cup of water for 1 cup rice). Let the rice cool to room temperature.
Heat ghee and add mustard seeds, urad dal. When they start popping, add green chilies, curry leaves, ginger. Fry for minute and add onion, let them cook till they are translucent.
Add capsicum, tomatoes, salt, turmeric. Cover and let it cook on a medium heat till the tomatoes and capsicum are softened.
Add rice and mix well. Garnish with coriander leaves.

Serves : 2
Preparation time : 30mins

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  • vani August 19, 2009, 10:00 pm

    hi shilpa,

    thanks very much for the easy adn simple recepi asn school is getting started on monday. everyday i need to give some lunch for my kids. so this recepi is really useful. thanks again and pls keep posting simple and easy recepies for lunch boxes :)

  • Debashree August 20, 2009, 3:14 am

    Hi ShiIpa,

    Most of the times you have a solution for my cooking problems. I am having some capsicums in my fridge. I was wondering how to prepare them differently and within less time this time. Lo & behold, I found your recipe. So simple and easy. Thanks for making my morning less hectic too!

  • priya August 20, 2009, 7:10 am

    i make almost the same recipe for my husband’s packed lunch, only thing being that i dont make it with cooked rice, i add the raw rice to the fried veges and let it cook….also i like to use a variety of colored capsicum….and i like to call it jewelled rice

  • Jennifer August 20, 2009, 7:23 am

    I gotta make this!! I couldn’t see your photo though!

    Shilpa: Ohh..Can you see other photos on the site? Could you please tell me which browser you are using?

  • Deepti August 20, 2009, 7:38 am

    Hi, I had been looking for some good and easy rice recipes to cook for dinner. This is a good one. Simple and wholesome. This came in good hour. Thanks!

  • Manjula August 20, 2009, 12:37 pm

    Hi Shilpa,
    Nice make over to your website. The colors and the big font size(at least on my monitor!) look great and very cool on my eyes :).

    Two Thumbs up !

    Hey I found the photo problem happening as well. When I lauch into ur website from the RSS reader, the photo in the homepage is missing. Later, if i click on the first Recent post it appears.

    As usual great recipes! keep going.
    Cheers girl!

    Shilpa: Thanks Manjula for letting me know exact issue with pictures. We can now work on it.

  • Betty August 20, 2009, 7:59 pm

    Beautiful , yummy site-love the pictures! Thank you! Betty

  • The Wanderer August 21, 2009, 12:48 am

    Hello Shilpa,
    I have been an invisible reader of your site for a very long time. What I like most about it is the simplicity and your food-memories. Yesterday I tried out one recipe from your site – Whole moong set dosa – and it turned out to be very nice. Thanks :)
    The Wanderer

  • Cynthia August 21, 2009, 7:37 am

    Hey Hon, how are you?

    I love the new look and feel of your new design.

    Shilpa: Doing good Cyn, just being a bit busy these days :(

  • Ranjana August 21, 2009, 1:50 pm

    How strange that I made a similar dish y’day and found this post later on!! I made it in a rice cooker though and using lil less water makes the rice fluffy and makes the tomato flavor more intense.

  • Divya Vikram August 21, 2009, 3:18 pm

    Sounds like comfort fod. i usually never add capsicum except in fried rice. This sounds delicious!

  • manisha August 25, 2009, 3:33 pm

    wow. nice recipe. i am surely going to try this. pls do check out my spicy pulav recipe. http://recipe4cooking.blogspot.com/2009/07/spicy-pulav.html

  • Leona August 27, 2009, 11:47 pm

    Superb!! Fantabulous!! And as we Surtis say it “Tastefull”.. Love the simple style… and great taste of this one.. Keep it up Shilpa..

  • Peugeot August 28, 2009, 12:36 pm

    Superb!! Fantabulous!! And as we Surtis say it "Tastefull".. Love the simple style… and great taste of this one.. Keep it up Shilpa..;. All the best!!

  • Divya August 30, 2009, 3:04 am

    Delicious! and so simple to make… thanks!

  • Anu August 31, 2009, 10:29 pm

    Hey Shilpa
    Your Chauti blog is really nice and i felt so happy to see that you cooked so many things. Also the new layout of Aayis recipes website was a surprise. I like the old one though. :-)
    Good job and keep up the good work
    Best Wishes

  • poonam September 1, 2009, 4:59 am

    I make similar rice, the only difference being the tamarind pulp/water that I add just before the rice.

  • Lalitha S.K. September 4, 2009, 1:07 am

    Hey Shilpa,

    Yesterday I prepared Tomato-Capsicum rice for dinner. It was yummy. Thanks a lot.

  • Santosh October 2, 2009, 11:23 am

    Hey Shilpa,

    I must say.. such a simple to cook, yet a wonderfully flavorfull and delicious dish.. a really tasty lunch box rice item. I was so looking forward for the lunch time today..

    Thanks again for this wonderful dish..

  • Sheethal November 24, 2009, 9:21 pm


    I made tomato capsicum rice today.I was searching for tomato rice recipes for breakfast.When i saw this pic i thought will give it a try.Its indeed simple,easy and yummy.Will be making this rice dish over and over again.

    Thanks a lot.

  • Jigna Patel Mehta January 27, 2010, 4:40 pm

    Hey Shilpa,

    I have been reading receipes from your website for quiet some time now and want to try this dish tomorrow. Was wondering what side dish would go with this?


    • Shilpa January 27, 2010, 7:57 pm

      I serve it on its own. No side dishes.

  • Jigna Patel Mehta February 1, 2010, 5:43 pm

    Hey Shilpa,

    I made this dish and it turned out to be awesome….Thanks :)

  • Meenakshi.R February 3, 2010, 9:39 am

    hiii shilpa….did this today. came out really well…thanks :-)

  • Prathiksha March 6, 2010, 4:41 am

    Dear Shilpa,

    Thanks a lot for the recipe…… i tried it and it was really yummy!!!! u know what??? i got complimented by my MIL too (its very rare u see…. ;-) )!!!

  • Prathiksha March 6, 2010, 4:51 am

    i made a few additions to it…. instead of ginger alone, i added ginger garlic paste, chilli powder, a bit of kasoori methi too…..

  • meenakshi February 27, 2011, 5:34 am

    hi silpa.i read ur tom-cap. rice.i’ll try it at home.but my ques.is can i make it directly in cooker.

    • Shilpa February 27, 2011, 10:05 pm

      Yes, you can.

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