Capsicum Kairas

Few months back, one of my friend had brought a capsicum dish in her lunch box. I tasted it and immediately liked the sweet and spicy taste of it. I thought she had put some coconut in it, bacause of the name Kairas, Coconut being called as kaayi in Kannada. But I was surprised when she gave me the recipe, there was no coconut in it!!!. All this discussion had happened on lunch table and by the time I reached my desk, I had forgotten the recipe (thanks to my poor memory). So I kept on searching for the recipe.

Then few months back, I was going through a recipe book and found the Kairas recipe in the “Goa Cuisine” section. When I tried it, it was superb. Recently I saw one more version of it in Ashwini’s blog.

Capsicums 4
Potatoes 2
Asafoetida(hingu) a pinch
Cashews and pea nuts 2 tbl spns
Tamarind extract 1 tea spn
Jaggery 1 tbl spn
Coriander leaves 5-6 strands
Chana dal 2 tbl spns
Sesame seeds(Til) 2 tbl spns
Coriander seeds 1 tbl spn
Red chillies 5-6

Roast(without oil) chana dal, sesame seeds, coriander seeds and red chillies and grind them to powder.
Heat oil and fry peanuts/cashews, capsicums and potatoes(both cut into large pieces) for about 5mins. Add asafoetida and nuts. Fry for another 2-3 mins.
Add the ground powder, tamarind, salt and jaggery. Add very little water if required. Close the lid and cook on a low flame.
Garnish with chopped coriander and serve hot with chapathi or rice.

Serves : 4
Preparation time : 30mins.

21 thoughts on “Capsicum Kairas”

  1. Looks good – I will have to try!

    PS – for some reason starting just this week the right hand column of your blog (links etc) is overlapping the column with recipes – making it hard to read. Not sure if I’m the only one having this issue, but it’s recent and I have no trouble with other sites…you may want to look into it as it makes recipes VERY hard to read and impossible to print.

  2. I too have the same issue,Diane…

    & Shilpa, are U sure we need to add 1/2 cup jaggery to this dish?… won’t it make the dis toooo sweet?…

    Shilpa: Actually you are right. I have updated the quantity.

  3. Diane, D, I came to know about this issue just two days back. Actually the site works just fine on my system(I have Windows XP Home edition, Firefox and IE 6.0.2900.2180….1519). But one of my friend recently told me about this problem. I am working on it and am sure that I would be able to solve it very soon.
    I am sorry for the inconvenience caused :(.

  4. Shilpa, this happens on screen rez that is wider than 1024px. You’re using absolute positioning for your right bar which leads to this problem on wider monitors. Use relative positioning (or a right float) and add a float to class “post” and then play with the margins till it all fits into place. Use to check out what your site looks like in various browsers at different resolutions.

  5. I have two recipes for Kairas now. Which one shall I try first? Food-blogging can put you in such dilemmas. In any which case, this dish needs to be tried out soon. I’ll let you know once I do.

  6. Thanks Manisha for that info. I have corrected the problem. I checked it in (I didn’t know abt this site before).
    Vaishali, I will give you a great idea. Write the names on two different sheets of paper. Close eyes and select one. Whichever you got, try that recipe :)). Just kidding…..

  7. Hi Shilpa,

    I tried this recipe out last weekend at my first “dinner party.” Our guests just loved it, and I sent them home with both leftovers and a copy of the recipe. The sweet and sour combination was just outstanding.

    I can’t wait to try it again (I’m glad I made twice the amount of powder the first time, so it’ll be easy to whip up again!). The only thing I changed was to use cauliflower instead of potatoes–turned out great! Do give it a try if you’re looking for a change (or don’t have potatoes on hand).


  8. hey shilpa,
    its great. u know i feel so easy to cook food now. i was looking for capsicum dishes i tried it and it tasted really yummy… hmmmmmm
    can u plss send me the recipie for prawns pickle plsss plsss plsss.


  9. Hi Shilpa,
    Many thanks for putting out this kairas recipe. I tried it yesterday. Me n the hubby enjoyed it very much.

    The recipe asks to add very little water if required. I found that the recipe did consume quite a wholesome amount of water till the potatoes and capsicum were done.Since the ground paste was added earlier, it baceame slightly dilute in taste.So the next time around i’d probably cook those first and then add the masala and let it stay for a while after.

    Thanks again…

  10. Hi
    I was trying to search for this recipe as i was expecting some guests who liked it
    But i added coconut with the masala powder and then added it to the dish and it was equally nice and had a thick gravy (SIDE DISH)

  11. To dear Shilpa,
    by adding little roasted grated coconut paste, make it a little gravy type, which adds a wonderful taste to the ‘kairas’, which my tara akka (attya) used to prepare, she used to call it as ‘donya mirsangi lonche’.

  12. was a little apprehensive about putting the capsicum & potatos together as potatos take longer to cook. do we need to boil the potatos first as it is said not to use too much water

  13. Thanks A lot….I m newly married …Wembley my MIL asks me to cook something …I open Ur blog n search for recipes….all appreciate me after having food..thanks to u for posting sThanksuch good Konka recipes..:-) it’s of so much help.

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