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

28 thoughts on “Tomato-capsicum rice”

  1. 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 🙂

  2. 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!

  3. 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

  4. 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?

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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!!

  11. 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

  12. 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..

  13. Hi,

    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.

  14. Jigna Patel Mehta

    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?


  15. 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…. 😉 )!!!

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

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