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Potato Capsicum Masala Rice

To make this rice all you need is some cooked rice, onion, potato and of course bell peppers. I used a mix of green and red bell peppers but you can use only green or a mix of other bell peppers too. This is an easy one pot meal which you can prepare without much stress for weekday dinners. I have used brown basmati here, long grain rice, white basmati would work just as well, in fact better here!
I used lentils (channa, urad dal, brown lentils) with spices for the masala.
Serves: 2
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Waiting time: 30 minutes
  • Brown basmati rice-1cup
  • Sliced potatoes-2medium
  • Sliced capsicums-3-4
  • Sliced onion-1num
  • Bay leaf-1
  • Cumin seeds-1tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Lemon/lime juice-to taste
  • Oil-2tsp
For grinding:
  • Red chillies-3 slit
  • Urad dal-1tbsp
  • Channa dal- 1tbsp
  • Brown lentils-1tbsp
  • Desiccated coconut-2tbsp
  • Clove-4pods
  • Cinnamon-1inch stick
  • Cardamom-2
  • Fennel seeds-1tsp
  • Pepper corns-4
• Chopped coriander/ Nuts
For preparing rice:
  • Wash and soak basmati brown rice for 30 minutes. After soaking time- drain and set aside.
  • Now boil enough water in a sauce pan- add soaked rice, salt and cook for 15-18 minutes/until fluffy.
  • Once cooked drain and allow it to cool on a broad pan.
For preparing masala powder:
  • In a pan dry roast the ingredients mentioned under the grinding table and once it cools a bit ground it to fine powder in a food processor/blender and set aside.
For masala rice:
  • Heat oil in a pan add cumin seeds, bay leaf and saute until fragrant.
  • Add potatoes and saute for 4-5 minutes. Add onion and saute until translucent.
  • Now add sliced capsicum and continue to cook until tender.
  • Once the veggies are cooked toss in cooked and cooled rice, ground spice salt.
  • Let it simmer for 2-3 minutes until rice coated well with the spices and heated through.
  • Turn off the flame, season with some lime juice. Garnish with coriander/nuts.
  • I love the capsicums crunchy so didn’t saute them for long if you want your capsicums to be completely cooked saute for few more minutes.
  • You can even add roasted cashews/ peanuts
  • You can replace Bulgur with Brown Rice

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