Monday, March 18, 2013

Bell Pepper and Potato Curry

Last weekend our friends had invited us and one more family to their house for dinner. My friend was going to make rice and daal, so I thought of making some subzi to go with it. I had a lot of bell peppers in the fridge, so I decided to make Bell Pepper Subzi. I didn't have Paneer or anything fancy to add in the curry, so I added sesame seeds, to make it look and taste a little better.

2 Green Bell Peppers, Seeds Removed and Thinly Sliced
1 Red Bell Pepper, Seeds Removed and Thinly Sliced
1/2 Onion, Thinly Sliced,
1 Medium Potato, Peeled and Thinly Sliced,
1/4 Cup Sesame Seeds, (Toasted Preferred),
2 Tablespoon Tomato Paste,
2 Tablespoon Oil,
1/2 Teaspoon Asafoetida,
2 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds,
2 Tablespoon Coriander Seeds, Coarsely Ground,
1/2 Tablespoon Chili Powder, or to Taste
1 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder,
1/4 Cup Loosely Packed Cilantro, Chopped
Salt to Taste
Water, As Desired

Heat oil in a pan. When hot, add the asafoetida and the cumin seeds. Turn the stove to medium. Once the cumin seeds stop crackling, add the sesame seeds. Wait for 5 seconds and then add onion and salt. Stir well to mix. Cover and cook for 30-40 seconds stirring occasionally. Make sure that the onions are not sticking to the pan. If needed, add a little water. Cover and cook until the onions start turning pink (a little translucent . At this point, add the tomato paste, crushed coriander seeds, turmeric powder, and chili powder. Stir to mix everything. Turn the stove to medium low. Cover and cook for  15-20 seconds. Now add the potatoes. Mix to cover the potatoes with the rest of the spices. Add about 1/4 cup water if needed. Cover and cook for 2 minutes stirring occasionally. Check the potatoes. Once the potatoes start getting soft, add the bell peppers. stir well. Cover and cook again for 5 minutes or until the potatoes and bell peppers are done. The bell peppers shouldn't be too soft and mushy. They should still have a little bite to it.

Sorry, no pictures for this dish. I prepared the dish in a hurry.

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