Dec 5, 2013

Capsicum Kurma (Korma) / Bell Pepper Kurma / Pepper Gravy - Sidedish for Chapati, Roti & Naan

I love trying different types of kormas. These gravies are so versatile, they pair beautifully with any indian breads. These bread just soaks up the gravy beautifully. I love making it with all sorts of vegetables. I wanted to try out a kurma only with capsicum, but what is dont like is the capsicum getting too cooked and just becoming soggy. So i sauted it separately so it retains it crunchyness.

Generally kormas need a thickening source, it can be either ground up coconut masala, or cashew masala or even poppyseed masala or even some coconut milk. This kurma getting its thickening from peanuts. It is a kind of different one, you will surely love it..So try it and let me know how it turns out for you.

Preparation Time : 15 mins
Cooking Time: 40 to 45 mins
Serves - 4 to 5


Oil - 3 tblspn
Butter - 2 tblspn
Bell Pepper/Capsicum - 2 ( I used green and red)
Tomatoes - 2 large pureed
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tblspn
Chilli powder - 2 tsp
Garam Masala powder - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste
Sugar - 1 tsp
Water as needed

For Grinding:
Peanuts - 3 tblspn
Ginger - 1 tblspn
Garlic - 6 cloves
Onion - 1 large chopped


Heat 1 tblspn of oil. Add in the chopped peppers and saute them for 2 to 3 mins. Now remove them to a  bowl.

In the same kadai with the leftover oil, add in the peanuts and roast them for a couple of mins. Add in ginger, garlic and onions. Saute them for 5 mins or so.

Allow this to cool a little. Now Remove the to a blender and puree them.

In the same kadai. Add 2 tblspn of oil. Add in the pureed onion mix and saute them well in the oil.

Add in chilli, coriander, turmeric, garam masala powders, salt and sugar. Saute them for a min.

Add in tomato puree and mix well. Cook for 5 mins or so till oil separates.

Pour in some water and bring it to boil.Cover and simmer for 10 mins or so.

Now add in the cooked capsicum and mix well. Simmer for a couple of min.

Add in butter, lemon juice, coriander leaves and switch off the flame.

Serve with chapati or naan.

Heat some oil

Add in capsicum

Toss well in the oil

Remove them to a bowl
In the remaining oil add in peanuts

When roasted add in ginger and garlic

Add in onions

saute the for few mins

remove them to a blender

make into a fine puree

heat 2 tblspn of oil

Add in some cumin seeds

Add the pureed onion mix

saute till oil separates

Now in goes turmeric

coriander powder

chilli powder

and some garam masala powder

mix them till oil separates

Add in tomato puree

mix well

season with salt and sugar

Pour in some water

Mix well

Cover and simmer

When the gravy is simmered add the peppers

mix well and let it cook for a couple of mins

squeeze some lemon juice

add a blob of butter

mix well


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  1. Just tried it... It came out awesome! Was really apprehensive to try out a super new combo like peanuts and onion together.. but turned out to be really really good!!
    Thanks so much!!!

  2. I tried this recipe. Its really cool. Very very tasty. Thanks for this post !

  3. Tried this last week, it came out super awesome. Thanks Aarthi :)
    Appreciate your blog effort though you are new mom. Keep going
    - Priya Mahesh

  4. I tried today came out very well. Every one at home relished it. Thanks Aarthi

  5. I tried this today came out very well. Everyone at home relished this dish. Thanks Aarthi

  6. I tried it today. It was so tasty. Thank u

  7. I tried ur receipe. It came out well. Thank u Aarthi for the wonderful receipe.

  8. really turned out well. awesome receipe

  9. I tried this receipe.Its very tasty.Thanks Aarti.

  10. I tried this recipe nd it was a super hit. My husband loved it. Thank u so much for dis wonderful recipe...

  11. I tried the recepie and loved it. Thank you for sharing :)

  12. This came out extremely well. I have never tried any recipe with Capsicum.This is the first time and everyone loved it. Thank you so much for posting this recipe.

  13. Anu
    Kurma was really awesome.

  14. Tried this today...Was Yummmm....Thank u Aarthi....😊

  15. Thank u for the delicious recipes. Whoever follow ur recipes will surely remember u while having food.. God bless..

  16. Just tried ur capsicum masala gravy last night... It really turned out very wellll. Everybody at home loved it.... Will definately keep doing it on regular basis... Thank u so much for such a wonderful recipi Aarthi -:)

  17. It was awesome!!!! It came out very well,i have shared this recipe with my family.

  18. Hi...I'm priya frm Delhi, tried this recipe last night,it came out vry well.
    I like d thickens of gravy.

  19. This was my first dish I ever cooked.I juzz cooked this now. It was really a mind blowing korma I loved it and my mom was surprised when she returned home and ate this... Thanks a loooottt

  20. This was my first dish I ever cooked.I juzz cooked this now. It was really a mind blowing korma I loved it and my mom was surprised when she returned home and ate this... Thanks a loooottt

  21. Hi I am sakthi Salini, dis dish is amazing, everyone out here liked it a lot... Thanks for sharing

  22. Tried the recipe and the was yummy. Thanks for the recipe

  23. Hi I tried ur recipe it was amazing. Thanks a lot for this recipe. I have few suggestions. Plz edit the paragraph 3 to include what we have to grind. Also, in the description u did not mention when to add cumin seeds. I generally follow written instructions than images as the latter take more time to load. Thank you once again. Will try more of ur recipes :)

  24. Tried this today. My son liked it very much. Thanks.

  25. Can I use cashews instead of peanut?

  26. The dish came out well. Thanks for the receipe.!

  27. We generally love anything with capsicum or peanuts. This kurma has both our favourite ingredients. So, tried this for today's breakfast with Idiyappam. We just loved the way the dish has come out.

  28. I tried this recipe today. It came out yummy ! Thank you!

  29. Thank you aarthiji korma came out so well ...


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