Friday, September 28, 2012

Capsicum / Bell Pepper Tambuli

My sis, who has recently started cooking and doing a good deal of everyday cooking, had one serious comment for my blog. That the number of everyday recipes has reduced of late, and specialty recipes are increasing!

Oh yes, I realized, of course that is true! Though I make a big variety of dishes everyday, making sure not to repeat stuff more often, somehow there was a drop in interest to click it and blog about it. The cakes, breads, party recipes had been stealing the limelight of late. Her comment was that new brides like her are on the lookout for everyday recipes more than these baked goodies, party recipes and so on.

So here I am, trying to be fair to some great everyday recipes, posting them as well. This is one such, which can be made in a jiffy and serves as a great accompaniment to rice. Learnt this from mom quite recently, and this had been a savior on those tired-from-work-but-want-something-satisfying days.

Can you believe me all it takes is 2-3 minutes of your effort, and not more than 5 minutes in all, including the cooking and cooling time? And it just tastes heavenly. Seriously. You can have it for even all three servings and still not be bored of it, it is that good.

Try it out for yourself to believe me…

Capsicum / Bell Pepper Tambuli

Preparation time : 2 min
Cooking time : 1-2 min
Serves : 4

Green capsicum / bell pepper - 1 medium sized
Ghee - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Pepper - 1 tsp
Dry Red chili - 1 or even half - optional
Coconut - 3 Tbsp, grated
Salt - ½- ¾ tsp or as per taste
Curd - ½ cup

For tempering:
Ghee - ½ tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp

  • Core and deseed the bell pepper and roughly chop it into big chunks
  • In a skillet, heat ghee and roast cumin seeds, pepper and red chili
  • Once the spices are roasted, add chopped bell pepper and sauté till they wilt, for a minute or two. Do not overcook it, just a sauté is fine
  • Let it cool for a minute or two
  • Grind the above mixture with grated coconut into a chunky paste
  • Transfer it to a bowl and mix in salt and curd
  • In a skillet, heat ghee and add cumin seeds and allow to splutter
  • Transfer the tempering to the Tambuli and serve with hot rice
  • If you have a microwave, you can dump the halved bell pepper, cumin and cumin and black pepper and cook for a minute on high and proceed with the next step. This is even easier!
  • I like to grind it into a coarse consistency; you may grind it smooth as well.


  1. This is delicious. Just the way to hide green capsicum that comes home in droves and leaves via the recycle bin. Thanks.

  2. Wow super flavourful tambuli,want to make some soon.

  3. Never tried tambli from capsi...Looks delish & a must try!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner


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