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Capsicum Curry Recipe | Punjabi Capsicum Masala Recipe

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Capsicum Curry Recipe | Punjabi Capsicum Masala Recipe

Capsicum curry recipe – Very easy to make and yet flavorful and healthy. This is my go to capsicum recipe. I usually make this curry once a week and it’s dear hubby’s favorite.

This capsicum gravy is perfect with chapati or roti or paratha. We had this curry in yesterday’s lunch with plain paratha and sliced onions w/lemon drops on side. And as always, after the lunch I drink a glass of water with lemon juice and pinch of salt. This helps in easy digestion.

— Looking for more capsicum recipes:
Gobi shimla mirch (cauliflower with capsicum)
Aloo shimla mirch (Potatoes with capsicum)
Capsicum rice


Capsicum Curry Recipe | Punjabi Capsicum Masala Recipe

You can call this recipe Punjabi capsicum masala as well. Because this gravy has usual punjabi onion-tomato bhuna masala. This green bell pepper curry is bit of creamy because we added roasted peanuts and cashew nuts powder in it. This nuts powder will make the gravy little grainy will have some texture. If you want smooth gravy then make nuts paste by adding little water while grinding. It is quite healthy as we are not using any cream or milk to make it creamy and rich. So that’s why you can have it in everyday basis.

If you do not prefer that spicy then you can adjust the green chilies and red chili powder as per your liking taste.

I like to have capsicum little bit crunchy. So I have not cooked it all the way. But you can cook as per you and your family’s preference.

Step by step recipe for Capsicum curry:

1) Dry roast the peanuts and cashew nuts on medium heat till they get light brown.

2) Let them cool completely and grind it into fine powder.
Capsicum Curry Recipe | Punjabi Capsicum Masala Recipe

3) Take onion, tomato, green chili, ginger, garlic, green chili and coriander seeds in a blender.

4) Make smooth gravy out of it without adding any water.
Capsicum Curry Recipe | Punjabi Capsicum Masala Recipe

5) Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a pan on medium heat. Once hot add cubed capsicum.

6) Cook them till they are done 70%. Rest of cooking will be done in gravy.  Remove them in a bowl.
Capsicum Curry Recipe | Punjabi Capsicum Masala Recipe

7) Heat the same pan again with 3 teaspoons of oil on medium heat. Once hot add bay leaf, cloves and cumin seeds. Let cumin seeds sizzle.

8) Then add onion-tomato gravy. Mix well.
Capsicum Curry Recipe | Punjabi Capsicum Masala Recipe

9) Cook till all the moisture from gravy evaporates. And the oil will start to leaves from the gravy. Then add salt and red chili powder. Mix and cook for a minute.

10) Add 1 ¼ cups of water. Mix it well. Let it come to a boil.
Capsicum Curry Recipe | Punjabi Capsicum Masala Recipe

11) Sprinkle nuts powder.

12) Mix it.
Capsicum Curry Recipe | Punjabi Capsicum Masala Recipe

13) Add cooked capsicum.

14) Mix it and let it cook for about 3 minutes. (Adjust water as per your liking gravy consistency.)
Capsicum Curry Recipe | Punjabi Capsicum Masala Recipe

15) And lastly add garam masala.

16) Mix well and switch of the stove. It is ready to serve.
Capsicum Curry Recipe | Punjabi Capsicum Masala Recipe

This Punjabi style capsicum masala curry is really delicious. If you like the capsicum then I am sure you will love this curry. I bet that once you try this curry, you will fall in love with this. So get in kitchen and make this yummy curry for today’s lunch or dinner.

Capsicum Curry Recipe | Punjabi Capsicum Masala Recipe

Here is Punjabi Capsicum Masala Curry recipe:

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Capsicum Curry Recipe
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This Punjabi style capsicum masala curry - Crunchy capsicums (green bell peppers) are simmered in spicy onion-tomato gravy.
Category: Curry, Main dish
Cuisine: Indian, Punjabi
Yield: 2 Servings
Nuts Powder:
  • Peanuts – 1 tablespoon
  • Cashew nuts – 1 tablespoon
for onion-tomato gravy:
  • Onion – 1 medium (1 cup), chopped roughly
  • Tomatoes – 1 ½ medium (1 ¼ cups), chopped roughly
  • Ginger – ½ inch piece
  • Garlic – 2 large cloves
  • Green chilies – 3 or to taste
  • Coriander seeds – 1 teaspoon
Other ingredients:
  • Oil – 3 teaspoons +1 teaspoon
  • Capsicum (green bell pepper) – 1 large (1 ½ cups), cut into cubes
  • Bay leaf -1
  • Cloves – 3
  • Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Red chili powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Garam masala – ½ teaspoon
  • Salt – to taste
  • Water - 1¼ cups or more or less as per your desire gravy consistency
  1. Heat the pan on medium heat. Dry roast the peanuts and cashew nuts till they get light brown.
  2. As they cool grind it into fine powder.
  3. Make smooth gravy from gravy ingredinets.
  4. Cook the cubed capsicum in 1 teaspoon of oil on medium heat till they are done 70%. Rest of cooking will be done in gravy. Remove them in a bowl.
  5. Heat the same pan again with 3 teaspoons of oil on medium heat. Once hot add bay leaf, cloves and cumin seeds. Let cumin seeds sizzle.
  6. Then add onion-tomato gravy. Mix well. Cook till all the moisture from gravy evaporates. And the oil will start to leaves from the gravy.
  7. Mix in salt and red chili powder, cook for a minute.
  8. Add 1 ¼ cups of water. Mix it well. Let it come to a boil.
  9. Stir in nuts powder.
  10. Add cooked capsicum. Mix it and let it cook for about 3 minutes. (Adjust water as per your liking gravy consistency.)
  11. Finally add garam masala. Mix well and switch off the stove.
Additional Info
Taste – little bit crunchy capsicum in Punjabi style spicy onion-tomato gravy

Shelf life – I prefer to serve it fresh the day its made. But you can keep in refrigerator in air tight container once cooled completely for 3 days.

Serving suggestions – my family like to have it with paratha or roti and sliced onions w/lemon drops on side. You can also have it with plain rice or jeera rice

Categorized under Curries, Healthy Recipes, Punjabi, Vegan, Vegetable Gravies

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  • Dawn Montgomery December 8, 2014, 12:40 pm

    Loved the recipe but…the instructions provided with the photos are more detailed than in the recipe section. It would be helpful to add more instructions to the recipe. You include cloves in the recipe but not with the photos. Do you leave the cloves whole or grind them and the bay leaf, whole or…?

    • Kanan December 10, 2014, 3:34 pm

      Sure will update the recipe section with details. And cloves (whole spices) is also shown in step 7 photo along with cumin seeds and bay leaf. Keep the cloves whole.

  • Doug December 4, 2014, 1:45 pm

    with your help I have made my best ever curry. delicious!! thanks…

    • Kanan December 4, 2014, 3:02 pm

      Nice to know that it is helpful to you. Thank you doug

  • Nishanthi November 8, 2014, 9:31 am

    Superb gravy !Today the first time i tried a punjabi masala with ur picture guidance really came out well! Expecting more excellent dishes from you .Thank you

    • Kanan November 10, 2014, 1:36 pm

      Nice to know that capsicum gravy came out good.

  • Carol August 18, 2014, 4:22 pm

    I bought quite of bit of green peppers from a local farm this weekend and happily found your website. All of the pepper recipes look delicious, and I plan on the making the cauliflower with green pepper dish this evening. About the Punjabi Capsicum Masala Curry recipe: I’m trying to shed a few pounds and was wondering if the nuts are necessary. I know the flavor will be different minus the nuts, but will the recipe be compromised significantly if I just thicken the gravy by cooking it down? Thank you.

    • Kanan August 18, 2014, 5:03 pm

      The gravy itself will taste good without nuts too. Nuts makes the gravy rich and creamy. But without nuts, it will be healthy yet tasty. Hope you enjoy other recipes

  • Sakib July 4, 2014, 2:04 am

    Your cooking steps are clearly written and with best pictures that anyone can resemble while cooking. Also purely home made style, it is great.
    Please keep on adding new stuffs.
    I am going to follow ur page weekly.

    • Kanan July 4, 2014, 4:58 am

      Thank you for following. I will sure keep adding new recipes

  • Afreen Sheikh July 3, 2014, 6:22 am

    Today was the first time that I prepared something different. …and my loved it.Thanks a ton sweetheart for this lovely recipe:)

    • Kanan July 3, 2014, 12:33 pm

      Very glad to know that you enjoyed the curry,

  • Polly June 18, 2014, 11:08 am

    Thanks a billion for the capsicum curry recipe. I love it. You are a star!

    • Kanan June 18, 2014, 11:54 am

      Thank you Polly

  • ritika June 8, 2014, 3:48 am

    i love the capsicum masala curry recipe..its yummy..

    • Kanan June 8, 2014, 4:11 pm

      happy to hear that you liked it.

  • roops June 4, 2014, 10:17 am

    tried today n it came out really delicious.. i didn’t had peanuts so doubled the cashew nuts quantity..looking forward to try other recipes as well…
    Also tried ur bombay veg grilled sandwich yeaterday..n it was yummy…
    thanks for such a wonderful recipies.. :)

    • Kanan June 4, 2014, 3:37 pm

      glad to hear that you liked curry and grilled sandwich. Hope you like other recipes as well.

  • Aarabi June 2, 2014, 3:48 pm

    Hi! I have a question. To make a normal recipe a jain recipe, how can I replace the ginger and garlic? Also, I’m out of cashew nuts today, how can I still make a recipe creamy? Yoghurt? Thanks!

    • Kanan June 2, 2014, 4:05 pm

      Nothing can replace ginger garlic, just skip it. It will still taste good. Instead of cashew nuts, add sesame seeds or more peanuts. I would not recommend yogurt in this.

  • Ramya Ravikiran April 9, 2014, 9:40 am

    I too tried and it came out very yummy.. thanks for the recipe…

    • Kanan April 9, 2014, 12:06 pm

      Nice to know that curry came out good. :)

  • NuggehalliPankaja April 5, 2014, 12:52 pm

    Mouthwatering!Thank you

  • Sarmistha Guha March 20, 2014, 2:44 pm

    Hi, I cooked exactly as per the steps mentioned and its delicious! Yummy taste and awesome looks..thanks for sharing such a wonderful and easy recipe!

    • Kanan March 20, 2014, 2:46 pm

      Very happy to know that you liked the taste of curry

  • Jacq March 19, 2014, 12:43 pm

    Your recipe looked great ! But I tried this evening & the gravy was more of a raw chutney – quite bitter & didn’t cook well. did I not blend it enough ? I really would love success with this ! Thanks

    • Kanan March 19, 2014, 2:06 pm

      while grinding the onions, if there is even small part of root and stem of onion (top and bottom part which is not edible), then whole gravy will become bitter. So next time you grind onion, be careful to remove stem and root.

  • Gayathri March 5, 2014, 3:00 am

    Looks delicious. Good presentation.nutritious gravy.

    • Kanan March 5, 2014, 3:28 am

      Thanks Gayathri

  • Rumyza Nihadh March 1, 2014, 8:41 am

    Am gonna try it soon ….I think it will be a yummy dish

    • Kanan March 1, 2014, 12:29 pm

      Hope you will like it. Do share your feedback

  • Aarthi February 26, 2014, 3:10 pm

    It was a spicy and awesome recipe.. I just had onions, tomato and capsicum.. Was searching for some gravy kind for roti’s and got yours..

    • Kanan February 26, 2014, 8:38 pm

      Thanks for the feedback Aarthi.

  • arpana February 2, 2014, 5:29 am

    great taste thanks a lot for your healthy recipe.

    • Kanan February 2, 2014, 1:35 pm

      Thanks for the Feedback Arpana.

  • Tanya January 27, 2014, 12:05 am

    It was delicious and I’ll definitely be making it again. (I made mine with red peppers/capsicums as I had bought 10 from the market for £1!)

    • Kanan January 27, 2014, 12:12 am

      Thanks for the feedback Tanya. Well that’s pretty good price. :)

  • ATD January 25, 2014, 9:51 pm

    Adding Peanut and Cashewnut powder is healthy..!!! Check your nutrition facts!

  • marudhuskitchen January 25, 2014, 10:57 am

    such a wonderful recipe I tried and had success not one time but many times

    • Kanan January 25, 2014, 4:33 pm

      Nice to know that you liked it.

  • sumedha January 19, 2014, 7:48 am

    Hi thanks for the recipe,I tried it out today but it turned out too spice :( I had to add jaggery to fix it up.

    • Kanan January 19, 2014, 11:57 pm

      I am sorry it doesn’t suit to your tastebuds.

  • Smita chavan January 5, 2014, 12:26 pm

    Its fab…i loved this recipe i’ll share wid my frnds too..

    • Kanan January 5, 2014, 1:19 pm

      Thank you Smita.

  • aarti January 3, 2014, 2:53 pm

    I just finished cooking this dish. Must say it tastes really good.The nuts, jeera and the spices make it an exciting combination. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.

    • Kanan January 3, 2014, 4:18 pm

      glad to hear that you liked this curry recipe.

  • David Ovsiankin January 2, 2014, 5:56 am

    This looks fantastic, I will definitely prepare this. However won’t the curry be bitter if you use raw ground onion paste as an aromatic, or is it supposed to be like that?

    • Kanan January 2, 2014, 1:33 pm

      I also faced the same problem long time ago and from that I learned a lesson. Whenever I grind the raw onion, I do make sure that I have removed root and stem part (top and bottom part which is not edible and it makes the whole thing really bitter). a very small piece of that part makes the curry bitter.

      • David Ovsiankin January 12, 2014, 8:37 pm

        Great, now I’ve made it and it was awesome!

      • David Ovsiankin January 12, 2014, 8:39 pm

        Thank you very much!

  • kavitha December 25, 2013, 5:47 pm

    Its nice., really super. Thanks alot

    • Kanan December 25, 2013, 8:26 pm


  • neetu December 7, 2013, 3:23 am

    Today I prepared this recipe.it was awesome,fingerlicking.I can’t resist myself from trying out yr other recipes.

    • Kanan December 7, 2013, 10:17 pm

      Very happy to know you like it.

  • Gai November 19, 2013, 3:40 pm

    I made it for dinner this evening along with potatoes, as my hubby is completely against capsicum. I was surprised tat he liked it.
    Kudos to u for replying every feedback tat u get!!!!!! Cheers.

    • Kanan November 19, 2013, 6:46 pm

      Thank you Gai. I feel really Happy when people try the recipe and they enjoy. If the person is kind enough to spend some time and write the feedback, which might helps others. So I should appreciate his/her time.

  • Deepa K November 19, 2013, 3:11 am

    A very QUICK, SPICY AND YUMMY RECIPE. I love capsicum a lot. I had to make something quick for my husband’s lunch for rotis. and this was super quick.

    • Kanan November 19, 2013, 11:34 am

      Thanks for the feedback Deepa.

  • giridhar Venkateshmurthy November 14, 2013, 12:46 am

    Today, I was thinking what to prepare with Capsicum? I saw the way you have illustrated and prepared Capsicum Masala. It’s just yummy… I’m just in love with it.
    Please keep sharing such simple and easy to cook Indian dishes… Thanks again!

    • Kanan November 14, 2013, 1:29 am

      Glad to hear that you liked it. Stay tuned for more easy recipes. :)

  • Lianne October 22, 2013, 12:50 am

    Just harvested a bunch of capsicum from my garden and needed a good recipe to use them. I made this tonight and my husband and I enjoyed it very much! I used three medium to large capsicum in the recipe and it was perfect for us… thanks for sharing the recipe. I look forward to trying some of your other recipes soon!

    • Kanan October 22, 2013, 3:14 am

      Very happy to hear that you enjoyed it. Hope you will like other recipes.

  • Shalini October 2, 2013, 2:16 pm

    I cooked it today and its super hit,everyone liked it at my home.

    • Kanan October 2, 2013, 2:26 pm

      I am very happy to hear. Thanks for the feedback.

  • Manjunath September 28, 2013, 4:18 am

    Yesterday I have tryed it and curry came fentasticly its very tasty and my children ejoyed the curry with 2 rotis and its also nice for plain rice.
    Thank you Mr.Kanan.

    • Kanan September 28, 2013, 2:23 pm

      Happy to hear that you and your kids like this curry. Thanks for your feedback.

    • Manjunath September 28, 2013, 3:54 pm

      Hello Ms.Kanan, I have checked your profile in google+ and i am following you,
      Just wanted to know from you that do you use for any recipe the desiccated coconut as i am planning to start a manufacturing unit in Bangalore India.Just wanted to know the demand in market, pls. help me if possible.

      • Kanan September 30, 2013, 1:59 pm

        Thank you for following. As being a Gujarati, we do use desiccated coconut in our some of the recipes occasionally, but we don’t use it as a regular basis. And yes, I do make South Indian recipes once in a while. To make chutney or curry, I do use desiccated coconut instead fresh, as fresh one is very hard to find where I live. Though I do get frozen coconut, but I prefer to use dry over the frozen. Hope this helps.

        • Manjunath October 3, 2013, 7:39 am

          Ms.Kanan Thank you very much for your valuable information.
          Now a days my wife is very busy with her work (She do stitching of Garment clothes) and myself decide to learn cook and help her someway (After coming from my office). I am very thank full to you for wonderful recipes with picture (How to make) in this site its help people like us a lot.
          Once again Thank you.

          • Kanan October 3, 2013, 1:14 pm

            My pleasure. :) Thank you very much for this appreciation.

  • Samir September 4, 2013, 9:45 pm

    You need some water in this recipe.

    • Kanan September 5, 2013, 1:25 am

      yes, I have already mentioned in step 10 and step 14.

  • sasha September 1, 2013, 1:29 am

    this is the 2nd time I have made this, thank you so much its so good

    • Kanan September 1, 2013, 1:40 am

      I am glad that you liked it. Thanks for the feedback

  • Shwetha August 24, 2013, 8:15 am

    Thanks for sharing this! Loved it!

    • Kanan August 24, 2013, 10:26 am


  • Amogh June 24, 2013, 3:28 am

    Excellent recipe!!

    I made a couple of improvisations of my own. My wife is not very fond of cashews, so I used ’til’ & sesame powder.. A little bit of sambar powder (to give it a slightly south Indian flavour)…

    My wife and I both loved it.. Thanks for sharing!

    • Kanan June 24, 2013, 11:39 am

      Thanks for writing back. Happy to hear that you and your wife liked it. I like the idea of adding sambar powder.

  • Suba June 18, 2013, 8:13 am

    Yesterday ..I had this capsicum at home and was not sure how to make a nice dish out of it. Googled, and found your blog. I made this curry and it was delicious. I guess I also missed the coriander seeds. And I made it as slightly dry gravy itself and did not add water . It tasted yummy with rice .
    thanks for posting the recipe!

    • Kanan June 18, 2013, 11:45 am

      Thanks for writing us back. Even still if I make this curry when I am in hurry, I also forget coriander seeds. :) btw very happy to hear that you liked capsicum curry.

  • Rohini May 29, 2013, 5:50 pm

    Looks like a nice recipe and I am going to try it tonight. But I think you forgot to add one of the ingredients you mentioned in the list. You have mentioned that the recipe requires 1 teaspoon of coriander seeds but you have not made use of the same. I am assuming you dry roast it along with the nuts and make a powder. Anyway, I am giving it a try. Thanks for a detailed recipe. :)

    • Kanan May 29, 2013, 7:34 pm

      I am sorry for missing it in instructions. I mentioned it in ingredients list under gravy and also in pic for gravy ingredients. but missed it in detail. It should be grind-ed with onion-tomato. I have updated it now.
      but as you said that you can also dry roast and make powder with nuts. both ways it tastes good.

  • Tejal February 7, 2013, 6:57 am

    I tried capsicum curry recipe and just loved it!!!!……..Me and my husband enjoyed this delicious curry in yesterday’s dinner……..:)

    • Kanan February 8, 2013, 3:58 am

      Thanks for trying our recipe Tejal. Happy to hear that you guys liked it.

  • Anonymous January 23, 2013, 11:37 am

    Such an irresistible curry,flavourful dish,wish i get some rite now..Drooling here.

  • Sanoli Ghosh January 23, 2013, 9:08 am

    Fingerlicking good, me too add peanut powder with capsicum. Fabulous looking..

  • Mina Joshi January 22, 2013, 4:28 pm

    The curry looks very delicious. I love the step by step instructions. It’s a joy to visit your blog.

  • Rumana January 22, 2013, 10:48 am

    Very inviting recipe…

  • meena January 22, 2013, 6:18 am

    wow now i know how the restaurant serve capsicum curry
    the pics look very inviting

    • Anonymous January 24, 2013, 1:35 pm

      A very tasty and delicious curry!