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Sunday, 28 February 2016

Bell Pepper Stir Fry Recipe


Colored Bell Peppers are always a visual treat. They not only punch up flavor and nutritional content of our meals but also can change our mood. Not all of us know , but the colors we eat do make a difference in the way we feel. Whenever i feel low , i choose to grab a plate food of fresh and vibrant colors and it does change my mood and i start feeling great !


   Now coming to the dish , there is no hard and fast recipe for this Bell Pepper Stir fry. You can roughly chop the bell peppers and toss them with caramelized Onions and seasonings of your choice. Only what matters is the time of cooking. I stir fry the Bell Peppers on a high flame to induce the smokey flavor and make sure not to over cook them. Over cooking Bell Peppers make them soggy and also lowers their nutritional content. They taste best when they have a slight crunch . 

The Bell Pepper stir fry tastes good just as it is , it can be served as a side dish with chapati or steamed rice. It can be tossed with pasta or topped on Pizza.

  I had made Kutchi Dabeli ( a famous Indian Street Food) , few days back and some of the masala ( spice mix powder) i made for it was left. I have used the same masala for this stir fry. You can make the masala by dry roasting the spices and grinding them to a powder.

Ingredients:
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper
  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper
  • 2 large Onions
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tbsp Spice Mix
  • Salt to taste
For the Spice Mix
  • 3-4 dried Red Chilies( Sukhi Lal Mirch)
  • 5-7 black Pepper corn ( Sabut kali Mirch)
  • 1-2 Cloves ( Laung)
  • 1 Star Anise ( Chakri Fool)
  • 1 /2 inch Cinnamon stick (Dalchini)
  • 1 tsp Fennel seeds ( Saunf)
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds( Jeera)
  • 2 tsp Coriander Seeds ( sabut Dhaniya)
  • 1/4 tsp dried Mango powder ( Aamchur Powder)
  • 1/4 tsp Asafoetida ( Hing)
   Method:
  1. Dry roast the spices listed under spice mix on a low to medium flame , until aromatic and grind them to a powder using grinder. Keep aside .Use 1 tbsp or more of this spice mix in the stir fry.



  2.   Wash the Bell Pepper thoroughly. Pat dry , deseed and chop them length wise as seen in the picture below. This way of chopping ensures even cooking and the stir fry hardly takes any time. Similarly slice the onion thinly and keep ready.


  3.  Heat up oil in a pan on medium heat . Add the sliced onions and saute until the onions turn translucent.


  4.  Add the chopped Bell Peppers. Stir fry on a medium to high flame for 3-4 minutes. Now lower the flame and add the Spice mix powder and salt . Mix well and stir fry again  for a minute or so. 




    5.  Put off the flame and serve the Bell Pepper stir fry with steamed rice or chapati or toss it with your favourite pasta and enjoy !


  I hope you would have liked this simple stir fry recipe and give it a try. Do not forget to give your valuable feed back. 

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