Cook's Hideout: Bell Pepper Rice

October 05, 2008

Bell Pepper Rice

I made this bell pepper rice for today's lunch. It is a very easy one-pot dish, great for a weeknight dinner too. I bought a bag of gourmet bell peppers from BJs, I used half of them in this dish.

Basmati Rice - 2 cups, soaked for at least 30 mins
Bell Peppers - 4, chopped into 1" pieces (I used one each of red, yellow, orange & green peppers)
Red Onion - 1 medium, chopped
Tomato puree - 3 tbsp
Biryani Masala paste- 1 tbsp (I used Patak's brand) (optional)
Garam Masala powder - 1 tsp (I used MTR brand)
Red Chili powder - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste

Shah Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Cinnamon stick - 1' piece
Cloves - 3
Cardamom - 2
Bay leaves - 2
  • Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pressure cooker, add all the spices and saute for 30 seconds until they are fragrant. Add onions and fry until reddish brown.
  • Add peppers and increase the flame to medium high. Fry the peppers till they turn slightly brown around the edges, about 5-8 minutes.
  • Add tomato puree, biryani masala paste (if using), garam masala, red chili powder and salt; mix well and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add rice along with 2 1/2 cups of water (thats the measure I use for my basmati rice, it might change depending on the type of rice you are using). Cover and cook for 2 whistles on medium-high flame, should take about 8-10 minutes.

Serve hot with chips.


  1. looks perfect in color and texture..i was serching for a simple lunch recipe..This could do i guess..IBW where are you in NJ

  2. Thanks Mrs. Kannan.. Hope you try it.. We live in Secaucus, NJ.

  3. lovely recipe.. loved the color too.. looks so tempting.

  4. you go girl! i luv this rice! :)

  5. this is coooool added to my favourites. hey nice to know that u r in secacus in NJ. I am in west new york bergenline area. add me will chat some times :)


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