All of us tend to have chutney powders in the home pantry, be it made by mom who stocks it up every time she comes visiting (in my case mom-in-law), or store bought. In any case these powders can make an excellent base for some curries. You could use either peanut chutney powder or bengal gram dal (I prefer peanut powder) Just throw in a few extra ingredients and you end up with spicy succulent curry which goes well with rice or chapatis. I prefer using these chutney powder with capsicum as the combination goes very well. These pictures were fished out from very old archives and realised I forgot to put this recipe in my blogpost.
To make capsicum curry with chutney powder, you would need:
Capsicum – 3 to 4 medium sized, stem removed and chopped
Onion – 1 medium sized, skin removed and chopped/sliced
Mustard seeds/avalu/rai- 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds/jeelakarra/jeera – 1/2 tsp
Chutney powder – 3 heaped tbsp
Salt,Chilli powder,dhania powder,garam masala powder – optional as per need. Chutney powder might come with salt already added in it. So you need to adjust depending on taste
Grated coconut – 2 tbsp (optional)
Asafoetida powder – a pinch
Turmeric powder – a pinch
Curry leaves – few
Coriander leaves – few chopped
Oil for tempering and cooking the capsicum – around 2 tbsp
Heat oil in a kadhai or a non stick pan. Temper it with the mustard seeds and cumin seeds. When they splutter, add the asafoetida powder, turmeric powder. Then add the curry leaves and chopped onions. Fry until the onions have turned translucent.
Add the chopped capsicum and salt and fry. Note that the chutney powder would already have some salt. So, you need to check and adjust. The salt will help faster cooking of the capsicum pieces.
While the pieces are cooking, mix the peanut powder with some salt and chilli powder if you are adding. You can also add some dhania powder and garam masala powder if you like the taste.
As you can see, I have already added grated coconut also to it. You can also add it at the end if you wish.
Mix all the powders well. Check the taste and seasoning.
Once the capsicum pieces are softened and cooked, you need to add the spice powder. This can be done in two ways. You can either add the spice powder directly to the pan mix well and sprinkle some water and cook, or you can also add some water to the spice mix and then pour it into the pan. Either way make sure there are no lumps in the spice. You need not add more than 1/2 a glass of water.
Adding water would create a steam making sure that any raw smell from the spice powder disappears and all the capsicum pieces are coated well with the masala
Mix well. Once everything is coated and cooked to your satisfaction, add some coriander leaves for garnish and remove from the stove.
You can serve this with rice or chapatis.