This recipe I found on Spice Up the Curry for capsicum curry is delicious! I wish I had made a double recipe because today at work I was wishing I had leftovers 🙂
I am usually skeptical of grinding the onions, garlic and ginger first because it seems to take more oil, but I stuck to the recipe and I was really happy I did! Ground onions take longer to cook than chopped onions, but the flavor profile is different–it has a brighter flavor and is perfect for this recipe.
Good canned crushed tomatoes can really work wonders in a recipe. They are so, for lack of a better word, tomatoey!
1 onion chopped
1 1/2 cups canned crushed tomatoes
1/2 inch piece ginger peeled and chopped
2 garlic cloves or 2 Trader Joe’s frozen garlic cubes
1-2 green chilis
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 big green bell pepper chopped
1 tablespoon more olive oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon toasted cashews
1 tablespoon toasted peanuts
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon coriander powder
1 teaspoon garam masala
1/2 – 1 cup water
- Grind the onion, tomatoes, ginger, garlic and green chilis in a grinder or food processor.
- Heat the 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a saute pan and cook the bell pepper until tender, then remove from the pan.
- Heat the rest of the oil and add the cumin seeds. Once they are browned, add the onion/tomato mixture. Cook over medium heat stirring pretty often until the raw smell goes away. I found that this took quite a while, longer than if the onions were chopped! You can close the lid to speed this up a little and keep the stove from getting so messy. The onion/tomato mixture does splash out some.
- Meanwhile grind the cashews and peanuts (I used a coffee grinder). If they weren’t toasted, toast them first, let cool, then grind.
- Once the onion and tomato mixture has lost the raw smell, add the cashews, peanuts, chili powder, coriander powder, garam masala, and salt, and cook for a few minutes. Add enough water to make a nice gravy. The amount you need will depend on how much you covered the onions/tomatoes and how much liquid evaporated. Add the bell pepper and water and cook for a few more minutes.