Friday, 16 April 2010

Rustic Gujarati Series: Bell Peppers with Peanuts and Sesame Seeds

Ground peanuts and sesame seeds make up the base for this colorful, and delicious dry curry. I had many bell peppers on hand and wanted to make something different than the usual. I am so glad I tried this....and the great thing about this is that you can add any other veggies that you like to give it your own touch. Here is what you need:

3-4 bell peppers, any color you like!
1/2 cup peanuts, dry roasted and ground
3-tbsp sesame seeds, toasted
ginger-garlic-chili paste ( to your taste)

1 tbsp-Oil, 1 tsp each-cumin seeds,mustard seeds
Turmeric, Coriander powder, Garam Masala - to your taste
Salt, and a pinch of sugar - to taste
lemon juice, and cilantro (optional)

Dry roast the peanuts and sesame seeds until golden. Let it cool and grind to a coarse powder. Mix the ground mixture with the ginger-garlic-chili paste, garam masala and salt.

Meanwhile, wash and dry the peppers. Cut them into chunks.
Heat the oil in a wide pan, add the cumin/mustard seeds and let them pop. Add the bell peppers and quickly saute them, coating them with the oil. Sprinkle the peanut-sesame mixture on top and stir well so that it coats the bell peppers nicely. Add the seasonings, adjust the taste and let it cook on medium heat until cooked through. Stir often, and sprinkle with lemon juice and cilantro at the end if you like!
Serve hot. I had this as a side dish because it is quite dry. It make a great accompaniment to any meal though.

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