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Today starts our Blogging Marathon # 106, week 3. The category I picked for this week is “Pick one vegetable from 3 different countries/States”. So, I selected Capsicum/Bell pepper as my vegetable. For day 1, I made Capsicum Fry Andhra Style with fresh ground powder made with chana dal, peanuts and sesame seeds.

It goes well as a side dish for rice or roti. This fry is crunchy with a burst of flavours.

Preparation Time : 10 minutes

Cook Time : 5 minutes + 15 minutes

Serves : 2

Ingredients :

Capsicum/Green bell pepper : 3 diced

Onion : 1 medium chopped finely

Cumin seeds : 1/2 teqspoon

Red chilli powder : 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder : 1/2 teaspoon

Coconut powder : 1/2 tablespoon

Turmeric: 1/2 teaspoon

Raw peanuts :  1 teaspoon

Chana dal: 1 teaspoon

Sesame seeds : 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Method :

Heat 1/2 teaspoon oil in a pan and add chana dal, peanuts and sesame seeds. On low flame, fry them for 2 minutes until they turn golden brown. Take them into a plate and let it cool off.

Add 2 tablespoons of oil in the same pan and add cumin seeds, once they splatter, add onions. Sauce for 1 minute.

Add diced capsicum, turmeric powder, salt and stir. Close lid and cook for 7-8 minutes.

In a blender, make a coarse powder of the roasted chana dal, peanuts and sesame seeds.

Once the capsicum is cooked, add red chilli powder, coconut powder and coriander powder. Stir well and sauce for 2 minutes.

Add the chana peanut powder, stir and sauce for 1 minute. Turn off the stove and serve with rice or roti.