Capsicum is also known as Bell peppers. This is originally an American plant entered India appx in the 15th century.
According to the “Condensed Encyclopaedia of Healing Foods,” bell peppers offer many health and medicinal benefits:
- Bell peppers are recommended for those with high cholesterol levels.
- Red bell peppers, high in lycopene, are full of cancer-fighting antioxidants.
- Lycopene also fights skin aging, osteoporosis, diabetes, and even improves fertility.
- High in B6, bell peppers help manufacture serotonin(the brain’s mood-boosting chemical) and regulate hormones.
- PMS sufferers might find relief from bell peppers due to B6’s ability to regulate estrogen levels.
- Its beta carotenoids and high amount of vitamin C protect the eyes from cataracts.
- Bell peppers can be a natural diuretic (causing increased passing of urine).
Having known the health benefit, I am sure usage of Capsicum will skyrocket in your kitchens.
Serves 2 people, preparation and cooking time 20-25 minutes
Ingredients – Gravy:
- 3 big tomatoes
- 7-8 pieces of Cashew nut
- 1 teaspoon Fresh cream
- 2 tablespoon Ghee
- 2 tablespoon Oil
- 2 teaspoon Kasuri Methi (fenugreek) leaves
- 1/2tea spoon Red chili paste
- ½ teaspoon Garam masala (Mix hot spices) powder
- 1 teaspoon Dhana jiru (Coriander cumin) powder
- 2-3 Clove
- 1 Tej Patta (Bay leaves)
- 1 Taj (Cinnamon)
- Salt as per taste
- Soak cashew nut in water for 15 minutes, make a paste thereafter.
- Boil Tomatoes, churn in a mixer and make gravy.
- In a frying pan with slow flame, add Ghee, Oil, Taj, Clove, Tej Patta, Cashew paste and sauté for 30 seconds.
- Then add tomato gravy, red chili paste, and sauté till oil gets separated (5 minutes)
- Add Garam Masala, fresh cream, dhana jeeru powder, sauté for 2-3 minutes
- Add salt and cook for a minute.
- The gravy is ready.
Ingredients – Vegetable:
- ½ cup boiled sweet corn
- 2 capsicum cut into medium size pieces
- 100 gram Paneer Cubes (Cottage Cheese)
- 1 tomato cut into medium size pieces
- 2 tablespoon oil
- Salt as per taste
- In a frying Pan with a slow flame, add oil
- Add Capsicum pieces and sauté for a minute.
- Add tomato pieces, salt, and tomato gravy and cook for 2 minutes.
- Add Paneer and sweet corn and simmer for 5 minutes.
- The vegetable is ready to serve.
- Garnish with Capsicum and Corn.
Rotis or Parathas are best suited with this tasty and healthy vegetable.