Bell Pepper Rice / Capsicum Rice


Growing up in India, the only color of Bell Pepper that I had seen was green and was amazed by the plethora of colors available here in the US, red, orange, yellow all bright and vibrant colors. Even though it is very hard to choose, my personal favorite is the red color.

Whenever cook with these, I make sure that they don’t loose their color. For this rice dish, I follow the same steps as “Chitranna” but also add Bell Pepper along with onion. . They not only add vibrant color, but they also add a good amount of crunch to the dish.

Capscium Rice


1 cup rice
2 medium colored bell peppers (green/red/yellow/orange)
1 medium onion
3-4 green chillies
Jeera, mustard, oil, salt
Cashews (optional)
Coriander leaves for garnishing


  • Wash the rice thoroughly and pressure cook the rice, making sure that it is not over cooked and the grains remain separate.

  • Meanwhile dice the bell pepper and onions.

  • Also chop green chillies and coriander leaves and keep aside.


  • In a pan, heat some oil add the mustard, jeera and when they begin to splutter, add onion, green chillies and sauté until transparent. 

  • Next add the diced colored bell pepper and fry until it turns tender, but the crunch is still there.

  • Add the cooked rice, turmeric, salt and mix well.

  • Squeeze the juice of one lemon and stir well.

  • Finally garnish with roasted cashews (if using) for some crunch and also coriander leaves.

  • This can be eaten as is or served with cucumber raita.


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  1. Roopa says:

    yummy i too add these for chitranna its so flavourable :). the picture is looking very inviting

    RC: Thanks Roopa. It is great that we share the same thoughts.

  2. Rajeswari says:

    Wow,Looks colourful and very simple way to prepare…..:)Thanx for the recipe

    RC: Thanks Rajeswari. It is easy and I hope you get a cahnce to prepare it.

  3. Timepass says:

    Looks very Yummy..I too have tried this with yellow,orange and red bell peppers, it was very tasty.

    RC: Thanks Timepass. It is terrific that you share my thoughts.

  4. sia says:

    very colourful rice… and with no masala added it will bring out the true flavour of bell peppers

    RC: Thanks Sia, you correctly pointed it out. Very true indeed!

  5. Padma says:

    I am not a bell pepper fan, but loved that colorful rice with pecks of red n green peppers. BUt I love them in chinese cuisine

    RC: Padma, try different colors, maybe you will like it. The colored ones are not all that pungent.

  6. remyasash says:

    colorful rice….i make this once in a while with green…looks yumm…

    RC: Thanks remyasash. I hope you get a chance to try with other colors as well.

  7. lathanarasimhan says:

    I too make this capsicum rice! Looking very yummy!:))
    I pressure cooked the horse gram, Along with the rice dal potato etc, as usual. It was very soft redchillies! Dint take any extra time!:))

    RC: Thanks for taking the time to reply Latha.

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