Capsicum (Bell Pepper) Curry With Tomato Peanut Masala

Capsicum (Bell Pepper) Curry With Tomato Peanut Masala

Growing up, we ate a lot of mouthwatering curries with rice and Indian breads, rotis. Maybe that defines why a plate of rice with a well made curry is comfort food for me. Add a bowl of yogurt to this and I’m one happy soul.

This stuffed capsicum curry stands out in my mother’s repertoire of recipes. It is one of her dishes that I enjoy the most. Stuffed with a tomato, peanut and coconut masala, it is simply delicious! And it has my grandmothers masala powder. It has a bit of both the special women in my life.

Bell peppers are widely known as capsicum in India. The big sized bell peppers (genetically engineered!) are commonly available these days and indigenous varieties are hard to find. It is important to use small sized capsicums for this preparation and I had to coax my vegetable vendor, who normally carries large bell peppers, to bring them for me. He even charged me a few extra bucks saying he had to walk extra miles to secure them! Considering the fact that I was able to create this dish with its authenticity intact, it was quite worth it.

Capsicum (Bell Pepper) Curry with Tomato Peanut Masala Recipe

It is important to use small sized capsicum as their size is just right to hold the spicy masala stuffing. You could consider using the base masala with other vegetables like cauliflower or cabbage without stuffing them.


400 gm, about 8 to10 small sized capsicum or bell peppers
400 gm, about 4 to 5 tomatoes
75 gm (1/2 cup) grated coconut
75 gm (1/2 cup) peanuts without skins, roasted
2 tbsp goda masala or grandmother’s masala or 1 tbsp coriander powder +1 tsp cumin powder + 1 1/2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp salt
250 ml (1 cup) water
3 tbsp oil
1 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
8 to 10 curry leaves
1/2 tsp asafetida


In a blender or food processor puree the tomatoes, coconut and peanuts to a fine paste. Transfer to a bowl and mix in the goda masala (or or grandmother’s masala or 1 tbsp coriander powder +1 tsp cumin powder + 1 1/2 tsp garam masala ) turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt. Keep aside.

Wash and clean the capsicums or bell pepper. Carefully cut the tops of the capsicum and deseed them. Stuff with the tomato peanut masala mixture by placing about 2 tea spoons of the masala inside the capsicum.

Mix 1 cup (250 ml) water into the masala to make a gravy.

In a wok or kadhai, heat the oil over a medium flame. Put in the mustard seeds and when they pop, add the curry leaves and asafetida. Lower the flame and carefully place the stuffed capsicum pieces. Increase the heat to medium low and cook covered until white spots appear on the surface of the capsicum, about 4 to 5 minutes.

Stir in the remaining masala mixture, increase the heat to medium and bring the gravy to a boil. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes and switch off the flame.

Serve hot with the rice or bread of your choice.

Serves 6 to 8

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20 thoughts on “Capsicum (Bell Pepper) Curry With Tomato Peanut Masala

  1. This seems like an exciting mix, we tend to use mashed potatoes for our curry with capsicums. I totally know what you mean about the big ones that is all what we get here now:(

  2. Anything that contains peppers, peanuts and coconut will make me drool! I love curries too, so that dish would be welcome at my table!



  3. Anu,,,really capsicum peanuts curry looks delicious n mouthwatering dear… capsicum is easy to cook with peanuts sounds great the peanut gives lot of flavour to the curry…sure will goes nice with hot rice…looks colourfull

  4. this was really nice kind of reminded me of mirchi ka time i will try adding a little tamarind to make it a little more tangy.

  5. This is a dish i've made twice and absolutely love it! the first thing that comes to my mind when i'm having veggies over for dinner 🙂

  6. I made this today and it's really tasty. I did not have small capsicums so chopped the large ones and just cooked everything together. ,lovely. Thank you for this recipe.

  7. Made it today. It tasted delicious with both hot white rice and roti. Keep up the good work.

  8. Hi anushruti,
    Today I made this curry with cauliflower and I would like yo tell u that it came out awesomely delicious… husband and kid loved it very much…..Thanks for this wonderful recipe!

  9. Hey Anu, gonna make this today. Even got the small variety here in hyderabad. Excited 🙂 I usually just mix the roasted peanuts with tomato. Searched for your recipe and now will add coconut to the stuffing as well. I have been waiting to try and make something from divine taste.
    Love, Padmaja

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