August 19, 2013

Bell Peppers Chutney / Capsicum Chutney Recipe / Kodamilagai Chutney / Kodamulagu Chutney

       The first time I tasted this chutney was when I got a Surprise Potluck party from my friends for my birthday. My Friend Bindu was the one who prepared this and I could not recognize that it was bell pepper chutney. This is a very tasty combination for our dosa or Idli. Now I got a good way to use peppers as my hubby is not a big fan of using them in curries.

Bell peppers - 1 no (Large sized)
Onion - 2/3 cup (Finely chopped/ 1 Medium sized)
Tomato - 1/2 cup (Finely chopped / 1 Small sized)
Green chillies - 2 no's (Small sized)
Dry Red Chilli - 2 no's (Small sized)
Salt - as needed
Garlic pods - 2 small pods
Oil - 1 teaspoon

To Temper:
Oil - 1 tablespoon
Mustard seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Urad dal - 1/2 teaspoon
Curry leaves - 3 no's
Red chilli - 1 no (based on spice requirement)
(Tempering is done to increase flavor so with Oil and Mustard alone is also fine)

  • Take a non stick pan and heat 1 teaspoon of oil. Add onions and garlic and saute till onions are transparent. Add Tomatoes with Red and Green chillies(add less if you need it to be less spiced) and saute till tomatoes get soft and cooked.

  • Add chopped Bell peppers and cook until peppers become soft and cooked (I used all the colors of peppers as they were left-overs from Paneer Tikka I made for a party. But only one color is fine as well). Switch off your stove and cool down to room temperature. Add the mixture to a food processor with salt and grind to fine paste and transfer to a bowl.

  • Take a small pan and heat 1 tablespoon of oil. Add mustard seeds and let it splatter. Add all other ingredients under "To Temper" column and let it just get slightly brown. Switch off stove and add the tempering to the ground chutney and mix well.

  • This is a great side for South Indian Recipes like Idli / Dosa or use as a dip for tacos or can also be used for making base sauce for Pizza.

My Notes :
  • This is a spicy chutney, so add chillies according to your need.
  • Tempering is done to increase flavor so if any ingredient is not available then just temper with oil and mustard or hot oil only.


 This week Summer Fest is featuring Peppers, so do checkout for some Great Pepper Recipes from other "Summer Fest" Friends below:

Jeanette's Healthy Living: How to Use Bell Peppers Six Ways
Feed Me Phoebe: Spanish-Style Shrimp and Squid Skewers with Red Pepper Sofrito 
The Heritage Cook: Poblano Pepper, Corn and Potato "Chowder" Salad
The Lemon Bowl: Red Pepper Salsa
Weelicious: Bell Pepper Egg Flowers
Dishin & Dishes: Chicken, Poblano, Spinach and Mushroom Quesadillas
Domesticate Me: Brown Rice Jambalaya with Shrimp, Chicken Sausage and Bell Peppers
Taste With The Eyes: Cheeseburger Bloody Mary with Cherry Peppers and Pickles
Blue Apron Blog: Roadside Noodles with Bell Peppers, Tomatoes and Broccoli Raab
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Italian Pork Chops with Peppers and Chiles on Buttered Egg Noodles
Red or Green: Green Chile Pork Stew
Devour: Stuffed Peppers 5 Ways
Chez Us: Grilled Eggplant and Carmen Pepper Pizza
FN Dish: Sensational Stuffed Peppers


  1. Wow Wow Divya, I love red bell pepper chutney, its my dinner time, gonna make dosa wish I had your bowl of chutney. yum yum yum...

  2. Looks like an interesting chutney.. wonder how it the tempering!!!

  3. this looks nice,lovely color.winning combo

  4. chutney looks so delicious Divya!!!

  5. I have never tried bellpeppers chutny, will try it as its not too difficult to make..
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  6. Colorful chutney. never tried this one. bookmarking

  7. love this chutney a lot :) different and delicious dip :) lovely clicks ma :)

  8. This is quite a new version of this chutney for me! I usually roast bell pepper on direct flame and then grind it to make a smooth n silky dip :) Tat enhances the flavors with smoky element for sure... Try it out that way...

  9. I too make bell pepper chutney the same way but I go for a tad bit of tartness with a drop of tamarind paste.

  10. Delicious Bell pepper chutney. Love it.

  11. never tried chutney with bell pepper...sure it must have tasted awesome..

  12. looks nice.. perfect side dish for idli/dosa

  13. New to me.. Am sure the taste would be super.. bookmarked

  14. I have seen so many of recipes, the same with bell peppers. At first it was a discovery, a new recipe not aware of. Than it was usual because been shared by many foodies.

    I am a big fan of chutneys, so keeping aside to be tried out for this weekend.

  15. Delicious chutney.. The tadka on top is really tempting!.. :) Would be awesome with dosas and idlis.. :)

  16. What a terrific chutney.. Simply irresistible.. I'm drooling here Divya :-)

  17. Wow, looks like normal onion tomato chutney.. I have seen them in many spaces but not tried them yet.. Wil do soon as my hubby too doesnt like them in curries :)

  18. Never heard of it but looks so colorful and flavorful. Must try, definitely!

  19. New variety of chutney.. Interesting... Yet to try...

  20. great post, I liked it.

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  21. looks so inviting, nice idea..have tried with only red peppers..the combo turned out good..will try this for sure...

  22. like its color divya.. very tempting chutney dear

  23. i too makes dis so yummy n urs looks delicious

  24. My hubby too doesn't like using capsicum in curries...I think i'll give this one a try to see if i can send the capsicums to his tummy!! Thanks for sharing...

    1. same here...but this chutney is working now :)...thank you

  25. Never tried capsicum chutney.. love its color..

  26. Chutney looks delicious ! very tempting !

  27. Never had it before, so its very new to me...but it sounds delicious time I make idli or dosa...this is also gonna be in the menu

  28. yummy and delicious chutney.

  29. Looks very yummy. Will try soon.

  30. nice one divya...should try it at home..bored of the normal chutney!

  31. what a beautiful looking chutney! thanks for the post...

  32. I had reservations for trying bell pepper chutney until I tasted it in one of my neighbor's party. This looks so flavorful Divya. Must try.

  33. Thats a lovely and easy recipe...wonderful

  34. looks so tempting,colourful and flavourful!

  35. Looks delicious with those dosas! Loved the click!

  36. I adore chutney and this bell pepper version is no exception! I love all the spices you put in here.

  37. Looks amazing! This is an interesting new recipe I have never tasted. Nice bright tempting photos. Cheers!

  38. One good thing about potluck is that one gets a real surprise in all the new dishes that come up. The very first picture has got me hooked :-)

  39. Tried this came out really yum...thanks for sharing the recipe!!


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