In a pan , take peanuts and dry roast it till it becomes crisp . Later to the same add remaining ingredients listed under ingredients ie urad dal , chana dal , Coriander seeds, Cumin seeds , red chilli and curry leaves . Dry roast till the spices are aromatic . Allow to cool and powder . No need to make super smooth . Keep the masala powder aside to use later .
In a large kadai , heat oil . Splutter mustard seeds and add curry leaves , onion . Saute till onions turn translucent .
Later add colored capsicums / green capsicum. Saute for 2-3 mins . Don’t make it mushy , retain its crunchiness .
Add salt , haldi and and masala powder . Mix everything and saute for 1-2 mins .
Our capsicum masala mix for capsicum rice is ready .
Add cooked rice . Mix gently . Cover and simmer the capsicum rice for 3-4 mins so that rice absorbs the masala.
Switch off . Garnish capsicum masala rice with coriander leaves . If you want can squeese lime too .
Enjoy capsicum masala rice with some raitha / papad .
You can use left over rice, brown rice, quinoa or millets to make this rice. All will taste equally good.
You can prepare masala ahead and store in air tight box and use whenever needed .
Instead of capsicum .. you can add methi leaves / cluster beans / mixed veggies / avarekalu / your choice … and make a different masala rice ..
Colored capsicums are used just to make it more attractive .. if it’s not handy .. you can use just green capsicum .