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Shimla Mirch Tamatar Sabji (Bell peppers with Tomatoes)

With my tomato and bell pepper plants being happy, they’ve been rewarding me with a lot of fruit… ummm vegetable. Well, they both have seeds, so fruit maybe? Anyway, without much more pandering, I shall continue to write about what I intend to write about. So, bell peppers and tomatoes, I think, are a match made in heaven. I think the two compliment each other’s flavor, texture, color and personality.

Here’s a simple dish you can make with the two, that can be enjoyed in several ways. As a side dish with roti, bread, or as a topping on mashed potatoes, or with chips as salsa…. works great always.

Bell pepper with tomatoes

Bell pepper with tomatoes

Shimla Mirch Tamatar Sabji

Ingredients to Serve 4

  • 3 medium green bell peppers, cut in 1 inch pieces
  • 5 medium vine tomatoes, cubed
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 5-6 curry leaves (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Salt to taste

Heat oil in a saucepan on medium heat.

When the oil is well heated, add the cumin seeds and curry leaves. When they biggen to sputter, add the onions and ginger.

Saute the onions until they are pink in color, this should take about 7-8 minutes on medium heat.

Add the turmeric and red chilli powedrs and saute for just about 1-2 minutes.

Then add the tomatoes and let them cook and ooze out their delicious juice. When they are cooked about half way through, add the bell pepper.

Give this a stir, cover the saucepan and reduce the heat to medium low. Let this cook for 8-10 minutes. Although, check on it couple times to see if all the liquid has evaporated. If it’s getting too dry you can add a little bit of water.

By now it should be almost done. At this point, add the coriander powder and salt and stir again.

Let this cook for just 3-4 minutes and it’s done!

Serve hot with rotis, bread or let it cool and serve as a salsa.


4 comments on “Shimla Mirch Tamatar Sabji (Bell peppers with Tomatoes)

  1. JK
    July 6, 2009

    This one is yummy! When I picked up my veggies from the food co-op Saturday I found some tomatoes and bell peppers waiting for me…I had tried this recipe once, and know it was wonderful…can’t wait to make it again!! šŸ™‚

    • Meenakshi Matai
      July 6, 2009

      Hey JK…. that’s awesome! Glad you liked it.

  2. sandeep
    May 27, 2011

    Hey cant wait to try it bet it will be deliciously yummy and the picture is just mouthwatering thanks šŸ™‚

  3. plasterers bristol
    June 26, 2015

    This sounds really delicious. thanks for sharing this. šŸ™‚


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This entry was posted on June 14, 2009 by in Cuisine, Extra healthy, Indian, Main Course, Recipes, Vegetarian and tagged , , , .


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