Green Peppers with chickpea flour (Besan wali Shimla Mirch)


For the benefit of everyone, Pepper is also popular as Bell pepper or Capsicum. This Post is based one of my Mumma’s hit dish – she used to cook green peppers with chickpea flour so perfect that whenever she was cooking them, our neighbours would call in to demand some for themselves; they used to state that the aroma was simply irresistible.

My hubby didn’t exactly had this version of green peppers before marriage. I made this as a side dish during our 1st month in Bangalore – he liked it so much that he ate it like a Mains. I need to brought to notice that this is also a Rajasthan (Western state in India) speciality.  I have prepared green peppers in both ways – with and without chickpea flour; both are quick, simple, tasty but surely different in flavour. I am sure all of you don’t need to reminded of the health benefits of Peppers – in the least, they are full of vitamins and antioxidants.

Today I covering green peppers with chickpea flour; will post the without chickpea flour recipe in the coming posts.

The ingredients for making Green Peppers with Chickpea flour are :

  1. Green Pepper : 2 (big)
  2. Cumin Seeds: 1/4 tsp
  3. Red Chilli Powder : 1 tsp
  4. Turmeric Powder : 1/4 tsp
  5. Coriander Powder : 1 tsp
  6. Amchur Powder : 1/2 tsp
  7. Salt : to taste
  8. Chickpea Flour (Gram flour/Besan) : 3 Tbsp
  9. Asafoetida : a pinch
  10. Oil : 2 Tbsp

Method :

Wash and cut the peppers into cubes.

Heat oil in a pan; temper with asafoetida and cumin seeds. When cumin seeds start to crackle add peppers in it and sauté for a minute.

Add salt and turmeric powder and cook covered for 2-3 minutes. Now add red chilli powder, coriander powder and cook further till peppers are half done.

Add chickpea flour gradually by one hand and continue to sauté the peppers with the other hand. Remember to not add whole chickpea flour in a single go – otherwise it will stick together and make lumps.

When all the chickpea flour has been added, then sauté the peppers for a minute; now add amchur powder and continue cooking covered for another 2 minutes. Switch off the heat.

Your Green Peppers with chickpea flour are ready to be served. Enjoy these spicy peppers as a side dish with chapati/parantha.


Insider Tips/ Finer Points:

  • Feel free to adjust spices according to your taste.
  • You can use colourful peppers as well, it tastes the same!


1 thought on “Green Peppers with chickpea flour (Besan wali Shimla Mirch)

  1. Pingback: Rajasthani Bharwan Mirch (Green Chillies stuffed with Chickpea flour) | cookingwidjoy

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