Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Capsicum Chicken/Varutharachatu

Varutharacha Capsicum chicken is a spicy and delicious chicken curry with bell pepper and roasted coconut gravy. I love adding potatoes and capsicum to my chicken. Here it is only capsicum or bell pepper ,but three different colors, red,yellow and green.You can add all three or just any one.The addition of capsicum gives this chicken curry a wonderful flavor and goes well with naans, chapathis and fried rice.

Chicken- 1 1/2 lb
Bell pepper diced( all three colors) - 2 cup
Onions sliced- 3 medium
Ginger garlic paste- 3 tsp
Green chilies- 4-5
Chilly powder- 1 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder- 3 tsp
Turmeric- 1/2 tsp
Garam masala- 1 1/2 tsp
Coconut grated- 3/4 cup
Pepper powder- 1/2 tsp(optional)
Curry leaves
Coriander leaves
Mint leaves- 1 tsp (optional)
salt to taste

Clean and cut chicken into desired sized pieces and marinate with salt, pepper powder and a few drops of lemon juice and set aside for 30 minutes.
Dry roast coconut till evenly brown. Allow this to cool down and make a fine powder out of it.

Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan and pour one tsp of oil and saute the bell peppers for a minute. Drain and keep aside. (You can also add bell peppers and cook along with onions, but this method helps the bell peppers retain its crispness and at the same time imparts flavor). 
In the same oil  fry  mint leaves, curry leaves and ginger garlic paste. Fry till there is a nice aroma. Add onions and fry till golden brown.Add sliced tomato and cook till it becomes soft. Now add all the powder masalas and fry for a minute without getting burned. Add in chicken pieces and fry for a minute till chicken turns color and the masalas get well coated. Close the lid and lower the flame and cook for 3 to 4 minutes till the chicken starts shedding its water. Pour one and half cup of hot water and close lid and cook in medium till the chicken is almost done. Finally add the bell peppers, roasted coconut powder, a little of garam masala and simmer for two more minute. Garnish with coriander leaves.

Try this...
Hope you will all enjoy..


  1. Capsicum Chicken looks so delicious ..... only if I could grab that bowl out of this web page. The gravy looks rich n spicy and flavorful. Droolzzzzz

  2. yum yum post dear..looks wondeful n minblowing

  3. lookss sooooo yummmmmmmmy,.irresitible

  4. Aggghhhhh I love chicken! Your dish makes me drool nonstop here ;)

  5. wow..it looks like chicken curry we get in restaurants...Adipoli tto..I will try this once the mandalam vratham is over :-)

  6. wow..Suja this is a yummy chicken dish.. will soon try this too...I tried the Tandoori chicken and it came out very well....
    Thanks for sharing the wonderful recipe dear.

  7. colorful chicken curry... I love the flavor that capsicum adds to any curry!

  8. Roasted coconut gives special flavor to this dish...an aromatic chicken dish...sounds delicious!

  9. Thanks all for the sweet comments:)
    Thanks Suhaina for the lovely feedback..so happy that you tried and liked the Tandoori chicken:)

  10. Suja dear...nice recipe...i love thecolours in it...adding coconut must have been a twist.

  11. Fingerlicking chicken curry, love bellpeppers as anything..

  12. it's lunch time and my mouth is really watering..ingane kothippikathe suja.....

  13. looks vibrant! great combo for sure :D

  14. it looks very yummy and loved the color too..yum yum

  15. Another great combination that I wouldn't have thought of myself. Looks very tempting.

  16. Mouthwatering and Yummy chicken dish.

  17. That's a cool combo da..Got to try

  18. The pictures are amazing!!!!! And looks so delicious too…………….!!!!

  19. woww!! the picture is so tempting...will be my next chicken dish attempt tmrw

  20. Hot n spicy recipe...bookmarked..need to make asap...irresistable..:D
    Tasty appetite

  21. Hi Suja....first time here....lovely space.....and yummmy chicken...yum yum...following u.

  22. colouful & spicy.Beautiful clicks!!

    1st time here wonderful space,following u.
    Do visit my blog.


  23. mouthwatering...thats what this dish truly is.

  24. oh wow!! wow!! looks so perfect and yummy!!

  25. Your chicken is looking so delicious. i have one question, can we make this chicken without coconut as i do not like coconut flavor.

  26. Thanks Pragyan for stopping by..you definitely can. I have tried this without coconut too and it tastes equally good..do try this.

  27. wow..Love both capsicum and chkn...will gve a try..nice...


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