This is another one of my favourite way to jazz up some plain old rice. It is great on its own as a packed lunch with a simple salad, or as a side dish for a main meal.
Green pepper is a bit bitter than other coloured bell peppers but that doesn’t not undermine its health benefits. It is rich in antioxidants that can improve eye health, is high in iron, vitamin C, which helps the body absorb iron, and is also a great source of vitamins B6, E, K and A, folates and potassium. I use it in many dishes and even add it to salads as I like the crunchy and tangy taste when I bite into it raw.
This recipe is simple and tasty.
All you need is one cup basmati rice, 1 chopped onion, 2 chopped green bell peppers, a pinch of spices of choice, ( I used a tsp of whole cumin seeds and a teaspoon of ground pilau masala, 1 tablespoon cooking oil, salt and pepper and a fresh squeeze of half a lemon to please your tastebuds.
Heat your pan, and add the oil. Once hot, add the cumin seeds and once they sizzle, add the chopped onion and a pinch of salt.
Once onion is soft and a beginning to brown a bit, add the pilau masala and mix well, some salt and pepper and be careful it doesn’t burn, then add the chopped capsicum. Stir it and let it be coated with the masala mix.
Add your rice and two cups of water.
Cover and let it simmer on low heat till the rice is ready. Squeeze some lemon before fluffing the rice a bit then serve with some kachumbari.
Easy and tasty!