Thursday, January 9, 2014

Aloo Capsicum Chutney / Potato Red Bell Pepper Chutney - Chutney for Idli/Dosa

I like to try chutneys with fresh Veggies and have already tried Cabbage Chutney, Chayote Squash Chutney, Carrot Chutney, Broccoli Chutney, Ridge gourd Chutney and this time with two interesting veggie combo - Potato & Red Bell Pepper. Actually i started to make Red Bell pepper chutney but while sauteing i saw some left over microwave potato slices in the plate after using it for my Pizza topping. So a sudden thought, why not to add that potato slices and make chutney as its a winning combo Potato-Capsicum. Without any second thought added it and continued sauteing. To my surprise the ingredients combo turned out awesome and chutney tasted so yummy, even my 4 yr old loved it with dosa. First time i did not take any pics since its a trial, so again made it today and took pictures.
Have tried few recipes with this Potato & Capsicum Combo. And this chutney is sure a keeper and excellent side dish for idli, dosa. If you are bored with your regular chutney recipes then this is a good choice to try something interesting and delicious. This is a versatile chutney that pairs with most of the South Indian Breakfast, can be used as a Sandwich Spread or as a dipping for crackers. Even a simple and comfort side dish with plain rice topped with sesame oil. I had the left over chutney with Oats Curd Bhat for lunch. You can surprise your family, guest with this interesting chutney, no one will find out it has potato & capsicum in it. The taste is almost like a Onion Tomato Chutney. Now off to the recipe...

Preparation Time : 10 minutes
Cooking Time : 10 minutes 
Serves  4 

  1. Onion   1 medium
  2. Tomato   1 no.
  3. Potato   1 medium no.
  4. Red Bell Pepper/Capsicum   2 medium sized.
  5. Dry Red Chilli    4 or 5 no.s
  6. Tamarind    a small piece
  7. Salt     to taste
  8. Oil    2-3 tsp
  9. Chana Dal    1 tsp
  10. Urad dal    1 tbsp
To Temper
  1. Oil    1 tsp
  2. Mustard seeds    1/4 tsp
  3. Urad dal    1/2 tsp
  4. Hing   a small pinch
  5. Curry leaves     few
  • Wash and peel potato, make 1/4" thin slices and then take it in a microwave safe bowl, sprinkle couple of tsp water and microwave for 2 minutes and keep aside.
  • Then chop onion, tomato, bell pepper and keep aside.
  • Heat 2-3 tsp oil in pan, add chana dal, urad dal and roast till golden brown.
  • And then add dry red chilli, tamarind, stir and add onions and saute for a minute.
  • After that add sliced capsicum and microwave sliced potato and stir fry for 2-3 minutes.
  • Lastly add tomato and saute for a minute and switch off the stove.
  • Allow this onion-potato-capsicum mixture to cool completely.
  • Then blend it to a smooth chutney with enough salt and 1/2 cup water.
  • And transfer it to a bowl, heat oil in a tempering pan and add mustard seeds allow to pop.
  • Then add urad dal and hing, curry leaves roast well and it to the chutney.
  • That's it...Tasty Aloo Capsicum Chutney ready.

Do not cook potato till mushy, just cook it till tender,
Or parboil potato and slice it and use it in the recipe.
You can also add 2-3 cloves of garlic along with chilli.


  1. never tried this combo for chutney...color looks amazing...

  2. never knew this combo works fine :D good click

  3. nice combo of aloo and capsicum

  4. that is an unique combination - aloo and capsicum in a chutney!!! looks very delicious!!!

  5. I have tried with bell pepper chutney but love the addition of potatoes to it. Will try your version next time. Lovely colour of chutney.

  6. I too like adding vegetables in chutnies. .I also have a post lying in the drafts using capsicum..adding potatoes to it is really interesting. .looks yummy

  7. wow what a combo aks... Never tried or think the combo... Looks so so delicious and tempting...

  8. Never imagine this combo,very interesting sure taste must be gr8..need to try it!!

  9. Unique and healthy vegetable chutney. Loved the pics.

  10. sounds interesting..yengayo poiteenga .. :)

  11. Lovely chutney never tried potato in chutney so new to me :) love the colors too

    1. never heard of aloo and capsicum combo chutney.. must try today..

  12. I will try this, interesting combo. Please visit my space if u get time :-)

  13. Chutney looks superb, never tried potato in chutney, going to try it out..

  14. that's a really delicious chutney!

  15. Very colorful & innovative to try it.

  16. wow.. sounds very unique and innovative to me; thanks for sharing :) yummyyyy

  17. What can be used instead of tamarind?

    1. skip tamarind if you don't have...or add 2 more chopped pieces of tomato...


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