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Red Pepper Chutney (Red Capsicum Chutney)

Updated: August 11, 2022, By Swasthi, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Red Bell Pepper Chutney aka Red Capsicum Chutney is slightly hot, tangy, nutty and so delicious that anyone will love! Pair this with any kind of breakfasts, appetizers & snacks like idli, dosa, kebabs, pakoras and sandwiches. Even more spread this Red Bell Pepper Chutney in your wraps and rolls.

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Indian Chutney is a traditional condiment that adds zing to any meal. It is made with vegetables, fruits and even leafy greens.

About Red Pepper Chutney

This Red Pepper Chutney is made in the most basic and simplest South Indian style where the peppers are grilled or sautéed in little oil to make them more palatable.

It is then ground with roasted peanuts or lentils, garlic/ginger and cumin seeds. To add heat a small amount of dried red chilies are used. In this post I share 2 recipes to make red bell pepper chutney.

More Chutney Recipes,
Mango Chutney
Mint Chutney
Idli Chutney
Coconut Chutney
Green Capsicum Chutney

Bell Peppers come in many different colors red, green, yellow, orange and each one has a different flavor profile. We love adding different colored/ tri colored peppers in curries, stir fry dishes and noodles.

You can also find a lot of Capsicum recipes here which I shared over the years.

Did you know that red peppers contain the most nutrients? Red bell peppers are longer on the vine so they are also more flavorsome, sweeter and fruity.

Like tomatoes, red peppers have an antioxidant known as Lycopene which is essential for us. They are also high in beta-carotene that are great for our eye health.

Since red bell peppers are naturally sweeter in flavor I have not used onions but if you want you may use. It will increase your chopping and saute time.

How to Make Pepper Chutney (Stepwise Photos)

1. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a pan. Add the 2 dried red chilies, ¾ to 1 tablespoon chana dal and ¾ tablespoon urad dal (or red lentils). On a medium heat, toast until the lentils turn deep golden, Add 1 to 2 garlic cloves or ¼ inch peeled ginger and ½ teaspoon cumin seeds. Fry them for a minute.

2. Add 1½ cups diced bell peppers (1 large), half cup diced onions (optional) and sprinkle ¼ teaspoon salt. Saute until they turn slightly soft & lose the raw flavor. Turn off and cool completely.

3. If using tamarind, soak ¼ teaspoon tamarind in 2 tablespoons hot water until soft. Squeeze and use only a little – ¼ teaspoon in the next step.

4. Transfer all the cooled ingredients to a small grinder/blender jar along with 1 tablespoon lemon juice or tamarind. If you want you may set aside 1 red chili to adjust later. Blend to a smooth or coarse pepper chutney to your preference. Taste test and adjust salt as per your preference. Add the red chili that we set aside & grind for extra heat.

Pepper Chutney does not require any tempering. If you want you may do that following my instructions in the recipe card below.

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How to make Red Capsicum Chutney with peanuts (Stepwise photos)

1. On a medium flame, heat oil in a pan, add the dried chilies and fry just until crisp. Remove to a plate. To the same pan, add bell peppers and sprinkle salt. Roast on a medium heat until soft. Add the cumin and ginger or garlic. Fry for a minute. Remove to the same plate.

2. Add peanuts. Fry them on a medium heat until golden and aromatic. Remove to the plate to cool. Add all the cooled ingredients to a small grinder and pour a few tablespoons water. Grind until smooth, adding more water as needed. Taste test and adjust salt if required.

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Serve pepper chutney with any snacks or breakfasts.

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red bell pepper chutney

Red Pepper Chutney (Red Capsicum Chutney)

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Delicious, tangy and flavorsome chutney made with red peppers. Serve it with any appetizer, snacks or breakfasts. It goes well with sandwiches, dosa, pakora, wraps, rolls and many more! 2 recipes included below.
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Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Servings3
AuthorSwasthi

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

Recipe 1

  • 1 large red bell pepper diced (1½ cups)
  • ½ cup onions cubed (optional)
  • ¾ to 1 tablespoon channa dal (bengal gram or red lentils)
  • ¾ tablespoon urad dal (bengal gram or red lentils)
  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves or ¼ inch peeled ginger
  • 2 to 3 Kashmiri dried red chilies (deseeded for low heat, adjust to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (more to adjust to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice or ¼ teaspoon tamarind soaked in 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 1 teaspoon oil

Recipe 2

  • 1 large (1½ cups) red capsicum diced
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • cup raw peanuts (or roasted peanuts, can reduce to ¼ cup)
  • inch ginger peeled (or 2 small garlic cloves)
  • teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 to 4 Kashmiri dried red chilies (adjust to heat preference)

To Temper (optional)

  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • Pinch mustard
  • 1 pinch urad dal
  • 1 red chili ,broken, dry
  • Oil for seasoning
  • 1 pinch hing


Instructions

How to Make Red Pepper Chutney (Recipe 1)

  • Heat oil in a pan. Add the dried red chilies and lentils. On a medium heat, toast until the lentils turn deep golden, Add the crushed garlic/ginger and cumin seeds. Fry them for a minute.
  • Add the bell peppers, onions (optional) and sprinkle salt. Saute until they turn slightly soft & lose the raw flavor. Turn off and cool completely.
  • If using tamarind, soak tamarind in 2 tablespoons hot water until soft. Squeeze and use only a little – ¼ teaspoon in the next step.
  • Transfer to a small grinder/blender jar along with lemon juice or tamarind. Blend to a smooth or coarse chutney to your preference. Taste test and adjust salt.

How to make Red Bell Pepper Chutney (Recipe 2)

  • On a medium flame, heat oil in a pan, add the dried chilies and fry just until crisp. Remove to a plate.
  • To the same pan, add bell peppers and sprinkle salt. Roast on a medium heat until soft. Add the cumin and ginger or garlic. Fry for a minute. Remove to the same plate.
  • Add peanuts. Fry them on a medium heat until golden and aromatic. Remove to the plate to cool.
  • Add all the cooled ingredients to a small grinder and pour a few tablespoons water. Grind until smooth, adding more water as needed. Taste test and adjust salt if required.

Temper the Chutney (optional)

  • Heat a small pan with oil , add mustard, urad dal and red chilli. When they begin to crackle add curry leaves and fry till they turn crisp. Pour this over the red capsicum chutney.
  • Serve pepper chutney with appetizers, snacks & breakfasts like idli, dosa or paratha.


Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

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NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Red Pepper Chutney (Red Capsicum Chutney)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 49 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Sodium 5mg0%
Potassium 192mg5%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 1725IU35%
Vitamin C 100.3mg122%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Tried it today very tasty! Thank u

which type of capsicum to use? is it red cilli? or dried red chillies? plzz repy

iam sorry for not being clear in my post, red capsicum also called as red bell pepper,lal simla mirch in hindi is used to make this chutney

I have added the pic too for your reference

Bookmarked!!! Love the color and yummy chutney!

Delicious yummy chutney.

Delicious bright colored chutney…

Colorful n yummy chutney

very new to me.. love the color…

wow yummy colourful chutney,luks gr8!

lovely chutney and awesome colour…

lovely chutney and great alternative to the usual coconut chutney

Lovely colour of the chutney …<br />Tempting 🙂

I like this chutney recipe. Quite different from others. Would be really nice with a spicy chicken sandwich.