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Capsicum chutney recipe | Bell pepper chutney

By Swasthi on August 26, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Capsicum chutney recipe – Indian bell pepper chutney for breakfasts & snacks. Chutneys are a basic condiment from Indian cuisine and are mostly served with every meal. Capsicum chutney is a great healthy condiment to serve with idli, dosa, paratha, pongal & also with snacks. I prefer to make chutney with vegetables or leafy greens to accompany our south Indian breakfast & even snacks.

That’s one of the easiest ways to include vegetables in our breakfast. I make capsicum chutney in different ways. Here in this post I have shared 2 recipes.

capsicum chutney

Capsicums or bell peppers are rich in vitamin A, C and many other minerals. Apart from adding them to stir fry dishes & fried rice, I also make make many recipes where capsicum is the main ingredient like this capsicum chutney.

Here are some capsicum recipes you may want to check capsicum rice, capsicum curry and Capsicum fry recipes.

Recipe 1

How to make capsicum chutney

This was made another time when I used green capsicum.

1. Dry roast dals and red chilis. When the dals turn golden, then add cumin. Toss it for a minute.

Dry roast dals

2. Cool and add them to a blender jar.

blender jar

3. Add oil to the pan and saute onions, capsicum and garlic. Saute till the raw smell of the capsicums goes away completely. If using tomatoes, you can add them now and saute till they turn mushy.

Add oil to the pan

4. Powder the dals first, then add the cooled capsicums and onions. Add tamarind or lemon juice and salt.

Powder the dals

5. Make smooth chutney. Adjust salt as needed.

Make smooth chutney

6. Heat oil in a pan and allow mustard to splutter. Add red chilli and curry leaves. Switch off, add hing and pour it over the capsicum chutney.

capsicum chutney

You can also make this capsicum chutney like a pachadi or thogayal to serve with plain rice and ghee. Do not add water and just blend all the ingredients together.

Tips to make capsicum chutney

  1. To add some texture to the bell pepper chutney, you can add some chana dal and urad dal. If you do not have lentils then just replace with roasted peanuts or even fried gram.
  2. If you do not eat garlic, then replace it with ginger.
  3. You can swap in red chilies for green chilies. I prefer to use red chilies for red capcium and green chlies for green capsicum as it helps to enhance the color. But you can use any.
  4. Feel free to add a tomato. You can also just squeeze in a lemon for the tang.
  5. Greens like mint (pudina) or coriander leaves can also be used to add flavor.
  6. To make it low fat, just skip the tempering.

More chutney recipes
Ginger chutney
Tomato chutney
Onion chutney
Coconut chutney

Capsicum chutney recipe

capsicum chutney

Capsicum chutney recipe | Bell pepper chutney

Capsicum chutney or bell pepper chutney to accompany south Indian breakfasts like idly, dosa , pongal, pesarattu or any snacks. You can serve this with sandwiches & pakoras.
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Prep Time4 minutes
Cook Time6 minutes
Total Time10 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

Recipe 1

  • ½ cup capsicum or bell pepper (red or green)
  • ½ cup onions cubed (optional)
  • 2 to 3 red chilies
  • ¾ tbsp chana dal (or 1 tbsp peanuts)
  • ¾ tbsp urad dal (skip if you don’t have)
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 1 garlic clove
  • salt as needed
  • 1 tsp lemon juice or 1 small tomato


  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 pinch hing
  • 1 red chili broken piece
  • 1 pinch mustard

Recipe 2

  • 3 tbsp coconut Fresh
  • 3 tbsp Roasted gram / putnalu pappu or chana dal / senaga pappu
  • 1 cup capsicum chopped
  • ½ inch ginger or 1 garlic clove
  • ½ tsp cumin / jeera
  • 4 to 6 drops lemon juice (or tamarind paste)
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 to 4 Green chilies or red chilies


Recipe 1

  • Dry roast urad dal, chana dal and red chili until golden. Add cumin and toss. Set these aside to cool.
  • Add oil to the pan and saute onions, garlic and capsicum until the raw smell of capsicums goes away completely. 
  • If the capsicum is not sauteed well, the flavor of the chutney will not be good. If using tomatoes, you can add it now and cook till the tomatoes turn mushy. Cool these as well.
  • Powder the dals first and then add capsicum, onions, tomatoes or lemon juice. 
  • Blend until smooth. If needed add 2 tbsps of water. Taste and adjust salt and sour tastes.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add mustard when it splutters add red chili, curry leaves and hing.
  • Pour this to the capsicum chutney.

Recipe 2

  • Rinse and chop capsicum to cubes, slit green chilies
  • Fry chana dal to golden set this aside to cool, skip this step if using fried gram.
  • Fry chilies, if using green chilies, you can use raw.
  • Fry capsicums in the same pan till slightly soft, do not overcook or over fry. Once you begin to smell the capsicums well, switch off. Add cumin to the hot capsicum. Cool this completely.
  • Add all the ingredients, add water little by little as needed and grind to a smooth chutney
  • If desired it can be tempered with mustard, cumin, hing, red chilies and curry leaves.
  • Serve capsicum chutney as desired.

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.


NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Capsicum chutney recipe | Bell pepper chutney
Amount Per Serving
Calories 56
% Daily Value*
Sodium 9mg0%
Potassium 182mg5%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 945IU19%
Vitamin C 68.9mg84%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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5 stars
Was amazed at the flavour of the chutney. Never thought of capsicum in this form to go with our south Indian dishes like idly,dosa..its simply brilliant 👏

Hi Swathi, I tried this yesterday, was bit confused because the video is not matching either of the written receipe. Which one to follow, written or video.

There is no tamarind mentioned in the written recipe but you are adding it in the video. Could you fix it so that we can save the written recipe? Thanks .

firs time i tried this capsicum chutney…. it is morvelous thank you…. i never thought a chutney can made with capsicum. but its very tasty

I tried this capsicum chutney… it came out so tasty… I just loved it… thank you.

5 stars
Tasted awesome! Thank you

5 stars
Tried Ur chutney today, it came out very well, everyone appreciated, thanks a lot..

Will try all ur recepies nw..

5 stars
Thanks for the recipe
My frnds told that a good cook
All credit goes to you
Thanks again

5 stars
I made this chutney today…along with your Wheat Dosa..
It was enjoyed by all.
Thanks for sharing.

5 stars
I tried it today it has turned out very well… Thanks for the recipe

5 stars
I tried your capsicum chutney recipe ,it came out amazing..Thanks for your recipe..I will try your other recipes also.

very nice recipes and tried egg cuury today and came out very tasty and I pinned many of them and going to try others too.

yummy,flavourful chutney!!

I do it with all the colors.. this looks nice too

Chutney with capsicum?? totally new to me…going to try this tomorrow for breakfast…BTW your pic is awesome!