Capsicum Rice Bath


Earlier vangibath powder was hand grounded using vanake (long wooden club) at home and used to be mixed with only Brinjal. Now, with the import of capsicum from north to south and few locally grown varieties available; we make capsicum ricebath using vangibath powder. Capsicum like brinjal quickly absorbs salt and spices while frying. Though the procedure is almost similar, the Capsicum ricebath tastes entirely different. For some people who dislike brinjal, this Capsicum ricebath is a boon in disguise. Anyone will like the fantastic Capsicum ricebath. Remember to cool the cooked rice before mixing with the fried Capsicum masala. Ricebath should not be paste like. Adding grated coconut is optional since some people do not like to eat coconut for various reasons. Onion Tomato raitha is a very good combination with this. Even this Capsicum ricebath can be served without any sides.

Capsicum Rice Bath
Capsicum Rice Bath
Capsicum Rice Bath Ingredients:

  • Chopped Capsicum / Bell Pepper – 1 Big sized
  • Rice – 1 and 1/2 cup
  • Tamarind Paste – 1 and 1/2 Tbsp
  • Vangi Bath powder – 1 and 1/2 tsp
  • Oil – 3-4 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Urad Dal or White Lenthils or Uddina Bele – 1/4 tsp
  • Bengal Gram or Chana Dal or Kadale Bele – 1/4 tsp
  • Groundnut or Peanuts – 10-15
  • Curry Leaves – 7-8
  • Jaggery – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt
  • Grated Coconut – 1/4 cup
  • Coriander leaves / Cilantro

Time to Prepare : 30 mins

How to Make Capsicum Rice Bath:

  1. Cook the Rice in pressure cooker. Once rice is cooked, pour and spread the rice across on a plate and leave it to cool. The whole preparation can then be completed on a large or medium sized frying pan.
  2. In the frying pan, heat 3-4 tsp of oil. Add Mustard seeds; once seeds splutter, add Urad dal and Bengal Gram dal. Once the dal ingredients turn golden brown, add Groundnuts and fry for about a minute until the nuts change color. Drop Curry leaves into the pan and fry for a minute more.
  3.  Add chopped Capsicum and allow the vegetable to cook for 5 min with oil in the pan. Do not add water to the frying pan to help cook Capsicum; the vegetable must cook in oil.
  4. When the Capsicum pieces are cooked, add Tamarind paste, Jaggery and Salt and mix well and boil them for a minute.
  5. Then add Vangi Bath powder to the Capsicum mixture and stir well for a minute.
  6. Now add the cooked rice in increments, bit by bit, as you keep mixing the contents of the pan with a ladle and hence allowing the rice to mix well with the fried ingredients above.
  7. Finally add grated Coconut and mix well again with the ladle. Garnish with Coriander leaves.

Capsicum rice is now ready to serve.


  1. Hi Hema,

    Dis is the first time am visiting your website. U r fabulous. I loved the way your dishes. For the first time am cooking something special for my husband mainly his favourite Kaju masala. Ur recipes will make my day happening. Thanks a lots and loads for posting such an wonderful recipes.

  2. Hi Hema,

    It’s nice to see your website, didn’t know about it so I managed to find it on Google. I am so happy to see all those mouth watering recipes amd will try some of them.


  3. Hi Hema,

    All your recipes are super. I tried almost all your rice recipes. My kids, husband and my brother liked it very much. I am a little confused with the vangi bath powder used in your capsicum rice. Can you help me out with it?


  4. hi, Hema
    I tried the Bisi Bele Bath from your blog. Came out really good. Would be happy if you could also give us the recipe for vangi bath powder. Waiting for your post.


  5. Hello Hema

    Your dishes really mouth watering and yummy..could you please let me know how to prepare “Vangi bath powder”..I would like to prepare Capsicum Rice this Sunday.

    Thanks in advance

    Sravanthi Satheesh


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