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Capsicum Zunka

This easy bell pepper and chickpea flour curry is amazing with hot Rotis or rice. Naturally vegan recipe.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Mains, Vegetables
Cuisine: Maharashtrian, North Indian
Servings: 4
Calories: 146kcal


  • 2 c cubed Bell peppers
  • 1 c cubed Onion
  • 3 crushed Garlic cloves
  • 4 tablespoon Gram flour chickpea flour/ besan/ kadala maavu
  • 1.5 teaspoon Coriander powder
  • 1.5 teaspoon Red chili powder Paprika
  • 10 Curry leaves
  • ½ teaspoon Sugar
  • 2 tablespoon Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon coarsely crushed Coriander seeds
  • th teaspoon Hing
  • 1.25 teaspoon Salt or to taste
  • For Garnish
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped Coriander leaves


  • In a pan, dry roast the gram flour until aromatic. Sieve thoroughly to remove lumps. Transfer to a plate to cool
  • Heat oil in the same pan and pop the mustard.
  • Once popped, add coriander seeds, hing, curry leaves
  • Now throw in the onion and garlic and saute till light brown.
  • Now, add all the spiced powder along with salt and sugar and mix well.
  • Add capsicum next and fry till its just wilted.
  • Turn heat to low.
  • Using a sieve or a strainer, sprinkle the roasted gram flour gently and evenly all over the curry.
  • Mix well.Cook for another 3 to 4 mins.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rotis as a side dish.


  1. It is important to roast the chickpea flour on low flame. As this burns quickly, slow roasting on low flame gives evenly but slightly browned and nutty chickpea flour.
  2. I have used a combination of all three colored bell peppers. You can make this curry with just one color bell pepper too.
  3. When the curry is refrigerated or cools down fully, it tends to become a bit soggy. Nevertheless, there is no change in the taste.

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Nutrition values are provided here as a courtesy and are only a rough guide. Please consult a health care provider if you have any concerns.


Calories: 146kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 749mg | Potassium: 322mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2661IU | Vitamin C: 149mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1mg
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