June 26, 2019

Aloo Simla Mirch Sabji | Potato Capsicum Stir Fry (Vegan)

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Aloo Simla Mirch sabzi goes well with rotis , Naan , Parathas or even puris . A very common sabji in a North Indian Platter . Generally this is a Sukhi(Dry) Sabzi and is paired with some variety of Dal to complete a meal.
There are different methods in which this sabji can be prepared as every household will have a traditional and secret recipe which is being followed from ages .
The secret ingredient in my recipe which lifts the flavor of this dish is amchoor powder or a sprinkle of chat masala in the absence of amchoor(Dry Mango) powder .

Preparation Time : 5 mins
Cooking Time : 20 mins
Serves : 3-4
Complexity: simple

3-4  medium sized potatoes
2 medium sized capsicum/green bell pepper
1 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp haldi powder
1/4 tsp amchoor powder/ chat masala
Salt as needed
Pinch of asafoetida
1 tsp mustard
2 -3 tsp oil


  • Peel and wash the potatoes and cut them into medium sized cubes.
  • Remove the seed portion from the capsicum and cut them into medium sized pieces .
  • In a pan, heat oil and crackle the mustard seeds and asafoetida. 
  • Add the chopped potatoes and capsicum with salt,haldi and red chilli powder and toss it well till the oil and spices coat the cubes well.
  • Sprinkle some water and cook covered on medium flame .
  • Open the lid after 5 mins and lightly stir it and sprinkle water if needed. 
  • Donot pour water as it will become mushy.  We need well cooked potatoes and capsicum with the crunch factor intact. 
  • It will take about 15 -20 mins to get done well. You may have to sprinkle water 2-3 times or more depending on the quality of the potato and the time it takes to get cooked. 
  • Lastly when the sabji is ready, sprinkle some amchoor powder or chat masala and toss it well.
  • Serve hot with rotis, pooris or even pair it with simple kadhi chawal or dal chawal with some roasted papads.

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