Spicy Green Pepper stew / Kuda Milagai Kuzhambu

What if there is a unexpected visitor? What if you went for shopping and came late to home? What if it is raining out and you yearn for something hot and spicy? What if you are lazy and donot want to do the usual sambhars? Then, it is time to tell you about this quick and easy, kudamilagai kara kuzhambhu. I like this for the dominant smell of cumin seeds and the tasty blend of green peppers with tamarind.

Ingredients for spicy green pepper stew


Green pepper- 1

Medium sized onion- 1

Small tomato- 1

Garlic – 4/5 cloves

Tamaring extract- 1 tbsp

Red chilli powder- 1 tbsp

Coriander powder – 2 tsp

Turmeric powder- 1 pinch

Cumin seeds- 1 and 1/2 tsp

Coconut – as needed

For tempering:

Oil- 1 tbsp

Vadagam – 1/2 ball

Curry leaves


Chop onion and tomato. Peel the garlic. Chop them if they are big cloves. Core and chop the green pepper into 1/2 ” squares. Dry roast the cumin seeds. Grind cumin and coconut into a fine paste. Extract tamarind juice.

In a skillet, heat oil, sputter vadagam  and  add curry leaves. Now add the onion  and garlic. Fry till they turn transparent and add tomato and green peppers. Add salt to wilt the tomato quickly. When all are sauted well, add turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder. Cook for some time. When the peppers become soft, throw in the tamarind extract. Bring it to a boil and finely add the ground  paste (and water if  needed), according to the spice level and  thickness required.

For the strangers to vadagam:  Follow Indira’s method of doing the tempering.

This could be an entry for ‘Warm me up baby’ event  hosted by Rosie.

Lunch- Rice , capsicum kuzhambhu and potato curry.

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6 thoughts on “Spicy Green Pepper stew / Kuda Milagai Kuzhambu”

  1. Nidhi says:

    Thanks a lot Lakshmi, I am so happy to see my ‘Chefs.com: Treasured Recipes contest! details on your blog. Your help and votes can really make me win.

    With your tremendous support, I have reached at the 1st position today. Lets see what happens tomorrow. 🙂

    Thanks for everything.

    Love, Nidhi.

  2. lakshmi says:

    that’s a nice entry for the event Lakshmi. nice dish.

  3. Vini K says:

    Hi Lakshmi,kuzhambu looks great.I guess I have to try this one soon,I just love plain rice with pulusu/sambar.

  4. Great dish..always treasured recipes are divine .thanks for sharing:-))

  5. Lakshmik says:

    That’s a very traditional recipe. Good one.

  6. Sarah says:

    Nice stew–it looks so flavorful with all those spices! Thanks for sharing–

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