Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Shimla Mirch Ki Launji

Hello friends,

I have already shared one Launji with you guys before (Methi Ki Launji). So, here is a second one. Launji is nothing but khatta-meetha (Sweet and Sour) combination of spices. It can be literally made with any ingredient, with these exact spices listed.

As I know most of us eat bell peppers on a regular basis, so thought will give this recipe.

Shimla Mirch Ki Launji (Green Bell Peppers in Sweet and Sour Mix)

Shimla Mirch (Bell Peppers) - 2 cups (chop them in 1 inch squares)
Kalonji (Nigella Seeds) - 1 tsp
Saunf (Fennel Seeds) - 1 tsp
Haldi (Turmeric) - 1/2 tsp
Lal Mirch (Red Chilli) Powder - 1/2 tsp (if you prefer, you can add chopped green chillies instead of red chilli powder)
Dhaniya (Coriander) Powder - 1/2 tsp
Amchur (Mango Powder) - 2 tsp
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
Cheeni (Sugar) - 2 tbsp (reduce or increase based on your palette)
Oil - 2 tbsp
Salt - as per taste

  • Take a pan and heat oil in it.
  • Add both kalonji and saunf in it to splutter
  • Add chopped shimla mirch, haldi, namak, lal mirch powder and dhaniya powder to it fry for 2 min.
  • Add about 1/2 cup of water, cover the pan and let it simmer till shimla mirch is cooked (not mushy, but cooked).
  • Add amchur, garam masala and cheeni to it and cook till cheeni is nicely dissolved. 
  • Make sure the launji is not runny, so please do not add any more water than needed. It is not a complete dry curry but not even a gravy curry, somewhere in between. It should be just that the sauce has coated the shimla mirch and not more than that.

Serve it with either roti/paratha or poori. As I said for "Methi Ki Launji", this is also prepared and stored in refrigerator and used by warming it when needed. It can easily stay up in fridge for 2-3 weeks.

Sending this dish for Healing Foods - Capsicum event hosted by Erbe In Cucina, originally started by Srivalli.

That's all for now. Till next post, take care.


Priya Suresh said...

Yummmyyy!!!!makes me hungry, such a delicious dish..

Kiran said...

Quick and simple capsicum dish.Peppers are sure a staple in my house.Will try it.

Simplyfood said...

Lovely dish sounds delicious.

Sayali said...

Laungi means sabzi I guess....simple one..

R said...

looks so yummy! i love these kind of pickled veggies :)

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Lovely! The sweet n sour bell peppers are glistening like jewels and tempting me to take a bite at it!

Unknown said...

Thanks everyone for your delicious comments :)

@ Sayali, Launji means sabzi, but like sweet and sour sabzi. We don't call every sabzi Launji. Makes sense?

Kalai said...

Never tried them before! Looks very tempting! Love the color.

PS said...

yummy dish, good to know all about your local cooking..

Rumana Rawat said...

Lovely dish.. very new recipe to me.. sounds delicious:-)

krissy @ thefoodaddicts.com said...

what a great way to jazz up bell peppers! the spices look amazing in this dish. i bet i can just eat this with rice and nothing else! no meat required for me!

SathyaSridhar said...

woooow,,Priya quick n simple recipe with capsicum ahh looks great dear..

Ms.Chitchat said...

A very nice and a different preparation of bell peppers. Thanks for sharing.

Namitha said...

Yummy quick fix..I love bell peppers and this sounds like my kind of dish :-)

Panchpakwan said...

Sounds delicious dish!

Padma said...

Looks mouthwatering. Perfect with rice or chapathi.

ruchikacooks said...

I love spicy food, esp the one with peppers or chilies..and you have said it is sweet and sour..must be good with rotis.

Unknown said...

Thank you guys !!! Yes, it is perfect with roti or rice alike :)

Kiran said...

Dear Priya,I have some awards for you at my blog please accept them.



This is so yummy and would love to try this...

Meena said...

oh this is so beautiful...we make bell peppers too...our version has tamarind in it...i willl surely try yours!

Raks said...

I am drooling over the picture now!! I love this a lot,thanks for the recipe!

Malar Gandhi said...

Looks spipy and tastee to me...perfect with rotis:)

Siri said...


The curry looks so yummy and spicy! :D One quick correction please - I am Siri not Srivalli :)



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