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August 28, 2009

3 Simple Side Dish For Chapathi/ Roti - Potato Capsicum Curry, Tomato Gravy, Sweet Powder

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I wanted to send some side dishes something different from I usually make, for our sweet blogger friend Viki’s event.. So I’ve given three distinct side dish recipes namely Potato capsicum curry, tomato gravy and sweet coconut powder with sugar, fried gram dal that goes very well with chapathi/roti. All these 3 side dishes are very easy and simple to make. Do give a shot !

potato capscium curry

I learnt this from my friend Shalini. Normally I dont make dry curries for chapati.My husband likes to have gravies more than dry curries..So I was a little hesitant to do this. But my friend was telling for a long time.. At last I tried yesterday along with an easy tomato gravy for safer side. But we liked it very much. I will make it more often.Thanks to Shalini.. This can be made in a jiffy.. It took just 20 mins to finish including the cutting part.

Ingredients :
  • Potato – 2 nos (Cut into finger size)
  • Capsicum – 1/2 no (-do-)
  • Big onion – 2 nos
  • Channa masala – 1 tsp (I used a local brand )
  • Pepper powder – 1/2 tsp (optional, I used )
  • Salt – as needed.
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Water – Very little .
Method :
  • Cut the above said veggies and set aside.
  • Heat a kadai with oil and add  mustard seeds.
  • Once it splutters, add the chopped  potato, capsicum & onion.
  • Saute till they are half cooked.
  • Then add the channa masala powder , salt & pepper powder. Mix it well and saute for a minute.
  • Sprinkle little water and cover cook it for 2 mins.
  • Open the lid and mix well (Take care it should not get burnt )
  • Sprinkle some more water if necessary.
  • Cover cook till its done.
Remove & serve hot with chapathi.


This gravy is my own experimentation. I tried with some combinations & it came out very well. This gravy tastes good not only for chapati but also for idli, dosa.. Hope you all will try and leave a note to me :)

  • Ripe Tomato – 3 nos (I used small ones..Finely chopped )
  • Big onion – 1 no (Slice cut )
  • Salt & water – as needed
  • Oil – 2 tsp
To grind :
  • Coconut – 1 Pointer finger size piece
  • Fried gram dal /Pottukadalai – 1 tsp
  • Green chilly – 1 no (adjust , add more )
  • Cinnamon /Pattai – 1 small stick
  • Cloves – 2 nos
  • Water – as needed.
To Temper :
  • Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1/2 tsp
  • Channa dal – 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves – a few
To garnish :
  • Coriander leaves – a  few.
Method :
  • Heat a kadai with oil and temper with ingredients given under “to temper “.
  • Then add the onion slices & finely chopped tomato pieces.
  • Saute well till the tomato becomes mushy.
  • Add little water and cover cook till onions get cooked.
  • In the mean time , grind all the ingredients given under “to grind” with water to make it a smooth paste .Set aside
  • Once the onions get cooked , add the ground masala with required water.
  • Add the salt and let the gravy boil for sometime and gets thicken.
  • Finally garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot !!


I learnt this from my MIL. I am sure Kids would love this to have with chapathi & poori. I too prepared this for my kid i.e. My husband ;). People with sweet tooth can surely give this a try. I used sugar here. If you wish , you can replace with jaggery. Both tastes good.

  • Fried gram dal /Pottu kadalai – 1 fistful
  • Coconut – 1 finger size piece or 2 tsp of grated coconut
  • Sugar – 2-3 tsp
  • Cardamom – 1 no
Method :
  • In  a mixie, add coconut, cardamom and fried gram.. Run it twice or thrice to make a powder.
  • Finally add the sugar and run it once.
  • Remove & serve !!
Have a nice weekend. Catch you all in my next post.

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Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

All 3 dishes look awesome... Unique treatment to each - indeed...

Shama Nagarajan said...

awesome delights dear

Sailaja Damodaran said...

nice colour tempting....

Gita Jaishankar said...

Very tempting dishes...looks very colorful too :)

Chitra said...

Thank u all friends :)

Shanthi Krishnakumar said...

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Padma said...

Looks very colorful and delicious Chitra :)

PriyaRaj said...

All dishes looks greta dear ....have't tried cabbage & peas gravy...sounds diff.....pottukadalai & coconut powder ....healthy instant mix ....very nice ......

Anonymous said...

The spread look so tempting..esp the capsicum potatoes..ho,what a delight..perfect for the event !!


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lata raja said...

Loved all three side dishes. Nice entries.

Parita said...

All the dishes look so tasty!

ST said...

Looks very tasty and delicious dear:)

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Very nice entries, all three dishes are yummy....

Usha said...

All three dishes look inviting...

Vikis Kitchen said...

Capsicum with great combo! Curry looks yummy n colorful. Lovely entries dear. Thanks for sending them to the event.

sathya said...

Loved all the three dishes! Capsicum with potatoes tops all :)

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

all the dishes looks yummy. i m a grea fan of capsicum.Will soon try and let u know.Nice entries to he event

kittymatti said...

wow! they look so delcious and colourful! awesome entries!

Raks said...

I too make potato and capsicum dry curry for roti,as u said these guys needs not often,,but the combo is really nice! Flavorful one!

Sarah Naveen said...

Wonderful entries and all looks delicious!!

Anonymous said...

Nice entries for the event...Loved the click of the potatoe capsicum subzi..


Tulip said...

Oh your blog name is absolutely perfect !! I loved the movie !! :) Great collection of yummy recipes ... will visit again :)

Naamellaam said...

Potao is a universal favourite but dieticians have been throwing the wet blanket on everyone's pleasure for long. Now its such a relief to read something positive about the dear potato ! Capsicum-potato, nice combination.

lubnakarim06 said...

Oh wow....three in one....delectable and yum recipes...

Mangala Bhat said...

very nice post helps alot da! ..Hey Thanks soo much pics r awesome !

kitchen queen said...

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sangeeta said...

thanks for dropping by...
all your recipes look so tempting..will be back to see more.

Valarmathi Sanjeev said...

Chitra, thanks for trying out Cabbagepeas gravy. All looks delicious and yummy.

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

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Urmi said...

All the dishes are delicious and mouth watering. Very beautifully presented with yummy pictures.

suzan said...

nice article about potassium...very informative and beneficial for me...thanks

dewdrops said...

Tried the Easy Tomato Gravy as side dish for chappathi. It came out well. Thanks.

Chitra said...

Thanks a ton keerthi for trying n feedback.I am so happy :)