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Kudamilagai Puli Pachadi (Capsicum/Bell Pepper in Sweet and Sour Sauce)

Kudamilagai_Puli_Pachadi_Capsicum_Bell_Pepper_Sweet_Sour_Sauce_1 Capsicum/Bell Pepper is used in many dishes from sambar to salad and is available in many colours. Here is Kudamilagai Puli Pachadi (Capsicum/Bell Pepper in Sweet and Sour Sauce). I used green colour bell pepper to make this pachadi, but any colour can be used. This sweet and sour pachadi, goes well as a side dish.

Capsicum is known as Kudamilagai (குடமிளகாய்) in Tamil and as Shimla Mirch in Hindi.


  • Chopped bell pepper – one cup capsicum_bell_pepper_kudamilagai
  • Tamarind – gooseberry size (soaked and juice extracted)
  • Mustard – 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder – pinch
  • Jaggery or sugar – as per taste
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Salt – as per need
  • Oil – 1 teaspoon
  • To dry roast and powder
    • Red chilli – 3 no
    • Fenugreek seeds – quarter teaspoon
    • Asafetida – generous pinch



  • Dry roast and coarsely grind the given ingredients.

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  • Heat a pan with oil and do the seasoning with mustard; then add curry leaves, chopped capsicum and fry for few seconds.

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  • Add turmeric powder, salt and fry.

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  • When capsicum is half done, add tamarind juice and keep cooking till the capsicum is soft.

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  • Now add dry roasted and ground powder; break jaggery into small pieces and add.

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  • Cook for few minutes till all mix well.


  • Serve as a side dish.



  • Here I have used a type of jaggery called ‘achu vellam’ (அச்சு வெல்லம்) in Tamil.

{ 4 comments… add one }

  • kanthi February 16, 2011, 8:45 pm

    Capsicum sweet n sour sauce,is another good recipe for capsicum lovers,looks yum.

  • Usha February 17, 2011, 9:39 am

    i made this yesterday, it was really nice. the dry chilli and methi seeds powder gives it an excellent aroma.

  • priya March 2, 2011, 1:26 pm

    i just made it for lunch..its yummy..my hub loved it

  • Sowmiya March 25, 2014, 12:41 am

    Simple ingredients :) Being in Finland i cannot get many spices or coconut etc :) But this makes a BEST TREAT with the ingredients in my reach. I cooked this and obviously my hubby loved it.

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