II Simla-Mirch Pakora (Capsicum Fitters) II


  • 11/3rd cup Gram flour
  • 1/2 tbsp. salt
  • 2tbsp. melted ghee or vegetable oil
  • 1-2 green chilies (seeded and minced)
  • 1/2tsp. nigella seeds (kalonji)
  • 1/2tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1/8th tsp. baking powder
  • 25-35 long strips or rounds of seeded Capsicum(3 medium sized)
  • Ghee or Vegetable oil for frying


  • Combine the flour, salt, melted ghee or vegetable oil, green chilies, nigella seeds and turmeric powder in a bowl and mix well.
  • Add water aand blend into a smooth batter.
  • Cover the batter and set aside for 15 minutes.
  • Again beat the batter for 2-3 minutes (check the batter consistency: if too thin, moist foods will spatter as they fry; if too thick they will not cook properly. Add more flour or water as necessary). Stir in the baking powder at this time if you like cake like crust.
  • Heat enough ghee or vegetable in a kadhai for deep frying.
  • Dip 5-6 capsicum rings in the batter and, one at a time carefully slip them into hot oil.