Capsicum Kayras

We asked celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor… In the UK, pregnant women who are past their due date and eager to meet baby are advised to eat hot curries as they can naturally induce labour. Can you suggest a curry recipe for Vegetarian women to help bring on labour?

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor - Capsicum kayras - Vegetarian curry to help bring on labour.

This is a delicious, sweet and spicy dish made with capsicum. Capsicum can refer to a number of different fruit, often chilli peppers. However for this recipe we recommend you use bell peppers (unless you want it extra hot!)

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Capsicum Kayras


  • 5-6 medium green capsicums, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 medium potatoes, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • A pinch asafoetida
  • ½ cup peanuts
  • Salt to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1½ tablespoons grated jaggery
  • 2 tablespoons tamarind pulp

For the masala

  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • ½ cup scraped coconut
  • ½ tablespoon oil
  • 2 tablespoons split Bengal gram
  • ¼ teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 2 tablespoons coriander seeds
  • 4-5 (or less) dried red chillies


  1. For the masala, dry roast the sesame seeds and coconut separately in a non stick frying pan till fragrant and lightly coloured. Transfer into a plate and set aside to cool.
  2. Heat half a tablespoon of oil in the same pan and add the split Bengal gram, fenugreek seeds, coriander seeds and red chillies and sauté till fragrant. Grind this along with the sesame seeds and coconut to a fine paste with three-fourth cup of water.
  3. Heat the remaining oil in a deep non stick pan, add the mustard seeds. When they splutter, add the asafoetida. Add the peanuts and sauté for three to four minutes.
  4. Add the potato pieces, salt and turmeric powder. Stir, cover and cook on low heat for five minutes.
  5. Add the ground paste, one and a half cups of water and jaggery and simmer for three to four minutes.
  6. Add the green capsicum pieces, stir and cook till the vegetables are half done. Add tamarind pulp, mix well and cook for a minute.
  7. Serve hot.

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