Capsicum Rice | How to make Capsicum Rice for Kids | Easy Lunch Recipes for Kids | Step by Step Recipe

>>  Thursday, February 16, 2012

We are starting the Blogging Marathon Edition #13 today. I selected to do "Easy Lunch Recipes for kids" featuring Rice. Of course you must wonder, being a South Indian eating rice must come naturally right. Well for starters, I am not a great rice eater myself. Given a choice to select rotis or rice, I will surely prefer rotis. So it's no wonder when Konda expresses the same. Though the thought makes me feel good, I still feel living in this place one needs a daily quote of rice.

Having said that, I always looked for ideas on how to get her eat the rice. She hardly ever eats on regular basis. So there is always a struggle to find simple dishes that suits her taste, yet easy to make. I was sure that the best bet to do it was to send it for school as she can't get back an untouched box.

During my recent visit to my sil, I was asking her what she packs for my nephew and niece. Both being a year older and younger to Konda, I was most interested to know their eating habits. Of course I knew already that they aren't so fussy about food as mine was. It was a most interesting conversation and I was right then with a pen and paper jotting down the ideas that were pouring. My sil was most amused that I should resort to pen and paper myself. Somehow the thought that I can also be short of ideas was beyond her apprehension. Little does she know that the truth is far from it.

Anyway she said her kids eat the rice she ruffles up and mostly that's also what she packs for themselves. I can't be so adventurous to assume that hubby dear will like to eat this rice. But then my object of interest was Konda and I don't mind that extra work preparing this rice might be in the hectic early hours.
All these recipes are very simple, not spicy but not bland either. My schedule starts about 6.30 am in the morning. I soak the rice for 10 mins, pressure cook it right away. The actual preparation of this rice takes about just 15 mins. This edition I have selected two kid related themes just to make sure the Kid's Delight gets good participation and I also end up getting ideas for my Kid's lunch box. This month's Kid's Delight is hosted by Priya Suresh. She will be announcing the theme soon, which will be Eggless or Vegan Bakes.

This dish can very well be made with leftover rice for yourself, of course with more spice added.

Step by Step Picture Recipe:

Capsicum Rice

Ingredients Needed:

Cooked Rice - 1 cup
Onions - 1/4 cup
Capsicum - 1/2 cup
Green Chili - 1 medium
Cumin Seeds / Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Ginger Garlic paste - 1/4 tsp
Pepper powder as per taste
Salt to taste
Soya Sauce - 1/4 tsp or less

How to make Capsicum Rice

Soak the rice for 10 - 15 mins, pressure cook for 3 whistles or till done (as per your cooker instructions)

Heat a non stick pan with oil. Add cumin seeds, when they splutter, add onions, green chilies and saute well. Then add capsicum julienne and simmer.

Add ginger garlic paste, saute well. Then add the cooked rice and combine everything well. Add pepper, salt and check the taste.

Finally add few drops of soya sauce and cover with lid.


I wasn't planning on adding that soya sauce, it was a last moment inclusion. So only few drops were added. The taste should not be predominately soya sauce.

Make sure the capsicum is well cooked by cooking it with lid.

I also packed this for my Dad so it's good for adults also..:) 

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 13


Rasi February 16, 2012 at 5:42 AM  

This is pretty simple..well, i have no clue about kids's recipes! but this works great as a lunch box idea :)

Suma Gandlur February 16, 2012 at 5:48 AM  

Same here Valli. I have never packed till date a rice dish for my 10 year old daughter's lunch box. And so, I usually don't post for "lunch box for kids" themed events. :) However I have taken it for this BM and have to see how it goes.
This version of capsicum rice seems simple and works for adults too with some spices, I guess.

sangee vijay February 16, 2012 at 5:59 AM  

Very easy n yummy preparation...perfect for kids lunch box!!
Happy to do BM with U :)

veena krishnakumar February 16, 2012 at 7:22 AM  

That is an easy qnd quick delicious rice. This will work for my daughter too:-)

Harini February 16, 2012 at 7:44 AM  

Sounds good..but my kids don't prefer capsicum !
The addition of soya sauce is a neat twist though!!

Smitha February 16, 2012 at 8:21 AM  

delicious dish...hit with kids for sure!

Hemavathi Murari February 16, 2012 at 9:17 AM  

yummy, they look great.

A Kamalika Krishmy February 16, 2012 at 9:54 AM  

I love the flavour of Capsicum ..this is the perfect dish for me ..

A Kamalika Krishmy February 16, 2012 at 9:54 AM  

I love the flavour of Capsicum ..this is the perfect dish for me ..

anusha praveen February 16, 2012 at 10:11 AM  

hey valli what a coincidence i posted bell pepper rice too but another version and this one seems super quick dear!! and yumm too

Preeti Garg February 16, 2012 at 11:46 AM  

Awesome :) visit mine in ur free time.


Gayathri Kumar February 16, 2012 at 12:41 PM  

Very simple and delicious rice...

The Pumpkin Farm February 16, 2012 at 3:17 PM  

this is so very well made and loved the bowl you have used to present...

vaishali sabnani February 16, 2012 at 3:23 PM  

I too opted this theme for fun!!..yes kids dont like capsicum,but chop it fine and use colors they will get carried away..the whole idea is to feed them with some rice and nutrtion...n ya Valli these wud taste awsum.

foodiliciousnan February 16, 2012 at 4:15 PM  

I too think the soya sauce bit will be the interesting change in the usual capsicum rice flavour...super!

divya February 16, 2012 at 5:48 PM  

looks so delicious..very tempting clicks!!

Aarthi February 16, 2012 at 9:03 PM  

Totally YUMMY


Secrets of our kitchen February 17, 2012 at 11:51 AM  

Easy to make.. comfort food !!!

vidhas February 17, 2012 at 10:16 PM  

love the flavour of capsicum. Easy and simpe but tasty rice.

PJ February 18, 2012 at 4:06 PM  

Easy breezy dish.But my lil one does not like capsicum but she loves to have rice dishes in her lunch box. Looking forward to other recipes in this series :)

sushma February 20, 2012 at 11:31 AM  

Yummy Yummy

Hemavathi Murari February 23, 2012 at 11:18 AM  

delicious food.

Archana February 25, 2012 at 10:57 PM  

Love this.

recipes for kids lunch box January 14, 2013 at 12:38 PM  

Thanks for sharing your recipes.I will try it for my child.

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