Gujarati Capsicum Besan Bhaji / Spicy Bell Pepper with Chickpea flour Sandwich

Sunday seemed to drag for some reason, the thought that it will be Monday soon, made it look even gloomier than it was, as I walked my pet this morning. The sun played hide and seek behind the cloud, the only bright spot was the crocuses I spotted along the way, they stood bright and cheerful with greetings to every passer by. The Earth was certainly waking up, taking her own sweet time around here….we could certainly do with more light!


Feeling good about the walk, wanting to fix something light and easy for brunch, I rummaged through the refrigerator.The colored bell peppers, perked  bright and beautiful, wanting to add some color to my day, I picked them up, not really knowing what I wanted to do with them.

Sometimes, the best ideas float from my cutting board, so as I chopped my bell peppers fine this morning ,a light bulb went off in my mind…..


….how about trying some ‘Gujarati Bhaji’ with bell peppers, I thought. Surely I needed to include the bright colors this day in whatever form I chose to cook them with, and thus happened the Gujarati Capsicum Besan Bhaji sandwich, yes quite a mouthful too !

Gujarat is a western state in India, though they have coastal food most of them are strict vegetarians, hence they have an array of delectable vegetarian dishes, one such is the Gujarati  Capsicum Besan Bhaji. They add besan flour or chick pea flour in most of their dishes, which makes it deliciously yummy. This is a quick fix brunch, when you want to stay healthy  and  yet are not completely deaf to the hunger pangs that are roaring  within, by say around 11 am, before the clock strikes noon ! Multigrain bread slices can’t have that many calories,  I thought, plus a little spicy veggie stuffing within is always good for a winter weather, that refuses to move on 🙂 So here goes the recipe:


Ingredients :

2 -3 ( large )- Capsicum / Bell Pepper

6 Tbsp – Besan flour/ Chickpea flour

1/2 Tsp – Ajwain / Bishop’s weed

1 1/4 Tsp – Chili powder

1/4 Tsp – Turmeric powder

1/4 Tsp – Cumin powder (Jeera)

3 – Garlic, grated


Oil (about 3 – 4 Tbsp)

Method :

1.Warm oil in a thick bottomed sauté pan.Add the grated garlic & stir till the raw smell disappears.

2.Add Ajwain seeds/Bishop’s weed and sauté it for a few seconds.

3.Stir in the besan/chick pea flour, chili powder, turmeric and cumin powder and keep     stirring or 2-3 minutes, making sure the besan /chick pea flour is well toasted and not raw.

4.Add the chopped bell peppers/capsicum and stir till it turns soft.Do not cover with lid, coz’ it makes them soggy.Add salt to taste .


5. Serve hot in stuffed sandwich.






2 Comments Add yours

  1. Pinkz says:

    Love the sandwich idea Maya. This is a staple dish in any Gujarati home. I usually cook the other way around…first peppers and then flour. I also add semi-grounded roasted peanuts for that extra crunch and sesame seeds with all the spices you mentioned. Thank you for sharing and I am going to try that in sandwich now ;).

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    1. Thank you, Pinky for your kind words, I certainly will try it the way you mentioned next time, it tastes yummy & this is the first time I have tried besan/chick pea flour in a curry kind of dish , usually have used it only in sweet dishes. Trying it in a sandwich was an idea born of necessity, for a quick fix brunch 😉 , now I have one more way of making a spicy sandwich 😀 Always good to know first hand from a Gujarati friend herself. Thank you !


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