Bombay Chutney & Apple Capsicum Couscous

Bombay Chutney & Apple Capsicum Couscous
Today is a day to rejoice the forthcoming wedding of a most gifted and talented blogger, Nithya Rajasekaran –

The day a girl becomes a bride, is like no other. It is one of the few most cherished moments of life. It is the day she embarks the new journey of life. Holding someone’s hand, with dreams in heart and sparkle in the eyes. Having mixed feelings of missing her mother’s home, excited and anxious about the new home. It is indeed a special day for her!! Very soon one of our friends, a lovely blogger and a beautiful photographer, is going to enter into wedlock. I believe you would have guessed who it is by now. For those who are still wondering, it is none other than Nithya of 4thsensecooking, who is getting married this November. (Hard to believe she has such a fine collection of recipes already under her belt)
Thanks to the advent of technology, the world has become very small.
Though nothing can equal the joy of celebration in person, we all would want to wish her and celebrate with her, the most joyous period of her life. Here we are all, united, to wish her all the best and a very Happy Married Life. So today we are throwing this virtual bridal shower for Nithya to express our happiness and to celebrate with her.
And what could be a better way to celebrate than with food, the quintessential subject, that binds us all… So we decided to cook it up, literally and that too Nithya’s own dishes from her own blog 4thsensecooking. I had chosen to make her Kaju Murrukus which I fell in love with but with all of us watching our weight and time being a little rushed, I decided to make Bombay Chutney, a dish which was very well-loved by all – Hope she likes the recreation of her own favorite dishes and gets a taste of it through the world wide web. See Nithya’s recipe here. thank you Anamika for organizing this – What a wonderful gesture :) So glad to be part of it!
Bombay chutney


Gram flour or chick pea flour(Besan/Kadala maavu) – 1/2 cup
Water – 1 1/2 cup
Asafoetida(perungayam) – a pinch
Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
Onion – 1
Tomato – 2
Green chillies – 2
Bell pepper or Capsicum (1/2 medium sized chopped)Garlic – 4 pods
Fennel(Saunf / Sombu) – 1 tsp (I replaced with Cumin since I did not have fennel seeds)
Cinnamon(pattai) – 1/2 inch piece (used 1 tsp of my curry ma podi instead)
Urad dhall – 1/2 tsp
Channa dhall – 1/2 tsp
Mustard – 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves
Salt – for taste

Bombay Chutney
Bombay Chutney
The process colorfully told :)

Preparation (from Nithya’s blog)
Chop the onion and tomatoes into cubes and slit the chilies. Dice the garlic pods finely.
Dilute gram flour, turmeric powder and salt in the water and keep it ready.
Take two tsp of oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds, urad dhall and channa dhall. Drop in the curry leaves, chilly and fry for a min. Now add the chopped onion, tomato and garlic and fry until onion turns transparent.
Now add the ground saunf and cinnamon powder. Reduce the flame to the lowest mark and pour the gram flour water mixture while stirring continuously. Now increase the flame slightly and keep stirring until it gets cooked and becomes slightly thick and glossy.
Add chopped coriander leaves at this stage if desired and collected in the serving bowl.
Simple and quick Bombay chutney or Bombay Masala is ready to serve :)
Serve it hot with chapathi or poori.

The complied feast for the shower :)

And Nithya, this one’s to salute your creativity :) I ended up making a capsicum couscous

Apple-Capsicum Couscous

AC couscous


1 Cup French couscous (sprouted)
1/2 apple
1 capsicum
1/2 cup fresh spinach leaves
1-2 green chilies (mine are green turned red :)
1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
1/4 cup Grated coconut
1 tsp grated ginger
1 tsp crushed bay leaves
1/2 tsp mustard seeds, urad dal for tempering
1tsp olive oil

Apple C Couscous

Chop the apple and the capsicum into small pieces
slit the green chilies and grate the ginger and keep ready
In 2 cups of water, cook the couscous until soft and fluffy
In a wide mouthed pan, heat the oil and pop the mustard, following up with the urad dal
When the dal is golden, add the chopped veggies & fruit and chilies, bay leaves and saute for a bit
Now add the curry powder and salt
When the capsicum (bell pepper) is semi-soft, add the cooked couscous to the pan and stir in with the curry.
Now add the grated coconut and turn it once
Garnish with your choice of nuts, and basil
Healthy one pot meal is ready to eat :)

Nithya’s Party is also being hosted on these blogs

Party also being hosted at:
Anamika Arun – Taste Junction

Krithi – Krithi’s Kitchen

Priya Mitharwal –  Mharo Rajasthan Recipes

Priya Mahadeven – Priyas Now Serving
Priya Suresh – Priya easy n tasty recipes
Priya Sreeram – Bon Appetit
Radhika – Tickling Palates
Revathy – Kaarasaaram
Sanjeeta – Different Strokes
Vardhini – Zesty Palette
Rupali – RecipeGrabBag

Check out the other Bloggers in this Marathon


Posted on

October 21, 2011


  1. This surely is a great dish. A sure lovely bridal shower for Nithya.

  2. Hello Priya, really missed blogging for quite a while now. Shall visit your posts I missed whenever I get time da.

    It is really very nice of you to have posted a recipe in a blogger's memory. I got to know about such a lovely person through your post.

    And again, so sweet of you to wish Nithya. The couscous looks fabulous and creative too :)

  3. Yummy dishes, am stunned to see that apple capsicul couscous,fantastic..

  4. Warm way to celebrate this special occasions. Creative and inviting couscous!

  5. wow yummy dish and looks so tempting with wonderful clicks ….

  6. What a great way to celebrate the bridal shower!!! Loved the bombay chutney and the apple capsicum cous cous :)

  7. A yummy looking dish and lovely presentation..

  8. What a great chutney to honor your friend!

  9. Thank you so much dear :) I feel so blessed to have got such sweet friends. The bridal shower post was such a surprise to me and it totally made my day the happiest :) Hugssss to you dear :)

    Thank you again and keep me in your prayers always :)

  10. Love both the dishes. The Bombay chutney looks delicious!

  11. This sounds delishious.

    I see you sprout couscous, now that sounds different. I have only ever sprouted buckwheat and chia.

  12. loved the crafty bell pepper as a tribute to nithya; u have made 2 dishes and that's sweet

  13. cool way to do virtual bridal showers with pretty pictures and intelligent & innovative recipes

  14. Congratulations to the bride-to-be!! That's really a fabulous idea and really nice to be celebrating blogger friends special occasions!! Apple/capsicum couscous looks interesting/inviting…it would definitely come in handy… as a one pot meal!!

  15. Wow,beautiful presentation and delicious and yummy recipes,you people are rocking!

  16. Yummy dishes. Beautiful presentation.

  17. It is really a very sweet gesture – throwing a virtual bridal shower!! Love both the dishes!! The pictures are very interesting!!

  18. awesome presentation..
    lipsmacking masala..
    congrats to bride..;)
    Tasty Appetite

  19. What a thoughtful gesture from all you girls!!! And congratulations to Nithya :) You have done justice to her recipes

  20. I'm sure she will love your chutneys. They are lovely and congrats to Nithya.

  21. lovely pics..The apple capsicum couscous seems a bridal shower such a sweet thing to do for fellow blogger.

  22. I'm so touched by this lovely gesture; shows how closely knit we all are and how much we care about our fellow mates. Your apple capsicum couscous sounds totally delicious!

  23. What beautiful dishes – I can only imagine how wonderful the flavours must be! Thanks for sharing :)

    Charles @

  24. What a nice gesture priya! i wanted to be part of it too, but got caught up in other things :(

  25. That's so thoughtful n sweet of you to throw virtual bridal shower to nithya. Apple capsicum couscous is so delectable priya.

  26. That is such a lovely gesture!! Sooo sweet of u:-)

  27. all dishes look very yum!!….u guys are having a gala time cooking up dishes…very nice!

  28. never heard of apple capsicum couscous… quite curious to try it! please do check out my space for authentic gujju recipes!


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