Mirchi nu sambharo – Gujarathi cuisine chilli stirfry

chilli stirfry
On my usual diet, I don’t get so fired up with  chilli spice. On the family diet, we have preferred mild food. Once in a way we do make an exceptional treat. A spicy one to open up our sinuses.
The Mirchi nu sambharao is one I have been tempted to make many times..but put away as it gets too much in the way of a pickle and the low spice Bhavnagari chiilies were for a long time out of my reach. When I found a bunch of green Bullhorn chilli pepper, I was thinking, I could make the sambharao work without all that superkick from the spicy chillies. A win win..perfect.
This time for Chalo Gujarat @ Shhh cooking challenge, partnered up with Archana to cook up a Gujarati delight. The secret ingredients were mustard and green chilli. during our online conversation discussing the ingredients she casually mentioned what comes up in ind is a pickle… This inspired me to turn it around into a thing of delight than just a condiment on the side.
Archana is a versatile blogger  The Mad Scientist kitchen and her recipes are unique. Don’t miss to give it a try especially the recipes for old age section… actually love that for myself and kids too.
Sambharo is a quick stirfry of vegetables like cabbage, carrots, raw papaya, etc, flavoured with hing and mustard.
Thr sambharao paired up with rice, creamy khadi and papad was a comforting meal for a busy cold evening and a super quick one.The bullhorn chilli pepper just worked perfectly with my thoughts..green chilli sambharao.

Bullhorn chilli peppers

Bullhorn chilli peppers on the contrary to just being spicy are sweet and mild peppers perfect for frying and salads.
  • These are excellent peppers to aid metabolism and thereby weight loss. The CH-19 sweet compound found in these peppers and capsicum peppers mobilise these benefits.
  • The vitamin content is easier to use when in fresh form.
  • The lutein content has been analysed to help in cataract and eye degeneration in older age group.
Now isn’t this a great one to search out for.
Here are some more fun ones from the Gujarati cuisine
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chilli stirfry

Mirchi nu sambharo

Gujarathi cuisine Chilli Stirfry
Course sidedish, Soups and salad, Traditional
Cuisine diabetic friendly, Fusion, gluten free, gujarati, Indian, Microwave, One pot, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter


Main ingredient

  • 2-3 long chilli peppers (bull horn, capsicum, sweet pepper, bavanagiri chilli

for seasoning

  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds (methi dana)
  • 5-7 curry leaves
  • 1 green chilli slit lengthwise


  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 pinch Asafoetida
  • 1/4 tsp brown sugar (optional)
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice


  • Wash and dice( 1 cm) the green pepper, after discarding the central stalk and seeds.
  • Into a heavy wok set at medium heat add the cooking oil.
  • As the oil warms add the methi and mustard
  • When the mustard splutters add the curry leaves and green chilli. Saute for a minute till they are well roasted.
  • Add in the diced peppers followed by, turmeric powder, hing, salt and a pinch of sugar. mix well. Cover and cook on a low heat for five minutes.
  • The peppers will have enough water to steam through, yet keep an eye out to make sure they don't get burned.
  • Once glossy and deep green remove from heat and add the lemon juice.
  • Toss well and serve hot.


Sambharao recipe can be prepared with any quick cooking vegetable like grated carrots or cabbages.
You could make the same recipe with jalapeno chillies for a firey side to an Indian thali lunch.
The preparation stays well for two to three days in the refrigerator.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
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Poonam Bachhav
6 years ago

We also treat ourselves with spicy curries once in a while. This one looks so inviting !

6 years ago

Seema this so delicious. The best part is you have turned the ingredients into so delicious a dish. Something I will not be able to think of and I am supposed to be the mad scientist!!!
Thanks for the shout out. Love the way you have framed the words.

Vidya Narayan
6 years ago

I am a big fan of chilies which is evident from the name of my blog too. These bull horn chillies look lovely and must have been such a flavourful dish combined with mustard and the oil. Great side dish that eventually wins the centre piece at the table.

Mayuri Patel
6 years ago

Seema that’s a different kind of sambharo. I must admit haven’t had marcha nu sambharo. Love the way you’ve used the given ingredients into a delicious side dish.

6 years ago

Sambharo is a simple side dish that has the power to elevate a meal to new heights.

sharanya palanisshami
6 years ago

It must be a spicy sidedish…….. looks delicious……

The Girl Next Door
6 years ago

Wow! Lovely recipe and presentation. 🙂

Priya Mahesh
6 years ago

interesting and simple recipe…

Sujata Roy
6 years ago

Awesome share. I love spicy food. And this looks so inviting. Lovely click.

Nisa@flavour diary
6 years ago

Sambharao was quick easy and tasty share…yum

6 years ago

Love the sambharo preparation. Finger licking ❤

6 years ago

Looks so delicious!Will try this soon!

Priya Suresh
6 years ago

Spicy curries are always welcome at home, this mirchi nu sambharo looks simply delicious and flavourful.

Sujata Shukla
6 years ago

This recipe is totally new to me, and the instructions make it sound so easy! And what a nice idea, to pick up from locally available produce to give a milder twist to a spicy Indian dish!

5 years ago

Simply love it… Chillies i just love in any form , anyway. Tempting sambharo. Love it with hot dalrice.

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