Quick Bell Pepper Rice Pan (Vegetarian Recipe)

Just one pan is all you need to make this vibrant and tasty vegetarian bell pepper and rice dish with homemade yogurt garlic sauce in only 30 minutes!

by | Apr 20, 2023

Bell Pepper Rice with Yogurt Garlic Sauce

Everyone needs a quick recipe brimming with nutrition and bold flavors, and that’s just what you’ll find with my easy Bell Pepper Rice Pan. I’ve included tomato paste for a rich color and flavor. Along with the spices, it takes your taste buds away on an exotic journey.

And then there’s that yogurt garlic sauce, adding a creamy finish to this simple weeknight dinner. It’s vegetarian too, which means everyone can enjoy this delicious meal.

I love making it, not just for the wonderful medley of flavors, but because you only need one pan to whip this up to shake off the usual boring dinner routine!

Ingredients for this Bell Pepper & Rice Recipe

Let me tell you a little about the ingredients you’ll need to make this one pan rice dinner!
  • Basmati Rice: This kind of rice works best in a one pan style. You will cook it in the pan with other aromatic ingredients, so be sure not to pre-cook it.
  • Bell Peppers: I used red bell peppers, but if all you can find are green ones, those will work too.
  • Garlic: In savory dishes, garlic is truly one of the best and healthiest ways to add flavor.
  • Tomato Paste: Just a little bit will boost the taste and texture of your rice pan. Alternatively, you can use Ajvar.
  • Vegetable Broth: This is the liquid that will cook your rice in the pan. It’s far more flavorful than just adding water.
  • Seasonings: You’ll need sweet paprika powder, cayenne pepper, and hot paprika.

Yogurt Garlic Sauce

I’ll show you how to make this splendidly savory sauce with yogurt, garlic, fresh lemon juice, canola oil, salt, cayenne pepper, and an array of fresh mixed herbs.

How To Make this Recipe

You won’t believe how easy it is to make this one pan rice dish. Whether it’s your only main dish or you’re serving it alongside other items for your vegetarian guests, it’s super simple to make in just 30 minutes.

Step 1:

You’ll start by cutting up your bell peppers and peeling your garlic. Then you’ll fry the bell peppers in your pan over high heat. While the peppers fry, rinse the rice and drain it well.

Step 2:

Press your garlic into the pan, then add the tomato paste and spices, mixing it all together over medium heat. You’ll then throw the rice in along with half the vegetable broth. Mix it together and let it simmer until the liquid has evaporated. Then add the rest of the broth and cover. You’ll simmer on low until the rice is fully cooked, stirring here and there.

Step 3:

While the rice cooks, you’ll mix the yogurt garlic sauce together by combining all the ingredients. If you let it sit a little bit in the fridge, all the flavors will come together beautifully in time to enjoy with your rice. I like to serve it in a bowl and let everyone drizzle the yogurt garlic sauce on top of their portions.

Quick Bell Pepper Rice Pan (Vegetarian Recipe)

Quick Bell Pepper Rice Pan (Vegetarian Recipe)

Just one pan is all you need to make this vibrant and tasty vegetarian bell pepper and rice dish with homemade yogurt garlic sauce in only 30 minutes!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 people


Bell Pepper Rice Pan

  • 1 1/4 cups (250 g) uncooked basmati rice
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste or Ajvar
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika powder
  • 1 pinch each of cayenne pepper and hot paprika
  • 3 cups (750 ml) vegetable broth

Yogurt Garlic Sauce

  • 1 1/4 cups (300 g) plain yogurt
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 pinch each of salt and cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons of mixed herbs such as parsley and chives - chopped


  • Cut the bell peppers into cubes. Peel the garlic.
  • Heat the oil in a pan and fry the bell peppers on high heat.
  • Meanwhile, rinse the basmati rice with warm water until the water runs clear. Drain well in a sieve.
  • Press the garlic into the pan, then add tomato paste and spices. Mix everything together and fry briefly over medium heat.
  • Add the rinsed, drained rice and half of the vegetable broth to the pan. Mix everything together and let it simmer until the liquid has evaporated. Then add the other half of broth, cover, and simmer on low heat until the rice is cooked. Stir occasionally.
  • While the rice is cooking, prepare the sauce. Mix together the yogurt, pressed garlic, lemon juice, oil, spices, and chopped mixed herbs. Let it sit for a short while, then enjoy together with the rice.
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About the author

Hey there! I’m Sina, an enthusiastic food blogger who loves creating quick and easy recipes. Since 2015, I’ve been sharing my recipes on my German food blog CUISINI, which has grown to become one of the largest food blogs in Germany. I’ve now decided it’s time to share my recipes with the whole world, so here I am! Read more

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