Thursday, May 31, 2007

Stuffed Mirchi/Pepper

Stuffed Mirchi/Pepper is one tasty dish that I turn to when I need to whip up something fiery real quick! This works best with the long Mirchi/peppers available widely and the stuffing is made of easily available pantry ingredients!

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Here is how I prepare Stuffed Mirchi, taste and nutrition in a bowl!

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5 long green peppers
4 tbsp besan/chickpea flour
salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder, ajwain, sugar, lemon juice
1 tsp kanda lasun masala ( this is a potent maharashtrian masala which gives a fiery tang to the dish, can be substituted with garam masala)
1 tbsp oil, mustard seeds, sesame seeds, asafoetida, curry leaves
Garnish: grated coconut & chopped coriander leaves
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1. Wash the peppers, make a slit in the pepper without cutting in half, remove seeds and fibre and wash again. This reduces some the heat from the peppers, else they will be too hot to handle for a few. Sprinkle some lemon juice drops onto the insides of the peppers.



2. For the stuffing, mix together besan, salt, sugar, turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder, kanda lasun masala/garam masala, lemon juice and ajwain.
3. Stuff the mix into the peppers uniformly and then cut into two pieces to fit in the steamer.


4. Steam cook for 12 minutes. If you do not have a steamer, you can cook it in the pressure cooker without the whistle.
5. Heat oil, add mustard seeds, sesame seeds, asafoetida & curry leaves, splutter. Add the steamed peppers and saute for a few minutes till it crisps a bit. This dish can be served without the tempering/tadka for those who want to avoid oil altogether, tastes good this way too.
6. Garnish with grated coconut and chopped coriander leaves and enjoy steaming hot Stuffed Mirchi with your meal!

This is a much loved dish at my home and with my friends as well, it is quick to make and packs a punch ;)



Peppers are a good source of most B vitamins, and vitamin B6 in particular. They are very high in potassium and high in magnesium and iron. Their high vitamin C content can also substantially increase the uptake of non-heme iron from other ingredients in a meal, such as beans and grains, thus pairing it with chapati and dals makes it a complete meal.
Peppers are a much loved vegetable in India and are used during the tempering for most savory dishes, for making pickle & chutney, making chili powder and also as a stuffing vehicle amongst others. The ever popular mirchi pakoda/bhajji is another way of savoring the pepper. The fiery pepper is also used to ward off the 'evil eye' and one can see the pepper and lemon combination hanging by huge trucks. It is one revered delicacy and it's incomprehensible to imagine a savory dish without it!

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This is my contribution to Nupur's A-Z of Indian Vegetables, for the letter 'S'.


Enjoy.....

56 comments:

Vcuisine said...

Richa, so yummy, will try sometime with my SIMP. Full of Vitamin C too. Tks. Viji

archana said...

This is so cool. Mirchi with fiery masala. Yum!! Me Punya hoon kanda lasoon masala anla ahey. Versatile masala ahey. Tu steam kelas ti idea awadli so that besan cooks. Good. Me he bhaji nakki karoon bagheen :)

Sig said...

Wow Richa, a fiery stuffing inside the fiery chili peppers... I could eat a bunch of these! looks YUMMY!

Srivalli said...

Nice recipe.

srivalli
www.cooking4allseasons.blogspot.com

Sia said...

slurpppppppppp... sorry...cant write anything more... my mouth is watering and my eyes are glued to the screen at this moment:)

Dumela said...

Richa, wow, they look so yummy, cant wait to make them for hubby, and make his day!!! i hadnt heard of the besan filling before, can just imagine how yummy the chillies become, thanks for such a yum recipe.

Roopa said...

wow yummy yummy richa, can't say any more. this is absolutely delicious can't wait to try it....

Nupur said...

How clever to steam the peppers instead of the usual frying method! This sure goes on my must-try list!

Asha said...

Oooh!!! Hot mirchi and stuffed too.I love it.YUM!

trupti said...

I love this!!! this is so yummy with garam garam rotlis! stuffed marcha to bahuj saras lagey che! Good one, Richa.

Richa said...

thanks viji, yes this sure is taste & nutrition in a bowl! it is a good idea to use your simp powder as well :)

thanks archana! he recipe nakki try kar, kanda lasun masala pharach jabardast ahey, kontyapan dish madhye chan lagto! steam karun paha! btw tu ragda patties banavle ki nahi?

hey sig, thanks! yup fire in fire, it is :) removing the seeds & fibres does reduce the heat abit, but be careful with ur hands after cleaning it.
enjoy

Richa said...

thanks srivalli & welcome here!

thanks sia! lemme' know if you try it sweetie! also do care of ur hands after clening the peppers, no touching here and there, they are HOT :)
enjoy

thanks dumela! do try it and lemme' know how you & ur hubby liked it! this is pretty quick to make, can use garam masala & other spices as per taste!
enjoy

Richa said...

thanks roopa, do try and let me know! glad you liked it dear.

thanks nupur, do try it with those long peppers, they work the best for this dish!

thanks asha! yup it is fire in fire! do try it dear!

thanks trupti, u r righr garama garam rotli saathey maja aavey! hun next time colored marcha use karvani chu, let's see :)
enjoy...

Priyanka said...

hey richa,
thanks for stopping by my blog and your encouraging words. i luv stuffed mirchi- really mouthwatering. by the way, wat kind of peppers did you use for the recipe. The ones i got from the grocery store last time were so hot that we just couldnt eat it.

ushaprashanth said...

Hi Richa!
A side dish from Green Chillies??? wow! this is the first time i have seen... hmmm.. Looks good.

sunita said...

Although I'm not a big fan of fiery food, Dinesh,(who else but my other half) will really adore this...might be a useful recipe to bribe him someday!!!

Richa said...

thanks priyanka & u r most welcome dear! do try this recipe with the long(7"-9") bright green colored peppers, they r just right for this, i don't remember the name i'm afraid. I do not prefer to use jalapeno, that is too hot to handle. I've pictured the one i used, once you remove the seeds & veins it is quite ok, wash it well after de-seeding. hope this answered ur Q.

thanks ushaprashanth & welcome here! you can try this with the long green peppers!

thanks sunita! yup u can definitely use the fire power of hot peppers as a bribe heh!heh!
as for urself, increase the sugar to handle it & de-vein it very well :)
enjoy....

TheCooker said...

I'm drooling.....can't type!

DEEPA said...

this really nice ....excellent one ...must have tasted great ....

evolvingtastes said...

Richa, this looks fabulous. Another thing from you on my 'must try' list.

Jyothi said...

Hi Richa, looks yummy. Never tasted this type of stuff in mirchi. Will try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Thanks a lot for your valuable comments at my blog.

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Ramya's Mane Adige said...

Hey Richa, this ones really good!!!! I can even bake it, I guess.... can't i? and btw, did you use the dark green peppers or the lighter ones?

Richa said...

thanks cooker! mirchi does that to people :) naak, doley ani tondatun pani heh!heh!

thanks deepa, yes we enjoyed it a lot!

thanks ET! this one is a quick dish, all pantry ingredients if u have the pepper. I'm sure u hv the kanda lasun masala :) enjoy...


thanks jyothi! do try this version of stuffed mirchi, a chili lovers delite! enjoy...

thanks ramya! i've never baked it, not sure how it will taste! after steaming it just needs a tbsp of oil, so it is best to saute for a few minutes, that's all. Do try it.
I used the lighter colored ones, they are about 7"-9" long, easily available :) let me know how u like it!

Swapna said...

Lovely pictures and a great recipe.Good work!

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

O o this is a lovely one....Love it...excellent picture..YUM!.

Rajani said...

Hi Richa,
Nice recipe. If u don't mind me asking, what are the ingredients do they have in kanda lasun masala? can you please share it with us. Thanks.

cheers
rajani

Aruna said...

Richa, I too prepare this mirchi & I love it, nice pics :-) Thx

Richa said...

thanks swapna! enjoy...

thanks sukanya! glad u enjoyed the pics & recipe. do try it sometime!

thanks rajani! kanda basically means onion in marathi & lasun is garlic. I chkd the contents on the pkt, listed in this order are - onion, garlic, coriander, ginger, red chilli, oil, turmeric, salt. but it is a powdery masala, i guess they dehydrate it or something. hope this helps.
enjoy

thanks aruna, glad to know u too enjoy this! it sure is a fav at my home.

deena said...

Hi Richa..u have a nice blog..stuffed mirchi looks & sounds great 'cos it does not call for oil or any frying ..also thanks for visiting my blog ..do come again..!

Sharmi said...

I have to try this sometime. looks so good. nice one for "s".

Shivapriya said...

stuffed mirchi is my hubby's fav. Yum yum. I ususally make mirchi ka salan and bajji.

Sandeepa(Bong Mom's CookBook/DesiMomzClub) said...

Oooh this looks lovely. I always wondered what people did with these peppers othar than Mirchi Bhaji

Kribha said...

Bring it on Richa. I love stuffed peppers. Looks so yummy. Thanks for posting the recipe.

Arts said...

Bharli mirchi jhakkas distay!!
I love the idea of steaming it instead of frying.. makes it evn more nutritious :D I miss the KPra kanda lasun masala frm Pune..
btw, cud have been a good entry for this months WTSIM!

Seema said...

Oh wow Richa,
That indeed looks yummy and spicy. Beautiful photography. I am bookmarking it girl. Yummy.

Cynthia said...

Richa, this is a nice dish. Spicy and flavourful. Would like to eat it with some dal and rice :)

Coffee said...

I remember one time when I had made this, the whole night my hands were burning!!!!! After that..... kaan pakadya!!!!! I never brought these mirchis home again!!!

I make it just the same way!! Looks great. :)

Richa said...

thanks deena and welcome here! you are right, it is pretty light due to the steaming and it also retains all the flavor, pretty quick!! i too enjoyed ur blog!

thanks sharmi, do let me know if you try it! enjoy

thanks shivpriya, glad u liked it. yes mirchi salan is one good dish!

thanks sandeepa! now the mystery of these peppers is solved for you :) do try it dear!

Richa said...

thanks kribha, nice to know you like stuffed peppers! most of the stuffed veg are quite tasty, don't you think?
enjoy...


thanks aarti! yup k-pra kanda lasun masala is so yummy in different concoctions! thanks for the tip on WTSIM, unfortunately missed it.

thanks seema. nice to know u r bookmarking it, do try and you will surely like it.
enjoy

thanks cynthia! you are right on, it goes well with dal & rice :)
enjoy ....


thanks coffee!! arrey aiyani mirchi aetli tikhi nathi, just have to make sure not to touch idhar-udhar while de-seeding, that's all. :) tari mirchi bau tikhi hasey ki tara haath aetla burn thaya! chk for long ones if you want to try! better yet i can make it for you when you are visiting here heh!heh!

Linda said...

Hi Richa, I can almost feel the heat from those peppers! Sounds and looks so delicious!

Enjoyed the photos from the shore-wedding, too -- very nice :)

Prema Sundar said...

Richa , one of my friends does the same with ladys finger... nice pics.

indosungod said...

It is rainy and gloomy (we need the rain so no complaints), this stuffed Pepper is just hte thing to have looks delicious

KitchenFairy said...

Looks so tasty!! Smart people..Thanks for posting!

Richa said...

thanks linda! that's so true, it does pack lot of heat! lemme' know if you try it :)

thanks prema, you are right the stuffing goes well with okra as well. do try this.

thanks isg, yup rains do bring with them a craving to indulge in spicy & hot! enjoy...

thanks kitchen fairy! do try it.
enjoy

burekaboy — said...

wow richa, looks good and hot :)) nice pictures. (did u ever get your grinder, btw? ur post reminded of it)

Richa said...

thanks burekaboy! my grinder is still in the mail, they were to ship it to the local store here & i've to pick it up when it arrives, can't wait :) i'm so going to use it in my everyday cooking :)
thanks!

burekaboy said...

it'll be your 'best ever' little investment; hope it shows up soon :) happy cooking :D

Anonymous said...

best bhaaji ever. thanks for the amazing recipe.

Dhana said...

I made this last week and it was just the simplest tastiest version of stuffed peppers!

Richa said...

thanks dhana! I'm so glad you tried this recipe and enjoyed it :) It's nice to know it turned out good in someone else's kitchen as well :) It is a fav at my home as well and is quick to make. what did you serve it with?
Enjoy...

thanks anon, glad u liked this recipe. enjoy...

zlamushka said...

Wow Richa,

this is what I was looking for. I also contributed a stuffed chili recipe to JFI Chillies. Ever since, I am always up for making another one. Thanx, spicy is definitelly my taste...

And thank you for visiting my blog and for your cheer ups :)

Laavanya said...

Richa.. these tasted great. I just made these, but with the wrong peppers unfortunately. I bought the light green (broad ones) instead of the ones you used but it still tasted good! :) I love the fact that i have this low fat version everytime i crave chilli bajjis. Thank you!

Richa said...

i'm so glad u enjoyed these, laavanya! aren't they quick n tasty :)
thanks a lot for the f'b, appreciate it!!

ANJALI J. said...

yum! yum! yum! loved it..

Gauri said...

Amazing recipe tried it today came out really well. Thanks for sharing this