Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Bharwa Shimla Mirch - भरवा शिमला मिर्च (Stuffed Bell Peppers)

Hello friend,

This is our favorite and is very commonly eaten in my family. I happened to bring tri-colored peppers over last week and thought of using it last night (which I literally forced my husband to cook).

So, here is the recipe from my husband's pandora box. Of course, I put the measurements there, as he really doesn't measure and just does his thing.

Some of you may have already seen it in Nithu's Kitchen when I had a guest post there :)

Bharwa Shimla Mirch - भरवा शिमला मिर्च (Stuffed Bell Peppers)

Shimla Mirch (Bell Peppers) - 3 nos. (you can take assorted colors or all green, totally based on what you like)
Aloo (Potatoes) - 3 cups finely chopped (one cup per pepper - you can reduce or increase based on the size of the pepper as they need to be stuffed all the way to the top)
Paneer (Cottage Cheese) - 1.5 cups finely crumbled or chopped however you prefer (1/2 cup per pepper)
Onions - 1.5 cups (finely chopped)
Garlic - 3-4 cloves (minced)
Green Chillies - 3 (Finely sliced)
Dhaniya (Coriander) Powder - 2 tsp
Jeera (Cumin) Powder - 2 tsp
Garam Masala - 1 tsp
Amchur (Mango Powder) - 1 tsp (You can also use chat masala if you want instead of this, but remember chat masala will also add extra spice, so adjust other spices accordingly)
Jeera (Cumin Seeds) - 1 tsp
Rai (Mustard Seeds) -  1 tsp
Oil - 3 tbsp or little more
Salt - as per taste
For Stuffing

  • Finely Chop potatoes really small (I have seen lot of people like to boil and mash potatoes instead of chopping them, but try this one, this has a different taste). I chop them about the size of a pea.
  • Finely chop/slice other ingredients as mentioned in the ingredients.
  • Crumble paneer (like you are preparing paneer bhurji) or chop them finely, if you like it that way.
  • Take 1 tsp oil in a pan, add the seeds, let them splutter and add onions/green chillies/garlic and fry them till onions are translucent.
  • Add all dry masalas and potatoes and cook till potatoes are almost done (remember they will get cooked more after stuffing them in pepper, so they need not be all the way done).
  • Add paneer, mix and cook for 1-2 more minutes and keep them separate.

For Stuffed Bell Peppers

  • Cut the head off the bell peppers and wash inside out (remove the inside white substance and seeds)
  • Apply liberal amount of oil on inside and outside of the pepper. Also, take light salt and apply it on the inside of the pepper.
  • Now, stuff these peppers with the stuffing prepared above.
  • Take a wide pan (big enough to keep the peppers upright or sideways (I prefer sideways as then they get cooked well all around).
  • Mix 1 tbsp oil with about 2 cups of water and keep the stuffed peppers with enough space among them allowing you to turn them every few minutes.
  • Cover the pan (as remember you mixed water and oil and they will start bubbling soon and start spitting outside).
  • Cook it on medium heat and keep checking every few minutes. You may have to add little water every now and then (make sure your pan is not dried up).
  • Every time you go and check the wellness of peppers, pour some water-oil mixture from the pan on top of the peppers.
  • Once you will see the skin of the peppers kind of peeling, consider it done. 
  • Remember, the peppers shouldn't be mushy. They should have a bite (but remember not to leave them raw either). 
  • On medium heat, this process will take arund 15-20 minutes (of course lot of things will matter but still about this time).

Serve them hot with roti/paratha/naan and enjoy this nice stuffed peppers.

I am sending this to Priti's Festive Food: His Cooking Event :)

Also sending this to Think Spice Think Garam Masala event hosted by Sara and started by Sunitha of Sunitha's World.

Sending this to Healing Foods: Onions Event of Priya started by Siri of Siri's Corner.

That's all for now. Till next post, take care.


momgateway said...

Lovely, lovely dish... would love to have them right healthy too

Pari Vasisht said...

Hi. Lucky u, looks scrumptious.

Nitha said...

amazing one.. looks great..

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

the 3 colored bell pepper looks wonderful dear...lucky u....yum yum yum

Nithya said...

Wow.. the stuffed bellpeppers looks so good and yummy.. I was seriously looking out for this kind of a recipe. Will surely give it a try soon :)

Hey buddy, thanks for leaving a comment in my blog. I am happy to know your space now. :)

And you need to use fresh flowers for the hibiscus squash. :)

Sayali said...

look great

SS blogs here said...

Yes, remember seeing the pics.. lovely and colorful peppers. I love stuffed anything! :)

Torviewtoronto said...

Nice stuffed pepper, I usually bake them. Looks colourful Priya.

Unknown said...

Of course, I remember seeing your beautiful stuffed bell peppers in nithus guest post. Love them with chapatis..

Veggie Hut said...

My mouth is literally watering just by looking at the pics.. Lucky u!

Priya Suresh said...

Seriously am drooling over those stuffed peppers..yumm!

Hayley said...

we love this dish...I always try diffrent type of filling...looks great

Umm Mymoonah said...

Your husband must be a good cook, stuffed pepper looks so delicious, definitely try this some time. said...

nice colorful bell peppers...they will taste awesome..I have tried once a similar kind... its an awesome recipe.

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Simply Fabulous. I love playing with colors too..bookmarking i wanna try that pineapple kesari, other stuffed pepper and this..the list is getting long!

Sushma Mallya said...

wow that looks very the colours

Kanchan said...

wow !! this is beautiful .. i haven't added paneer to this ... will try it next time!

My Kitchen Antics said...

This has been on my to do list for so long, but my husband hates peppers and so im wondering wht to do..hmmm

SathyaSridhar said...

Hmm,,,stuffed peppers looks beautiful dear ,,,will try it next time dear..looks delicious.

Indian Khana said...

Wow that's one creation from him...looks delicious. Thanks for the yummy entry to both of you:)

Malar Gandhi said...

Oh boy, thats really lovely...

Simplyfood said...

Very colourful and tasty dish.

Unknown said...

Once stuffed, are these cooked on the stove top or oven? I find the cooking description a little confusing.

Unknown said...

Once stuffed, are these cooked in the oven or stove top? I find the description of the cooking process not very clear.

Unknown said...

Once stuffed, are these cooked in the oven or stove top? I find the description of the cooking process not very clear.

Unknown said...


They are completely cooked on the stove.


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