Saturday, June 7, 2008

Stuffed Peppers - Pure delight..


My american friends keep asking me this question: "Are there any simple Indian recipes that are quick and easy to make?" and I keep telling them there are plenty of them, and that I need to host a dinner party at my home to show them a few.. Lets face the truth: we can't get splendid food instantly, other than in restaurants. Even a typical comfort food of a simple curry and a quickly stir-fried vegetable will take atleast 30 mins, assuming that our pantry is well-stocked with all the ingredients and we have the right utensils. But there are hundreds of simple recipes in Indian food that use just a few ingredients and are not time consuming. I'm not a big fan of time consuming dishes that have a long list of ingredients and I lack that patience to stir and watch them cook for a long time. I usually like to cook fast and would get out of the kitchen as soon as I am done.

This recipe is one such quick dish with an utterly delicious flavor. Up until a few months ago, I used to stay away from peppers of any kind. Be it the regular green bell pepper or the beautifully colored Yellow and Red Peppers, I somehow didn't like the texture of them. But over the last few months, I happened to taste a few marvelous pepper dishes made by my friends, and now I am completely hooked up to peppers.. One reason is that my friends know how to cook pepper dishes better than me (apparently!) and/or may be its my taste-buds! I've made peace with these vegatables now and can eat them without fussing. Lately, peppers are a standard item in my grocery list and I have started cooking some delicious recipes too.

This is a wonderful recipe that I learnt from my good friend. When I tasted this dish for the first time from her lunch box, I fell in love with it right away. There is something unique in the flavour it offers - mix-up flavors of coconut and peanuts. After knowing the ingredients, I pretty much knew I am going to try them soon and I did right the next day! It came out awesome and I hope you all like it too..

Ingredients:

  • Banana Sweet Peppers (Long, straight) - 2 (you will get them in all grocery stores. Its called sweet peppers, but they are not sweet)
  • Shredded coconut - 5 tbsp
  • Peanut Powder - 5 tbsp
  • Chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
  • Corriander powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Sugar - 1/2 tsp
Procedure:
  • Slit the peppers (don't cut them into half), deseed them and apply some salt inside and set aside for a few mins.
  • In a bowl, mix all other ingredients to a thick mixture.
  • Stuff the pepper with this mixture.
  • Heat oil in a pan with lid. Add the peppers and cook them in medium heat covered for 15 mins. Keep turning them every few mins.
Great side dish and goes with rice/curry or rotis.

16 comments:

notyet100 said...

nice post nd recipe...

Uma said...

wow, this looks like stuffed eggplant curry! Delicious. Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog.

Laavanya said...

What an enticing picture.. the stuffing sounds too good - i've only tried besan/potato filling so far!

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Hi....
This is a lovely recipe. Looks so good. YUM!. Lovely and tempting pictures. Love ur blog so much.

Happy cook said...

Hi hi same here My friends too ask is there any Indian recipe which is quick and then i tell them our dal recipe is made in a flash.
Stuffed peppers look delicious

Vani said...

Wow! That looks absolutely delicious!

Sujatha said...

notyet100 - thanks for your comments.

Uma - Thanks and you are welcome :)

Laavanya - your besan/potato filling also sounds good.. Do share the recipe when you get a chance..

Sukanya - thanks for your sweet comments..

Sireesha said...

Hi....
This is a lovely recipe.Looks so tempting..........

Sujatha said...

Hi happy cook - yes, you're right, Dal recipes are instantaneous! Thanks for your comments..

Vani - thanks for your comments, your daughter looks adorable :)

Sireesha - thanks for your comments and welcome to my blog!

Medhaa said...

this looks so tempting and cooked so well. Love the filling.

Thank you for dropping by my Blog.

meeso said...

Looks good as banana peppers are pretty much my favorite!

Andhra Flavors said...

hey it looks not like a bell pepper!!! lovely dish.

vandana rajesh said...

stuffed peppers is my husband's favorite..although haven't yet used coconut in the stuffing(do a potato onion stuffing. Will try this one looks delicious.

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Sujatha said...

Medhaa - thanks for your comments..

meeso - Banana peppers are my favorite too! Thats the first pepper I started to like :)

Andhra flavors - Yes, its not bell pepper, but banana pepper.. they look very similar to the long bajji mirchis, but not hot..

Vandana - if you happen to try this, let me know how it came out!
And, thanks so much for the award! I feel so nice and excited to get my first award!!

Swati Raman Garg said...

wowy.. love that pic.. i make other different stuffings...urs looks too good...

Sujatha said...

Thanks, Swati :)