December 26, 2009

Stuffed Bell peppers

Today's recipe is very dear to me.. why you ask? - it was made not by me.. but by 'S' (Are you listening?)....:)) Ok, here is what happened yesterday.

I love surprises...truly lady-like.. (jaise filmo me hota hai) I expect 'S' to surprise me ..not everyday..but atleast for special occasions...and as it always happens - 'one always finds their opposites in life'..'S' doesn't believe in the concept of 'surprising'..of any sort - his philosophy about this: "What if the person doesn't like whatever he got? waste of effort, time and money. Right?. Instead take the person to the store and ask him/her to choose whatever (s)he wants..I will pay the bill.;) Done-done!"..I mean.. 'surprises' do not work that way right?.. I have been struggling to explain this to him for such a long time.. that now I gave up..:)..

..but this christmas..(which was yesterday)..he did the 'unexpected'..where he volunteered to make 'lunch' for both of be really honest I didn't know what to expect.. he said absolutely nothing about what he was gonna make.. though it took him quite a long time to come out of the kitchen.. the end-result was heavenly, I must say. I never thought of adding yogurt to any kind of stuffing.. he did.. today's recipe - 'Stuffed Bell peppers' is all-his and when served with hot rice.. I can't express in words how tasty it was....he indeed made my day..:)))

Stuffed Bell peppers


5 medium-sized bell peppers
3 tbsp olive oil
salt - to taste

For stuffing:

1 cup besan (chickpea flour)
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp yogurt
2 tbsp roasted peanut powder
2 tbsp roasted sesame seed powder
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
fresh corainder, finely chopped
2 tsp chilli powder
salt - to taste
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 cup water


1. To make stuffing: Heat oil in pan, add cumin seeds,garlic and onion - fry till golden brown. Then add besan and saute till light brown. Season with salt, turmeric and chilli powder. Stir in yogurt and mix well. Finally add roasted peanut powder and sesame powder. For a paste-like consistency, add a cup of water. Towards the end, add freshly chopped coriander and mix well. the stuffing is ready!!

2. Cut the top part of bell peppers, remove the stem & seeds. Fill the hollow peppers with the stuffing. Lightly rub the outer skin of the peppers with (oil + little salt) mixture.

3. In a pan, heat a few teaspoons of oil and drop the stuff peppers. Cover the pan and cook on medium heat, flipping each side get the charred skin taste of the peppers. Serve hot with rice. :)

This is my recipe for Day Two of recipe countdown to New Year, 2010. scroll down the right sidebar of the blog, to see what other marathoners are upto..

Hope you all had a joyful Christmas,

until tomorrow,


  1. Ah, thats so sweet..
    Recipe for stuffing, looks very tasty, and its done on stove top which needs constant attention.Love the chard on the peppers.

  2. This is a nice surprise!
    Th stuffing sounds great, I have used a potato stuffing earlier, this is on m list!

  3. stuffed bell peppers,mouth watering with potato filling but wow an yogurt-sesame filling, that should be yummo :)

    I just did mirchi ka salan and the sauce was really nutty due to peanuts, next time its not gonna be mirchi ka salan but sauce stuffed mirchi like yours.

  4. Thats a Great Surprise..he choosed nice dish too..looks yummy.

  5. How nice! The stuffing is really interesting and very different ... love the use of yogurt and roasted sesame seed powder ... very lovely and nutty!

  6. Siri,
    my husband also dont believe in surprises lol...
    and the stuffing recipe is very innovative , have made only with potatoes.
    hugs and smiles

  7. nice one Siri [:D]..must say, it is always nice to get a 's'weet surprise like this!!

  8. That sure is a pleasant tasty surprise. Pic looks tempting and sure to taste good too.



  9. Madhu - that is so true madhu.. we need to make sure that the skin is just charred & not burnt.. & that needs constant attention ..:)

    Manasi - thanks manasi. stuffing was indeed yummy and creamy, I must say. do try and let us know how it was..

    sowjanya - yogurt-sesame-peanut was a very nice twist to our usual potato-filled peppers..mirchi-ka-salan is next on my list..:))


  10. Lavi - thanks lavi.

    Sheetal Kiran - truly nutty and creamy sheetal. thanks for dropping by :)

    Jaya - LOL! I guess all 'men' are like that..hugs to you too :)

    Vinaya - thanks vinaya. it sures does make one special with little surprises like this.

    Ms.Chitchat - firstly, I love your name.:).. thanks Ms.Chitchat.

  11. Hi Siri,

    The stuffed peppers look tender and delicous -- and the surprise was best of all, yes? :)

    Happy holidays!

  12. That is an awesome stuffing, my mom use to stuff them with homemade spanish rice... I want to try this :)

  13. Siri,
    you have such an awesome collection of recipes.

    i have also made a similar check when time permits

    I've also sent an entry for this month's event

    happy to follow you..



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