We have a new green grocers in my village and it’s really nice having a green grocers to buy your vegetables from rather than from the supermarket. Last week I bought a huge bag of one of the the tastiest baby bell peppers I have ever had. I used in salads, pizza toppings and also made some stuffed pepper. These peppers can be stuffed with rice and cheese like in my recipe for stuffed peppers. I made these peppers a little bit similar to my recipe for stuffed bullet chilies. Baby bell peppers are sweeter and milder so the spices used to stuff these peppers are slightly different.
Bell peppers (Capsicum annuum) are fruits that belong to the nightshade family. They are related to chili peppers, tomatoes, and breadfruit, all of which are native to Central and South America. They are also called sweet peppers or capsicums, bell peppers can be eaten either raw or cooked.
Ingredients for 1-2 servings
- 5 Baby bell peppers
- 2 tablespoons cumin powder
- 2 tablespoons coriander powder
- 2 tablespoons chickpea flour (also called gram flour)
- 1 dessert spoon of roasted peanuts (for those who are allergic-leave out the nuts)
- 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds
- half a teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 2-3 cloves of fresh garlic
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil to add to the spices
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil for the curry
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard seeds
- 1/2 cup of crushed tinned tomato or passata
1. Grind the roasted peanuts in a coffee grinder.
2. Prepare the stuffing by adding the chick pea flour, cumin powder, coriander, ground peanuts,salt, chile powder and sesame seeds into a small non stick frying fan.
3. Add the two tablespoons of oil to the mixture and lightly toast the mixture so that all the flavours blend together.
4. Allow the mixture to cool.
5. Slice the peppers lengthwise and soak them in cold water so that all the peppers seeds get washed away.
6. Stuff the peppers with the spices and arrange them in a small saucepan.
7. In a second saucepan, heat the oil and add the mustard seeds to it. Once the mustard seeds start popping, spread the oil on top of the stuffed peppers.
8. Allow the peppers to cook in the oil, turning the occasional using some metal tongs.
9. Using a garlic press, blend the garlic and add to the chilies
10. Once the peppers feel soft, add the blended tomatoes/passata to the chilies and allow to cook for 2-3 minutes.
Other similar recipes you may enjoy are:
- Masala and Coconut Stuffed Aubergine and Potato Curry
- Cabbage, New baby potatoes and Sweet Thai chilies Curry with baby onions
- Stuffed peppers and tomatoes
- Stuffed Peppers with Rice, Tomatoes, Mixed Vegetables and Black eyed peas
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