Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Stuffed Bell Pepper with potato crumble

I recently saw a pic of a stuffed bell pepper on FB on my friends page. I asked her what it was stuffed with and she said " Potato Podimas" ( aka potato crumble) ! I was very intrigued by that and could not wait to try it.

To my limited knowledge, i have seen bell peppers stuffed with rice, cheese and all kinds of things which did not catch my attention. This one surely did! I did some online search and found that majority of them cooked the bell pepper on a tawa. I wanted to bake it and see. So, here I am with a recipe for stuffed bell peppers, baked and cooked on a tawa. I liked both versions and the tawa ones have a little smokier flavor.

You can add garlic, paneeer, carrots, green chiili to the stuffing as per your taste.

These stuffed peppers are so wholesome as a meal themselves. it also depends on the size of the bell pepper. Our whole family liked it and let us get to the recipe!

Get Ready:

  • 3 bell pepper ( i used green and orange)
  • 3 large potatoes, cooked, peeled and crumbled
  • 1/2 large onion chopped
  • 1/4 cup frozen peas
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • chopped cilantro
  • salt to taste.

To make the potato stuffing:

  • Peel and crumble the cooked potatoes and set aside

  • In a pan add 1 tbsp of oil and when hot add the cumin seeds
  •  when they crackle, add the onions and saute till they are translucent.

  • Add the green peas and saute for 1-2 mins

  • Add the crumbled potatoes, salt , red chilli powder, turmeric powder and coriander powder and fold the mall well.

  • If it gets too try sprinkle a little water, reduce the heat and cook on medium flame till all the spices get incorporated in the potato.
  • Check your spice level and if needed add chilli powder or garam masala as per taste.
  • Finally add the cilantro, turn the heat off and set aside to cool a little

The stuffing is ready.

To stuff the bell pepper.

  • Wash and dry the bell peppers.
  • With a sharp knife, remove the pith of the pepper and dump the seeds inside. You will just have a whole on the top of the pepper.

  • the other method is to cut off the top of the pepper like a lid and set aside. remove some of the white fibers and seeds from the inside of the bell pepper.

  • Apply a little salt to the inside of the bell pepper and this enhances the flavor.
  • The peppers are ready to be stuffed.

  • With a spoon stuff the potato podimas inside the peppers pressing down.
To bake them:

  • Pre heat an oven to 300 degree C
  • Line a baking tray with foil and spray with cooking spray
  • Apply oil to the outer surface of the bell pepper
  • Bake for 30 -40 mins depending on your oven till the bell peppers is soft and and cooked.
  • Make sure to flip them over in between so all sides are cooked well.

To Pan cook

  • In a tawa, add 1 tbsp pf oil.

  • Place the stuffed pepper in the pan, cover and cook for 3 mins on low to medium flame. 
  • Flip them around 360 degrees every 2-3 mins till  all sides are cooked well. If you like a little charred taste, Uncover and cook longer if you want it crispy.

  • Turn the heat off till all sides are cooked.

Serve hot with rice or as a one pot meal!

In my picture, the one on the plate is the tawa cooked one and the other two with the yellow bell pepper is oven cooked.

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