Wednesday 6 January 2010

Easy veggie-Stuffed long capsicums.

Stuffed long capsicums- A mild aromatic sweet variety of long green capsicums, stuffed with a spicy mixture made from ground peanuts, chickpea flour (besan), fresh coriander and an array of spices. Gently topped with a savoury tomato gravy, it’s a simple but tasty dish, an ideal accompaniment to any Indian flat bread such as roti or paratha.

6 long green capsicums (can use the red or yellow variety)

For stuffing:

2 tablespoons ground peanuts
1 tablespoon chick pea flour (besan)
1 teaspoon ground cumin powder
1 teaspoon ground coriander powder
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon chilli powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 table spoon sunflower oil
1 tablespoon fresh chopped coriander.

For gravy:

3 medium ripe tomatoes (skinned ,chopped and blended smooth)
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sunflower oil
1 tablespoon tomato puree
½ teaspoon turmeric
½ teaspoon chilli powder
½ teaspoon mustard seeds
2 tablespoons sunflower oil


1. Wash the capsicums and if very long then cut them into two pieces (about 3 inches long)otherwise leave whole
2. Make a slit a long the length of the capsicum on one side only. Do not remove the stalk although you may remove part of the membrane and some of the seeds from the stalk end piece. 3. Dry the capsicum pieces and keep aside.
4. Mix all the ingredients listed in the stuffing list above . It should make a crumbly mixture.
5. Lightly fill the cavity of the each capsicum piece with this stuffing mixture. (If there is any left over keep aside and can be added to gravy later)
6. Place the stuffed capsicums in a steamer and steam for 20 mins until tender (alternatively can be cooked in microwave in a covered dish for about 8-10 mins till tender.

7. While capsicums are steaming, heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a shallow pan, when hot add the mustard seeds.
8. Add the blended tomatoes and tomato puree and sauté.
9. Add turmeric powder, chilli powder and salt. At this stage you can also add any remaining stuffing you may have and 3-4 tablespoons of water to make thick gravy.(adjust as needed)
10. Cook the gravy till spices infuse in to the tomatoes and the gravy starts to leave oil.
11. Remove the capsicums from the steamer and place over the tomato gravy side by side. Do not stir other wise capsicums will break.
12. Gently spoon over some of the gravy over the capsicums.
13. Cover the pan and warm through the capsicums on low heat about 5 mins.

Transfer to serving dish. Serve with indian flat breads such as rotis or parathas.


  1. Perfect entry for the event and best of luck for it...i never tried out stuffing inside capsicum yet, ur recipe is really a nice one to for me to try out this...looks delicious and loved the stuffing which includes peanuts in it,must have given a nice taste as well

  2. Oh Yum! That looks so delicious and it sounds Mmm Mmmm GOOD!!! This is a very interesting dish and I've never cooked something like this before, can't wait to give it a try.

    Thank you for participating and wishing you the best of luck!

  3. Yummy...I love the stuffing ingredients.

  4. These stuffed Capsicum look good:) Healthy, easy to make and yummy!

  5. Beautiful stuffed capsicums...looks tempting..

  6. Stuffed capsicum looks yummm..nicely presented...

  7. Stuffed Capsicum looks great dear

  8. I am yet to try this..sounds great and looks so yummy

  9. I answered your question about difference between vegetable shortening and butter in my blog.. Here it is again.
    Butter is made from milk. Fat from milk is churned into getting butter. Vegetable shortening is made from vegetable or corn or soyabean oils which are compressed to change their molecular structure so that they solidify at room temperature. Lard is also considered shortening, but is the fat from pig which is compressed to solidify too. Hope this helps.

    You have nice blog.

  10. Great entry for the event..good luck !!! looks delicious...

  11. Thank you for bringing that to my attention. When I saw it, the preview was OK. I have moved its location hope you can read the post without any disturbances.

    The stuffed capsicums look yummy. Read that its snowing heavily in UK. Take care and stay warm :)

  12. Oh WOW ! that looks real yummy.

  13. It looks irresistibly tasty. I'm going to pester mom to make this....
    All luck to you with the event.
    Keep sharing yaa recipes.



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