Thursday, February 4, 2010

Stuffed Capsicum..in a truly rich gravy

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Stuffed Capsicum is really a exotic dish and is one of my favorite dishes which I generally order if we go to any restaurant.It is little elaborate to prepare at home,but when prepared with a bit of patience the end product is so amazing which is worth all the effort that you have put in.I generally make it on some special occasions to celebrate it with more fun having good food.I assure you that you will not miss the restaurant touch in this curry and it tastes really really yummy,all I can say it is just finger licking food.I have already told you in this post that the addition of melon seeds instead of cashew nuts works like a magic and makes all the difference in the taste of gravy.In most of the dhaba's they use melon seeds in the gravy as it works out cheaper for them when compared to cashewnuts and it also gives a very special taste to the gravy.I kept on postponing this post as I thought that I will update the post with good pictures,but these days I am really lazy to cook anything elaborate.So,I have decided to post this and will update later with some updated photographs.Here comes the recipe of my one of the favorite curries,hope you all enjoy making this a home.

Ingredients:
6 medium sized green capsicum

2-3 tbsp fresh cream(optional)

1.5 tsp red chilli powder

1/2 tsp
Garam masala
1 tsp kasuri methi

1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander

1 tbsp butter

1 tbsp oil

salt to taste

For gravy 1:
2 Onions,sliced

1/4 cup melon seeds or 8-10 cashewnuts

1 tsp oil


For gravy 2:
4 Tomatoes

1 tsp tomato sauce

1" ginger
4-5 garlic pods

1 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp jeera powder
1/2 tsp amchur powder

a pinch of turmeric

salt to taste
1 tsp oil

For stuffing:
2 medium potatoes,boiled
1/4 cup fresh/frozen green peas
1/4 cup finely diced paneer
2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
1 small onion,finely chopped
1/2 tsp red chilli powder

1/2 tsp jeera powder
1/2 tsp garam masala

1/4 tsp amchur powder or 1/2 lemon squeezed

1/4 tsp jeera +1/4 tsp fennel seeds/saunf

1/4 tsp kasuri methi
4-5 cashewnuts,broken

2 tbsp raisins
salt to taste
1 tsp oil


Method: For gravy 1:
  • Heat a tsp of oil in a pan and fry sliced onions until brown in color.Keep them aside.
  • Soak the melon seeds or cashew seeds in warm water for 15 mins.
  • Grind the fried onion and melon seeds to a very fine paste adding some water while grinding if necessary.
For gravy 2:
  • Slit tomatoes(make a cross at one end of tomatoes) and drop them in boiling water and cook for 2-3 mins.Remove them and let them cool for sometime.Peel out the skins,remove the seeds and chop them roughly.
  • In a pan heat a tsp of oil and add chopped ginger and garlic and fry for a minute until brown.Add chopped tomato(blanched,skinned and seeded) to it and fry until the oil leaves the mixture.Add coriander powder,jeera powder,turmeric,amchur powder,salt,tomato sauce and fry for a minute.Cool the mixture and blend into a very smooth puree.
For Stuffing:
  • Peel the skins of boiled potatoes and grate it or mash it properly.
  • Microwave fresh/frozen peas for 3mins until tender.
  • Heat oil in a pan and crackle jeera and fennel seeds and add broken cashewnuts, finely chopped onions and fry until light brown in color.
  • Add mashed potatoes and boiled peas and fry until the mixture is well mixed.
  • Add red chilli powder,jeera powder,amchur powder,garam masala,kasuri methi,salt to taste.Fry for a minute and switch off the flame.
  • Add finely diced panner,raisins,and chopped coriander to it and mix well.If you are using lemon juice instead of amchur powder add it and now mix well.
For stuffed capsicum:
  • Remove the tops of capsicums and remove the seeds and white edges inside.Grease the inner and outer side of capsicums with oil and arrange it on a aluminium foil lined baking dish.
  • Pour a tsp of tomato gravy(gravy 2) in all the capsicum shell and stuff 1 tbsp of potato stuffing and then pour again a tsp of tomato gravy and continue the process until the capsicum is completely filled.Take care that the top layer should be potato stuffing mixture.The addition of gravy in between the stuffed potato mixture makes the capsicums more juicy and tasty when you bite in and also will not make the capsicum dry.Repeat the process for all the capsicums.
  • Brush the top portion with some butter and keep the baking tray in the preheated oven @ 180 degrees for 15-20 mins until the edges of capsicum start slightly brown in color.
The Final gravy:
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil and 1 tbsp butter in a big pan and add the onion melon seed mixture and fry for a couple of minutes.
  • Add tomato puree(gravy 2) to it and let it cook until the oil leaves the edges.
  • Now add cream to it and red chilli powder,garam masala,kasuri methi powder(slightly roast kasuri methi and crush it in hands) and required salt to it and cook for a minute.
  • Arrange the stuffed capsicum in the serving platter and pour the gravy all over it and garnish with coriander.
Serve hot with Naan/roti/kulcha/pulao/jeera rice.

I served mine with whole wheat Naan and some tofu tikka.

Note:

  • You can even use red or yellow bell peppers or big sized tomato instead of capsicum and follow the same procedure to prepare it.
  • If you are using big capsicum,cut it vertically into half (2 portions) and can also make the same way.
  • The process of addition of gravy in between the stuffed potato mixture while making the stuffed capsicum makes the capsicums more juicy and tasty when you bite in and also will not make the capsicum dry.This is a very important process which makes the stuffed capsicums more tastier,so do not skip the process.
  • You can even top the stuffed capsicum's with grated cheese and bake it and serve as a starter without the gravy.

54 comments:

Priya said...

Wowww!!!yummmmm, am drooling rite now here Prathy, my fav stuffed bellpeppers, wat a rich and tempting gravy...lovely last click, feel like grabbing that plate...mouthwatering..

K said...

Truly exotic! The procedure is very lengthy but definitely worth it i guess:)

Rohini said...

Wow Prathy.. Kudos to you gal for all the patience.. It is truely a royal dish, and as you said, it would be worth every bit of the elaborate procedure!!! Keep rocking dear! :)

Lebouffe said...

Wow! This is super ultimate! I wish you could send me a parcel! -Naina

Sushma Mallya said...

wow just so beautiful...gravy surely looks rich and yummy,nice idea to stuff & bake the capsicum and then adding it to the gravy

Happy Cook said...

What i would love to have most is that thick delcious gravy.

Kanchan said...

Bookmarked !!

I love stuffed capsicum but I always prepare the dry version with not other ingredients , this looks tempting totally !!

Dershana said...

very nice. and now, how do i make whole wheat naans?

Sush said...

Lady, do you say these pictures are not good!? the second picture is soo tempting..great recipe, bookmarked.., I will also prepare this on a special occasion :)

Nandini said...

Wow! I'm drooling here. Love the version of stuffed capsicum (adding tomato sauce and potatoes). Gravy is creamy and I've bookmarked :O

Asha said...

Whoa!! That's one exotic dinner and a feast indeed. Very detailed recipe, looks awesome. Love the gravy.

jeyashrisuresh said...

worth trying recipe.looks so yummy..Planning to start baking soon

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Can i come over to taste that lovely plate. Looks superb.

Pavithra said...

That looks very yummiieee... mouth watering.Chanceless ..

sowmya.s said...

looks deliicous,...have a packet of melon seeds and havent used it yet..am going to try a gravy similar to this one..

Raje said...

The look so inviting! Yumm!

tasteofsaras said...

Am drooling here at the click my dear...so mouth-watering:)

RAKS KITCHEN said...

A rich dish to make it special for guests or even to pamper ourselves! sounds good Prathiba!

Pavithra said...

Thats perfect platter for me now...looks all tempting and all my fav things in one picture...I am drooling here

Sarah Naveen said...

Awesome..That looks so delicious..I have never tried Stuffed peppers..

Ashwini said...

perfect presentation... looks yummy!!!!

DEESHA said...

that must have taken loads of time to make. but it does look exotic & delicious

Preeti Kashyap said...

I love the last pic! what an amazing spread. I have never made stuffed capsicum with a gravy. It was always a dry subji.

kamala said...

Looks so delicious and tempting.

Laavanya said...

Oh boy.. how delectable looking is that.. and the meal with the naan and tikkis - simply awesome.

LG said...

nange weekend recipe sikkahaage agide eega. aadre estella procedure madodu idyalla anthane yochane. Try madthini. 6 tinglu mugitu bere, hotte bandide tumba hottu kitchenalli nilloke agalla aadre adige madade iroku agalve! Nim mane hatra iddidre uninvited guest thara bande bidtha idde!

Shri said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful Prathibha!

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

If served this dish I will be in a dilema which one to finish first the gravy or the the stuffed BP's... But no wastage done I will finish off both and even clean up my fingers ;)

AdukalaVishesham said...

looks so mouthwatering.. we are drooling here.. a good recipe...

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

ah! I am coming over. very rich and yummy gravy.

Gita said...

Wow dear..I am really hungry now...awesome dish..gravy looks so rich as the filling :)

Chitra said...

Pass the plate here..Looks mouthwatering..Awesome clicks as usual :)

Curry Leaf said...

Awesome Prathibha.The entire meal is filling and mouthwatering.Love the detailed recipe

Cooking Foodie said...

Hi Prathy,

delicious stuffed pepper curry... will definitely be making it. nice pics too, love the tofu tikka and parantha too in the last pic

Khaugiri said...

Hey Pratibha it's really inviting...... jaldi mumbai aana padega;)

Valarmathi said...

Looks mouthwatering....drooling here Prathiba.... looks absolutely yummy.

Pari said...

hi. What a platter, it's difficult to choose what should I eat first.I agree it's an elaborate process, but worth all the effort as the end result is worth gobbling.Keep it up Prathy.

Cham said...

Ok any leftover for me? Wonderful rich dish!

Siddhi S said...

hi Pratibha...this is my first visit to ur blog...u hv a lovely blog with awesome recipes with mouthwatering pics...this stuffed capsicum with gravy luks soooooo yummmy...i loved the preparation, its very very tempting..Hey i am following u so that i can track all ur future recipes and visit them n comment.

http://siddhiscookingexperiences.blogspot.com/

ARUNA said...

Hey Prathibha, back to blogging after a long time and must say u r a terrific presenter, gorgeous as always!

Gulmohar said...

Love stuffed capsicum..in fact I love all the stuffed veggie dishes :-) The last click is making me drool...

Devi Meyyappan said...

Wooow.. I'm searching for words to explain what I have to say!.. extremely amazing... nice nice nice!.. very tempting!!:).. beautiful pics!!

PJ said...

Hi Prathy, the stuffed capsicum gravy just looks divine! and a very good tip about melon seeds too. Thanks for stopping by my blog; I am so glad you did because now I found yours with so many delicious recipes! I am following it now.

Aparna said...

Something I really like but rarely make because no one else here likes capsicum.

forkbootsandapalette said...

i love this dish..its sooo dressy and so party friendly..but sadly dont make it as often as i find it requires a lot of work. never had it with gravy..nice

forkbootsandapalette said...

i love this dish..its sooo dressy and so party friendly..but sadly dont make it as often as i find it requires a lot of work. never had it with gravy..nice

Parita said...

Wow certainly very rich and mouth watering capsicum dish!

rekhas kitchen said...

Ooooooooooo MG what aspread fealing hungry..... siply superb gravy and recipe sounds delicious great job dear.

munchcrunchandsuch said...

stuffed capsicum looks mast.i cant stop drooling,

Food Fanatic said...

i am a fan of ur cooking. u r simply awesome. i wish u lived closeby so tht i could drop by to eat ur cooked food! u r lovely, prathu!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Love that creamy gravy.....stuffed capsicum is my favourite...love to try this version....

POORNIMA said...

It was excellent!!! Perfect recipe Thanks a ton

Krishnna Kadhi said...

I am going to make this dish today. It looks very nice.
Your steps and method is very clear and easy and way u written is very easy to understand, I hope i can make like you.
I hope my husband likes this....!!!

Thank you

Ashwini said...

Hi Prathibha,
I tried this recipe and it was sooooo delicious. the only thing I felt was that the capsicum seemed a bit underdone despite baking at 185 degrees for 20 min. What could I have done different?should I have pre-baked the capsicum before stuffing them?

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