Monday, June 13, 2011

Stuffed Mirch - Andhra Style!!

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The only thing which strikes my mind when I see these plumpy green chillies/peppers is the most famous 'Mirchi Bajji(Green chilli fritters)' and it is one of my favorite tea time snack especially in rainy season.I know most of you agree with me and would have already imagined yourselves with a hot mirchi bajji platter and a cup of tea on rainy evening...hmm...It is really such a bliss na!!!
I always love to buy these long green chillies when ever I see them but I don't make mirch bajjis often as I am scared of eating those high calorie deep fried food.I kept a rule for myself to limit deep frying stuff once a month(and there are exceptions sometimes of course..haha) and hence I always look out for the recipes to use those green chillies.I always end up making mirchi bajji or mirch ka salan or aloo stuffed mirch with those plumpy chillies.
When I tasted this stuffed mirch with peanuts and besan for the first time which was made by my M-I-L,I just loved it very much but I was scared to attempt it as she had liberally used oil for shallow frying it to reduce the spiciness of chillies.I have found a new way to make this with less oil yet very tasty and less spicy.Blanching the chillies helps in reducing the spiciness as well as it consumes less oil and time while shallow frying it.We all know besan and ajwain definitely complements these peppers(as they are the key ingredients used in making mirchi bajji),the addition of groundnuts made a whole difference in taste to these peppers giving a typical Andhra touch and they taste best with hot steaming rice.Take my words and try this and I am sure you will not be disappointed.

In the pics you can see that they are over fried with some burnt marks,its all because of my blunder.I was just reheating them for my photographs and I forgot to reduce the flame while I was arranging the set up and the result is this....you all can see it here,but I still say that they were very good in terms of taste and dont go by their looks.
Ingredients:
12-15 long thick light green chillies/poblano peppers(bajji variety with less spice)
1/2 cup groundnuts,roasted and skinned
1/2 cup besan(chickpeas flour)
1 big onion, chopped
1 tsp ajwain/carom seeds
1/2 tsp red chili powder(optional)
2 tsp cumin seeds/jeera
salt to taste
2-3 tbsp oil(I used 2tsp oil)
Method:
  • Wash and slit the green chillies and remove the veins and seeds of it.
  • Bring water to a boil with some salt and add the green chillies and blanch for a minute and drain them.I really can't judge the spiciness of chillies even though they are light green in variety,some times they turn out very spicy for me.So I do blanch my green chillies to reduce the heat from chillies,if you like spicy food you can avoid this step.This process not only reduces the heat it also helps in consuming less oil while shallow frying.
  • Dry roast besan until the raw smell goes away and gives its aroma and cool it completely.
  • Heat a tsp of oil in a non-stick pan and add onions and slightly saute it for about a minute and remove them aside,no need to fry it completely.You can even avoid this step but I recommend this.
  • In a mixer grind groundnuts with jeera, ajwain and salt to a coarse powder in whipper mode.Add onions and pulse it again,it should be slight wet mixture.Add roasted besan and red chili powder(if you are using)to it and mix well.
  • Fill the chillies with this mixture tightly,it really takes lot of stuffing inside.Wet your hands and press on top of the stuffed mixture,you can even sprinkle few drops of oil on the top of the stuffing in the mirch.This helps in holding the mixture tight without spilling it when frying/roasting it.
  • Heat the oil in a tawa and place these stuffed chillies with the stuffing facing down(always shallow fry the stuffed side first).Let it roast on low flame until it is fried,it takes 6-8 mins approximately,close it with lid while roasting.Now turn and roast on the other side for 3-4 mins.You can even deep fry them if you want,but make sure you press the mixture tight in the mirch so that it does not splutter in oil.
Serve it hot/warm with hot rice and ghee or roti as side dish.You can even serve it as a snack.


52 comments:

Nitha said...

thats really inviting.. i love this hot n spicy snack..

Ramya said...

I am drooling here looking at the clicks...:-) yummmm

Hari Chandana said...

Wowwwwwwwwwwwwww... chala chala bagundi.. looks simply perfect !!
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Raji said...

Stuffed mirchis looks really great...and really love your idea of blanching the chillies first.

aipi said...

wow, I have been craving these so much. Now, I will have to make them real soon. Beautiful and so tempting pics.
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SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

wow very tempting !! ao interesting and delicious !!

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Absolutely love this, looks super delicious. Blanching the chillies is a superb idea.

sowmya's creative saga said...

am really craving for some of this spicy stuffed mirchi..yumm

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Stuffed mirchis look awesomely delicious and fulfilling. Excellent clicks.

Deepa
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Radhika said...

awesome clicks. makes me so hungry.

divya said...

Looks lovely and delicious.. love the presentation too :)

Nithya said...

Dhool!! love it :)

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Absolutely love it. Going to bookmark :)

Priya said...

Mouthwatering here..droolworthy stuffed mirch..Simply irresistible..

Vimitha Anand said...

Spicy and tasty snack... Looks so tasty...

Prathima Rao said...

Droolworthy recipe!!! I would not mind few burnt marks ofcourse..Lends a nice rustic flavor to it :)
Prathima Rao
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Vegetarian Zest said...

Thanks for visitng my space. You have an awesome space. Will visit regularly. Stuffed mirch recipe is mouth watering.

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Hot Hot.. Yummy Yummy..

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DEESHA said...

soo spicy & yummy ..looks perfect for monsoon

swapna said...

Stuffed Mirchi looks perfect and delicious....

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Wow awesome new dish to me. Will try it

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious preparation prathy this looks good

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Mouthwatering one,craving for one now! Way too tempting!

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Such a tempting recipe....yumm...

Vardhini said...

Love stuffed peppers .. craving for some now.

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SouthIndianHome said...

Wowwww.Looks mouthwatering and delicious
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Sharmilee! :) said...

Stuffed mirchi..sounds like a nice idea..looks tempting

Pushpa said...

Delicious stuffed mirchis,irresistible.

Divya Kudua said...

Not a big fan of spicy food but the stuffed chilly looks absolutely delicious!!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Love that stuffing....sounds extremely delectable to me.....my grand ma use to do it...but she use to tie a thread around so that the masala won't come out....love to give these a try....

Sayantani said...

thats a lovely recipe with a tantalizing stuffing. am drooling at those delectable clicks Pratibha.

Usha said...

Stuffed mirch looks yummy !

Sanjeeta kk said...

Like the groundnuts in the stuffing1

Priti said...

I love stuffed mirchi and looks awesome Prathy ....pics are awesome

shooting star said...

interesting take on the mirchi bhajji!!

Sushma Mallya said...

wow I am craving to have these now prathibha..yum!..loved ur poha rec too:)

Ambreen said...

Lovely stuffing, very tempting pics. Would be great with rice!

Zareena said...

Love stuffed chillies. Ufff.. I am missing those mirchi bhajjis which I used to eat daily.. :) Thanks for sharing this dear. Bookmarked this.

Aparna Vijay said...

Wow!!! Yummy!!!!

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Ananda Rajashekar said...

Oh My My that is too good! its been ages i have had mirchi :)

Cilantro said...

Love spicy food, very tempting indeed. Recently made chutney with these chillies. Would definitely try the stuffed chillies soon.

Sobha Shyam said...

wow..the mirchi looks fabulous..love it..following u..:)

Prathibha said...

hi gals...thanks everyone for ur lovely feedback...
These stuffed chillies are not at all spicy because of the stuffing and is well balanced with the flavors..so do try them and enjoy!!!

Nimi said...

lovely stuffed chillies..

Deeksha said...

Hi
Thanks for visiting my place and giving sweet comments.
Stuffed mirchis look awesome! I am going to bookmark this.Thanks for sharing.

chitraj.hegde said...

OMG......lovely,,,, shall i grab this if u don't mind?,,really looks nice,,,must try,,,,

Plateful said...

I am a total mirch person :) Yes, love anything hot and spicy. This looks like a delicious idea to enjoy peppers other than making bajjis. Love that tawa and your presentation -- make it all the more irresistible!

Sarah Naveen said...

so hot and yummy!!!
looks terrific..loved it

Ashwini Prashanth said...

As you said they are very good in terms of taste and dont go by their looks, gave it a try. And it was yummy. Even my 30 months old toddler who is very fussy about her food enjoyed it.

Prathibha said...

@Ashwini....I m glad that the little chef liked it...:)

Anonymous said...

awesome recipe..made this twice..i baked it..thanks

vini

prathibha Garre said...

@vini..I am glad that u liked it..Thanks for the feedback

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