Storified by Arya McLean· Sat, Apr 13 2013 22:38:02
A Indian gourmet healthy recipe, Bhari Shimla Mirch, or stuffed capsicum is simple and fun to make. You can use a variety of capsicum, such as yellow, green and red capsicum for a beautiful and colorful presentation. Commonly stuffed bell peppers or stuffed capsicum are baked in the oven after stuffing. In this recipe, the filling is sautéed and the stuffed peppers are also fried so you don’t need an oven to make this impressive dish.Use a healthy oil for frying such as virgin olive oil for a healthier dish. The tri-colored peppers have a festive appeal and make any dinner table look more vibrant. Serve this as an appetizer or as a snack. This makes a superb party food and is fun to eat with rice or bread, naan or on its own.
For this recipe, you need relatively small sized capsicums so that it fits in the pan and can easily be fried, but it should be large enough for stuffing the ingredients. The potatoes and green peas need to be boiled and mashed prior to stuffing. You need to prepare the potatoes and green peas beforehand. This recipe is prefect to make if you have leftover boiled or mashed potatoes from the weekend. Once the potatoes and peas are boiled and mashed, they are combined with chopped onions, chili powder, turmeric, mango powder, garam masala, coriander powder, and seeds of Pomegranate.
This is a spicy vegetarian dish that makes a lovely weekday meal. As long as you have the potatoes and green peas prepared, then cooking the stuffed capsicum only takes a few minutes. Wash the capsicums well before cooking and slice them horizontally, at the top and remove the seeds and pulp in the core, so that you have a cup-shaped piece for stuffing.