Stuffed Green Peppers
These days I am on mission "clean the fridge". I bought these peppers (actually lots of these peppers) last-to-last Sunday, cleaned them, put them in a ziplock and forgot all about them until last Sunday. Like an idiot, I bought 2 varieties, Long ones and ones that were smaller. I don't know what these peppers actually are called, but we get them once in a while and the smaller ones are pickled in UP and Rajasthan (North and Western India).
Anyway, the recipe - Another thing, I am incapable of giving precise measurements, because I don't cook that way, so one needs to er.. follow instinct.
Peppers (If you are an idiot like me, you'll take 18)
Gramflour or besan (enough to stuff 18 peppers - maybe 6 tbsps)
Salt - to taste
Chilli/ Paprika powder - 0.5 - 2 tsps depending on the amount you can handle
Coriander powder - 3 tsps
Aniseed/ Saunf - 1 tsp
Oil - I use peanut or sunflower
Amchoor (dried mango powder) - 1 tsp (I suppose one can also use lime juice)
To prepare the Stuffing -
Take a griddle/tava, heat about a tablespoon of oil, crackle the aniseed, add the gramflour and keep roasting until a nutty smell emerges or it turns very light brown, add the salt, chilli powder, coriander powder, amchoor. Mix for another 3 mins, take off heat and cool. If the mixture is not sticky enough, add few drops of water and oil to make it into a mixture that is not wet, but rather grainy. I really should remember to take intermediate pictures, no? The stuffing should cool down completely before stuffing, my mom says because if it isnt it cooks the chillies from inside, though you do cook it afterwards, so I don't really understand why.
Remove the tops of the chillies/ peppers, deseed. Stuff the peppers/ chillies with enough stuffing to loosely fill the peppers, chillies. In a thick-bottomed shallow frying pan, heat some oil, arrange the peppers and lower the heat, cover and cook for 5 minutes, then turn gently and let cook for another 5 mins. When the peppers look like the pics below, they're done.
I normally eat these wrapped in roti (chappati) and with yoghurt. One may also have them with hot rice and dal. Or, you can have them just on their own with ginger tea.
Update! I managed to remember to enter this for the Waiter, there's something in my... stuffed fruit/vegetables! event hosted by Jeanne of Cooksister, who's blog I have been reading for ages and planning to participate in the events, but would never remember to, because of my crazy schedules.