Saturday, March 20, 2010

Stuffed Bell Peppers/ Capsicum

I love the different colours of capsicum. Green, yellow, red, orange - so beautiful, so vibrant!

I was in a mood to create something delicious out of the peppers and thought of baking them with some tasty stuffing.

I saw some recipes with tofu and rice. I wasn't too keen on rice in my peppers, but tofu sounded great! My mother in law makes stuffed okra with besan, so I thought of combining tofu and besan. And here's the recipe:


4 to 5 bell peppers (capsicum)
1 large onion
1/4 cup besan (bengal gram flour)
1/4 cup peanuts
1 tomato
3 to 4 garlic pods
1" ginger
1 and 1/2 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp jeera (cumin) powder
1 tsp corriander powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 packet tofu (16 oz)
Salt to taste
A few strands of corriander leaves

Method :

Heat oil. Saute finely chopped onion till they turn translucent. Add besan and roast till the raw smell goes off. Add roasted and skinned peanuts. Add finely chopped ginger and garlic (You could substitute with 2 tsp ginger garlic paste). Fry for sometime. Add all the spice powders, finely chopped tomato and roast for a couple of minutes. Add mashed tofu, salt and corriander leaves. Mix well. Remove from flame.

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Slice the peppers vertically, scoop out the seeds.

Drizzle the groove of each half with some oil. Fill and press the stuffing into the grooves so that it goes all the way in. If you want to spice things up, you could sprinkle red chilli flakes on top.

Place (stuffed side up) on a greased oven safe pan. (I used greased aluminium foil on the pan). Bake for 35 to 45 mts till peppers become soft. The red and yellow peppers cook faster and get slightly charred - which makes them tastier.

My favourite is the red capsicum. I used to think it was the hottest. But it is sweet in taste and when you bite into the stuffed red capsicum, you want to eat yet another!

Sending this post to Bake Off and Tasty Tofu Treats.



  1. looks very colourful aparna and the stuffing is really nice in it...looks very yummy and beautiful colourful clicks too

  2. Hi..this dish looks so delicious, lovely presentation, thanks for sharing...

  3. Hey lovely ! know what ? i was just thinking what to do with the leftover stuffing of puffs which i baked yesterday which co-incidently happens to be tofu-matar stuffing !!The red pepper lying in my fridge since last 2 weeks is happy now :)have u ever tried stuffing aloo ? the aloo-capsi combo is very yummy .

  4. Thiese pepers look delicious I normally stuff mine with the rice mixture but I think I will try the paneer version.Lovely colourful dish.

  5. First time here and u have got a lovely space!!!

    I have just got into baking and jumping put of joy that I found something healthy and tasty. Will definitely give it a try and let u know how it came out .Very tempting..

  6. We make stuffed peppers with potato only..this looks interesting..yum.

  7. The pictures - and memories of the brief taste from Monday night earlier this week - are motivating and thanks for the recipe, but I think I'd rather wait for you to return than try to cook that! :)

  8. Looks very colourful and tempting...

  9. Such a tempting display. Beautifully shot.

  10. WOW!!! such nice and beautiful colours feel like eating one right now.

  11. Wonderful and tempting recipe with amazing colors. Luv the capsicum fill.

  12. Hey Aps!! I just made this dish from your blog! Turned out simply marvelous!!!! :) Taken pics on my cell phone. Let's see.. if the pics are ok, I will post them on my blog when I get a chance, and send you the link. Thanks, Aparna! :)

  13. Hi Aparna..I just posted my take on your stuffed bell peppers!! :) The clicks are not bad for a cell phone! :D Here's the link Check it out whenever you are free. No rush. The post is always going to be there! Have a good vacation! :)

  14. hi
    tried this and blogged about it and linked it to your blog.
    thanks for sharing.



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