Thursday, September 3, 2009

Moong Pudina Wali Bharva Shimla Mirch (Bellpeppers stuffed with Green Gram and Mint)

This is the Second in the series of stuffed bell peppers. The stuffing for this one is made of a paste of Green Gram and Mint Leaves. The mix of these flavors is very unique and a dash of lime juice at the end gives it a real spike !

This is surely a dish to inspire. Be sure to hear about it from your guests !!
The dish goes well with Pulao, Biryani and all kinds of Rotis. Adding a simple curry to the mix of dishes makes it a complete dinner extravagance! Hope you like it !


Green Bell Peppers - 4 medium
Moong Daal (Green Gram) - 1 cup
Fresh Mint Leaves - small bunch
Green Chilli - 1 or 2 small
Lime Juice - a dash
Ginger or Ginger Powder - 1/2 inch cube grated (optional)
Jeera Powder (Cumin Powder) - 2 tsp
Dhania Powder (Coriander Powder) - 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala - 1 tsp
Pam Oil Spray
Water - 1 cup
Salt to taste

COOKING TIME: 40 minutes

SERVING: Serves 4 to 6


1. Boil the Moong Daal and keep aside. Let it cool.
2. After the daal is cooled to room temperature, make it into a paste in a blender. Please read the notes below on how to get the daal to the required consistency.
3. Cut the Bell Peppers into halves or just cut the top and scoop out the seeds and pulp from inside, as you prefer. Keep aside.
4. Make a paste of the Mint leaves, Ginger (optional) and Green Chilli in a mixer.
5. In a pot, add the Moong daal paste, cook it on flame, while adding little water to prevent it from getting burnt at the bottom.
6. Add Jeera Powder, Dhania Powder and Salt. Cook for a bit.
7. Add the Mint-Ginger-Green Chilli paste, cook till the paste blends into the daal mixture. Add Garam Masala.
8. Cook on medium to high flame to let most of the water evaporate to bring to a consistency of a thick paste. Cool the mixture. The stuffing is ready !
9. Spray and thinly coat the Green Bell Peppers with Pam Oil Spray.
10. Prepare a tray for the oven - Cover the tray with aluminium sheet, spray some Pam Oil Spray on.
11. Use the stuffing to fill the Bell Peppers. Put them on the prepped tray, ready to bake.
12. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Bake the stuffed bell peppers for 30 to 35 mins.
13. When done, garnish the stuffed bell peppers with mint leaves or coriander leaves, as you prefer.
14. Add a dash of Lime Juice when you serve.

Serve with Curry, Rice or Roti.
Enjoy !!!


The Moong Daal needs to be boiled in indirect flame -  place the daal in a container and add water in the ratio of 2:1. So, for 1 cup of daal, use 2 cups of water. Place this container inside a cooker with a little water at the bottom of the cooker. Steam the Daal like you would normally do in the cooker. What comes out is daal thats cooked, but has very little water. The advantage of using indirect flame is that it prevents the dall from burning at the bottom and you get a thick consistency of daal that could be used to make the stuffing.


Sumathi said...


I was so attracted towards this dish , and tried it the moment i saw it this morning.. Simply superb..Turn out really great and my whole family enjoyed it..
You have a nice space and really interesting recipes..
I also like to add ginger to all my foods.. Just that there was a rule in the Rc i had to mention it.. :)

Amz said...

Thanks for trying it out! I am glad you and your family enjoyed the dish!! It is the encouragement from friends like you that inspires me to create new recipes.. and I love to share them with everyone here.

Thanks again.

Karunya said...

WOW,looks yumm, I have to try it sometime

Amz said...

Hope you like it Karunya ! Let us know...

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