Stuffed bell peppers had been on my to-cook list for quite some time and finally got some small capsicums and made these for dinner tonight. A perfect vegetarian meal that is incredibly filling and yummy. Bharwan shimla mirch or stuffed capsicum recipe is created with a mixture of mashed potato, crumbled paneer, onions, red bell pepper and flavored with spices. These bell peppers are loaded with goodness of protein, veggies and yummy ingredients creating a balanced meal for everyone.
Below I have shown two methods to prepare these stuffed bell peppers. One is the baked version and other one is the pan cooked one. I personally like to stuff whole bell peppers with the stuffing I prepared, but if you prefer smaller portions than I would recommend cut bell peppers in half, stuff them and serve open faced garnished with some crumbled paneer.
MY MOM’S QUICK TIP – As kids, we used to eat the stuffing and discard the pepper skin because it tasted so bland. So my mom started to sprinkle the inside of the empty capsicum with salt before stuffing. After de-seeding the bell peppers, sprinkle some salt on the inside and microwave for 2-3 minutes. This will reduce the cooking time in half and while eating stuffed capsicum skin will not taste bland (salt will take care of that part).
A perfect recipe for busy nights – while your dal is cooking try this quick and easy to throw together recipe. Meal will be ready and out on the table in an hour.