Bharwan mirch – paneer-stuffed sweet peppers

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First published in 2022
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Rohit says: 'Bharwan mirch (stuffed pepper) dishes are very popular in northern India. These could be served as a starter or as a main course, with an onion and tomato-based gravy.'

Ingredients

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Marinade

1

Cut a slit along each pepper and remove the seeds. Set aside

  • 12 peppers, the small and sweet variety available in most supermarkets
2

Grate the paneer into a bowl. Heat the oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds. Once they start crackling, add the ginger and green chillies and stir well. Cook for 2-3 minutes, then add the turmeric, asafoetida, grated paneer and a little salt. Mix well and cook for another 4-5 minutes. Add the potatoes, garam masala and amchur. Check the seasoning, then turn down the heat and add the chopped coriander. Mix well, then leave to cool

3

Stuff the cooled paneer mixture into the peppers, pressing it in firmly. Set aside

4

Mix all the marinade ingredients together in a small bowl, then spoon this over the stuffed peppers. Leave to chill in the fridge for 1-2 hours

5

Preheat an oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Arrange the marinated peppers on a non-stick baking tray and cook in the oven for 10-15 minutes, until the peppers are charred on the outside. Serve with chutney

  • chutney, such as mint or mango, to serve
First published in 2022
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