Bharwan mirch – paneer-stuffed sweet peppers



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.'






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

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

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


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


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


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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