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Stuffed Banana Peppers / Gutti Mirapakaya

Recipe Cooked, Photographed and Written by Praveena

Prep Time:5 mins   Cooking Time:10 mins   Cuisine:Indian

Banana Peppers are a good source of Vitamin A, B-6, C , fiber, folate and very low calories. All these nutrients are very important for healthy heart and reduce the risk of cancer (info from internet).

This recipe is not something I learnt from my Mom or somewhere else, but its my own makeover recipe.  It truly turned out extremely tasty that we felt like having more.

This is a ofcourse Vegan & Glutenfree recipe, yet it has protein rich stuffing as we are using ground nuts & sesame seeds.

Before starting to cook, don’t forget to see the Tips which I mentioned at the end.

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Ingredients:

  • Banana Peppers / Bajji Mirchi – 5
  • Salt – as per taste
  • Peanuts / Palleelu – 2 tablespoons
  • Sesame Seeds / Nuvvulu / Til – 2 tablespoons
  • Cumin / Jeera – 1 tablespoons
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ teaspoon
  • Besan / Chickpea Flour –  2 tablespoons
  • Coriander Leaves – a handful
  • Water – as required
  • Cooking Oil – 3 tablespoons

Special Ingredients:

  • Peanuts / Palleelu
  • Sesame Seeds / Nuvvulu / Til
  • Besan / Chickpea Flour

Procedure:

  • Put a medium size pan on stovetop under medium flame.
  • Add the Peanuts/Palleelu, SesameSeeds/Nuvvulu and Jeera/CuminSeeds to the pan.
  • Dry roast until you get a pleasant aroma.
  • Switch the flame off and let them cool completely.
  • In the meanwhile, take the Banana Peppers / Mirchi wash with running water and dry them with a kitchen towel. 
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    Banana Peppers / Bajji Mirchi washed and pat dried
  • Slit them length wise and make an opening to insert the stuffing.
  • Wash the coriander and chop it finely.
  • Take the roasted items into a spice blender /  mixer and make into fine powder.
  • Transfer this into a separate bowl, along with the salt, besan/chickpea flour and half of chopped coriander leaves.
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    Curry Powder ready for stuffing
  • Add enough water and make it into a thick paste.
  • Using a tiny spoon fill all the peppers/mirchi with this spice powder mix.
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    Stuffing filled in the slit Banana Peppers / Mirchi
  • Put the same pan on stovetop under medium flame, add the oil and let it heat.
  • Place each of the peppers gently onto the pan and close it with lid.
  • After 5-7 mins, open the lid and turn each pepper to the other side.
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    After 5 mins on stovetop, the peppers turned to the otherside
  • Close the pan with lid, and let it cook this side for more 5 mins.
  • Check if they are properly cooked and then switch the flame off.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve. Done!!

Tips:

  • Try not to remove the stalk from the peppers.
  • Just slit the peppers length wise, but be careful not to cut them, just make an opening to insert the stuffing.
  • I did not add any extra spice for the stuffing, as the peppers itself are hot enough.
  • Adjust the salt and spice as per your taste.
  • You can make the powder for stuffing, in advance and then use it whenever needed.

Result:

  • These stuffed peppers seem to be spicy but they aren’t.
  • We had these as a side with steamed rice along with a spoonful of ghee/butter. 
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    Stuffed Banana Peppers / Gutti Mirchi ready to be served

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