16 April, 2009

Stuffed Capsicum in Peanut Sauce: What is Your Current Obsession?

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Stuffed Capsicum in Peanut Sauce

Regular readers of my blog will know how obsessed I can get over few things. Ever since I moved to this country, weather has been one of the biggest obsessions of my life. Surprisingly, I am not going to talk about weather today (there is no point in nagging and repeating same things, is it?). But I am going rant on my other obsession in my life! Yeah, you guessed it right. Let’s talk about food! (What you had in mind?;)


I easily get obsessed with one food item at time. If I am start liking one vegetable at one point, then I continue to cook and experiment with same vegetable till I really get tired of it! If one day I chop and cook them, next time you will find the grated form of that veggie. At one time I may stuff that vegetable with aromatic spices and other time I may use it as a stuffing for some other vegetable. Sounds little crazy? Thankfully my ‘much’ better half is not a fussy eater and he doesn’t mind eating them as long as it tastes good!


Like vegetables or fruits, these days I am obsessed with ingredients and right now I am experimenting and dissecting Peanuts! Yes, good old peanuts. After using it in Capsicum Masala Rice and Rhengan Reveya, I seem to have fallen head over heels in love with Peanuts! And why not? They are good as they and get better when they are roasted! But trust me when I say they taste best when they are used as powder form in cooking! This simple looking guy transforms every dish into nutty and flavourful affair! And to prove that again I am presenting you Stuffed Capsicum in Peanut Sauce.



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Stuffed Capsicum in Peanut Sauce

This Stuffed Capsicum in Peanut Sauce may look very imposing and complex dish! But trust me my friends, it is one of the easiest recipe that you can cook to impress your family and friends. I have used simple mashed potato spiced with aromatic spice powders as a filling for bell peppers. And the Peanut Sauce that we have here can be cooked by even the novice cook! Don’t shy away looking at the long ingredient list. If you look through them carefully, you will realise that the most of the ingredients used are easily and readily available. So what are you waiting for? Why not try this delicious spicy potato stuffed bell peppers served in delicious, nutty and creamy gravy of peanuts and see how your loved ones lick their plate clean? :) Well, now that you know about my current obsession, how about telling me yours? I am sending this delicious Stuffed Capsicum in Peanut Sauce to dear EC's WYF-Side Dish event.

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Spicy Potato Stuffed Capsicum before cooking

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Stuffed Capsicum in Peanut Sauce (Spiced Potato Stuffed Capsicum in creamy Peanut Sauce)
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 25-35 mins
Serves: 4-6
Recipe Level: Medium
Spice Level: Medium
Serving Suggestion: With any Indian flat breads or with flavoured/steam cooked Rice

Ingredients:
For Stuffed Capsicum:
6 medium Bell Peppers/Capsicum
3 large Potatoes, washed, peeled, cooked and mashed well
1 large Onion, finely chopped
1 tsp Ginger-Garlic Paste
1 tsp Garam Masala
1 tsp Amchur/Dry Mango Powder or Juice of ½ Limes
½ tsp Red Chilli Powder
½ tsp Turmeric Powder
½ tbsp Kasuri Methi/Dried Fenugreek Leaves (Optional)
1 tsp Cumin Seeds/Jeera
¼ tsp Hing/Asafoetida
½ + 2 tbsp Oil
Salt to taste

For Peanut Sauce:
1 large Onion, finely chopped
1 tsp Ginger-Garlic Paste
½ cup Roasted Peanut, ground to powder
1 tbsp Coriander Powder
1 tsp Cumin Powder
1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
½ tsp Garam Masala
½ tsp Turmeric Powder
½ tsp Amchur/Dry Mango Powder or 1 tbsp Lime Juice
½ tbsp Jaggery/Palm Sugar/Sugar
1 tbsp Oil
Salt to taste
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Stuffed Capsicum in Peanut Sauce

Method:
For Stuffed Capsicum:
Heat ½ tbsp of oil in a pan and add cumin seeds and hing. Sauté till cumin starts to sizzle and turn golden red. Add finely chopped onion and sauté till it turns translucent, about 2 mins, on medium flame. Add ginger-garlic paste and kasuri methi and sauté till raw smell disappears, about 2 mins.
Mix in mashed potatoes and all spice powder along with salt to taste and mix them well. Switch off the flame and let this potato mixture cool.
Cut top of capsicum, about 1 cm, and scoop out seeds and membrane so that you are left with capsicum cups for stuffing. Stuff each capsicum with potato filling.
Next heat about 2 tbsp of oil in a pan and arrange capsicum in single layer. Cover and cook for 3-5 minutes on medium flame. Open the lid and turn the capsicum around so that it is cooked from all the sides. You will see that its skin is wilted and charred marks start to appear when cooked. Over all it will take 15-20 minutes to cook thoroughly on medium flame. Once cooked, keep it on aside on a plate lined with kitchen towel/paper.

For Peanut Gravy:
Heat oil in a pan and add finely chopped onions. Sauté it on medium flame for about 2 minutes and then add ginger-garlic paste. Cook for another 2 minutes till raw smell of GG paste disappears.
Next add coriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala, chilli powder and turmeric powder and cook for half a minute. Add about 2 cups of boiling water and bring the whole mixture to gentle boil.
Mix in peanut power along with amchur, jaggery and salt to taste. Keep stirring till the gravy starts to thicken, about 5-7 minutes. If you think the gravy is too thick, add about ½ cup of water.
Switch off the flame and arrange stuffed capsicums. Serve this delicious Stuffed Capsicum in Peanut Sauce, garnished with finely chopped coriander leaves, with any Indian Flat Breads or flavoured Rice and enjoy!

58 comments:

  1. I love peanuts. Since I'm not inspired to cook anything new myself all this week, this is tonite's dinner. Surprise for A! :)

    Will let you know!

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  2. My stomach is growling Sia looking at those mouth watering peppers. I love peanut sauces cos they are rich and creamy and very versatile too. Love the way you made a simple stuffed capsicum dish 5-star quality.

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  3. yummy combo,..must hve tasted great

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  4. colorful, lovely recipe.... my current obsession is bell peppers, red and green bell peppers combination... i made mushrooms green & red peppers fry last week and 2 days ago it was green & red peppers fry with sesame powder... next green pepper curry is going to be with eggs, i think... ;) after that may be ur stuffed bell peppers.. :-)

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  5. Very interesting dish Sia, looks delicious too! I like the potato stuffing you have used, must have gone very well with the peanut sauce!

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  6. This recipe sounds really interesting. Have seen stuffed capsicum before but have never come across capsicum in peanut sauce. Interesting.

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  7. Tempting peanut sauce... I used to make stuffed capsicum but never made peanut sauce with it... Admire your taste buds for enjoying this and sharing the combo...

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  8. I tend to get obsessed with one food at at a time, too... except mine isn't just the ingredient, I will eat the same dish till I get sick of it! These look so good, I am drooling and so hungry now :)

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  9. what an innovative idea!! Gorgeous recipe & pictures.
    Soma(www.ecurry.com)

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  10. Totally agree with the obsession part. This week I have tried only capsicum(all of them):-). My husband is already fed up. Made your Capsicum Masala Rice..It was too good. Thank You. Coming to stuffed capsicum..It is so tempting. I should try this now. i am out of capsicums:-). Will try when I bring them.Yum Yum..

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  11. Tried it and its going to be a staple. I'm dreaming of making a mixed veg curry in this or a different type of dal!!

    And we used peanut butter instead of peanut powder ;) so that made it a little rich!

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  12. Sia, those look so drool-worthy! Wonderful!!

    zaiqa.net

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  13. this is a absolute delight must say.. yummy.

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  14. Hi Sia,
    Ditoo, ditto ,ditto ....on the obssession part...I go through the same thing from time to time ;) tha's kinda crazily normal...lol
    BTW what a dudesome dish on earth! wow! am drooling...peanuts falls in my all time obssession ;) so this one is bookmarked dear. wonderful snaps and loved ur write-up. Good work girlie!
    TC

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  15. Wow the dish looks delicious, i have never tried peanuts sauce before, must try, grt pics as always

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  16. What was I expecting? To tell the the truth some naughty Mills n Boons type story :-) You are getting quite a reputation dearie. But this dish looks just as exciting. I abs. love peanuts and can imagine how yummy this must have tasted.

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  17. can i put the stuffed capsicum in microwave ?

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  18. Peanut sauce sounds great Sia! Love this dish. :-)

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  19. I love peanut gravy bcoz of its unique richness taste..n the stuffed capsicum would hv been a great combo with the peanut gravy...bookmarked!!!

    n Nice clicks too!!

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  20. I guess i too am catching this peanut-craze from u... ever since i tried that Bhindi in peanut masala! I later tried your ennagai with peanuts, and now this one looks yummy..... waiting to try it......

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  21. Lovely combo of stuffed capsicum in peanut sauce. Peanut sauce sounds interesting.I might use it as a base with some koftas in it. gorgeous pics and great writeup as always.

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  22. Wow.. sounds like a yummy combo! Have to try this.. Wonderful click makes me drool asusual.. :P

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  23. @All, thank you ladies!

    @A_and_N, that was really quick :) glad u enjoyed it. Peanut butter sounds like very good substitue for peanut powder. will keep that in mine when i try next time.

    myspicykitchen, Messo & Suparna,i am so glad to know i have some gr8 company when it comes to this kind of obsession ;)
    Messo, LOL! most days, I usually cook in large qty so that it comes for 3-4 days. so i kind of get tired of eating same dish ;)

    @Ashwini, glad u enjoyed Capsicum rice :) all credits goes to Sailu for her wonderful recipe:)

    @Bharati, oh my!!! i think i myself am to blame for getting that kind of reputation ;)

    @~mE, you can try cooking it in MW but i would suggest you cooking on stove top as it gives it a smoky flavour to bell peppers.

    @Sum, glad u enjoyed ennegai. it's my all time fav :) i have some more recipes to come that uses peanuts :)

    @Jayashree, Kofta in peanut sauce is a lovely idea! let me know when u try it :)

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  24. Wow looks droolworthy......What if the recipe is long the end result tempts me to try some.......

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  25. this is just lovely, I love bell peppers & this is somrthng Iam gonna like

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  26. Weather is THE topic right now for us. It's snowing in Colorado right now and we are having gorgeous 70F+ here in NC! What's more interesting than weather and gardening now?! ;D

    Lovely peanutty dish, yummy. I used to make this but too much work to make this often plus kids want meat in everything!

    Have a great weekend, we will be busy mowing the lawn and planting chilli plants too. Can't wait to start!:)

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  27. sia,plz chk my blog dear, something is waiting for you!!

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  28. Too bad I've already finished dinner tonite.. or this would have been it. Looks so good.

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  29. How cool is this..a perfect treat to the taste buds..

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  30. I usually don't get obsessed in one food, but my son does! He eats until he gets bored and never asked me again! The bell pepper looks gorgeous in the gravy!

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  31. Looking gorgeous sia..I used make same stuffing like this but not peanut sauce.. WIll try for sure.Wonderful picures

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  32. wow sia your pictures are so very inviting!..you have patience madam doing all that!

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  33. Sounds very interesting to me...peanuts are flavoursome feast, Bet this tasted great.

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  34. Beautiful clicks Sia....dish looks yum and very inviting.

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  35. ooh that's too tempting. The capsicum cups look like floating boats in peanut sauce. Just gorgeous and mouth-watering.

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  36. Hi Sia, I'm obsessed with capsicum and famous for adding these colorful peppers almost in everyth.
    What a delightful recipe !! Pictures just too good to resist. Indeed! very innovative and yummy

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  37. What an unusual idea to stuff peppers with potato. I bet it would be good using hot peppers (maybe a mild one like poblano). I'll have to try it both ways! I recently made your Rhengan Reveya--from your beautiful pics it looked complicated but actually was quite easy (and of course delicious).

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  38. oh my my sia... I'm drooling over. yummy recipe.

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  39. Can I come over to your place for a day? Will you feed me? Please... please.

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  40. fantastic Sia, great job. I was eagarly waiting to try your rhengan reveya & I see one more side dish with peanuts. Seems like I need to stock up more peanuts in the coming days to try these recipes :)
    One more thing to add is, peanuts are source of energy for my little one too.., thanks a lot for wonderful posts dear..

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  41. hey Sia, lovely recipe...pics are fab...the recipe mouthwatering....Peanuts...droolable delights...

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  42. Just 2 words - Adopt me.

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  43. I think I may just have to make a project cooking from your blog. Your food is awesome!

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  44. This looks amazing - have made stuffed capsicum, but never tried ti with a peanut sauce - looks really yum...

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  45. gal, this is such a great recipe.. very unique with that peanut sauce.. can't wait to try this.. :) bookmarked..

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  46. Have never put stuffed capsicum into a sauce and this one looks absolutely delicious!!!

    My mom was similarly obessed with stuff and I distinctly remember a period when we used to have malai koftas every week till she got the correct "hotel" taste and consistency!!

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  47. Sia this simply looks gorgeous.Would ypu believe if i tell you that after my vacation in Indonesia I'm obessed with the Satay sauce(peanut sauce)
    I use it along with sambal in salads,on bread,roti everything......

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  48. wow stuffed caps in peanut sauce ...slurp :D. pass me some :). looks fabulous.

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  49. current obsession? robins. and pumpkins.

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  50. Sia,
    That's a wonderful recipe for stuffed capsicum ..great one ..
    my current obssesion is dal/lentil LOL..
    hugs and smiles

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  51. amazing blog u got here!! i m hooked on!!

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  52. The pics looks absolutely stunning...perfect presentation and I guess it would have tasted also great...thanks for participating

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  53. Hi...

    I tried this recipe and have to say it was simply delishhhh:)

    Just made a few additions as far as the stuffing goes..added some carrots and peas to add color and flavor.

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  54. @Rinku, glad u enjoyed it. addition of carrot and peas in stuffing sounds really good and colourful too :)

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  55. Hi Sia!

    Have tried this recipe and it's simply great!

    Thanks for sharing!

    - Pooja

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