Stuffed mini pepper curry

Hi folks!! How is December treating you so far? Are you busy shopping and planning for the year end festivities? I am taking my time off from life at the moment and enjoying some winter fun in India. Since i am surrounded by all things Indian, today i am infusing some curry flavours in baked peppers and bringing a perky dish for all to enjoy. Presenting my Stuffed mini pepper curry.

I miss India !! For me, there is no greater pleasure than enjoying some me time in a place which feels home…India. My trip this time has come around after a gap of two years and i am making up for the missed good times with lots of shopping, food and fun with family. It is also giving me an opportunity to enjoy delicious Indian meals and rejoice. Naans, breads and curries are my all time favorites and i make sure i try all sorts of varieties when i am in India.

Today i am bringing one of my mother’s specialty and my favorite stuffed vegetable curry with my spins. My mother usually prepares a stir fried version using mustard oil and nigella seeds in the tempering which i adore. I am taking inspirations from her dish and deconstructing the methods while keeping the elements of the dish intact.

Stuffed mini pepper curry

Stuffed mini pepper curry

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stuffed mini peppers curry


This dish has 2 components:

  • Stuffed mini peppers
  • Tomato Gravy

Stuffed mini peppers

  • 1 packet/ 1 lb sweet mini peppers (approximately 12-15 pieces)
  • 2 big potatoes, boiled and grated
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder (can also use red chili flakes)
  • 1 tsp nigella seeds (optional)
  • 1 cup shredded cheese ( i used sharp cheddar cheese but feel free to use any variety that melts well)

Tomato Gravy

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable/ Olive oil
  • 2 tomatoes, skins removed and pureed
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 inch ginger, grated
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, grated
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream / yogurt (optional. Gives a rich texture)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh coriander, chopped


Stuffed mini peppers

  1. Preheat the oven at 375 F.
  2. Meanwhile, cut each mini pepper in half and remove the seeds from inside. Keep aside.
  3. Let us prepare the stuffing now. For this, take a bowl. Add in everything except the cheese and mini peppers. Mix well.
  4. Take a spoon and neatly stuff each half of the mini peppers. Add grated cheese on top of each and bake in the oven for about 20-30 minutes. The cheese will melt and form a crust on top.  Remove from the oven and keep aside.

These stuffed mini peppers can be enjoyed as is as an appetizer.

Tomato Gravy

  1. Take a pan. Add in oil and heat up. Add in cumin seeds and let them splutter.
  2. Now, add in the chopped onions and saute till translucent.
  3. Next, add in the tomato puree and add in salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder and cook till tomatoes and cooked and start to leave oil on the sides (This would take approximately 10-12 minutes)
  4. Now, add in the sour cream and mix well. Adding sour cream will help in thickening the gravy and adding richness to the dish.
  5. Once the gravy comes to a boil, shut the flame and keep the gravy aside.
  6. For assembly, Pour half the gravy in a dish and arrange the stuffed mini peppers on top of the gravy. Pour the remaining gravy on top. Sprinkle fresh coriander on top and serve with naans, rotis or rice. Enjoy !

Isn’t that a neat recipe ? The best part is that these stuffed mini peppers make for an exciting appetizer and a little tomato gravy transforms these into this beautiful, colorful and absolutely delicious curry. I have always enjoyed potatoes bell peppers combination in a stir fry but this curry dish glorifies that combination and i am in love with it !! Try it out for yourself and discover the magic of this combination.

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  1. These look lovely! Enjoy your time in India, it sounds wonderful xx

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