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Stuffed capsicum recipe With step by step photos – this is a Punjabi style delicious bharwa shimla mirch recipe. In this recipe, capsicum (bharwa shimla) are stuffed with spiced mashed potatoes. A vegan dish.

stuffed capsicum recipe, bharwan shimla mirch recipe

This Punjabi bharwa shimla mirch recipe is how I make this dish at home and is liked by everyone. sometimes I also add green peas to the potato stuffing. There are many variations of making the stuffing and even with different ingredients like paneer (cottage cheese) or besan (gram flour).

Stuffed vegetable dishes are quite popular in India. Few more bharwa (meaning stuffed) recipes on the blog Are: 

Most of the times I bake the stuffed capsicum. but in this post, I have mentioned on how to cook the capsicum in a pan, as I do get a lot of requests for making stuff without an oven. However, if you do have an oven, then bake the capsicum. Baking is easy and effortless, than sauteing & cooking them in a pan.

The bharwa shimla mirch goes best with rotis accompanied by raita. You can also serve these stuffed capsicum as a side dish. This dish also makes for a good tiffin box lunch.

How to make stuffed capsicum

1. First, boil the potatoes till they completely tender and cooked thoroughly. Peel and grate the potatoes. Keep aside.

boiled potatoes for stuffed capsicum recipe

2. Slice off the tops of the capsicum. Remove the seeds. Rinse them in water and pat dry with a kitchen towel. Keep aside.

slice the capsicum top

3. In a small frying pan, heat oil. Fry the cumin first and then add chopped onions.

sauting onions - making stuffed capsicum recipe

4. Saute the onions till translucent. Add chopped green chilies.

sauting onions for making stuffed capsicum recipe

5. Stir and then add turmeric powder, red chili powder, asafoetida. Stir again.

making stuffed capsicum recipe

6. Add the potatoes and mix everything.

preparing stuffed capsicum masala

7. Saute the potatoes for 2 mins and then add garam masala powder, dry mango powder and salt.

preparing stuffed capsicum masala

8. Stir well and then add chopped coriander leaves. Mix again and let this spiced potato stuffing become warm or cool down.

spiced potato stuffing for bharwan shimla mirch recipe

9. With a spoon or with your hands, stuff the potato mixture in the capsicum.

stuff potato mixture in capsicum

Cooking stuffed capsicum

10. Now you can bake them or saute in a pan. I have mentioned the baking instructions in the recipe details above. Heat oil in a pan or kadai/wok and place the stuffed capsicum in the pan.

place the stuffed capsicum in the pan

11. Cover the pan and allow the stuffed capsicum to cook on a low flame.

cooking stuffed capsicum or bharwan shimla mirch

12. You will have to check often after every 5 to 6 mins and keep on changing the sides of the capsicum so that all sides are cooked well. Check, turn the sides and cover the pan again. You also have to place the open potato side touching the pan. In the below pic, you will see the various sides getting cooked. The capsicum will get golden and wrinkled. I usually cook the bell peppers thoroughly.

cooking stuffed capsicum or bharwan shimla mirch

13. Continue to check, change the sides and then cover again till the capsicum are cooked well. It took me about 25 minutes to cook these on a low flame.

cooking stuffed capsicum or bharwan shimla mirch

14. Garnish with coriander or mint leaves and Serve these potato stuffed capsicum hot or warm with rotis, bread or as a side dish.

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Bharwa Shimla Mirch

4.67 from 24 votes
Bharwa Shimla Mirch is a delicious recipe of green bell peppers stuffed with spiced potatoes.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 55 mins

Cuisine North Indian, Punjabi
Course: Side Dish

Servings 2 to 3
Units

Ingredients

  • 4 to 5 medium to large shimla mirch (capsicum or green bell peppers)
  • 4 to 5 medium potatoes or about 180 to 200 grams potatoes
  • ⅓ to ½ cup steamed or cooked peas - optional
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped or ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 green chili, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon dry mango powder (amchur powder) or as required. - (substitute with ¼ teaspoon lemon juice if dry mango powder is not available. you can also increase the quantity of lemon juice as per your taste)
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • 2 teaspoon chopped coriander leaves (cilantro leaves)
  • 1 tablespoon oil for sauteing the onions
  • 1 or 1.5 tablespoon oil for sauteing the capsicum
  • salt as required

Instructions

making stuffing

  • First, boil the potatoes till they completely tender and cooked thoroughly. Peel and grate the potatoes. Keep aside.
  • Slice off the tops of the capsicum. Remove the seeds. Rinse them in water and pat dry with a kitchen towel. Keep aside.
  • In a small frying pan, heat oil. Fry the cumin first and then add chopped onions.
  • Saute the onions till translucent. Add chopped green chilies.
  • Stir and then add turmeric powder, red chili powder, asafoetida. Stir again.
  • Add the potatoes and mix everything.
  • Saute the potatoes for 2 mins and then add garam masala powder, dry mango powder and salt.
  • Stir well and then add chopped coriander leaves. Mix again and let this spiced potato stuffing become warm or cool down.
  • With a spoon or with your hands, stuff the potato mixture in the capsicum.
  • If baking, then brush or rub oil outside the capsicum, before you stuff them with the spiced mashed potatoes.
  • Now you can bake the stuffed capsicum in an oven or saute in a pan.

for cooking stuffed capsicum in a pan

  • Heat oil in a pan or kadai/wok and place the stuffed capsicum in the pan.
  • Cover the pan and allow the stuffed capsicum to cook on a low flame.
  • You will have to check often after every 5 to 6 mins and keep on changing the sides of the capsicum so that all sides are cooked well. Check, turn the sides and cover the pan again.
  • You also have to place the open potato side touching the pan. The capsicum will get golden and wrinkled.
  • Continue to check, change the sides and then cover again till they are cooked well. It took me about 25 minutes to cook these on a low flame.
  • Garnish with coriander or mint leaves and serve these potato stuffed capsicum hot or warm with rotis, bread or as a side dish.

Notes

For baking stuffed capsicum in the oven
  1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees c.
  2. Place the stuffed capsicum on a baking tray and bake at 200 degrees c for 20 to 30 minutes (oven temperatures vary, so keep an eye) till the capsicum has become golden and wrinkled. You can also top some grated cheese on the potatoes and then bake.

Nutrition Info Approximate values

Calories: 258kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 5gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1261mgPotassium: 921mgFiber: 8gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 1175IUVitamin C: 253.6mgCalcium: 57mgIron: 4.4mg

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  1. Hii dassana, I really like your recipes.. I wanted to ask you one thing.. Whenever I make stuffed capsicum.. Capsicums are not cooked properly … Because masala is already cooked but capsicums are totally raw and very hard.. When I try to cook them it turns more brown..

    1. Hi Heer, you can blanch the capsicum first before stuffing and the cook them. Just blanch them for 1 to 2 minutes in hot boiling water and then drain the water. While cooking, you can also sprinkle some water in the pan and cover with lid. This will cause some steaming in the pan which will cook the capsicum. Also cook on low heat so that they do not become brown or get burnt. Turn often for even cooking. I hope this helps.

  2. Hi Dasana, am a big fan of all your recipes. They are delicious.I have a doubt here. Can I make these stuffed capsicums without onions? Or in place of that, do you recommend something?? Thanks for your help. And please keep up the good work!

    1. Oh yes, you can skip onions easily. Sometimes I also skip onions in the potato stuffing. Do add one to two pinches of hing (asafoetida) when chillies are added. Thanks for the feedback and most welcome.

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