stuffed capsicum recipe | bharwa shimla mirch

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.

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).

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stuffed capsicum recipe, bharwan shimla mirch recipe

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.

stuffed capsicum recipe, bharwan shimla mirch recipe
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Bharwa Shimla Mirch

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Bharwa Shimla Mirch is a delicious recipe of green bell peppers stuffed with spiced potatoes.
stuffed capsicum recipe, bharwan shimla mirch recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:30 mins
Cook Time:25 mins
Total Time:55 mins
Course:side dish
Cuisine:north indian,punjabi
Servings (change the number to scale):2 to 3
(1 CUP = 250 ML)

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)

Nutrition Facts
Bharwa Shimla Mirch
Amount Per Serving
Calories 258 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 1261mg55%
Potassium 921mg26%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 1175IU24%
Vitamin C 253.6mg307%
Calcium 57mg6%
Iron 4.4mg24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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106 comments/reviews

  1. very nice and yummy receipe

    • thanks yasin

  2. hi dassana ur recipestation r wondering and I always prefer them first.same I did it with this and it was awesome.5 stars

    • thank kayanat for sharing this feedback. glad to know.

  3. Hi, I’ve been following your recipes for a few months now and they are scrumptious each time. Never have I come across a recipe that has failed to impress. They have a distinct home-cooked flavour which chefs like Sanjeev Kapoor and Pankaj Bhadauria miss. This is the type of cooking that leaves you content and full. Just like eating out of mom’s hands. I appreciate the hard work and heart you put in your recipes and it shows. Thank you.5 stars

    • Welcome Amandeep. Thanks for your kind words and appreciation. Glad to know that you like the recipes and their presentation.

  4. nicee one

  5. Luking very delicious will try it tonight, I had tried ur other recipes like dal makhani etc. N it was awesome Thanku fr sharing recipes in this pic style it is really very helpful4 stars

    • Thanks Malkeet. Glad to know that you liked the recipes presentation.

  6. Looks tasty.But to make it healthy, what other veggies can i add instead of potato?

    • Sruthi, you can add grated carrot, green peas or corn.

  7. Hi Dasaana

    gr8 recipe, wud like to try out for dinner 2nite, need help, in microwave can we use the grill mode or grill+convention mode,

    what is the difference between grill and convention, plz help

    thanks sunita

    • sunita, in microwave oven, use the microwave mode. you just need to cook for 4 to 5 minutes. thats it. grill and convection both use dry heat for cooking. in grill its just that the food is touching the heat source, whereas in convection the food is not touching the heat source.

  8. Lovely recipe as usual..love your blog and the fact that all recipes are so easy to follow. Your photographs are amazing.
    Thanks for making cooking so easy and fun!!

    • pleased to know this shubhda 🙂 thankyou for your kind and encouraging words. you are always welcome.

  9. Hello,It is an absolutely sumptuous dish..Thanks a lot for sharing..i added some paneer as well,turned out great..Thanks once again.

    • glad you liked the stuffed capsicum adding paneer would taste great. you are always welcome radha and thankyou 🙂

  10. Very easy steps of receipe.5 stars

    • thankyou varsha 🙂

  11. Hi Dassana,

    Thank you for this recipe. I want to serve it to a large group at work, and I wanted your advice on reheating (baking option).

    Thanks,
    Nidhi

    • to reheat, you can bake for some minutes at 180 degrees celsius before serving or you can microwave for some seconds.

  12. Hi… Stuffed capsicum was awsome. i like it its amazing. i think only one part which taking longer is cocking of capsicum on low heat it took almost 30 minutes. I am very happy, i have pre pared it today.

    • Thanks. Yes cooking of capsicum takes time. You can also bake instead of cooking.

  13. I loved this recipe! I used baby peppers instead of normal-sized peppers hence I only needed to bake it for ~12 minutes. It’s so great! I also added a little cheese right at the top of the stuffed pepper and I added 1/4th teaspoon tamarind paste to my potato stuffing and it turned out SO GOOD. Thank you for the great recipe, totally reminded me of my mom’s own recipe!4 stars

    • welcome urjitha. nice to know this. thanks for sharing your variation and positive feedback.

  14. Very nice recipe and very very testy

  15. nice and easy4 stars