It was two years ago when I first tasted the stuffed Mirchi (Peppers) at my friend Geetha's place. Her mother was visiting her and invited my friend Sheeba and me to lunch. She had made us a huge spread of south Indian food and along with it was this stuffed peppers. It was so spicy that I imagined that I was a cartoon and saw smoke coming out of my ears. But I loved the super spicy nature of it. From then on I have been hooked on it. I often make a milder version with some gravy for those who cannot handle spice but the taste and flavor is maintained. I think the peppers determine the level of spice and adding more spice to the stuffing takes it to another notch. So for all those who love spicy spicy food please do try this simple easy dish and you would make it often.
Heavy Iron pan or any pan
Measuring Spoons and cups
Chillies - 12
Besan Flour / channa Dhal flour - 8 tbsp
Coriander Powder - 2 tbsp
Cumin Powder - 1 tbsp
Asafoetida - a few shakes
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Cilantro - 1 tbsp
Chilli Powder ( For more spice optional)
Oil - 4 tbsp
1. Heat the wok and add 2 tbsp oil to it. Mix all the dry ingredients well and add it to the oil and roast it on medium low for 5 minutes to remove the raw smell and to cook the stuffing.
2. Wash each pepper and make a cut lengthwise. Remove all seeds (optional again) and fill it with 1 to 2 tbsp of the filling.
3. Set the oven to 350 degrees and heat the iron pan or wok with it. (If you do not own an oven skip this step) On the heated iron pan add 2 tbsp of oil and place the stuffed chilli in it and cook stove top covered or put it in the oven for 20 minutes at 350 and allow the chillies to get roasted a bit first and then place them on stove top to get them roasted evenly. This method works well when you are making a huge batch. Otherwise please use the stove top and roast the chills well and serve then with any kind of food.