A Stuffed Green Bell Pepper Meal

(Picture: A Well done stuffed bell pepper just fresh from the oven. You can still see the droplets from steam on its surface)

I picked up a couple three bell peppers from the farmer’s market while shopping for my weekly veggies. I avoid storing bell peppers for long in the refrigerator and don’t buy them unless and until I plan to cook them that very day or the next day. Since I shopped for veggies mid-week, I hadn’t planned to have bell peppers on my list. But,once I saw these fresh, crisp and bright green bell peppers I just couldn’t get my eyes off them. I knew I had to buy at least one of them that evening and eventually landed up buying more than just one.

On my way back home, I was thinking of ways to incorporate these bell peppers into something easy and close to being a one pot meal, but could hardly think of any except for stuffing them. To make it very simple and be a quick fix weekday dinner, I decided to use rice to stuff these bell peppers, instead of a long list of ingredients. I had made a batch of paneer using organic milk at home earlier that weekend, and realized that there was sufficient left to add to the stuffing.

Though this recipe is something I put together on the go, the outcome was more appeasing that what I had expected it to be. I used less of the paneer and more of the rice for the stuffing, so in essence it was more like having pulao with sabzi in a bell pepper shell. What more when its like an entire meal by itself? These stuffed bell peppers pair very well when served with a light soup or in a pool of dal.


For the rice stuffing


½ cup Rice, white, pre-cooked and at room temperature
¼ cup Green peas, fresh or frozen
1 teaspoon Shahi Jeera
2 teaspoons Kasuri Methi, crushed
1½ teaspoon Oil

For the Paneer stuffing


¼ cup Paneer, crumbled
¼ cup Onions, diced
½ Tomato, diced
½ teaspoon Red Chili powder
½ teaspoon Turmeric powder
1 teaspoon Oil

For the shell:

2 Green Bell Peppers, cleaned, pith and top removed.
Cooking oil spray
Salt - optional


Preheat oven at 300F. Prepare a cookie sheet with foil and set aside.

For Rice stuffing:

- Heat oil in a skillet; add jeera, peas and salt. Sauté for 3-4 mins. Add pre-cooked rice, kasuri methi and mix well. Cook covered for 5-6 mins, occasionally mixing all the ingredients. Add more salt if required, based on taste.
- Remove from flame. Set aside to cool.

For the Paneer stuffing

- Heat oil in a skillet; add chili powder, turmeric powder and salt. Sauté for 2-3 mins. Add in crumbled paneer and onions; mix well, sauté for 3-4 mins. Add in diced tomatoes and mix well. Cook covered for 1-2 mins.
- Remove from flame and set aside.

For the shell

- Wipe the green bell pepper dry. Set it on the prepared cookie sheet 2 inches apart from each other. Spray cooking oil (lightly) on the outer side of the bell pepper and sprinkle salt lightly if required.
- Fill the green bell pepper with the rice stuffing, well till the top. Using a spoon press the stuffing down, just a little. This is done to flatten the rice and provide a bed for the paneer stuffing.
- Now scoop a spoonful of the paneer stuffing on the top of the rice bed. Garnish with a chopped cilantro (optional)
- Cook at 300F for 20-22 minutes. Serve hot as is or with any light soup /dal.

****To make paneer at home I use the following recipe:
2 cups Organic milk, 2% reduced fat (For rich paneer use Whole milk)
Juice from 1 Lemon

Add fresh squeezed lemon juice to milk. Warm milk on medium-low flame, keep stirring. The whey and the cheese will separate out in about 6-8 mins. Strain the cheese using a cheese cloth. Hang it for 2-4 hours, to drain off any excess liquid. Store the paneer in the refrigerator for 3-5 days or freezer for 6-8 days.****

Instead of paneer, diced potatoes or even poultry could be used. Since I had paneer I went ahead to use it. Again this is entirely optional and you could use the best of your imagination to put together the stuffing.


delhibelle said...

Stuffed bell peppers look scrumptious!
Thanks for sharing

notyet100 said...

wow,,,nice one,.

sunita said...

Beautiful...I've been meaning to stuff my peppers for a long time :-)

Eskay said...

Thanks Rashmi, glad you liked it.

Eskay said...

Thankyou Notyet100

Eskay said...

Thanks Sunita.

Uj said...

Wow..Looks yummy...

Nithu said...

Thats a lovely stuffed capsicum. Wanna have a bite.;)

bee said...

soooo delicious.

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Yasmeen said...

Recipes looks delicious . Will try soon

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Amarnath said...

Looks good and I sure would try them

Pooh said...

That looks totally yum! I think I'll try to with Orzo soon!

Eskay said...

Thank you Bee,Nithu,Ujwal,Sophie, Yasmeen, Amarnath and Pooh