November 18, 2013

Paneer Bharwa Shimla Mirch | Bell peppers stuffed with Spicy Cottage Cheese |Rich Side dish for Roti and Chapati

I admit nothing, nothing, prepared me or my family to the richness of this dish. While I have made a baked stuffed capsicum in the past, this was another stuffed Capsicum (Bell Pepper) dish that blew us away to bits.

And to think I skimmed through this recipe at a doctor's waiting room. Vaguely remembered the ingredients (who can remember anything after a tooth drill??!!) Ouch - that still hurts) and then made some changes that came to my mind. For me and the Husband, it was instant love !

I am an ardent capsicum lover (and can add it to almost anything like I mentioned on yesterday's post on Quesedilla), but husband being a recent convert (he says its forced conversion but that didnt prevent him from taking a second helping!), it mattered in the end that we all loved it

Dont let the long list of ingredients deter you, I can assure you, it was worth the long wait .. We paired it with Wholewheat Naan and some salad. The step by step pics also should help you make this Mughlai delight...

Lets get to the recipe, then...

Prep time : 30 mins | Cook time : 15 mins | Serves : 4 | 
Makes : approx 8 portions (stuffed peppers)

  • Bell peppers – 4 nos
  • Oil – 4 TBSP (split use)
  • Salt – to taste
  • Jeera / cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Roasted White sesame seeds – ½ tsp
  • Crumbled Paneer / Cottage cheese – 1 cup
  • Carrots – 1/2 medium sized
  • Cashewnuts – 8-10 nos
  • Chopped coriander – 4 TBSP
  • Raisins – 1 tsp (about 10-15)
  • Onions – 3 large
Dry masala powders :
  • Garam masala – 2 TBSP
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric – ¼ tsp
  • Kitchen King Masala – 1 tsp
  • Pomogranate pearls - for garnish 


Wash and wipe dry the peppers clean
Slice off the top of the peppers and retain the tops
Scoop out the seeds and apply 1 TBSP oil all over the peppers (inside and outside). Add a pinch of salt too over the oil layer and keep aside

In a non stick pan, add 2 TBSP oil, and once mildly hot, splutter the cumin seeds. Place the empty peppers (without the stuffing but with the tops on) in the oil, and cover and let it mildly roast (keep turning it from time to time) – about 8-9 mins. Switch off the flame and let the peppers remain in the pan without a lid on.

Meanwhile if using frozen paneer cubes, thaw it for about 10 mins and pulse them in the grinder till its coarsely powdered. Grating frozen and thawed panner is not really the neatest way to get uniform crumbs. However, if using fresh paneer, crumbled it lightly till you get fine crumbs. Reserve about 1 TBSP of this paneer for garnish

For the stuffing:
In another pan, heat the remaining oil (add ½ tsp more if required). Add the onions and sautee them till slightly brown. Now add the grated carrots and sautee till raw smell disappears. Now add the cashew, raisins, salt, sesame seeds, dry masala powders and sauté well till you get a semi dry mass. Then add the coriander and the paneer and sauté for 2 mins and switch off the stove. Let the stuffing cool to room temperature

Now carefully spoon in the stuffing into the semi roasted bell peppers , filling only ¾ of the pepper. Put the pepper tops on, and slightly roast again for 4-5 mins till you see the paneer melting and the colour of the bell peppers turning a slight dull colour.

Switch off and immediately serve the stuffed bell peppers  topped with the pomegranate pearls and reserved paneer , Pair it with Roti and salad. Do not let it stand after its cooked for the second time as they tend to become soggy.

Enjoy the gastronomic delight of this Mughlai dish...


  1. Looks so delicious and inviting.. thanks for sharing :)

  2. Very inviting. Love the clicks.

  3. tried commenting from my mobile, i think it goofed up!!! Paneer and capsicums are my favorite, match made in heaven. Stuffed peppers looks tempting!!! :)

  4. Yes I can imagine the taste after recently tasting it myself..infact I had added cheese to it..nice combo your naan is even more tempting..very nice and to imagine you got this in a clinic! one never knows where a treasure is

  5. seems to be very tasty.. I wish the platter was here! :)

  6. Although the recipe is a bit long, I am sure it was worth all the effort you put in to prepare it. Paneer stuffed simla mirch looks delicious

  7. I love stuffed peppers and your flavorful stuffing must taste amazing

  8. I love stuffed peppers, like your stuffing

  9. Stunning stuffed mirchi Kalyani! Surely fit for the king!

  10. Stuffed capsicums are my weakness, wish i get this beautiful paneer stuffed bellpeppers..


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