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Baked Tofu stuffed peppers in Tomato Gravy | Vegan, GF

100 edition of blogging along with the blogging marathon group is truly a landmark achievement. The brainchild of Valli, this group has been growing over the last few years. 

This week as part of BM 100, the theme chosen is stuffed dishes.

The first of this is tofu stuffed peppers in a tangy tomato sauce.i had made a version of Paneer Bharwa Shimla Mirch earlier and a cheese topped baked stuffed pepper earlier, but wanted a vegan dish as a change. 

This is a vegan recipe where I have used tofu sautéed with veggies  to stuff the peppers, but the stuffing is totally upto your choice – grated paneer, veggies , cheese , leftover rice (which I also used) or even shredded meat. Again the sauce is optional but as I was serving it with roti, we need a sauce base.

This is further baked for a few mins to give it a nice compact finish to the dish. Make sure to use firm, fresh peppers with a base. 

Let’s see how to make this.


Prep time – 20 Mins, Cook time – 25 Mins, serves -4 

What you need:

Bell peppers – 6 (medium sized, I used green coloured but you could use multiple coloured peppers)

Oil – 3 TBSP (divided use)

Salt to taste 

Stuffing :

Cooked and cooled rice – 4 TBSP 

Tofu – scrambled (3 TBSP)

Onions – 1 medium 

Salt and pepper to taste 

Boiled veggies – 1/4 cup (opt.)

Tabasco sauce – 1/4 tsp (opt.)

Ginger garlic paste – 1/4 tsp

Crushed cashews- 1 tbsp (omit for any nut allergy) 

For the tomato base:

Tomatoes -4 (Blanched & chopped)

Salt to taste 

Onions – 1 medium

Garam Masala-1 tsp

Kashmiri Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp 

Kasuri Methi – 1 tsp

Coriander – jeera powder – 1 tsp 


How to:

Trim the tops of the peppers and preserve the crowns wit the stalk. De-seed the peppers , smear a thin oil film and sprinkle a tiny pinch of salt on the inside. Place these peppers in a medium hot non stick pan, sprinkle a few tsp of water . Cover and let the peppers soften a bit on low heat (cover for just 3 mins and switch off). We need the peppers to soften a bit but not lose the colour or crunch. 


In another pan, add 1 TBSP oil. Saute the onions, ginger garlic paste. Add the sauce, Boiled veggies , rice and tofu. Quickly toss them without it sticking to the base of the pan. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. add crushed cashews and mix well. Cool to room temperature for further use.

Tomato Gravy:

In a pan, add the rest of the oil. Saute the onions till translucent. Puree the blanched tomatoes into a fine puree. Add the puree to the onions. Add the spice powders, salt and let it simmer till oil separates (about 5-6 mins). Add crushed kasuri methi and mix once again.  

To serve:

Pre heat oven to 170 C (alternately you can heat a flat non- stick pan with a little oil) 

Place 1 TBSP+ filling in the steamed peppers, cover with the preserved crowns. Grease a flat baking tray with a light film of oil. Add the tomato gravy, place the stuffed peppers with the crowns and bake for 7-8 mins till the gravy slightly dries up. (You may also place the peppers in a pan, cook covered for 4-5 mins) 

Serve hot / warm with any flatbread / pilaf 

Sending this to BM#100 under “Stuffed Dishes”




  1. MySpicyKitchen

    I make stuffed peppers with ground chicken and make it dry. Adding it to a gravy is a nice idea and as you said, goes well with roti also.

  2. I saw this in IG just now :-). It’s been a while since I made stuffed peppers, serving it on top of a sauce makes it even more delicious

  3. Sowmya :)

    I have made stuffed peppers but not with a gravy. This is such a lovely idea. It looks so tempting. Got to try it asap!

  4. Varada's Kitchen

    Stuffed peppers in gravy are my favorite. I like to give it a minute or two under the broiler to brown the top of the filling and the pepper. Tofu filling is interesting.

  5. Wow! A lovely idea to use tofu as a stuffing. Good one, Kalyani.

  6. Gayathri Kumar

    I remember making a similar one but with only rice as stuffing. This one with the tofu and the sauce base looks fantastic Kalyani.

  7. This is surely one of the ideas that made me select stuffed dishes Kalyani, so glad to see it here.

  8. Filling and delicious looking stuffed peppers. Love the addition of tofu into the stuffing – protein rich and makes it a complete meal.

  9. Love these filling and delicious looking stuffed peppers. Adding tofu to the stuffing makes the dish protein packed and a complete meal.

  10. Any stuffing with bell peppers works good and they look so delicious and tempting

  11. Suma Gandlur

    The idea of peppers stuffed with tofu-veggie based stuffing and in a tomato gravy sounds cool.

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