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Dhokla Simla Mirch | GF snack

The last in the stuffed series this week is this very unique yet flavourful Dhokla Shimla Mirch where a Shimla Mirch (Bell pepper / Capsicum) is stuffed with Dhokla Mix and steamed. We are a huge fan of Steamed food, and so this was a perfect pick me up for the theme – Stuffed 🙂

Adapted from Tarla Dalal’s recipe, this is surely going to be made very often for its unique look as well as its being GF and vegetable based. So, if you are a fan of steamed food too do check out this recipe!


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Prep time – 10 mins, Steaming time – 15 mins ; Serves – 2

You would need:

2 large (firm) Bell peppers (choose those with a sturdy base)

Dhokla mix – I used the khaman recipe from my blog


Oil – 1/2 tsp

White / black sesame seeds – 1/2 tsp

Mustard OR jeera (cumin seeds)  – 1/4 tsp




Trim the edges of the bell pepper. Make the batter of the Khaman and keep aside.

Bring a steamer to rolling boil with adequate batter. 

Halve the peppers and de-seed them. Add soda to the batter (as per recipe) and gently pour into the halved peppers (Batter should not be too thick or thin) only till 2/3 full.

Steam on high for 12-15 mins or till the dhokla is cooked through and a skewer comes clean. Prepare the tempering on the halved pieces directly. 

Cool for 3-4 mins. Then slice and serve. 


Sending to BM # 89 under stuffed dishes theme




  1. This is more a topped snack no?..hehehe..anyway I love the idea, it is indeed a great snack to enjoy!

  2. Priya Suresh

    Omg, this is definitely a fabulous dish. Dhokla simla mirch looks absolutely irresistible, cant wait to make some soon.

  3. Varada's Kitchen

    I would have never thought to cook dokla inside a bell pepper. Very innovative.

  4. OMG! what a fantastic idea to have a dhokla stuffing. I am so going to try this out.

  5. Mayuri Patel

    Wow have never come across a dhokra stuffed dish. This looks so good. An innovative recipe.

  6. Gayathri Kumar

    What an incredible idea. The doklas must be brimming with the pepper flavour. Yum..

  7. Wow.. what a innovation.. never heard dhokla in any veg as stuffing… bookmark.. awesome treat for tastebuds aswellas eyes.

  8. Without a doubt, this is a totally unheard off…dhokla in a capsicum. I'm sure my husband, who is a capsicum lover will love it .

  9. Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    That is a such a great idea to use bell peppers as the base for dhokla. So innovative and I am now tempted to these soon.

  10. Chef Mireille

    I love stuffed peppers and this is such a unique version with a very different stuffing – would love to try it

  11. CookwithRenu

    Innovative ideas of adding dhokla batter in Simla Mirchi, it would have imparted the taste. Awesome

  12. That looks very nice and interesting..I would surely try this as Iam a fan of Dhoklas and Capsicums..

  13. This is such an innovative dish! Love the bell pepper stuffed dhoklas!

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