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bharwan mirch or stuffed chilli pepper appetizer

The other day I bought some chilli peppers, they were sitting prettily in a wicker basket at the counter of local grocery shop, waiting to be picked up by the people like me who has some strange fascination for chilies.

It was kept as an assorted chilies, some are turning red while others are having various shades of green, some are pablano, Italian sweet chilli or jalapeno and some are tiny with red and pinkish hues, quiet unknown for me.

Back home in India, we used to relish the pickled chilies or mirchi ka achar, where good quality of mirchi or chilies are chosen with great care, and then stuffed with pickle spices , drenched in hot mustard oil and infused with the flavor of fennel, cumin, mustard etc. The other way to enjoy it as an appetizer, where the jalapeno or korean chilies are coated with seasoned chickpeas flour and then deep-fried in hot oil, and on an overcast monsoon day you can relish these hot mirchi bhajjis with a cup of coffee…some of the simple pleasures in life. No discussion of chilies can be ever completed without mentioning the celebrated mirchi ka salan from the cuisines of Hyderabad. The lip smacking dish successfully wins every heart whether you love or hate the chilies.

stuffed chili pepper

As I cruise through many more global cuisines, I came across some very amusing stuffed chillies recipes and the one which deserves special mention is the sweet chili appetizer that I have tasted in a local Italian restaurant. One preparation was where chilies are stuffed with minced meat and laced with cheese, the other was stuffed with cheese and wrapped with smoked bacon. Both were appetizing and at the same time quiet amusing.

Leaving apart the heat, which is its inherent trait, chilies are very versatile and very accommodating, they can be literally stuffed with anything your heart desire, minced meat, cheese filling, mashed potatoes, eggplants, tofu or even coconut and can be cooked in many ways, braised, pickled, curried, fried, crisp etc.

The kind of filling which I have used here in these stuffed chilies, is very savory keeping in mind the festival time and you can either snack upon them or served as an appetizer and am sure your guest will love them.

stuffed peppers


Chili peppers : 4

For filling:

Grated coconut : 4 tbsp
Red onions (thinly sliced) : 1 medium
Candied ginger : 1 small packet
Raisins : a handful
Bread crumbs : 1 tbsp
Shredded cheddar or Parmesan cheese : 1/2 cup
Olive oil : 1 tbsp
Salt and pepper to taste

coconut filling

Method :

Preparing the chillies : leave the stalk intact and cut (lengthwise) the chili in half with a knife, take extra care while handling the chilies. Discard the seed and membrane with the help of a knife or spoon. Do not touch the seeds and membrane with your hand.

Drop the chilies in boiling water for couple of minutes, drain and let it dry. Blanching the chilies, this way will reduce the heat or spiciness of chilies.

Preparing the filling : Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a pan, and then brown the sliced onion for few moments.

Once the onions are browned evenly, add the grated coconut, candied ginger, raisins, seasoned it well with salt and pepper. If you wish, you can add little cumin powder also.

Stir for few moments on low heat. Take off the heat and add bread crumbs in it. Mix them well.

Let the filling cool slightly before stuffing the chilli peppers.

With the help of a tea-spoon, fill the halved chilli peppers with coconut mixture and topped each of them with cheese.

Bake in a preheated oven at 350 F for 15-20 minute or until the cheese melts.

Serve the stuffed chili pepper immediately.

bharwan mirchi

Dont forget to send your recipes to Healing foods coconut

I am sharing these stuffed chilli peppers with Priya’s Veggie / fruit a month : Coconut and food palette series Rainbow finale by Torview toronto

Anu’s Diwali festival ; Khushi’s My diwali my way ;

This post is linked to Krithi’s and Denny’s Serve it series : savory baked

You might also like curried chillies or Hyderabadi mirchi ka salan

Enjoy and have a happy weekend



  • Reply
    October 20, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    This filling is new for me,..must have been yum,,nd ya wish ya happy Diwali too,.:)

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      October 26, 2011 at 12:05 pm

      I have tried this filling in number of things before, and beleive me thay work well every time, only if u have penchant for something sweets πŸ˜‰

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    October 21, 2011 at 9:14 am

    OMG! This looks irresistible, the filling is new to me..but I guess its just the right one….Glad to follow you..and hey….Thanks for dropping by my space and leaving such lovely comment…


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      October 26, 2011 at 12:06 pm

      Thanx Muskaan, for visiting us, trying this filling in chilies is new to me too. but I absolutely loved it

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    najla koya
    October 22, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Nice combination of heat and sweet!!! Happy Diwali πŸ™‚

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      October 26, 2011 at 12:07 pm

      Happy Diwali to u too najla…and oh yes..loved sweet and spice at same breadth

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    torviewtoronto and createwithmom
    October 22, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    thank you for linking this delicious looking appetizer fabulous combination for the filling

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      October 26, 2011 at 12:07 pm

      Thanx Akheela, even I loved this new appetizer

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    Hari Chandana
    October 23, 2011 at 2:26 am

    Very new to me.. looks super delicious and tempting.. thanks for the wonderful recipe πŸ™‚
    Indian Cuisine

    • Reply
      October 26, 2011 at 12:08 pm

      My pleasure Hari, and thanx for visiting us.

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    October 23, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    These look delicious. chackoskitchen.com

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    October 23, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    I love these all the time .. and try with such various types of stuffing. Your post is tempting me to make one right now.. love spice!

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      October 26, 2011 at 12:12 pm

      I found chilies to be very versatile and heat and sweet appears to be contrasting but lovely combo. chilies are good and tempting right ? πŸ™‚ thanx for your appreciation

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    October 23, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Love this filler and your choice of ingredients. I will try this for sure it sounds delicious.

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      October 26, 2011 at 12:13 pm

      Welcome..welcome..let me know if you found it delish as we did
      thanx for visiting us

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    Christy Gerald
    October 24, 2011 at 1:38 am

    Awesome Recipe.Luv ur recipes and this delicious blog.Following U.

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      October 26, 2011 at 12:14 pm

      Thanx Christy, u too have a lovely blog, hopping soon

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    October 25, 2011 at 6:10 am

    loved the filling idea….


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    A. L. Wiebe
    October 26, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    I have tried these with the cream cheese filling, and the bacon wrapped ones, but I find this recipe to be very intriguing. I love the hot/sweet combination in many things, so I’ll most likely love this.
    Thank you for sharing!

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      November 3, 2011 at 8:05 am

      you are welcome, cream cheese with bacon wrap is quiet common and we do not eat bacon that regularly, so I thought of making some different filling. glad that you liked it

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    November 3, 2011 at 12:45 am

    Those stuffed chillies look so cute and tempting Sukanya. If interested do send it over to my Bake Fest event.

    Event: Bake Fest
    Event: Dish it Out – Soy and Tomatoes

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      November 3, 2011 at 8:03 am

      Oh..will surely send you and thanks for visiting us

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