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Recipe of Stuffed Capsicums - Microwave Version

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Introduction

Stuffed vegetables are delightful items as side dishes and most people like to have them during main meal times. In this article, I will be describing the detailed recipe of stuffed capsicums using Indian spices and the mode of cooking would be using a microwave oven. The dish can however also be easily made using the conventional cooking methods as used by people in their routine cooking.

A brief about Microwave cooking

In some of my recipes published earlier on this site like Beetroot dry vegetable, I have described the basic precautions and tricks to be used for cooking while using a microwave oven and I would be happy to share some of those points again here in this article.

This vegetable can also be cooked in the traditional way that is cooking in a pan on a stove but I have used the microwave for preparing this. People generally use the microwave for just heating the food and do not use it for the complete cooking of dishes but with some care and know-how, most of the dishes can be easily prepared in it. Let us go through some fundamentals about microwave cooking.

In microwave cooking, one important difference is that the food is cooked in a direct way by cooking all the parts of the food at the same time. So, stirring and sauteing does not play many roles here. What is important is the amount of moisture and water in the materials to be cooked and the amount of water that we add externally. Then cooking time is also very important where overcooking might ruin the dish. So, it is imperative that we have to change our mindset from conventional saute and cook methods to microwave cooking.

Microwave cookers generally have five different ranges of temperature or power and we can select them as per our need. For example for making curries where sufficient water is there in the dish, we can use the maximum temperature or the first range. On the other hand for making dry vegetables or stuffed vegetables, we can use a second range which is very convenient for it. Most people use these two ranges for simply heating the food for one or two minutes which is one of the main use of microwaves in our household. The third and fourth ranges are for slow cooking where simmering of food is required. The last range that is the fifth can be used for thawing or keeping the food warm in which case it becomes a hot case only.

I will reiterate that water is the most important ingredient in microwave cooking and one has to learn to add a suitable quantity of water to any dish for the perfect cooking experience. In the beginning, the judgement might go wrong but after 2-3 sessions one can learn the tricks oneself. One tip that I want to give at this juncture is that whenever in doubt press the pause button, open the microwave door and check the consistency of the dish and then add water if so required. If this is followed one will never meet the unpleasant charring of the food situation in microwave cooking.

Please note again that those who are not very comfortable with microwave cooking can choose the traditional saute and cook mode using their own basic culinary skills for preparing any dish.

Ingredients

The following ingredients will suffice for meeting the requirement of 5-6 people while consuming this side dish with other items at the main meal times.

  • Capsicum (medium-sized) - 8 to 10 Nos.
  • Potato - 2 Nos.
  • Tomato - 1 No.
  • Onion - 2 to 3 Nos.
  • Garlic - 8 to 10 cloves.
  • Ginger - 1/2 inch piece.
  • Sweet corn - 1/2 cup.
  • Cottage cheese - 150 grams or half a cup.
  • Coriander powder - 1 tsp.
  • Turmeric powder - 1 tsp.
  • Black pepper powder - 1/2 tsp.
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp (optional).
  • Green coriander leaves - 1 cup.
  • Mango powder - 1 to 2 tsp.
  • Cooking oil - 1 tbsp.

Mango powder

Preparation

The main preparation is making the capsicums ready for filling. For this, we have to cut the capsicums from their handle sides in such a way that an opening of about an inch is created. The handle part and the seeds are now to be removed by scooping out them.

Boil the potatoes separately and once they are cooled down mash them and keep them aside. Chop the tomato, ginger, peeled onions, coriander leaves, and garlic cloves and keep them separately.

Method

Preparing the filling:

Take a microwave-compatible rectangular bowl preferably a glass bowl and add chopped onion, chopped garlic, chopped ginger, chopped green coriander leaves, turmeric powder, coriander powder, black pepper powder, and red chilli powder (optional). Now add cooking oil to it and mix. Add some salt to taste. Keep the bowl in the microwave and turn on the microwave and keep in the second heat range for about 2-3 minutes. Take the bowl out of the microwave and now add sweet corn, crumbled cottage cheese, mashed potatoes, chopped tomato, and mango powder and sprinkle 1-2 tbsp water on it and keep in the microwave in second heat range for 3-4 minutes. Take the bowl out. The filling is ready now.

Stuffing the capsicums:

Divide the filling into 8-10 parts for equitable filling of the hollowed capsicums. Take capsicums one by one and fill them with one of the parts of the filling.

Final cooking:

Stack them in the same bowl in which the filling was cooked. That would have the aroma of filling still there! Sprinkle a little water about 1 tsp on each of the capsicums and then keep the bowl inside the microwave and cook it for 6-8 minutes. Check after every 3-4 minutes for a possible drying up of the capsicums and if such a thing happens a little water can be sprinkled upon them to avoid it.

The dish is ready and can be decorated with grated cottage cheese or common cheese or tomato sauce etc or their combinations.

Filling is ready

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Just after stuffing

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Dish is ready

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After decoration

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Variations

One can customise this dish as per one's taste and liking in various ways. Sprinkling a little melted butter on the stuffed capsicums will make them more delicious if one has a liking for butter. Sprinkling red chilli powder and mango powder over them makes them tangier if one wishes to have it that way. Sliced hard-boiled eggs also go well with stuffed capsicums. People can also take them with bread, chapati, nan, boiled rice etc. The filling prepared for this dish can even be used for making bread sandwiches for the children. People avoiding cooking oil due to health reasons can avoid it as the microwave is able to do cooking without the presence of oil also.

Serving

One serving is about one stuffed capsicum and it can be directly served on the main plate where one is taking the main meals. The skin of capsicum is having a slightly little bitter taste and some people like to have more of the internal filling rather than the outer shell. So, they can have more of it to scoop out the fillings.

Nutritional information

Based on the standard nutritional charts, one serving of the stuffed capsicum contains about 60 to 70 calories only. If the cooking oil is not added then it would be around 30 to 40 calories only. Here, I have assumed one number of stuffed capsicum as one serving.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Umesh Chandra Bhatt

Comments

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on September 13, 2021:

Lora, so nice that you liked it. Thanks a lot for your visit.

Lora Hollings on September 13, 2021:

This looks like a great recipe, Umesh. You've written very clear instructions on how to make these stuffed peppers. Bing almost a total vegan, I love veggies especially stuffed ones. I'm glad to see that you can make it in the microwave as well for the convenience. Thanks for sharing!

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on September 13, 2021:

Peggy, thanks for your visit and the observation. Highly appreciate.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 13, 2021:

It has been some time since I have stuffed a pepper (capsicum), so thanks for the inspiration of doing it in a microwave oven.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on September 13, 2021:

Chitrangada, thanks for your keen interest in this recipe. Highly appreciate

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on September 13, 2021:

Well written article, about stuffed capsicum recipe, and about microwave cooking. I do use microwave for cooking, in addition to the traditional way. For some recipes like idli, dhokla etc. I prefer microwave only. You have explained everything very nicely and in detail.

The recipe is also well presented with pictures.

Thank you for sharing!

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on September 13, 2021:

Flourish, thanks for your visit and also for taking interest in this recipe.

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 13, 2021:

Thank you for sharing your recipe!

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on September 09, 2021:

Lizmalay, you are welcome.

Liza from USA on September 09, 2021:

Thanks for the suggestion, Umesh!

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on September 09, 2021:

Alicia, thanks for your visit. Highly appreciate.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on September 09, 2021:

Lizmalay, thanks for your interest in the recipe. Mango powder must be available in big stores. Alternatively, one can use lemon or tamarind in its place.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 09, 2021:

The capsicums sound and look very flavourful. Thank you for sharing the recipe and the information about microwave cooking.

Liza from USA on September 09, 2021:

I love everything with capsicums. The recipe seems easy to follow, though I have to find mango powder. I appreciate your photo guide Umesh. Thanks for sharing!

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