Last updated on July 5, 2023
These long and dreary monsoon days in India can sometimes feel never-ending. As we approach the end of the season, the humidity, and boredom seem to reach their peak. In an effort to bring some excitement to my days, I decided to embark on a spicy journey. And let me tell you, it has been quite the adventure!
The dish I want to share with you today is a true explosion of colors and flavors. It’s absolutely delicious and will leave your taste buds dancing with joy. The star ingredient of this dish is the humble palm-sized chilli peppers, also known as big green chillies.
In some parts of the world, they go by the name Jalapeño peppers. These fiery little gems add a delightful kick to the dish, infusing it with just the right amount of heat.
To compensate the spiciness of the peppers, I opted for lamb mince as the filling, although you can choose any mince of your preference.
I must warn you, though, that this dish is not for the faint of heart. If you’re not accustomed to the heat of spicy food, I advise you to proceed with caution.
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In India, we often enjoy these stuffed peppers with fresh dal and rice, creating a satisfying and complete meal. However, I have a different plan in mind. I’m going to save them for a spicy snack, a little pick-me-up to jolt me out of any stupor I may find myself in.
1. You can either marinate the mince with 2 teaspoons of ginger and garlic paste and salt. Or just make it right away, like I did.
2. Wash the chilies and pat them dry. Do not cut off the stalks.
3. Place them on a chopping board and slit them lengthwise. Right from the stalk till the end. But stop a little ahead of the end.
4. Ensure that you scoop out the pith and the seeds, absolutely ensuring that you don’t tear them near the stalk.
5. Sprinkle some salt on the turmeric on the insides and outside and keep them aside.
Cooking the lamb mince
1. Take a heavy based pan or wok and heat the ghee in it, on medium heat. Toss in the curry leaves, cumin and the onions. Fry till the onions become golden.
2. Add the mince, and lower the heat. Cook till it changes the colour to brown.
3. Add the turmeric powder, garam masala and keep cooking till the water evaporates.
4. Add the tomatoes and salt. Cover the pan and cook on lowest heat for 15 minutes or so. Keep stirring once in a while, till the oil separates from the meat.
5. Once it is done check the salt, and if you want you can squeeze the juice of half a lemon in it.
6. Let the mince cool down completely, before you start stuffing it.
The stuffing and frying Jalapeños
1. Wash the chilies with cold water and pat them dry.
2. When the mince has cooled down fully, start stuffing it in the chilies.
3. But mind not to over stuff them, as the mince will spill out at the frying stage.
4. Once you are done stuffing, tie the chilies with a string and secure the ends.
5. Now you can either shallow fry the peppers in any oil of your choice or deep-fry them.
6. I shallow fried them in olive oil. Do not put too many chilies to fry at one time, as flipping them will become a problem.
7. Another thing about frying, you need to have oil at a medium high temperature. If it’s too high they will burn and if it is too low they will turn soggy.
8. Once the chilies were in the pan, I covered them for three to four minutes, before flipping them.
9. You will know that they are ready when the color will change to pale green and there might be a black residue too.
10. Once fried, shift the chilies to a plate and untie the chord.
- Always cook stuffed Jalapeños at room temperature. Or else it might get lumpy.
- You can also use this recipe to stuff green bell peppers or capsicum.
- If you are more of a pro at baking than frying, then bake the chilies instead of frying.
- If you think tying up the chilies seems like rocket science to you, then just cut them into two halves and stuff the mince into them.
- And if you get huge ones, just chop off the broader end and stuff them whole. But remember to remove the seeds and pith.
- And if you can’t stand the chilies, you have a pretty decent recipe for lamb mince here. Try that!
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