Bharela Marcha, an Indian chilli pepper recipe using bullet chillies (aka- green jalapenos)
This Gujarati shaak is a hot pepper recipe that includes chickpea flour (besan), spices, and nuts! It pairs well with traditional Indian thali or dishes such as Vaghareli Kichdi, Daal Dhokli, and Carrot Roti. A stuffed spicy peppers recipe that refrigerates well and is tasty!
This Indian chilli pepper recipe is a dish I absolutely love when eating traditional Gujarati Food. This Bharela Marcha recipe is great for spice and non-spice lovers. The stuffing itself can be used with bullet chillies, banana, poblano, yellow, or jalapeno peppers. The recipe is normally made with peanuts, but can be substituted with other nuts. Enjoy it with my Zucchini Roti or Carrot Roti recipes.
- besan (chick pea flour)
- coriander powder
- cumin powder
- red chili powder
- ground peanuts or almonds
- bullet chillies - aka green jalapenos, yellow jalapenos, or banana peppers
Carefully put a slit in the peppers from the stem end going to the end trying not to split the pepper in half. Combine the ingredients to make a stuffing and then stuff each pepper. Cook the bharela marcha using my stove top method or steam them for a healthier option. Want to make them crispy and soft without the extra calories? Try my tips to air fryer jalapenos.
How to Air Fryer Stuffed Peppers
After stuffing the peppers, spray the peppers with oil and air fry them at 400 for 20 minutes tossing them a few times. The air fryer jalapenos method is one I actually approve of when it comes to air frying Indian foods.
How to steam jalapenos
I find it easy to steam the bharela marcha shaak in an Our Place pan. I simply place the stuffed jalapenos on the steaming rack, cover, and cook on low heat for 20 minutes. They become soft, are healthy, and taste great with a bit of spice.
Cooking on a grill or stove top
I highly recommend a non-stick pan with a lid, low heat, and a little bit of water instead of oil to the bottom of the pan for this Indian chilli pepper recipe. It will save your nostrils, trust me!
Bullet Chillies vs Jalapenos
They are both the same thing, technically. Spicy green peppers can be referred to as bullet chillies and when an Indian dish is made with green jalapenos, the dish itself often has the name "bullet" in it. Jalapeno Peppers come in different colors, yellow and green being the most common. Usually bullet chillies are green in color.
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Stuffed Bullet Chillies, an Indian Chili Pepper Recipe
- 8 peppers
- ¼ cup grounded peanuts (or almonds)
- 3 tablespoon chick pea flour
- 3 tablespoon dry coriander powder
- 3 tablespoon oil
- 1 tablespoon cumin powder
- red chili powder (optional)
- pinch hing (asafoetida)
- 2 tablespoon water
- non-stick pan with a lid
- Cut a slit into each pepper and gently pull open to widen.
- Mix peanuts, chick pea flour, dry coriander powder, cumin powder, salt, oil, hing, and red chili powder (depending on spice level).
- Stuff the peppers evenly
AIR FRY METHOD
- Spray the stuffed bullet chillies with some oil.
- Heat air fryer to 400 degrees and cook the peppers for about 20 minutes tossing a few times.
- Place water in a vessel such as an Our Place pan, bamboo steamer, or a wok with a basket.
- Put the stuffed peppers in the steaming basket and cook on low for 20 minutes or until soft.
- After stuffing the peppers, place the peppers in a pan with some oil.
- Place the pan on medium heat, with a lid.
- Cook for about 10-15 minutes on medium heat, tossing a few times so it cooks evenly.
- Enjoy once they are soft.
HAPPY EATING FOLKS <3