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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Hungarian Peppers Stuffed with Quinoa

My husband loves stuffed Hungarian peppers. He likes them spicy, so I don't take the seeds and veins out of peppers after slitting them lengthwise for filling.  I have tried different kind of fillings for these peppers and have posted a few in past.  If you desire them not too be very spicy, you may opt to take the seeds out, you can use any kind of peppers for this recipe.





Ingredients:
  • 8 Hungarian peppers
  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • 1/3 cup cream of wheat
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 4 spring onions
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste 
  • 1/2 cup red pepper paste (from a jar I bought from local middle eastern store)
  • 1 small bunch of cilantro
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1.5 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/8 teaspoon asefoetida (optional)
  • Juice from one fresh lime
  • 2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 teaspoon cumin powder 
  • 1 tablespoon coriander power
  • 2 teaspoon mango powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala (All spice)
  • Salt to taste and 1 tablespoon of sugar
Directions:

  • Take one cup of Quinea in a microwave safe bowl
  • Pour four cups of water in this.
  • Cook quinoa in Microwave for 10 min, check in between so it does not overflow in microwave.
  • When cooked take it out of microwave, do not discard water.

  • While quinoa is cooking, you can chop onions, green onions, cilantro and ginger paste in microwave.
  • Set the chopped paste aside.
  • In food processor or blender puree tomatoes and red pepper paste and set aside this puree. 



  • Heat oil in a frying pan.
  • When oil is hot add cumin seeds and when these crackle add asefoetida.
  • Add chopped onion past to this and saute for few minutes
  • Add cream of wheat.
  • Saute on medium low heat until cream of wheat is light brown.
  • Add tomatoes and pepper paste.
  • Cook for few seconds
  • Add cooked quinoa with water.
  • Add all the dry spice and salt.
  • Add 1 cup of water.
  • Cook until some water is reduced.
  • Add lime juice, and sugar.
  • Mix well and set aside.
  • Slit  the Hungarian pepper lengthwise with step intact.
  • If don't want the prepared dish to be very spicy then you  may take the veins and seeds from peppers out.  Otherwise let them be. May want to use gloves, when handling these peppers.
  • Fill the cooked quinoa filling in to peppers.
  • Arrange them in  9 x 13 microwave safe casserole.
  • Cover with plastic wrap.
  • Cook in microwave for 10-15  min or until desired tenderness of peppers.
  • Serve with Naan or chapati or rice.



























Recipe and Photographs by Surekha.

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