Looking for something to tantalize your taste buds?
How about these appetizing stuffed long peppers as starters? They are full of flavours as stated above and you won’t be disappointed! I personally love them and they make the best appetizers for birthday parties or even family gatherings.Mauritius is a rich cultural island and also full of a variety of delights when it comes to foods or even street foods. ”Piment Cari Farcis” or long stuffed peppers if this is what they are called in English,is an amazing street food and very much loved among our Mauritian people. You can either stuffed them and fry or just fry them as it is without any fillings. Normally they are being sold all around the island without any stuffing. But then I would suggest to stuff them accoridng to your likings if ever you are making them at home. A numerous of fillings can be added to the chillies,for example some add pork to them and others chicken or even tuna.I find tuna much better combined with cheese and carrots.They make the perfect starters to any event.One bite and you’re hooked and are best served with coriander chutney.
They aren’t complicated to make but then requires much of your time because you have to go through a certain amount of steps in order to get them right.However I’m sure they will leave your guests Ouuhh,Haaa and Yummm by the sight of them on the table.We all love a little bit of kick I guess sometimes. Chilli kick i meant! And as I said before in my previous post,anything paired with cheese is almost heaven in the mouth. So let’s cook then!
Preparation time: 30 mins
Cooking time: 10 mins
For the fillings:
- 250g of Long Peppers (Piment Cari)
- 1 cup of grated cheddar Cheese
- 1 cup of canned Tuna
- 1 cup of grated Carrots
- 2 cloves of Garlic
- Couple of Coriander leaves finely chopped
- Couple of basil/mint leaves finely chopped
- Salt/Pepper to taste
For the batter:
- 2 cups of Gram flour/Chickpea flour (Besan -Mauritian term)
- 1 cup of water
- Salt/Pepper to taste
- 1 tsp of baking powder
- Vegetable oil to fry
- First add all your ingredients for the fillings in a bowl except for the chillies of course.
- Then mix thoroughly together until a paste like mixture is obtained (As shown in pictures below).
- Set aside to be used later on.
- Afterwards take your chillies and washed them under running tap water.
- Take a knife and cut through in the middle and all way up.
- Deseed your chillies and wash them again.
- Pat dry with a paper towel.
- Mix all the dry ingredients for the batter in a big bowl.
- Add water and whisk it well until a smooth mixture is obtained.(As shown below)
- Next take your chillies and start by stuffing them with the fillings you made beforehand.
- 1 tsp of the filling should be enough.
- Heat your pan with some vegetable oil to a medium heat temperature.
- Then coat your long peppers well into the batter.
- Dip into the oil and fry until golden brown.
- Strain and serve hot with coriander chutney.
Very easy right? And once you get the preparation all done beforehand,it becomes a joy to fry them.Look at how gorgeous they came out and I am already drooling for more while writing the recipe. It was very tasty indeed and the filings were so delicious as well. Love the taste of it when dipped into the coriander chutney.Almost like party in your mouth.I ate almost 4 all by myself.And my siblings were a little bit upset because when they got back home they were left with one each only.Sorry sometimes I can’t help myself with the things I prepare.
Have you ever tried stuffed peppers or chillies at home? Jalapenos? Or maybe bell peppers? I would love to know your version of it if ever you make them at home. And also what are the alternatives to the fillings you put into yours.Always a pleasure to share my recipes with you and the rich and beautiful Mauritian food.
Be back soon with more.