March 9, 2009

Roasted Bell Pepper and Egg Tarts

S and I don't host too many dinners or get together. (Have I mentioned before that I am lazy?) So, whenever we are invited to a dinner, I try to take something along. Especially when it is a weeknight and I know that both the people go to work and they don't have a cook. One such Friday evening, we were invited to an impromptu dinner at a friends' place. I made these tarts and took them along. They were great tasting (though the pictures were taken in pretty poor light and make the tarts look so unappetizing).

1/2 cup Flour

1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour / Atta

1/3 cup Margarine

2-3 tbsp Ice Cold Water

1 tsp Salt

Oil for greasing the tart tins

Grease 4 5" tart tins.

Place the flour, salt and butter in a bowl and mix together till the mixture resembles small peas. Gradually add the water and knead gently till it forms a dough. (Do not knead as you would for chapati/poori dough.) Divide the dough in four portions. Roll out each portion and place it in the tart tin. Bake at 450 F for 10 minutes.

For the filling

2 Onions, sliced thickly
1 each: Red, Green and Yellow Capsicum, chopped

1 tbsp Olive Oil
1/2 tsp Parsley
1/2 tsp Basil
2 tsp Chilli flakes
1/2 tsp Garlic Paste
Salt and Pepper to Taste
1 slice Low Fat Cheese (optional) or 1 cube cheese, grated

2 Eggs, beaten

Heat the olive oil in a saucepan. Add the onion and fry for a minute. Add the parsley, basil and chilli flakes and fry for another minute. Add the capsicum and fry for a couple of minutes. Transfer the vegetables to a foil. Wrap and bake at 400F for 5-6 minutes.

To proceed, fill the semi baked tart shells with the vegetables. Pour the beaten egg over the vegetables and add the cheese, if using. Return to the oven. Bake at 350F for 20 minutes. Carefully remove from the tart tins and serve.

I'm sending these to Roma who is hosting this month's edition of JFI: Wheat.


Finla said...

WOw they look really elegant and delicous.

Arundathi said...

Raaga - that looks delicious. Was the crust flaky? You make the crust sound easy to make. I've shied away from pies/ tarts in fear of making the crust.

WinnyNinny PooPoo said...

Very pretty and look very tasty

Kitchen Chronicles said...

Wow that sounds easy and looks nice.

Ranjani said...

wow tart shells from scratch on a week night! that's amazing:)

Cham said...

Ur pie shell looks great and the filling sounds simple too! Delicious!

bee said...

i just got some new tart tins. thanks for this simple, lovely recipe.

Divya Kudua said...

Lovely tarts Raaga..I've never ventured into tart making even though fruit/jam tart is something which I totally love.This one looks so have made me try different recipes which I thought were difficult with your easy let me see!!;-)

Uj said...

I really admire your baking skills.. You make it sound so easy..

Uma said...

tarts look lovely! New recipe to me.

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Deepthi Shankar said...

they look really pretty & delicious

Gita Jaishankar said...

Savory tarts are new to me..I love the color and filling used..I should make this soon, it looks so tempting. Please trail back to my blog. I have something waiting for you :)

Sonal said...

hi raaga!
first of all..wish you and family a very happy holi. hey this my first comment on your blog. i must confess it that i religious check ur posts.. altogether great recipes.
these tarts are new to me..but surely give them a try.


A_and_N said...

Love the tarts! Should try them soon :)

Sig said...

I hear ya! Hosting dinner parties is too much work, I still do it occasionally and then I curse myself for taking on all that work... :) It sure is fun to feed others though, especially the part where all those praises start pouring in. :)
Nice tarts, I am too lazy to make those shells from scratch!

Bong Mom said...

You made such tarts on a friday evening and say you are lazy, I would have just taken Maggi

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

These look delicious. Now I know I should definitely invite you over if you bring these with you.:)

Unknown said...

How can you call yourself lazy??? Making tarts on a friday evening, when Im sure you also must've just returned from work?? Good lord!!! :-)
The tarts look appetising and yes...I am gonna maro your recipe!

Anonymous said...

I love tarts and savory pies. Yours looks perfect. Thanks for participating in JFI-wheat.

Rajee said...

Wont u know me? You're next to me in the wheat event that I too participate. Ur dish looks new to me. I hope it's a keeper. Super and perfect, So active than me(so lazy)