I have always avoided buying chillies. But I usually end up with a bag of the "bajji" variety chillies in the hope of making mirchi bajji. I have made that once (but sadly, the post languishes in my drafts) and the other times that I bought the chillies, I saved the bag from going into the trash by making this once and this the other time.
Today was a little different. I was quite determined to use up the chillies in a different manner before they turned into something unrecognizable. I had some aloo paratha stuffing left over and I modified it to stuff these chillies.
6 large Chillies, slit and deseeded
2 Potatoes, cooked and mashed
1 Onion, chopped finely
2 tbsp Coriander Leaves, chopped
1/2 tsp Garam Masala
1 tsp Chilli Paste
Salt to taste
To be ground:
1/4 cup Roasted Peanuts
1/2 tsp Amchur
1/2 tsp Coriander Powder
1 tsp Cumin Seeds
1 tsp Chilli Powder
1 tbsp Oil
Mix the potato, onion, coriander, garam masala, salt and chilli paste. Add the ground mixture and mix well.
Preheat the oven to 250 C. Use a little oil to grease a baking tray. Stuff the potato-peanut mixture into the chillies and arrange them on the tray. Brush the chillies with the remaining oil. Bake for 15 minutes, turning once in between.
This makes a wonderful side dish with some rice and dal, but as we discovered this afternoon, it is a finger licking good accompaniment to beer.