Mediterranean style stuffed capsicum

I had a heavenly dish in a beautiful Mediterranean restaurant when I was frequenting Washington DC. I can’t recall the name of the dish, it was aromatic rice stuffed in capsicum, squash and one more vegetable (might have been tomato) sitting in a tomato gravy. The colors, the taste, the smell, the Mediterranean Style Stuffed Capsicumtexture.. Made a lasting impression.

I knew I had to try my hands on it and I finally got to recreate the magic. I kept it simple by using just one vegetable for stuffing. My choice was capsicum! ‘why’ you ask? Various reasons.. I know I would like to have both capsicum and squash prepared in that manner for sure. I can’t recall the third vegetable that might mean it wasn’t that good OR my husband ate it all and I never had a chance to relish it. ūüėõ

I will experiment with other options later, my first priority was to recreate the magic. So it came down to two. I chose capsicum over squash as I had it handy + I have experience cooking stuffed capsicum (Indian bharwa shimla mirch) + I like red and yellow color combination!

Well, so I embarked on the quest to find the perfect flavour and came out with flying colors.

Here is my recipe roundup

Ingredients (for stuffing) :

  • 2 capsicums ( cored and seeded)Mediterranean Style Stuffed Capsicum
  • 1/2 cups cooked white rice
  • 1 Carrot (shredded)
  • 1 tsp Zatar
  • 1 tsp Sumac
  • feta cheese (optional for garnish)

Ingredients (for Tomato gravy) :

  • 2 medium size tomatoes (Pureed)
  • 1 tbsp Corn flour
  • Salt –¬†as per taste
  • Black pepper (freshly crushed) – as per taste

Procedure :

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Coat the halved and seeded capsicum with oil
  • Cook the capsicum in oven until tender (make sure it is holding shape but cooked enough to cut with light pressure of spoon)
  • Heat oil in a pan, and¬†Carrots
  • Mix in Zatar and¬†Sumac
  • Add Cooked rice and salt, mix well and keep aside
  • For gravy, heat the pureed tomatoes in a shallow pan,
  • Mix corn flour with a little water to make a thin paste, add this to boiling tomato puree
  • Add some salt and crushed black pepper as per taste
  • Let it simmer for about five minutes and then turn off the stove
  • Fill the rice stuffing in cooked capsicum halves
  • Serve over tomato gravy and garnish with feta cheese

Hope you enjoy the recipe. Happy Cooking!

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2 comments

  1. Thanks for sharing at Small Victories Sunday Linkup!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Looks delicious! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! This post has been pinned on the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! I love having you and can’t wait to see you next week!

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