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Indian Stuffed Jalapeño Peppers – Air Fryer Option

This is a quick and easy recipe to make Indian Stuffed Jalapeño Peppers. The fresh green peppers are loaded with aromatic Indian Spices and chickpea flour and lightly stir fried. They make mouth watering crowd pleaser appetizer for parties and gatherings as well delicious side dish to Indian meals.

These delectable stuffed peppers add robust flavors to your ordinary dinner. I am including pan fry, oven baking and air fryer instructions to make these droolicious peppers in jiffy. This stuffed jalapeno peppers recipe is vegan, gluten free, low oil and easy to make.

Pair it with Turmeric Lemon Rice, Aloo Matar or Sprouts Curry and Apple Ginger Chutney for a perfect weeknight Indian dinner menu.

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Air Fryer Recipe

This is my favorite Air fryer recipe. I love using air fryer to make Stuffed vegetables. The stuffing stays intact in the cooking process and you use very little oil compare to deep frying. Bharwan Bhindi / Stuffed Okra, Stuffed mini Sweet Peppers and Stuffed Mushrooms are our family favorite. We also love making Healthy Kale Chips, Roasted Spicy Chickpeas, Veg Manchurian and Paneer Taco filling using air fryer.

Is this Spicy ?

Don’t be scared of this recipe if spicy food is not your thing. Jalapeño peppers are not very spicy and we are removing their seeds in the preparation. So the spicy heat level is substantially lower. Jalapeño peppers provide a great base for the stuffing as they can hold a good spoonful of it in each cavity.

Indian Stuffed Jalapeño Peppers are bold and beautiful !! ( yes bold and beautiful go hand in hand in my dictionary)

Hubby and I couldn’t stop ourselves from eating. But there is no guilt, the ingredients in this dish are just all too good for you. We are using very minimal oil as well. Chickpea flour is a great source of plant protein-an added bonus !

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Recipe Inspiration

My dad and mom used to love making these peppers every so often. Every time, dad would find them in farmer’s market, he would bring them home. Mom knew how much he liked them . So she would whip out these beauties often.

They both have passed away years ago. We make these stuffed peppers and few other things that they loved. A great way to cherish and re-live the beautiful memories of all good things we shared as a family. I’ll always think of them whenever I make this recipe.

Variety of Stuffing :

Stuffed Jalapeño Peppers is a tasty recipe which is made in variety of ways in different parts of India. This recipe varies as you travel in different parts of India.

Generally for stuffing we use besan which is Indian name for chickpea flour. You can also stuff these peppers with grated coconut or crushed peanut mixed with different spices. Typically you add lemon or lime juice or tamarind to balance off the heat with fresh citrus or tart flavors.

This Stuffed jalapeño peppers is a tasty vegetarian recipe. You will love the combination of all the flavors and freshness of the dish. You can also use variety of cheeses and bread crumbs mixture for stuffing.

The tangy lime juice reduces the bitterness/ hotness of peppers and makes it more tasty. They are addictive so you will keep making and enjoying them over and again.

There are variety of stuffing’s to fill the peppers. In this version let’s make my family’s heirloom recipe. I am sure you will love it too.

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Ingredients:

6-8 Jalapeño Peppers
1/2 cup Chickpea Flour (Besan)
1.5 Tablespoon Oil
1 tablespoon Cumin and Coriander Powder
1 tsp Garam Masala Powder
1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
1/2 tsp Red Pepper powder
Juice of 1 Lime or lemon
1/4 tsp Asafetida ( optional)
Salt to Taste

Instructions:

There are three major steps to make this recipe. 1. Make the stuffing mixture 2. Stuff the peppers 3. Cook / Air Fry them. These three processes are explained in details below.

To make the stuffing:

Heat the heavy bottom pan on medium heat. I prefer my Calphlon Heavy Bottom pan for this recipe. Add chickpea flour. Dry roast the flour for a minute.

Add cumin-coriander powder, garam masala, turmeric powder, red pepper powder, asafetida and salt. Keep stirring and roasting it for few minutes. The mixture should feel warm and you should sense nice aroma from the herbs.

Turn the heat off. Add the lime juice when the mix cools down some. If the mix is very dry, sprinkle a few drops of water or oil. Your delectable stuffing is ready.

To Stuff the peppers:

Wash and dry the jalapeno peppers .
Using a sharp knife, make a slit in each pepper, carefully de-seed the peppers.
Carefully stuff each jalapeno pepper till it is full.

To stir-fry stuffed peppers on the pan :

Heat the pan till it is just hot. Spread 1 tbsp of oil. Make sure it coats the pan thoroughly. Place the stuffed peppers on the pan. They should sizzle as you place them on the pan.

Cook covered for a 3-5 minutes. They should char brown on the bottom.

Roll them over carefully to cook the other side. Repeat till the skin of the peppers looks wrinkled and cooked and lightly charred and browned. ( about 7-10 minutes total on medium high heat) Serve warm and enjoy !!

How to make Indian Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers in Air Fryer

You can also use your air fryer to make these Indian Stuffed Jalapeño Peppers.

Brush the stuffed peppers with oil or use oil spray and mist them well. Place them the stuffed-side up on the air-fryer basket. Choose 375F Bake/ Air Fry option and set the timer for 15 minutes.

Halfway through the timer, take them out, Spray some more oil on top. Flip them upside down and let them air fry further till all sides are cooked and lightly browned. Serve warm and enjoy !

Recipe: Indian Stuffed Jalapeño Peppers

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Indian Stuffed Jalapeño Peppers - Air Fryer Option

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Stuffed jalapeño peppers that are loaded with aromatic Indian spices and chickpea flour and lightly stir fried. This delicious recipe makes vegan, gluten free and easy stuffed peppers. Air fryer option.

Ingredients

  • 6-8 Jalapeño Peppers
  • 1/2 cup Chickpea Flour ( also called Besan )
  • 1.5 Tablespoon Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Cumin Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Coriander Powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Red Pepper powder
  • Juice of 1 Lime or lemon
  • 1/4 tsp Asafetida, optional
  • Salt to Taste

Instructions

To make the stuffing:

  1. Heat the heavy bottom pan on medium heat. I prefer my Calphlon Heavy Bottom pan for this recipe. Add chickpea flour. Dry roast the flour for a minute.
  2. Add cumin-coriander powder, garam masala, turmeric powder, red pepper powder, asafetida and salt. Keep stirring and roasting it for few minutes. The mixture should feel warm and you should sense nice aroma from the herbs. Turn the heat off. Add the lime juice when the mix cools down some. If the mix is very dry, sprinkle a few drops of water or oil. Your delectable stuffing is ready.

To Stuff the peppers:

  1. Wash and dry the jalapeno peppers .
  2. Using a sharp knife, make a slit in each pepper, carefully de-seed the peppers.
  3. Carefully stuff each jalapeno pepper till it is full.

To stir-fry stuffed peppers on the Stove Top:

  1. Heat the pan till it is just hot.
  2. Spread 1 tbsp of oil. Make sure it coats the pan thoroughly.
  3. Place the stuffed peppers on the pan. They should sizzle as you place them on the pan.
  4. Cook covered for a minute or two. They should char brown on the bottom.
  5. Roll them over carefully to cook the other side. Repeat till the skin of the peppers looks wrinkled and cooked and lightly browned. ( about 5-7 minutes total on medium high heat) Serve warm.

To Air Fry stuffed peppers using Air Fryer

Brush the stuffed peppers with oil or use oil spray and mist them well. Place them the stuffed-side up on the air-fryer basket. Choose 375F Bake/ Air Fry option and set the timer for 15 minutes.

Halfway through the timer, take them out, Spray some more oil on top. Flip them upside down and let them air fry further till all sides are cooked and lightly browned. Serve warm and enjoy !

    Notes

    Oven Baking Instructions

    You can bake these Stuffed Jalapeño Peppers as well. Preheat an oven to 350F. Brush the stuffed peppers with oil. Place them the stuffed-side down on a baking sheet. Bake till they are soft and cooked. Rotate the peppers and bake further till all sides are cooked and lightly browned.

    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 4 Serving Size: 2 stuffed peppers
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 198Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 172mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 5gSugar: 5gProtein: 8g

    Nutritional values are provided as a courtesy and the values are approximate. The values will change depending on the exact ingredients, measurements and brands used. As always, for specific health issues and dietary requirements please consult medical professional.

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    Susan St John

    Saturday 17th of November 2018

    I've just made these because it's mid-morning and I'm feeling peckish! Loved 'em! The tang of the lime that runs through the spices probably makes these addictive. Thank you SO much!

    admin

    Saturday 17th of November 2018

    Susan, That's so nice to hear that you loved the recipe. Thank you and keep enjoying!

    Freda @ Aromatic essence

    Thursday 4th of October 2018

    Love that stuffing spice mix, would be great on other veggies too! This looks yum:)

    Jagruti Dhanecha

    Wednesday 3rd of October 2018

    These stuffed Marcha with gramflour, used to be my parents favourite and now mine too, as soon as the cold weather comes I make them and devour with Bajra Rotla, we gujju add a bit of sugar:)

    dhwani mehta

    Wednesday 3rd of October 2018

    Omg!!! Looks at those stuffed chilies. It looks absolutely lip-smacking. This recipe is a bit different from our Gujarati regular stuffed. Would love to give it a try. Wonderful clicks. Thanks for sharing.

    Shobha Keshwani

    Wednesday 3rd of October 2018

    I must try this yummy stuff as I love spicy dishes. Just yesterday I saw some Jalapenos but was wondering what to make and I did not buy them.

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