Bharli Mirchi – Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Green Chillies

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Bharli Mirchi - Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Green Chillies

It is raining green chillies in my home and this is my second post in succession involving green chillies after Green Chilli Pickle. I have two other posts but I will save them for another day.

I love spicy food as you might have realised from my posts on pickles and pachadis. So when I spotted the large variety of fresh green chillies in the market, I wanted to make stuffed chillies right away. I have already posted the recipe for Green Chillies Stuffed with Hummus earlier and that dish is by far one of my favourites and I make it often. This time I made Bharli Mirchi or Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Green Chillies.

I used a stuffing made with coconut and peanut powder spiced with amchur. The result was a tangy and spicy Bharli Mirchi that was a delight as a side-dish for Varan Bhaat (Maharashtrian Style Dal Rice).

The green chillies you want for this dish are the large light green ones which are not too spicy. The ones I bought also did not have too many seeds so I did not bother to deseed them.

Green Chillies for Bharli Mirchi

Also you have to be careful about making a slit in these green chillies so that you have enough leeway to stuff them but keep them whole without breaking them.

Stuffed Bharli Mirchi - Before Frying

Bharli Mirchi - Stuffed Green Chillies Maharashtrian Style

Bharli Mirchi is Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Green Chillies. In this recipe, I have used grated coconut, roasted peanut powder and amchur as the stuffing. The result was a tangy, spicy stuffed green chilly that can be eaten with dal-rice (varan-bhaat) or roti.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Accompaniments, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, Maharashtrian
Servings 6
  • 6 Large Green Chillies
  • 1/3 Cup Grated Coconut
  • 2 tbsp Roasted Peanut Powder
  • 1 tsp Amchur Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Roasted Cumin Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar
  • 2 Large Pinches Turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp Asafoetida
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 2 to 3 tbsp Oil
  • Salt to Taste
Method to Make the Stuffing for Bharli Mirchi
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil.
  • Add the mustard seeds and wait till they splutter.
  • Add the asafoetida.
  • Add grated coconut. Ensure you do not dry it out.
  • Stir-fry for a few seconds.
  • Add the roasted peanut powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, red chilli powder, turmeric, amchur, and salt.
  • Stir-fry for a minute.
  • Take off the heat.
  • Spread in a plate to cool.
  • If the mix is very dry, sprinkle a few drops of water, oil, or even lemon juice. Be careful about using lemon juice as it can make the stuffing very sour.
Method to Stuff the Green Chillies
  • Wash and dry the green chillies.
  • Using a sharp knife, make a slit in each chilli.
  • If the green chilly has a lot of seeds, carefully deseed the chilly.
  • Carefully stuff each green chilli till it is full.
  • Set aside.
Method to fry Bharli Mirchi
  • Heat a pan or a tava till it is just hot.
  • Spread 1-2 tbsp of oil.
  • Place the green chillies on the pan.
  • Cook covered for a minute.
  • Open and roll over the green chillies to cook the other side.
  • Repeat till the skin of the green chilli looks wrinkled and cooked.
  • Serve with Varan Bhaat or Rotis.
You can bake these green chillies as well.
Preheat an oven to 100C.
Brush the green chillies with oil.
Place the chillies the stuffed-side down on a baking sheet.
Bake at 100C till the green chillies are cooked.
Tried this recipe?Do let me know how you liked it @aahaaram or tag #aahaaram!


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