Bharli Mirchi – Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Green Chillies

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
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
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.
Course: Accompaniments, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, Maharashtrian
Servings: 6
Author: Aruna
  • 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
  1. Heat 1 tbsp oil.
  2. Add the mustard seeds and wait till they splutter.
  3. Add the asafoetida.
  4. Add grated coconut. Ensure you do not dry it out.
  5. Stir-fry for a few seconds.
  6. Add the roasted peanut powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, red chilli powder, turmeric, amchur, and salt.
  7. Stir-fry for a minute.
  8. Take off the heat.
  9. Spread in a plate to cool.
  10. 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
  1. Wash and dry the green chillies.
  2. Using a sharp knife, make a slit in each chilli.
  3. If the green chilly has a lot of seeds, carefully deseed the chilly.
  4. Carefully stuff each green chilli till it is full.
  5. Set aside.
Method to fry Bharli Mirchi
  1. Heat a pan or a tava till it is just hot.
  2. Spread 1-2 tbsp of oil.
  3. Place the green chillies on the pan.
  4. Cook covered for a minute.
  5. Open and roll over the green chillies to cook the other side.
  6. Repeat till the skin of the green chilli looks wrinkled and cooked.
  7. Serve with Varan Bhaat or Rotis.
Recipe Notes

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.



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