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Spicy Stuffed Peppers

This recipe for Spicy Stuffed Peppers was created in partnership with Philips, who provided me with an Airfryer to experience and review. All opinions, as always, are my own. I only write about and recommend products I use and love myself.

I remember being introduced to Spicy Stuffed Peppers many years ago while I was renting a room in a family home during my college years. We had worked out a deal wherein the lady of the house would provide me with dinner every night for a very nominal fee. My breakfasts and lunches (let’s be honest, most times it was just brunch) would often be something quick and cheap that I grabbed from the cafeteria – for lack of both, money and time. So it was simply wonderful to come back after a  long day of lectures and lab work to a freshly made home-cooked meal.

Recipe for Bharwaan Mirch (Spicy Stuffed Peppers), taken from Visit site for detailed recipe.

Being strictly vegetarian, and a typical Indian mom of that generation, the meal would often comprise of some kind of lentil/bean preparation (like dal, rajma or chana), a vegetable or two, some rice and rotis. There was also always a generous helping of her homemade mango pickle, which to this day makes me salivate just thinking about it! Most nights, dinner was quite simple and wholesome. But there were days in between when she would feel indulgent, and there would be a feast waiting for me. My favourites were when she would make an array of chaat (popular Indian street food) or serve me a plate of crispy veggie stuffed parathas. She wasn’t a great cook, but she was definitely creative and found some wonderful ways to jazz up some not-no-fun-to-eat vegetables.

This Spicy Stuffed Peppers was one such recipe and is completely inspired by her creation. At the time, I wouldn’t be caught dead looking at such a spicy pepper, let alone eat it. But the way she served it to me alongside some melt-in-your-mouth whole wheat parathas and a mung bean salad, made me want to dive right. And I haven’t looked back since!

Normally, I would cook the Stuffed Peppers in a bit of oil in a wide Non-stick Wok, covered on low heat, turning them at intervals. However, since I’ve been dying to bust out the Airfryer, this seemed like the perfect recipe, to begin with!


Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Meena,


  • 2 medium potatoes, boiled and mashed
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp amchur powder
  • salt, to taste
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves
  • 8 banana peppers (use jalapenos for an extra-spicy kick)
  • 1 tsp light cooking oil


  • In a large bowl, mix the mash potatoes with the onion, spices, salt and chopped coriander leaves.
  • Slit each pepper lengthwise through the middle and hollow it out by taking out the ribs and seeds. Fill each hollowed out pepper with equal portions of the potato stuffing mix.
  • Meanwhile, lay a piece of foil on the wire rack of the Airfryer and preheat it to 180C.
  • Lightly oil the peppers on all sides. Lay the stuffed peppers on the foiled surfaced and air-fry at 180C for 6-8 minutes, depending on the size of the peppers.
  • Serve warm.


To cook on the stove-top: Heat about 2 tbsp of oil in a deep non-stick wok and slowly add in the stuffed peppers, one at a time. Cover, and let the peppers cook on low heat – turning them occasionally, to let them brown on all sides.

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  • Reply
    October 2, 2015

    5 stars
    I love cooking, I love eating foods with less oil and also love some Indian food. These peppers sound fantastic and I’m intrigued by the air-fryer. Thanks for your recipe, I will try it

  • Reply
    August 8, 2015

    5 stars
    I have never heard an an Airfryer, so I read your full review as well. It sounds interesting! These peppers look good and I love easy Indian food. I will give them a try.

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    Kathy | MomWifeWoman
    August 7, 2015

    5 stars
    I love me some Indian food! These peppers sound fantastic and I’m intrigued by the airfryer. I’ll have to check it out!

  • Reply
    August 7, 2015

    5 stars
    These look amazing. I love the great blend of spices. Must try very soon. Carol

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    J @ A Hot Southern Mess
    August 7, 2015

    5 stars
    You had me hooked at “spicy peppers”. The airfryer sounds like a fun device! I need to read your review on it for sure. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply
    August 7, 2015

    5 stars
    I’ve love Indian food, and this sounds delicious to try. Thanks for sharing!

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