Thursday, May 16, 2013

Baked Stuffed Vegetables

Baked Stuffed Vegetables - Bharwa Sabji
This is something i grew up eating. Just like here in US, parents have baking time with kids, back in my childhood days this was "Sunday fun with cooking". My mom used to get the stuffing ready and me and my sister would have fun, stuffing the veggies. This dish is simple, easy and healthy!! 

Prep. Time : 20 mins
Cooking Time : 40-45 mins

Small Potatoes, Eggplants, Bell Peppers, Tomatoes, Lady Fingers, Parvar (snake Gourd), onions etc. Be imaginative with the vegetables. You can select vegetables of your choice or make with only one vegetable.

For Stuffing
1 Tbsp Oil
1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
1/4 tsp Asafoetida (hing)
1 Tbsp of crushed roasted peanuts
1 tsp Sesame Seeds
1 tsp Red chili powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp lemon juice / 1/2 tsp citric acid
1 cup Chickpea Flour
Salt to Taste

Wash all the vegetables and dry them with a clean towel.
Heat Oil in a Pan, add mustard seeds, when the seeds start crackling add Asafoetida and Chickpea flour. Saute the flour for around 4 to 5 mins until it starts releasing its fragrance.
Add Roasted Peanuts and all other spices. If you are using lemon juice or tamarind pulp,  add that at the end. Add all other spices, mix them well with the flour and then add the lemon juice.
Remove from Heat and allow the stuffing to cool.
Make slits in the vegetables, remove the seeds from peppers, tomatoes.
Fill in the stuffing and place them in a greased deep baking tray.
Sprinkle all the leftover stuffing.
Preheat Oven at 350F.
With a cooking spray, lightly spray oil on all the vegetables.
Cover the baking try with Aluminium Foil and keep them for baking.
After 20 minutes, flip the vegetables and keep them covered for baking again.
The vegetables would be ready in total between 40-45 minutes.