Dal/Lentil stuffed Vegetables-Zucchini and Bell Peppers
2 cups of cooked dal/lentils –any dal but I like to make it often with Mong or Masoor dal
2 zucchini-cut into half
2 bell peppers
2 tsp of cumin powder
2 tsp of coriander powder
2 tsp of red pepper powder
1 tsp of garam masala
2 tsp of dried thyme(optional)
Pinch of salt
2-3 green chillies chopped
2 fat cloves gralic chopped coarsely
¼ cup of bread crumbs
1 tbs of cooking oil
In a saucepan, add the cooked dal.You may cook dal separately prior to making this.Giving you links to two dal recipes-Panch Mishori Dal , Dal made in a simple way
Now add in all the dry ingredients-cumin+coriander+red pepper+garam masala+dried thyme leaves+salt+few tsp of cooking oil+few tsp of lemon juice(that depends how sour you want the dal /lentil stuffing-add more for more sour version)
Now add in chopped garlic and green chillies.
Cook the dal for 7-10 mints at med –low till it starts to collect and becomes dry.
Now wash up vegetables, meanwhile preheat the oven to 200 deg celcius (the oven we have is fan assisted,check the correct temperature for your oven, read the manual)
Cut zucchini into half and scoop out half of the inside of zucchini's with spoons and leaving about 1/4 inch of thick outer shell.Similarly take out the seeds of red bell peppers also.
Generally I don’t cook the vegetables prior to baking them.(If you feel you can cook them for 5 -10 mints in hot water and then make the stuffing.)
I have chosen zucchini due to the water content it has, when baked it has a nice crunchy texture and red bell peppers are ripened so it has a sweet taste which when baked compliments the spicy lentil/dal mixture.Choose your vegetables and make stuffing.Another stuffed bell pepper recipe - Bharwan Shimla Mirch-Baked version
Rub cooking oil generously over the vegetables,now stuff the dal/lentil stuffing to vegetables and then transfer to baking tray.Sprinkle bread-crumbs over the stuffed vegetables.
Place the tray at the second shelf and bake it for 45 mints or till you feel the vegetables are tender and roasted.
Take out and serve pipping hot with some rice.
If you have pre-cooked the vegetables in hot water,then reduce the baking time for roasting.
In place of bread-crumbs you may choose any cheese also.
Another great protein stuffing is grated spiced paneer.
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