Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Tomatoes stuffed with yam and bell peppers

These stuffed tomatoes are simple,fresh and on the table in a flash. You can use stuffing of your choice or can make this stuffing in advance and refrigerate.Just take it out from the fridge and stuff this in tomatoes and microwave for 3 minutes and its done.

For the main dish:
  • 6-7 Tomatoes ( should be firm)
For the stuffing:
  • 1 cup Yam (peeled & cubed)
  • 2tbsp Capsicum ( red and yellow)
  • 2-3 Spring onion ( chopped,finely )
  • 1tsp Ginger ( chopped)
  • 1tsp Garlic (chopped)
  • 1/2tsp Red chilly powder
  • Salt as per taste
  • 3tsp Oil
  • 1tbsp Coriander leaves ( chopped)
  • 1tsp Lemon juice
For the spice powder:
  • 1/2tsp Coriander
  • 1/4tsp Fennel seeds/saunf
  • 1/4 tsp Jeera/cumin
  • a pinch of Asafoetida
  • a pinch of haldi
  • 1 Bayleaf
Cooking Directions
Spice powder:
  • Dry Roast,coriander seeds, fennel seeds, jeera/ cumin seeds and bay leaf till you get nice aroma. Once you are done with the roasting add turmeric and a pinch of asafoetida and grind it to coarse powder.
Yam and capsicum Stuffing:

  • Pressured cook yam with salt and a cup of water, till soft and cooked well or take 3 whistle.
  • Once the yam is cooked well,cool it and mash it and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in pan add ginger garlic chopped and saute for couple of seconds.
  • Now add chopped capsicum and spring onion and saute for a minute,till crisp.
  • Add mashed yam and roasted spice powder and stir it well.Add little salt and some chopped coriander leaves.
  • Squeeze 1/2tsp lemon juice and switch off the gas and our filling is ready
For the main dish:

  • Scoop all the pulp from the tomatoes and stuff it with this yam mixture.
  • Arrange all the stuffed tomatoes in a microwave safe bowl and microwave medium for 3 minutes.
  • Serve hot as an appetizer or as a side dish.
Variation: You can Replace  yam with boiled potatoes and prepare same dish with potato and capsicum stuffing.