Saturday, June 20, 2015


Summer comfort food at it's best! I love these stir-fried peppers - or shaak as we call it in Gujarati - with rotli, these gluten-free flatbreads, or rice. It's flavourful, healthy, fresh, and light. Try it!

Adapted from here.

Stir-Fried Sweet Peppers with Coconut and Peanuts
makes: 4 servings

- 1 lb. (~1/2 kg) sweet mini peppers, stemmed, washed and sliced into rounds
- 1/4 cup raw peanuts
- 2 dried whole cayenne chiles
- 1/4 cup desiccated coconut (unsweetened)
2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 2 tbsp. coconut, safflower, sunflower, or other neutral oil (not olive oil!)
- 1 tsp. cumin seeds
- 1 tbsp. caraway seeds (shah jeeru, or cumin seeds)
- 1 tsp. mustard seeds
- 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
- 1/8 cup water
- 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  1. Dry roast the peanuts, caraway seeds, and dried chiles on medium-low heat till they are fragrant and the peanuts and chiles are lightly browned in some spots. Turn the heat off and cool. Transfer the roasted peanuts, cumin, and chiles to a blender or spice grinder. Add the coconut, sugar, and salt and grind into a coarse powder.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat and add the cumin and mustard seeds. Once they sizzle and the mustard seeds start to pop, add the turmeric and sliced peppers and mix well. Add the water, cover, and cook for 4-5 minutes.
  3. Uncover, add the coarsely powdered spices, and mix well. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes uncovered, stirring once.
  4. Turn off the heat, add the lemon juice, stir.
  5. Transfer to a bowl and garnish with the chopped cilantro. Serve with roti or rice.

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