Peppers stuffed with masala nut pilaf!


I don’t know about you but i’m nuts for nuts! 

Sorry to those of you who can’t enjoy them ..yer missin’ out ! : p

I recently bought a lovely little mini rice cooker , and so i’ve cooked my rice separately in that ! You didn’t need to know about that but , i’m just excited about it !

Use whichever kind of rice your little heart desires ! I was borring and used brown rice… but black rice or basmati or even quinoa could quite easily be substituted : D

on to the greedients…

1/2 cup of  your choice of  rice
1/2 onion, chopped or leeks ; p
2 garlic clove, chopped
1/2 cup of broccoli flourettes

2-4 bell peppers

1 to 2 oil ( coconut, safflower, grape seed…)

Masala mix ( i bought my mix but masala involves the following spices if you need to make your own …1 tsp cumin seeds,2 tsp ground coriander, 1 /2 tsp of cinnamon,2 tsp black mustard seeds,
4 cardamom pods… add in some curry powder aswell if you have it )
1-2 cups vegetable stock or water ( this is used in the rice, so depending on how much you’re making)
a pinch of Salt or a few  splashes of braggs  and freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup unsalted nuts ( either almonds, cashews,walnuts, pistachios or combination)

IMG_2380IMG_2379 < — I added in some yellow split peas  …not mandatory just sayin’, they went well : )

Rice is fortified with vitamins, minerals and iron that is applied on the rice. Rinsing  takes away the nutrients , rinsing came about because there used to be lots of dirt ,sticks and  stones in the rice …It’s up to you whether you want to wash your rice before cooking it. ; p

add the vegetable broth to the water as you start cooking the rice.

In a separate pan  add the onion and coconut oil . Sautee the onions.  To sautée an onion ( or any vegetable,meat if that’s what you eat) means  using a little bit of oil in a shallow pan on a relatively high heat . Once the onions are cooked, chop in the garlic. Next Add a little bit of water as you add in your masala mix . Turn down the heat to a low -med  and add in the chopped nuts.  Cut the tops off the peppers that you intend to stuff , de seed them, and dice the tops and add into the masala sauce mix , along with the broccoli  flourettes and braggs. At this point if you have any other vegetables you want to add in… please do so .

So your rice is probably about al dente ( firm but not hard) by now.  Mix  the rice  in with the vegetable masala mix . Cover on low heat for 5 minutes … stirring occasionally.

SInce my oven doesn’t work and I wanted to see if it’s possible to do… I steamed the peppers just before stuffing and serving …… and they were absolutely delicious!

Don’t steam for too long, you want them to be hot and crunchie!   Just want to put enough water in the pot to cover about half of the peppers on high with a lid, they are ready in 2 minutes!

It was delicious!!!