Stuffed peppers in air fryer turn out really delicious and crispy while retaining their crunch and taste. One of my favourite vegetable sides.
This air fryer peppers is an easy recipe inspired by the Indian bharwan Shimla Mirch or stuffed capsicum.
Green peppers are cleaned and stuffed with a spicy mashed potato mixture. Then cheese/vegan cheese is grated on top. It is then air fried to perfection.
Due to air frying you get a nice char outside and the pepper does not turn mushy which is delightful.
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The filling in this recipe is versatile.
- You can use lentils/cooked red kidney beans with tomato sauce and some boiled rice along with chopped vegetables and spices as a filling.
- You can use crumbled tofu or paneer along with some sauteed onion and mushrooms as a filling. If you eat meat, you can use ground beef or chicken as well.
- Leftover mashed potatoes can be a good filling idea for these peppers.
Prepare the filling by taking mashed potatoes in a bowl.
Add salt, cayenne, garam masala and mix well.
If you wish to you can add pepper as well.
Taste and adjust seasoning.
Take capsicum or green pepper. Remove the external stalk. Cut into halves or remove the crown.
Remove the veins and seeds to have a nice pepper to fill.
Now spoon in the potato mix till the pepper is filled well.
Grate cheese/vegan cheese to cover the top.
Spray or brush with some oil all over the peppers.
Preheat airfryer for 5 minutes at 200 deg C or 390F.
Air fry the peppers for 10-12 minutes till they get a nice char outside and the cheese melts and becomes golden brown.
The peppers stay crunchy. That's the way I like them.
Take it out and serve hot with rotis or parathas or as a vegetable side.
It tastes delicious where the mellow taste of peppers is complimented by the cheesy spicy filling.
Heat some oil in a kadhai or pan for shallow frying.
Put in the stuffed capsicum, cover and cook for 5-6 minutes on each side.
Turn to the sides as well as the potato side down to evenly cook the capsicum. Serve hot.
Your stuffed peppers are ready to serve. Do enjoy them.
- If you overcook your peppers or capsicum, they turn mushy and not very tasty. I prefer them to have a bit of their crunch and retain their flavour.
- If you so like, you can saute the filling in some oil. I like the filling in this way as the potato is already cooked.
- You can add veggies like grated carrots, onions, green peas etc. to your filling as per your choice. Make sure all the veggies are cooked when you add them to the mixture.
- You can remove cheese if you so like.
- My mum would put a crust of roasted gram flour on top of the potato filling to give it a lovely brown colour when fried. Since I use cheese I don’t need that step but you can certainly do that.
- You can use red and yellow peppers in place of green ones or all together for a nice burst of colour.
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Stuffed Peppers in Air fryer
- 3 Peppers or Capsicum
- 3 potatoes medium boiled and mashed
- ½ tsp. garam masala
- ½ tsp. cayenne or red chilli powder optional
- ½ tsp. pepper powder optional
- salt to taste
- 2 tbsp. cheese or vegan cheese
- Oil for sauteeing or spraying
- Add chilli powder, garam masala along with salt to the mashed potato and mix well. Taste and adjust seasoning.
- Take green pepper.s Remove the external stalk. Cut into halves or remove the crown and leave them whole.
- Remove the veins and seeds to have a nice pepper to fill.
- Now spoon in the potato mix till the pepper is filled well.
- Grate cheese to cover the top. Spray/brush some oil all over the peppers.
Air fryer Instructions
- Preheat air fryer for 5 minutes at 200 deg C or 390 F. Air fry the pepper for 10-12 minutes till they get a nice char and the cheese melts and becomes golden brown. Take it out and serve hot with rotis or parathas.
- It tastes delicious where the mellow taste of peppers is complimented by the cheesy spicy filling.
On Gas stove
- Heat some oil in a kadhai or skillet for shallow frying.
- Put in the stuffed capsicum, cover and cook for 5-6 minutes on each side.
- Turn to the sides as well as the potato side down to evenly cook the capsicum. Serve hot.
- Your stuffed peppers are ready to serve. Do enjoy them.
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Capsicum unfortunately gives me a migraine, so I stay clear of it.
The recipe sounds delicious though. I'll share it with my mom who'll make this for dad. They love their food!
Oh that's sad. I love capsicum.
Ashvini Naik says
Totally awwed by this simple looking recipe, Rachna! Capsicum is my kitchen muse & how could I miss this. I'm going to try shallow frying it as I'm yet to buy an air fryer (though I've been thinking of it since long) Would you suggest any particular brand?
Anamika Agnihotri says
The photos are too much tempting. The recipe appears to be simple. If only I could say I will try making it someday because I am sure I will be capable of messing it up when I try and then all the Shimla Mirch will have to take the road to the dustbin.
I think you can do it, Anamika. Try with 2 capsicum if you are apprehensive.
Reema D'souza says
This looks so good. I've never tried something like this with capsicum. Hope to try this soon.
I hope you do
The one I had made before was without the cheese. Would try it with lots of cheese this time. It looks so delicious. And good use of airfryer too.
Absolutely! A little indulgence is allowed. 🙂
Oh this looks scrumptious. Our childhood favourite was a similar recipe, only with tomatoes and without the cheese. This one would look spectacular with coloured capsicum.
I agree. Coloured capsicum would look even better. Try it. Kids would love it.
Sanch @ Sanch Writes says
Yum that looks awesome! I used to make stuffed capsicums with pearl barley and veggies. Must try this at some point too
I love the potato mixture stuffing. So flavorful and delicious. I would love to try this soon.
Jessica Formicola says
My family loves stuffed peppers, and I can't wait to make this for them for dinner this week!
Nart at Cooking with Nart says
I love stuffed peppers...first time trying an air-fryer recipe and they came out perfect!
Jessica Formicola says
My family loves stuffed peppers, so I can’t wait to make this for them for dinner tonight!
I have yet to try stuffed capsicum, however it looks delicious! I'm saving this recipe to try this week for dinner. I've been on a potato kick lately so I love that the filling is a potato mix! Thanks for sharing!
Glad to hear that, Luci. I love potatoes as well. 😉
Andrea Metlika says
This is a completely new version of a stuffed pepper for me. Can't wait to taste this!
I hope you like it, Andrea.