Recipes: Food stuffed with the right ingredients

T-Mag Saturday 16/March/2019 07:32 AM
By: Times News Service
Recipes: Food stuffed with the right ingredients

Tender bell peppers stuffed with a flavourful beef mix turns out to be the perfect meal for you and your family.
• 2 tbsp olive oil, plus more for drizzling
• 1 medium onion, chopped
• 1 tbsp tomato paste
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 450g ground beef
• 2 finely chopped tomatoes
• 1 tsp dried oregano
• Salt
• Freshly ground black pepper
• 6 bell peppers, tops and cores removed
• Freshly chopped parsley, for garnish
• Preheat oven to 400°.
• In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Cook onion until soft, about 5 minutes.
• Stir in tomato paste, tomatoes and garlic and cook until tomatoes soften.
• Add ground beef and cook for about 12 minutes.
• Season with oregano, salt, and pepper.
• Place peppers cut side-up in a greased baking dish.
• Spoon beef mixture into each pepper and cover baking dish with foil.
• Bake until peppers are tender, about 40 minutes.
• Garnish with parsley before serving.

A classic Indian recipe of stuffed bitter gourds that is baked to leave it healthy and lip smacking.
• 6 bitter gourds — washed, peeled and skin and seeds removed
• 1 tsp cumin seeds, crushed
• 1 large onion, finely chopped
• 3 tbsp mustard oil
• 1tsp chilli powder
• 2 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
• Salt as per taste
• 1 tsp turmeric
• 1 tsp dry mango powder
• 1 tsp coriander seeds, crushed
• 1 tsp fennel seeds, crushed
• Slice open the sides of each karela and scrape out the flesh and keep aside.
• The karela flesh will be the stuffing.
• Heat mustard oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds.Once they splutter, add the onions and saute till
golden brown.
• Once browned , add the ginger- garlic paste and fry for 2 minutes. Now stir in the mango powder, fennel, coriander, chilli, salt and turmeric.Mix well and add the bitter gourd flesh.
• Cook for about 5 minutes and sprinkle water time and again so that the spices do not burn.
• Remove from heat and let it cool.
• Once cooled, use a spoon or your hands and stuff the bitter gourds one by one with equal amounts of the mixture.
• Press the stuffing into the karelas/bitter gourds. You can use a thread to wrap around each one
of the karelas to help hold their stuffing in.
• To cook the bitter gourd, place them in an greased oven tray and cook in the preheated oven for 30 minutes .at 170c until soft and browned all over.

A healthy, no oil snack thats refreshing and quick to whip.
• 3 cucumbers
• Hummus: 1/2 tin (readymade)
• 1/4 tsp red chilli powder
• Salt to taste
• Wash and peel cucumbers. Cut them into 1 inch long pieces.
• Using a small spoon, scoop out the insides of the pieces to make a cavity about 1/2 inch deep.
• Sprinkle salt and on the pieces.
• Place a dollop of hummus in the cucumber cavity.
• Arrange the cups on a platter, sprinkle some chilli powder on them and serve.

Cherry tomatoes stuffed with creamy mozzarella and basil are perfect for snacking or a light appetiser for
your guests.
• 200g fresh mozzarella, crumbled
• 3tbsp olive oil
• 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
• 1/2 tsp freshly grated lemon zest
• Salt and freshly ground black pepper
as per taste
• 16 cherry tomatoes
• In a bowl, mix the cheese, oil, basil, zest, salt, and pepper.
• Refrigerate for 3 hours before assembling.
• When ready to assemble, slice each tomato in half and scoop out the insides with a teaspoon.
• Sprinkle lightly with salt.
• Fill each tomato half with a teaspoon of the cheese mixture and arrange on a serving tray.
• Serve immediately.

Oneza Tabish is a food blogger, consultant, and columnist based in Oman. She is also the owner of Oman’s popular Facebook group ‘What’s Cooking Oman.’