How to make Stuffed Chilli Lababdar -

Large green chillies stuffed with paneer mixture and cooked in spicy, tangy tomato gravy .

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Large Green Chillies, Cottage Cheese

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Snacks and Starters

Stuffed Chilli Lababdar

Stuffed Chilli Lababdar Recipe Card


History of Indian cuisine dates back to nearly 5,000-years ago when various groups and cultures interacted with India that led to a diversity of flavours and regional cuisines.
Indian cuisine comprises of a number of regional cuisines.  The diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group and occupations, these cuisines differ from each other mainly due to the use of locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions. 
Foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism had introduced certain foods to the country like potato, chillies and breadfruit.    

Prep Time : 16-20 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Tangy

Ingredients for Stuffed Chilli Lababdar Recipe

  • Large Green Chillies 8 large

  • Cottage Cheese boiled and grated 4 medium

  • Paneer (cottage cheese) grated 1/2 cup

  • Salt to taste

  • Red chilli powder 1 1/2 teaspoons

  • Garam masala powder 1 teaspoon

  • Gram flour (besan) 1 1/2 cup

  • Chaat masala 1 teaspoon

  • Baking powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Oil 2 tbsps + to deep fry

  • Garlic paste 1 tablespoon

  • Ginger paste 1 tablespoon

  • Tomato puree 1 cup

  • Green chillies chopped 2

  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped 1 tablespoon

  • Kasoori methi crushed 1 teaspoon

  • Honey 1 tablespoon

  • Fresh cream 1/2 cup


Step 1

Slit the green chillies and remove the seeds.

Step 2

Place grated potatoes in a bowl. Add paneer, salt, half a teaspoon of red chilli powder and half the garam masala powder and mix well.

Step 3

Stuff the green chillies with this mixture, pressing some of it onto the surface of the chillies as well.

Step 4

Mix together gram flour, salt, half a teaspoon of red chilli powder, chaat masala powder, baking powder and sufficient water in a deep bowl and whisk till smooth. Heat sufficient oil in a kadai.

Step 5

Dip the stuffed chillies in the gram flour batter and deep-fry till golden.

Step 6

Drain on absorbent paper and place in a warm oven.

Step 7

For the gravy, heat two tablespoons of oil in a pan.

Step 8

Add garlic paste and ginger paste and sauté for a few seconds

Step 9

Add tomato purée and sauté for five minutes. Add one cup of water and mix well.

Step 10

Add green chillies, salt, remaining red chilli powder and remaining garam masala powder and mix well.

Step 11

Bring the mixture to a boil and add coriander leaves. Mix well.

Step 12

Add kasoori methi and stir in the honey and fresh cream. Mix well again.

Step 13

Cut each fried stuffed chilli into three or four pieces.

Step 14

Spoon the gravy into a serving platter, arrange the stuffed chillies on it and serve hot.

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