Mirch ka Zaika
Capsicums or Shimla mirch originated in the Americas, but are now grown worldwide. The name given to the fruits varies between English-speaking countries. In Australia, New Zealand and India, heatless species are called “capsicums” while hot ones are called “chilli/chillies”. When the Britishers brought capsicum to India, they first cultivated it in Shimla, so the name of the district is still taken to refer to the vegetables in Northern India and other parts as well. It is followed by “mirch” which means chilli in Hindi.
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Low Glycemic Index- Capsicum has a Glycemic Index of 40 which is low. Good for Bones. Rich in Vitamin K which is good for bone metabolism, good for Skin Health, Immunity booster, Low carb, Good for Weight Watchers, Reduces inflammation, and Antioxidant Rich. They are low in calories and exceptionally rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants, making them an excellent addition to a healthy diet.
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Here is also why you should be having Capsicums every day, Bell peppers which include all colours of capsicums are rich in many vitamins and antioxidants, especially vitamin C and various carotenoids. For this reason, they may have several health benefits, such as improved eye health and reduced risk of several chronic diseases. All in all, bell peppers are an excellent addition to a healthy diet. Capsicums are a popular vegetable and have been around for a very long time. Shimla mirch as we commonly know it when it comes to Indian cuisine is a desi favourite and can be used in a number of ways.
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One of the easy ways to use capsicums is in a cup form which means removing the seeds from the inside, stuffing it back with a pre-cooked filling or stuffing and further cooking it with the capsicum cup for a while and then serving the entire dish which can be consumed together. While the concept of stuffing capsicums with boiled mashed potatoes is one of the classic Indian options there can be more variations, concoctions and combinations from desi to videshi and fusion/mix-n-match cuisines as well.
Here are a few ideas and recipes using stuffing options using Green Capsicums.
Recipe-1] BEAN AND RICE STUFFED CAPSICUMS
Recipe-2] CHEESY SHIMLA MIRCH KA ZAIKA
Recipe-3] SAUNFIYA BHARA HUA SHIMLA MIRCH
Recipe- 4] PEPPERY KEEMA STUFFED CAPSICUM CUPS
Recipe-5] TEX MEX CHICKEN PEPPER CUPS
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Dr. Kaviraj Khialani – celebrity master chef - is a Mumbai-based author, writer, academician, food –health-lifestyle coach, mentor & consultant.
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