Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Baked Soya Paneer Peppers

Here is a simple dish that I created last evening, for my daughter who likes to buy and eat Bell Peppers for their color but does not like the taste too much. So to make it appealing and nutritious I came upon this idea and called it "Baked Soya Paneer Peppers".
Whether red, orange, yellow or green, these Bell peppers yield the highest concentration of antioxidants . One small red, yellow or orange pepper provides three times the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C—way ahead of citrus. Red peppers stand out as one of the few foods that lowers the risk of various cancers.
Regardless of their exterior, all bell peppers share a healthy dose of fiber, which helps lower cholesterol and ward off colon cancer. They also have vitamin B6 and folic acid that protect blood vessels from damage. Plentiful A and C vitamins boost immunity and guard against a range of ailments, including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis.

Soya chunks are very high in protein and is good for overall health.
Cottage cheese or Paneer is also high in protein.
Here is a delicious snack/starter which is also very healthy.

Serves 4

Bell Peppers - 8 - small - any color - I have used red and yellow
Soya chunks - 1/2 cup - 125 ml - any brand - I have used Nutrela soya chunks
Paneer pieces - 1/2 cup - 125 ml - cut into bits

Onion - grated - 1/2 cup - 125 ml
Green chilly - 1 - finely chopped
Mint leaves - a few
Butter - 1 tbsp
Salt - 1 tsp

Coriander leaves - to garnish
Pepper - to garnish

Boil the soya chunks in water for about 5-10 minutes or as per packet instructions. Drain and keep aside.
Break them into bits using your hand.
Saute' the soya bits, paneer, onion, green chilly, mint, salt and pepper in a pan along with butter for about 3-5 minutes.
Saute' till this mix is dry.
Allow to cool for 10 minutes.
Now remove the stalk of the peppers and wash and pat dry.
Apply salt if required to the insides of the pepper.
Stuff each pepper with this soya paneer mixture.
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200 degrees for about 
15-20 minutes or till done.
Garnish with coriander leaves.
Serve warm with any salad vegetable of your choice.
I have served with English cucumbers.
A lovely healthy snack which can also be served as a starter in Dinner parties.

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