Stuffed Bell Pepper in Arrabiata Sauce

 Life is  Beautiful, Satisfying, Fun, sometimes Sad & indeed a Challenge. Sometimes it also reminds you to be thankful for the little things, to be alive, to be able to share, love & laugh with family & friends.  I am Thankful to be here to share this post with all of you today. Last tuesday I had an accident while I was getting by daughter back for her preschool. I got hit by a car from my left.  Thankfully we are all safe, not a scratch on my little one & nothing on me except few burns from the air bags. Our car is gone & we need to get a new one. But we are here, all unhurt. Now thats something I should appreciate right? esp. when on the other side of the town on the same day one lady got hit by cars twice in a row and passed away. For another second ahead, i would have been hit straight on the door… & i do not know whether I would still be sitting here.  I was in a frozen state for a few minutes after it happened. My daughter was more active and was screaming telling me to “stop the car”!! and to open the windows becoz of the smoke. Hats off to her agility.

Now to the gastronomic Challenge of the Iyengar’s Kitchen… Only when you are told not to use certain things, you start realizing how important those things are to you & the food:-D. Well I did come up with something… hopefully I did it all right.  I am still in a kind of daze & I keep thinking I need to absorb & appreicate every moment of my life & what I have.


   Sending this to the Challenge of Iyengar’s Kitchen.

Now to the recipe….


  1. 2 Bell Peppers (Capsicum) – Any color you want: Red, Yellow, Orange or Green
  2. 5 Cloves of Garlic Peeled
  3. 1 Teaspoon Extra Vigin Olive Oil
  4. 1.5 Cup Cooked Long Grain Rice
  5. 1/2 Onion Sliced thinly
  6. 2 Tablespoons Chopped Olives
  7. 2 Tablespoons Chopped Carrots
  8. 2 Tablespoons of chopped mushrooms (I used the canned ones-drained)
  9. 2 Tablespoons Chopped Celery
  10. 1/2 Teaspoon Basil
  11. Salt
  12. Black Pepper Crushed


Basic & Simple Arrabiata Sauce


  1. 1 teaspoon olive oil
  2. 1/2  chopped onion
  3. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 2 tablespoons Lime Juice (may be substituted with Vinegar)
  5. 1/2 teaspoon basil
  6. 1 tablespoon Italian Spice mix
  7. 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
  8. 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  9. 1 cans peeled and diced tomatoes
  10. 1 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  11. Salt


Preparing the sauce

Heat oil in a large skillet or saucepan over medium heat. Saute onion and garlic in oil for 5 minutes. Add the red pepper flakes, & basil and after a minute add all the other ingredients. Bring it to a boil.

Simmer uncovered about 20 minutes till the tomatoes are cooked. Set aside.


Preparing the Peppers:

Slice the peppers length wise in to halves like a boat and take out the seeds and the membranes. (Alternatively the peppers may be cut horizontally… save the caps)

Boil water & salt in a pot. Drop the peppers & cook for a few minutes till they are just less than crisp. Do not overcook, becoz these will go in to the oven.

Saute the peppers in a skillet with 1 teaspoon Extra Virgin olive oil with 2-3 peeled whole cloves garlic at medium heat; turn the garlic to prevent browning. The garlic should just take on a lightly toasted color and will become soft, at which point it can be mashed into the oil and removed.

Remove the peppers when they are slightly brown & when it starts to soften. Keep aside.

Preparing the stuffing:

Mince the rest of the garlic.

In the same pan above add the garlic & onion and saute them at low heat. After a couple of minutes add the carrots, mushrooms & celery, salt and basil and cook for about 5-7 minutes. Stir in the rice & the olives, toss everything together & switch off the heat. Add freshly crushed black pepper & toss & cover.

 Putting it all together:

Stuff the Bell Peppers with the Rice mix. In a casserole spoon some sauce at the base. Place the stuffed peppers on the sauce & spoon some more sauce on the peppers. Bake in the oven for about 25 -30 minutes.

(Alternative to baking: The Peppers may be simmered in the pot of sauce. If you are doing this, do not cut peppers lenthwise. Cut into half, horizontally, follow the procedure after that… cover with the cap & place them in the sauce and simmer).

Serve Warm….

Note: Do try it with different colors of peppers. The yellow, orange & red ones make a very pretty looking dish & have a slightly sweet taste. I wanted the peppery taste to compliment the spicy arrabiata sauce & hence used the green Peppers.

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13 comments to Stuffed Bell Pepper in Arrabiata Sauce

  • mohana

    Oh gosh ! Thank the Gods that the accident wasnt too serious. My wishes with you. Get well soon, more than the physical injury, its the trauma that will take time to heal. Take it slow and all the lucks for you….
    Stuffed bell-pepper looks fascinating. Will try out your recipe.
    Infact, I did a preparation with stuffed bell-pepper too..made the stuffing with grated and spicy sauted paneer.

  • Oh god, I can imagine the state of yours at that moment.I hope u are feeling better now. It is true that we should be thankfull to god for pleasures of world we get.

    I loved your arabiatta sauce and gonna try out soon.The pepper looks awesome .

  • Hi Soma,

    Fantastic recipe here! I love all kinds of stuffed peppers. There are many kinds of stuffing that goes in to it….Yours is a healthy version too! Thanks so much for ur entry.

    And reading your experience i m still trying to understand what u must have gone through. Gosh! We all should learn from other’s experience and appreciate life’s precious moments with loved ones! take care…god bless!


  • Hey Soma !
    That sounds traumatic ! Who knows what is waiting just ’round the corner?
    Thank god you all are fine and safe! Hope you are stable now. Do take care.
    Will comment on the recipes later.

  • This really looks so yumm.
    I think it is a realy dinner party dish. The guest will go wow 🙂

  • Good to hear you and you lovely daughter is safe and escaped a realy tragedy.
    I guess kids are sometimes more agile than us.
    Bravo to you daughter for having such a dfast reaction.

  • Good to know that both u n ur daughter are safe..take care…excellent stuffed bell pepper soma…

  • God is great! Long live you and your family. Bell peppers look delicious.

  • Thank god nothing happened to u n ur kid..Lovely entry for the challenge..

  • PG

    Goodness!! Just read it. Such incedences mae me so believe in God. God bless your daughter ! Wishig you and your family good health and long life!
    The dish looks lovely. I’m sure it smelled good with all the italian herbs ad the tomato sauce. How did you teach your children to eat hot food? Mine can surely eat ore hot then an average german childf, but compared to an Indian it is nothing.

  • soma

    Thanks guys… & thanks for all the sweet concern.

    PG: My kids just had been having regular food since they were 1.5 yrs old. No sp. cooking for them:-) they grew up with spice & heat.

  • Wow simply superb recipe. Congratulations dear on winning the challenge. Recipe rocks dear.

  • Uma

    Congrats on winning the Challenge Soma! This wonderful recipe certainly deserves it! Great job!

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