Bharela marcha (Stuffed chili peppers)

Delectable stuffing of chickpea flour and an assortment of masala into chili peppers is a delicious traditional Gujarati side dish

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No other Indian cuisine uses chickpea flour as much as Gujarati food does. Be it dhokla or khandvi or muthia, you will find amazing use of chickpea flour in this cuisine in all shapes and forms.

Bharela marcha or stuffed chili peppers is a delicious side dish served in a Gujarati thali. And just like the trademark of Gujarati cuisine, these chilies are not spicy but rather has a perfect balance of salty, sweet and spice.

The stuffing is primarily of roasted chickpea flour and other spices which is very versatile. I always make extra stuffing as it keeps for a week and use it to sprinkle it over roasted veggies or even swirling it in yogurt. It is absolutely delicious. A traditional Gujarati bread, Satpadi rotli (roti with 7 layers) is another favourite of ours with this stuffing.

My sister who has an in-depth knowledge of Gujarati cuisine makes this lip-smacking ‘athanu’ (pickle as we call in Gujarati) as a part of the scrumptious thali. My version is a heavy adaptation of her recipe with few differences.

I hope you will enjoy these peppers as a part of your meal as much as we do.

If you liked this recipe, do have a look at some of these as well:

  1. Masala milk powder /spiced milk blend
  2. Hung curd dip with garlic oil (vagharelu dahi)
  3. Valor /papdi dhokli nu shaak
  4. Turia dhokli nu shaak 
  5. Gujarati patra 

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