Stuffed banana chillies

Stuffed banana chillies

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From
Sri Lankan Flavours
Makes
8
Photographer
Craig Wood

Banana chillies are a smaller version of capsicums, but they have the long shape of a chilli. You can use small capsicums if you can’t find banana chillies.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
8 banana chillies or small capsicums

Filling

Quantity Ingredient
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
10 curry leaves
3-4 medium onions, chopped
1 green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
500g canned tuna, drained
or 500g fresh tuna, boiled and flaked
2-3 potatoes, boiled and mashed
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
10 mint leaves, roughly chopped
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
1 lime, juiced
250g breadcrumbs
oil, for deep-frying

Batter

Quantity Ingredient
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
pinch ground turmeric
1/2 cup water

Method

  1. Slit the banana chillies lengthways, but make sure you don’t cut into the back or through the ends of the chilli. Use your fingers to remove the seeds. (Don’t touch your eyes after this before you have washed your hands thoroughly: you may choose to wear gloves while preparing the chilli.) Then scrape the skin of the chilli with a fork.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat, add the curry leaves, onions and green chilli and fry until lightly brown. Add drained tuna, mashed potato, turmeric and mint. Season with salt, pepper and lime juice.
  3. Make a batter: mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Add water to make a thick batter – you may need to add some extra water.
  4. Put filling into each chilli, making sure it is stuffed into the far end first. It is OK if the chillies expand a bit. Dip each chilli in the batter, roll it in breadcrumbs and deep-fry for 5 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Place on a tray in an oven preheated to low to keep warm, until all chillies are cooked. Serve with a sweet or hot chilli sauce, and these are great with a beer.
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Sri Lankan Flavours
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