Route 79

Reflections on a bus journey home

From London: By a British, European, 2nd-Generation Indian. Probably confused - but proud to be them all! Half of my journey to and from work is a 20-30 minute bus ride: London Bus Route 79 - between Alperton in West London and Kingsbury in North West London. I very frequently get pissed-off and frustrated waiting around in the DARK, WET and COLD - waiting for the 79 to turn up. But I have to be eternally grateful for the quality thinking time I get to myself.
Stuffed Chillies
Posted on November 22 2005 by Jag @ 11:16 pm

If you are into cooking North Indian (especially Punjabi) food regularly then you will almost always have the two most basic of essential of fresh (or decaying as the case may be) ingredients in your cupboard – and that is potatoes and onions. So – if your cupboards and fridge has run bare of anything else, it is these things that you will resort to in order to cook up a dinner of sorts.

And if you have some green chillie peppers (bell peppers will do also – but the longer, thinner chillie-peppers are better) – then why not make stuffed chillies?

Stuffed chillie peppers: very tasty. Very easy to make.

Click here to learn how to make this really tasty thing – which can either be an accompaniment to a main meal – or a snack on it’s own.



  1. Superb… thats a nice idea.. will try it tonight.

    Comment kindly left by Chakra — November 25, 2005 @ 5:10 am

  2. Hi!

    Do check out

    – Meena

    Comment kindly left by Meena — November 25, 2005 @ 3:59 pm

  3. That is a fantastic idea, i have to cook some up. Might be too hot for me though

    Comment kindly left by wing — November 25, 2005 @ 4:30 pm

  4. Chakra: thanks – hope it works out OK!

    Meena: have checked it out – thanks.

    Wing: see how it goes! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Comment kindly left by Jag — November 25, 2005 @ 8:38 pm

  5. Need to try this out… Nice Article..explaining
    step by step…

    Comment kindly left by Rajesh — November 28, 2005 @ 3:34 pm

  6. hi,
    nice one .. i have tried it and it really turns out to be tasty.

    btw…. when i clicked on the link “spicy potato wedges” it leads me to ” Mushroom Prawns bhuna”

    ? ? ?


    Comment kindly left by rupa — December 2, 2005 @ 7:04 am

  7. My mum cooks damn good stuffed chilles…what about paneer and aloo pakoras…!!!

    We punjus digg them..!!

    Comment kindly left by Sakshi — December 2, 2005 @ 11:48 am

  8. Rajesh: thanks!

    Rupa: Glad you tried it and liked it.

    Sakshi: I have done mutter paneer recipe ( ) – and also pakoras ( )

    Comment kindly left by Jag — December 3, 2005 @ 10:21 am

  9. Hello ,
    I have invited some Brit colleagues of mine for a Indian Dinner and promised them Chicken Curry…only problem is I have never cooked chicken curry before, can you please send me a recipe for it and if possible a suitable dinner menu which can go with chicken curry …

    Thanks a ton

    Comment kindly left by Sudha Raju — December 5, 2005 @ 9:01 am

  10. Hello Sudha – you could get some ideas by looking under the “food” links on the right hand side of this page.

    Comment kindly left by Jag — December 10, 2005 @ 11:41 am

  11. cant thank you enough for these wonderful recipes. I tried most of them and they turned out absolutely amazing. My fav is the lamb biryani and daal. May i request that you add some more!

    Comment kindly left by shazia — December 18, 2005 @ 5:43 am

  12. Shazia: it is a pleasure. And I *will* add some more over time too. (Funny – the biryani and the the yellow daal are my absolute favourites too!)

    Comment kindly left by Jag — December 18, 2005 @ 8:37 am

  13. hello

    can you please teach us how to make eggplant curry and naan bread???


    Comment kindly left by eunice — December 22, 2005 @ 12:04 pm

  14. Wow, these dont look like banana peppers – they look like real chillies! I like ’em anyway, even if they make my nose and eyes run ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Comment kindly left by Shammi — January 18, 2006 @ 2:28 pm

  15. yummo
    Good Stuff

    Comment kindly left by Kel — February 21, 2006 @ 11:09 pm

  16. Its a very nice website. It has explained every step very well with pictures. I have to try all the recipes and it seems to look very delicious

    Comment kindly left by Simron — March 5, 2006 @ 12:49 pm

  17. Hi,

    Tried this recipe (with a tiny change) over the weekend & it was a superhit…thanks!

    I have posted it on my blog. Do take a look.


    Comment kindly left by Sonali — March 13, 2006 @ 9:26 pm

  18. Hello Sonali – yes, took a look. Excellent. It is such a simple and easy thing to cook – but the end-result is always very tasty. The taste of the chillie pepper is always extremely nice when eaten as an accompaniment to something like daal. I see that you remove the seeds and white stuff inside the chillie – I do this to roughly half the batch when I make them (you have to somehow “mark” the ones with the inside bits removed). This allows for whoever wants the really spicy ones to enjoy the extra chillie-heat kick too! (Like my Dad)

    Comment kindly left by Jag — March 15, 2006 @ 8:05 am

  19. Hi,
    I just tried your stuffed chillies and it is so simple yet amazing!! i really enjoy your step-wise cooking instructions with photos…..looking forward to more recipes from you. Just a request though……can you post the recipe for triangular ghee ke parathe…..i cant seem to get the shape right at all!!

    Comment kindly left by Suma — September 29, 2006 @ 6:47 am

  20. Hi Suma, many thanks for your comment! Glad you liked it too. I’m not sure what you mean by the triangular parathe – but I think you just make rectangular paratha and then just cut to shape after making. I will try making triangular ones sometime – and post the method on the pages – but please be aware that I have never actually had them triangular – just rectangular/square!

    Comment kindly left by Jag — September 29, 2006 @ 7:57 pm

  21. All of your recipes are amazing, tasty and easy to make. thank you for the pictures and step by step instructions… you should be on some food network show for show. thank you for your genorisity– i’m a fellow punjabi girl who lives in Vancouver Canada — thank you thank you thankyou

    Comment kindly left by Hari Mirch — January 24, 2007 @ 8:19 pm

  22. Thank you too Hari Mirch! Cheers!

    Comment kindly left by Jag — January 24, 2007 @ 8:24 pm

  23. I know you’ve gotten this a lot over the years, but — thank you so much for your recipes! They’ve completely changed our cooking habits. I hardly ever eat out anymore, I just take delicious Route79 leftovers for lunch! Plus, the time saving hints mean I can cook a lot more often and on shorter notice… and of course, after looking for good Indian recipes for *years*, I finally have recipes that taste *just* like all my favorite dishes!

    Thanks so much!

    (And, I also like the rest of your website ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

    Comment kindly left by David — April 14, 2007 @ 2:44 am

  24. Thank you David!

    Comment kindly left by Jag — April 14, 2007 @ 8:22 am

  25. Looks great! There is another variation cooked in India with BESAN. Any idea where can i find that recipe?

    Comment kindly left by Sneha — July 29, 2007 @ 12:42 pm

  26. Thanks Sneha, yes I have heard about the variation cooked with besan, I think it is a Gujurati variation, but I have not seen a recipe for it myself either!

    Comment kindly left by Jag — August 3, 2007 @ 2:09 pm

  27. YOU ROCK! I have made four of your recipes so far, stuffed peppers, kheema, chicken biryani and the Indian KFC. Each came out perfect and were great! Thanks and keep up the great site.

    Comment kindly left by ken c — September 12, 2007 @ 3:23 am

  28. Thank you Ken! Glad you enjoyed how they turned out!

    Comment kindly left by Jag — September 20, 2007 @ 3:32 pm

  29. Ooh, that looks delish. I was looking for a stuffed chilli recipe that did not use soley gram flour, and this one takes the biscuit.

    The food next to the chilli in the photo – is that partha??

    Comment kindly left by Robert — April 12, 2009 @ 9:43 am

  30. Hey Robert, many thanks for your kind comment! The food next to the chillie is “egg bhurji” – there is a recipe for it in my right hand sidebar – it’s a kind of scrambled egg snack that can also be made with paneer instead of egg. It’s tasty!

    Comment kindly left by Jag — April 12, 2009 @ 7:04 pm

  31. I have not yet tried this recipe but just by reading the ingredients and the overall making of it sound excellent; so I`m going to try it right away!!

    Comment kindly left by Berna — January 22, 2010 @ 5:54 am

  32. Thank You ….I tried it as an accompaniment with Rajma & Rice and it was fantastic!!

    Comment kindly left by Viji — October 25, 2010 @ 5:34 am

  33. O…M…G!!! Absolutely divine! And so easy and quick to prepare and cook. Only chanced across this recipe as we have an abundance of home grown fresh chillies to use up…and I will DEFINITELY be making this again, and passing the recipe on. Thank you…DELICIOUS!!!

    Comment kindly left by barbygirl — July 31, 2011 @ 5:34 pm

  34. There absolutely delicious! I make about 8 at a time and munch on them all through the evening ๐Ÿ™‚

    Comment kindly left by simon keppie — August 12, 2011 @ 6:41 pm

  35. i liked the idea of just eating away the leftover filler …nice dish..

    Comment kindly left by nafisa — February 28, 2012 @ 6:43 pm

  36. Hi tried this yesterday, turned out very well, I had larger chillies, but it was good, I forgot to add salt to the rice, but the chillies made up for it…. thanks this is a keeper….

    Comment kindly left by pam — March 30, 2012 @ 8:24 am

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