Jalapeno Cheese Poppers
- 10-12 Jalapeno Peppers
- Grated Processed Cheese – 1 Cup
- Cream Cheese (at room temperature) – 2 Cups
- All Purpose Flour – 2 tbsp
- Garlic Paste – ½ tsp
- Boiled Corn Kernels – 1/4 th Cup – Optional
- Finely Chopped Red and Yellow Peppers – 1/4 th Cup – Optional
- Salt & Pepper Powder, as per taste
- Oil for Frying
- All Purpose Flour – 1/2 Cup
- Bread Crumbs for Coating
- Cut the Jalapenos on half, length-wise and remove the seeds and pith, as this is what contributes to fieriness. Once these are removed, Jalapenos are only slightly, tastefully spicy.
- Mix the grated cheese and cream cheese well in a bowl.
- In case you want to use boiled corn kernels or finely chopped red and yellow peppers in the filling, go ahead. Mix them with the cheese.
- Fill this mix with a spoon in the de-seeded Jalapeno Peppers and keep aside.
- Mix the all-purpose flour with water in a separate bowl to form a thick batter of semi-solid consistency.
- Dip the filled Jalapeno Peppers in the batter and then roll them in the bread crumbs
- Deep fry these in hot oil till they turn golden brown.
If your kids run a kilometre away from the quintessential fiery Indian snack, Mirchi Bajia, then Jalapeno Poppers are what you would want to try. Bursting with cheese inside, these are not half as fiery as the indigenous mirchi bhajias, and yet fill the mouth with a burst of flavour. And this recipe is incredibly simple to make.
Though not very often used in our dishes, whole jalapenos are easily available in all stores that stock exotic fruits and vegetables.
Nutritious Values of Jalapeno Peppers
1. Fresh Jalapeno peppers are an abundant source of Vitamin C. The riper ones are more plentiful with this vitamin than the raw variety.
2. They also contain precious antioxidants such as vitamin A, and flavonoids that protect the body from various diseases
3. The rare vitamins E & K essential for bones are also found in Jalapenos
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