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Stuffed Pepper ( Biber Dolmasi )

6-8 peppers (green, red, yellow), suitable size for stuffing
1 large tomato, sliced (optional)
1 cup warm water
For filling:
1 cup of rice
1 medium size onion (finely chopped)
2 tbsp oil
½ lb ground beef (optional)
black pepper
mint flakes
allspice (optional)
1 tsp sugar
1-Take the top of the peppers off and remove the seeds. Keep the pepper tops aside.
2-Wash them thoroughly.
3-Mix ground beef, rice, oil, salt, paprika, allspice and black pepper in a bowl.
4-Stuff loosely the peppers with the mixture.
5-Put the tomato slices or the pepper tops on top of the mixture.
6-Place the peppers in a pot; put a small serving plate onto peppers, pour warm water.
7-Put the lid on, cook on medium heat. When the water boils, reduce the heat to low medium and continue cooking until the rice is done, approximately for 20 minutes.
Serve hot if you have meat in the mixture. Otherwise you may serve hot or at room temperature. You may try it with plain yogurt.
PS: You can do stuffed zucchini, eggplant or tomato in the same fashion.
For that, scoop out and hollow them until they are empty and they have thin skin.
Fill them loosely with the mixture and cook as mentioned above.
Afiyet olsun!


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