3 green peppers
3 red peppers
2 yellow peppers
5 tablespoons olive oil
2 onions, chopped
4 garlic cloves, crushed
350g/12oz tomatoes, seeded
1 tablespoon tomato purée
1 teaspoon sugar
3 tablespoons chopped fresh
225g/8oz risotto rice such as
Arborio or Carnaroli
1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
salt and freshly ground
• Cut a slice off the top of each pepper and reserve. Remove the cores,
seeds and membranes, and discard. Wash the peppers and pat dry with
• Heat 4 tablespoons of the oil in a large frying pan, add the peppers
and sauté gently for 10 minutes, turning them frequently so that they
soften and colour on all sides. Remove from the pan with a slotted
spoon, and drain on kitchen paper.
• To make the stuffing, drain off all but 2 tablespoons of oil from the pan,
then add the onion and garlic, and seat very gently for about 15
minutes. Add the tomatoes and sweat gently to soften, stirring constantly.
Increase the heat and cook rapidly to drive off the liquid – the mixture
should be thick and pulpy.
• Reduce the heat, and add the tomato purée, sugar. Season with salt and
pepper, and simmer gently for 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat
and stir in the chopped fresh coriander and the risotto rice. Spoon the
stuffing into the peppers, dividing it equally between them.
• Stand the peppers close together in a flameproof casserole dish. Sprinkle
with the cinnamon, then the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Put the reserved
‘lids’ on top.
• Carefully pour 150ml/5fl oz water into the bottom of the pan, then bring
to the boil. Reduce the heat, cover with a plate or saucer that just fits
inside the rim of the dish, then place weights on top.
• Simmer gently for 1 hour, then remove from the heat and leave to cool.
Chill in the refrigerator overnight, with the weights still on top. Serve the
stuffed peppers chilled, with garlic bread and a salad.