Monday, May 4, 2009

Poivrons Farcis- Indo-Franco style!

Pondicherry, recently crown as Puducherry is my native place. Situated along the coastline of Bay of Bengal, is rich in culture, attracts many tourists around the world.
The small coastal city stands alone for his rich and unique history, fought for his own Independence (August 16 is celebrated as Pondicherry Independence) against the French rulers. Dutch were the first to settle down and hand over to the French later.
Many freedom activists like Aurobindo and Subramaniam Bharati - tamil Poet took refuge in French territory and acted again the Bristish government.

The French people distinguished the city in two main parts: Ville blanche (French quarters) where still French people live. Many French institutions, including French schools, french consulate, oldest Church are located in these beautifully paved road.
If you are someone who is looking to stay in peace at Pondy, don’t want to wake up by the street vendors voice, no horn sounds, practically no kids playing, you can hear the lullaby of beach waves! Well, you got to book a hotel in French quartier!



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An example of street name in French quarter :Road name written in Tamil and French, The wall color is typical french bold yellow!

The other part is refered to: Ville noire (where Hindus lived)- literally If I translate that would be hard!
Located at the opposite end of Ville Blanche with lots of temples, road names like Eswaran koil street, Perumal koil street, etc… always crowed, noisy and people talking Tamil!

Overall, you can feel the French flair everywhere; all the roads are perfectly angled (Thanks to Dutch for planning the city!) and all roads end to the beach road! Many buildings preserve the French architecture, the bold paint color, the street name are still in French and Tamil. The most important thing, a clean city, those who already visited should agree with!
One can perfectly, visit the whole town by walk or by bike ride! Many interesting places are : The beach which is main attraction, Aurobindo Ashram where Mother and Aurobindo are resting (spirituality area), Auroville (MatriMandir) attracts many Internationnal tourists each year to discover integral Yoga, Manakula Vinayagar ( Ganesha temple), Chunambar (for boating pleasure in backwater), etc...

My home is located in Ville Noire and went to French school in Ville Blanche! I was born in Pondicherry and inherited Indo-French culture. Half of my lifetime, I spoke only French and Tamil just with my mom! I was a French born confused Desi, typically in Pondy! We learn more about France than India because of our French academic.

Coming to the Indo-Franco cuisine, many Indians (Pondicherrian) stayed in France and moved back to Pondicherry. Their cuisine got a touch of Indo-french style, like spicy steak seasoned with black pepper, savory crepes eaten with chutney!
My mom French dishes reflected the Indo-Franco style; like baguette dipped in kurma was my favorite! I bet my place is one of city in India where you can really taste the French Baguette baked by local indian baker, look at this Bakery store; you will be amazed of the patisserie they offer you everyday in India!

The poivrons farcis got an Indian makeover in my mom’s kitchen. I always tasted a Non-veg version with minced lamb meat seasoned with chilli powder/masala stuffed in tomatoes or green bell pepper, but as the event is strictly vegetarian. I prepared with soy granule and stuffed with leftover cooked white rice.
The dish is quiet easy even if you have some leftover curry can be substituted!



Poivrons farcis

Poivrons farcis (vegetarian/vegan)


For two green bell pepper stuffings, you need:


Ingredients for curry:

Soy granule (used the soy crumble): ¾ cup
Onion small: 1 diced
Tomato: 1 diced
Ginger-garlic paste: ½ tsp
Chilli powder: ¾ tsp
Garam masala: ½ tsp
Oil: 1 to 2 tsp
Salt: according ur taste
Cilantro: few leaves chopped

Method:

Heat a pan with oil, add the onion and fry until they turn translucent. Now add the tomato fry until they turn mushy, add the soy granules and all the powders, mix well and let it cook only few minutes (approx 5 min). (they are going to be stuffed in pepper later and cooked in oven)

Let it cool slightly and mix with leftover rice (about a cup)

For stuffing two capsicums:

I used only ½ cup of soy curry + 1 cup of rice or use some slice bread (4 slices) dipped in milk and squeeze the excess liquid, mix all together with cilantro

Bell pepper: 2 numbers/ Cut the top and remove the seeds and white membrane.

Season with salt and cracked black pepper, stuff with rice and soy curry mixture and close the pepper with the top .

For Baking:

U can use some pasta or tomato sauce for the base sauce in baking dish.

Preheat the oven at 400F, spray a baking dish, I used some pasta sauce down, placed the stuffed bell pepper in sauce and baked 30 min.
Take out from the oven and serve as a single serving with some plain rice or enjoy the stuffed bell pepper with some salad!

Sending to Lavi who is Hosting RCI-Pondicherry, created by laksmi. Thank you Lavi for chosing Pondy!

Some Tamil Nadu people think: Pondicherry, is a great retreat for consuming alcohol which is cheap! But being a Pondy native is a serene place to live on earth! Wanna glance of my town soon? Keep it in ur wish list!

Note: Farcis is French dish name and poivrons = Bell pepper.

66 comments:

Laavanya said...

What an interesting insight into Pondicherry - baguette dipped in kurma - wow! :) I've always wanted to visit Pondicherry since i've heard so many good things about it from a friend who visits auroville often.

The stuffed peppers look awesome Cham.

Rachel said...

Pondicherry is the most sought after getaway for my family and me..you are lucky to have grew up there!!

Cham said...

Wow, U ve been super fast to comment, thanks!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow recipe is looking droolworthy....Came to know about so many things about pudducherry.....

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

very different recipe. nice effort cham.

Divya Vikram said...

That is a great post abt Pondy Cham.Shows ur love for the place!And lovely recipe too..

sowmya said...

lovely write up with lots of info..i do want to visit this place sometime..thats a healthy dish as well...good one cham..

Sharmilee! :) said...

We have been planning to Pondy for a long time as its nearby Chennai but yet to execute the plan...reading ur post am sure to hit it soon! Capsicum stuffing looks very delicious!

Priti said...

Interesting facts abt Pondi ;)... and capsicum looks so yum yum

Prathibha said...

Lovely recipe..nice filling for the capsicum....

Arch said...

Wow, we had gone there for our college trip and so it has a special place in my heart...lovely recipe too...beautiful write up

Pooja said...

New to me....Sounds intresting..Looking nice cham..

Pooja said...

Header of the page is looking beautiful cham..

Priya said...

Same pinch Cham, i love baguette dipped in kurma, ur description about our native is really great...Coming to poivron farci, very delicious and lovely dish..

LG said...

Loved reading and knowing interesting facts about Pondichery and those Poivron Farcis looks yummy!

Madhumathi said...

Its nice to know that you are from Puducherry.its only one n half hours from where i live..I went to pondi y'day..Its my wish to live there..the beach,ashram,and the french culture always attracts me!

Nice dish for RcI event.It looks very tempting..

Happy cook said...

We wee in podichery few years back and really had a wonderful time and the food was so good there.
Remember someon saying if you cross the bridge you go were the whites are living in the earlier time.
Went to auroville, but you migh not agree if i say i was not impreseed with it. Didn't know what al the big phooha was for.

Usha said...

Interesting write up about Pondicherry, Cham ! I have never visited this city but reading about it made me want to visit this remarkable and unique city. Will try the next time I visit India..... loved the sound of baguette dipped in kurma.

The stuffed peppers sound fantastic !

Kayal said...

When it comes to Pondy, I love the ECR ride from Chennai-Pondy, thats it. But now I really want to see the town in your views. The recipe looks delicious. Nice info at this time as I will be visiting pondy soon. Thanks

Shama Nagarajan said...

nice read abt pondicherry......lovely place to visit......yummy delight

sra said...

I love the French quarter in Pondy, all those houses and shops in Auroville. I never knew that Indians from Pondy actually spoke French at home - I didn't think the French was so lasting! But outside the museum, when we gave alms to a beggar, he said "Merci, amma!" and I thought he picked that up from the tourists.

Curry Leaf said...

Good info on Pondicherry.Never ever visited it thgh had heard a lot about the clean and fresh air and the auroville.And yes have heard people talking about the cheap alcohol.Its definitely on my wish list.
the bell pepper looks great and perfect.Thanks for the inside view on the dish and pondi.

Ushanandini said...

Bon appetit! Informacion est amazing! Love the bell peppers!

Miri said...

SIL is from Pondy too - maybe you went to school together!

We have been there so many times in the 10 years we were in Chennai, it became like a suburb of Chennai for us!

Asha said...

Puducherry sounds lovely to visit and walk around, lot of history! I saw a golden Dome like Temple or something at WIKI, looks so good! :)

Dish (can't pronounce it! :D) looks yum, new one to me and delicious.

Soma said...

I was in Pondicherry (called then) many moons back.. & lived for quite sometime in the ashram.. I was little but still remember the ashram, the food & the sunset we would ... on the beach.

Nice recipe, cham.. like the soy u used.

wanted to let u know that i had made the eggplant with the powder.. but the curry leaf powder i already had at home.. It was loved by all:-D thanks!

myspicykitchen said...

stuffed peppers are delicious... nice entry and nice to write up of Pondicherry.

Prema Sundar said...

Nice to know about a few interesting facts of Pondicherry. I haven't visited Pondicherry but want to go to the Aurobindo Ashram.
peppers look lovely.

AnuSriram said...

Interesting facts about Pondicherry! This recipe sounds gr8! sure, must have tasted heavenly!

DEESHA said...

I have heard abt pondy, but never been there .. nice recipe Cham .. very very different

Vicky Xavier. said...

Very interesting write up. Some times we can't leave back those cultures:) Poivrons Farcis look delicious.

Pavani said...

I went to Aurobindo School in hyderabad and we were taught french in school. I wish I had paid more attention in class. Aurobindo ashram is such a serene place to be. You are lucky to be from Pondy. Dish looks yummy.

Priyameena said...

Wonderful writing about pandi..I visited Pandi so many times..Especially love the beach...Very clean city..

Lavi said...

Ohhhh Cham..Really, You have done a beautifull Presentation on Pondicherry and its cuisine.

Dish is absoultely drool worthy!

i loved reading the post! Thanks for the entry Cham!

Cham said...

Asha: The golden dome is Auroville (Matru.mandir) where they pratice yoga!
Sra: U re right, even small vendors in market know how to count in French - Know to do business with White people or French speaking people!
Soma: Bengalis are refered to Ashram members, did u receive Ashram educa?
Thank you everyone for the feedback and thoughts

Ann said...

Hey Cham,Love pondicherry and been to auroville too...
great write up and with such a yummy dish..thank you cham..

n33ma said...

wow ur from Pondi.....lucky u.That is one awesome place.Good post so much info.Great click and especially love the filling.

Vani said...

I would love to visit Pondi sometime! Loved reading about it and your childhood. The baguette with kurma typifies the Indo-French flavor of the city, doesn't it? :)

Stuffed peppers sound and look wondeful, Cham!

Shreya said...

Interesting write up! I so want to visit Pondicherry. Awesome recipe, and the pic is tantalizing!:-)

Madhavi said...

Great effort dear and awesome recipe!!!

Poornima Nair said...

Pondichery has been on my wishlist since I studied French about 5 years back. have always heard that its one of the best places, can't wait to go there...Poivrons Farcis looks delicious.

ARUNA said...

I never knew Pondicherry is crowned as Puducherry.....nice information Cham! Never had a chance to visit!
And a very new recipe for me!

Pavithra said...

lovely dish and great pictures

Uma said...

Now I feel jealous of you for having grown in such a nice place! Lovely write up Cham. That's a lot of info abour Pondicherry. And the dish (I too can't pronounce the name :))is just fabulous and yummy.

Cynthia said...

Looks lovely Cham.

Gita's Kitchen said...

Great post Cham, I love this dish, tasted it once in a restaurant. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe :)

Vandana Rajesh said...

Have been wanting 2 visit pondicherry for a while now cham. Have 2 make it soon have been hearing so much about the lovely place.
The stuffed bell peppers look great.My husband loves stuffed bell peppers:)

Anand said...

I gotta visit Pondy, man. Never been there.
Stuffed peppers.. Hmmmm..

Hey n thanx for that tip. Next time I go vegge shopping. Im BARGAINING. Haha.

Chitra said...

Nice info on pondy,good to see:)dish looks yum, new to me:)will try sometime sure!!

notyet100 said...

quiet informtive post,..:-)

Bong Mom said...

You are from Pondy !!! My parents were there last year and they loved the place and auroville. They praised it so much that I want to visit Pondy too, maybe sometime

The dish looks super.

Dhanya Nambirajan said...

I can hardly pronounce that name of the recipe ,but am telling you that looks yum. Came to know a lot about pondicherry. Good write up.

Archy said...

this is really new dish to me, wat a interesting story abt ur place Cham with this recipe !!

Vibaas said...

That looks delicious. Nice to know u r from pondy. I was born in a place near pondy and i have a close friend from there :)

anudivya said...

Cham... Could there be anything special than this! The day I come back to blogging... I see you writing about Pondicherry, which you know is my hometown too!
You made me home sick now!... Time to get on another break maybe LOL.

Cham said...

Anudiv:Taboo for break!

Suparna said...

Hi Cham,
I love this place and am in awe with it completely :) it's so peaceful and relaxing there. love the french cuisine too, Nice to read abt the place and get draw back for a holiday ;)
Awsome stuffed dish cham looks superb!
TC

Vanamala said...

This is awesome dish...lovely pic..
lovely recipe

Rajee said...

Very interesting recipe.

Happy Mother's day.

I love to hear about you and Pondicherry. I feel how lucky you're there to live and brought up.

Yasmeen said...

thanks for enlightening us about the beautiful place,Cham.Love the fusion of flavors in the wholesome stuffed peppers:)

Madhu's cooking gallery said...

wonderful presentation.. nice recipe..yummy!

Kalai said...

Nice to know abt pondy.Stuffed Peppers looks gr8.

Parita said...

very ineresting post on pondicherry..seems to be a beautiful place..stuffed bell peppers look grt :)

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Aparna said...

After living in Goa, I can understand the French influence in Pondicherry.

Its been a long time wish to visit there. Somehow, I 've been to Chennai so many times yet never managed a visit to Pondicherry. But I definitely shall. :D

aquadaze said...

lovely reading this post Cham! Interesting recipe, can't wait to try this with some leftover keema!