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Peri Bites

Peri Bites are green chilies stuffed with chicken & cheese; dipped in breadcrumbs and fried till golden. They make you ask for a glass of water but you still keep asking for more.

It’s the month of Ramazan and as much as we plan not to, we end up focusing on the food. Every year I think that this year I am going to keep it simple; not spend much time in the kitchen and eat healthy. But inevitably I end up gorging on pakora’s and samosa’s. It’s a difficult habit to break.

But this year, there were a couple of things I did differently. I did eat my fried snacks (how could I not) but I kept the quantity low and ate more of healthy items like Dahi Phulki, Chana Chaat and Fruit Chaat. For the fried items, we kept only 2-3 items at most. There’s no need to have a full starter platter of samosas, pakoras, rolls, box patties etc.

One thing that I always wanted to add to our menu this year was Peri Bites. I have always loved the creamy cheesy filling of Peri Bites but have always found them too much work to make. So much simpler to just order them from Sinful Bites – one of my trusted home based caterers for savory food.

But this year I decided to give them a try mostly because of the recipe I saw in the Made Easy website. Traditionally, the chicken for Peri Bites is marinated in a Peri Peri marinade and then grilled but the National Foods recipe used National Achaar Masala as a way to skip all the spices and cut down on the cooking time. The rest of the method was pretty much the same. Chicken & cheese stuffed inside green chilies coated with batter plus bread crumbs and then fried. Turned out pretty good and since I used gloves, there was minimal mirchein ki jalan.

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Peri Bites

Peri Bites are green chilies stuffed with chicken & cheese; dipped in breadcrumbs and fried till golden. They make you ask for a glass of water but you still keep asking for more. 

Course Snack, Snacks
Cuisine Pakistani
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 2500 kcal

Ingredients

  • 250 grams medium sized green chilies
  • 2 tablespoon oil, plus more for frying
  • 100 grams boneless chicken cut into julienne or strips
  • 1 tablespoon National Foods Achaar Masala
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger paste
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic paste
  • 100 grams cheddar or mozzarella cheese grated
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs

Instructions

  1. If you are sensitive to green chilies, wear gloves or rub a bit of oil on your hands before handling green chilies. Slit open the green chilies and de-seed them. Make sure you pick larger size green chilies as they will be easy to stuff plus they will be comparatively milder in taste. Set aside.

  2. Heat oil. Add boneless chicken. Let it cook for about 30 seconds.

  3. Add National Achaar masala along with ginger garlic paste. Saute for about 4-5 minutes till chicken is cooked. Take it off heat and let it cool.

  4. Take a bowl and add the chicken. Cut or shred into small pieces if required. Add grated cheese. Mix it together well. Keep the filling in the fridge for about 5 minutes before filling

  5. Fill the green chilies with the chicken and cheese filling. Keep in the freezer for about 5 - 10 minutes. 

  6. Place the flour in one bowl, the beaten egg in a second bowl, and the bread crumbs in the third bowl. Start coating the green chilies by tossing in flour, then egg, and then finally bread crumbs. For a crunchier topping, do a double coating of breadcrumbs. 

  7. Once all the green chilies are coated, keep them in the freezer for about 30 minutes to chill and set. 

    Heat oil, and fry the green chilies till crisp and golden. 

Recipe Notes

If you are sensitive to green chilies, wear gloves or rub a bit of oil on your hands before handling green chilies.

5 Comments

  • Reply
    Hib
    June 27, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Any substitute for the National Foods Achaar Masala? I’m not in Pakistan

    • Reply
      kiran
      October 25, 2016 at 11:48 am

      Hiba – you can use any other spice mix of your own. Chicken Tikka Masala, Tandoori Masala or even your own spices (for e.g. red pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper, black pepper, ground cumin or salt)

  • Reply
    Yar @ OfRecipes
    September 27, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    YUM!!! I love all things spicy, so I’ll be definitely trying this!

  • Reply
    shumaila
    October 25, 2016 at 12:41 am

    Marinate with soya sauce, hot sauce and chilli garlic sauce

    • Reply
      kiran
      October 25, 2016 at 11:49 am

      Hello Shumaila,
      If you want yes, you can mariante with these three sauces as well. Just make sure it doesn’t get too spicy 🙂

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