Purawapu Malu Miris (Stuffed Capsicum Curry)

In Sri Lanka we prepare this recipe with capsicum / Banana Pepper, but where I live now, I couldn’t find banana pepper so I made it with Paprika. It came nicely and the taste also similar to what we ate in Sri Lanka.
In Sri Lanka this is a famous curry in day to day meals. If you are a vegetarian prepare this dish without Maldive fish.
Take the challenge and try it by your self….
Good luck with the recipe…

2 paprika
2 onions – sliced
3 cloves of garlic – sliced
½ cup Maldives fish
1 teaspoon chili powder
1½ teaspoons chili pieces
1 teaspoon Sri Lankan raw curry powder
¼ teaspoon turmeric
3 – 4 teaspoons lime juice
½ cup coconut milk
Salt to taste

Firstly cut out the steams of paprika and clean the inside of paprika. (Take out the seeds, and get free space to fill the mixture.)
Then with a folk just make some tiny holes all over the paprika, especially on the top and bottom. Keep it aside.
Now in a medium size bowl mix all the ingredients together (onion, garlic, Maldives fish, chili powder, chili pieces, Sri Lankan Curry Powder, turmeric & salt) except lime juice & coconut milk.
After you mix all the ingredients well, add lime juice and mix it again.
Take out nearly 2 – 3 tablespoons from the onion mixture and keep it aside.
Now fill the paprika with onion mixture, till the paprika is full.
In a medium size saucepan, add the onion mixture that you kept aside, and also add 1/4 very small amount of all the spices we used for the onion mixture and also salt to taste.
Then pour the coconut milk and, let it get warm on medium heat.
When the coconut milk is hot, adds the filled paprika and coved the saucepan with the lid. Remember to turn the paprika upside down for every 5 – 10 minutes.
When th paprika is soft And there is only little bit thic gravy, it´s time to take the saucepan out from the heat.
Taste for salt.

Mainly goes with plain rice, but also you can have it with any kind of rice you like. And also you can try it with by other main dishes also.

1. If you like to eat seeds, just add the seeds you took out from the paprika into the onion mixture.
2. If you are using capsicums no need to do this step. (I´m doing this step because paprika is very thick, with this step it´s easy to make it soft while cooking.)
3. If you don’t like to add spices again into the curry, just forget that step.
4. If you feel, that coconut milk is not enough to get paprika soft, just cover the saucepan and put the heat medium to law.
5.Cooking time is depending on the size, hardness and also the holes you marked on the paprika.
6. After it´s cooked, there will be some gravy, it´s because of onions. From onions water will come and it will get mix with Coconut milk gravy.



  1. Im not sure if the capsicum tases like banana pepper but I also cant find that where i live...
    Good Job by the way!

  2. Well, it was informative. Two wise advice; try to be hygenic by using gloves when mixing and the other, spice up your grammar so that it will reach a wider audience.

    Well done, try to add links to this URL of other recipies.

  3. Varuni, Just enjoy the video without sharing your ultra smart, pompous and smuggy comments

  4. Geethike! well said!! I love this website .. Specially those chinese rolls.... yum yum!
    May be i can cook for you near future Geethike? :)

  5. But Geethike
    What Varuni says is also true.
    This website is a great improvement on recipe only sites.
    And Chathuri is enthusiastic and shares generously.
    Though I havent tried any yet, as a good cook myself I think her recipes are jolly good though some are not perfect. But she doesnt claim to be a professional cook. Just someone who like to cook and to share. I plan to try some foods that I havent made yet from her recipes. I feel pretty sure that it would be good.
    But the presentation sucks.
    Sometimes the video shows her hands and not the dish or the ingredients. Her cooker is jolly filthy.
    And her English is so bad at times that irritation and confusion results.
    Chathuri I am sorry to hurt you but Keep up the good work and improve the less good.
    None of us are perfect.
    I teach presentations to Europeans who are also non native English speakers - so they also make lots of mistakes.
    So we write out a presentation and practice 3 times before the big day they have to do it conferences.
    Try it.
    As with cooking, so with presenting and with English.
    Practice makes perfect.
    Good luck. Keep going.

  6. I am a big fat fan of CHAMARI. @Anonymous - She's not Chathuri, she's CHAMARI.
    I don't think she's conducting a lesson in presentation skills here. She's doing her best to present her great recipes in the best possible manner. I don't think anyone is having any problem in understanding her English. That's why she has so many fans from all over the world.
    @anonymous again -I wonder whether you have watched any episodes from Masterchef- if not see this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eP4UBAtXsDE&feature=channel . It is one of the most famous cooking competition in the world and they all use their hands. It doesn't matter what you use to mix food as long as it's clean. So people don't follow anything you see on tv blindly just because it looks posh.. And if you are a great cook you must mess with spices. Sri lankan spices leave scars easily. I ask Mr./Ms. Anonymous to recheck his/her oven once again if you consider yourself a good cook.
    CHAMARI you are a great cook. You can not rank any recipe as perfect just by glance, a recipe becomes perfect if its outcome is perfect. so try it and then rank it. I have tried many of her recipes and I rank them all as perfect.
    Keep Up the Great Work CHAMARI.. All the Very Best.

  7. First of all I want to clarify the first and second anonymous comments are from two different people.

    The first is from my girlfriend, wife and soul mate.

    And for the professional presenters around here, using the word " Jolly" a few times does not make you British and goes on to prove what a marvelous job you might be doing with your European "Students".

    As far are the recipes are concerned, GOOD JOB :)


  8. I have not seen the Sri Lankans' obsession with perfect English, perfect British customs anywhere else in the world. In other countries, English is just a language to be able to communicate with people who don't speak their native language. Not a pompous, snobby, acquisition to show-off, neither a method of judging how educated people are and how important people are. Only in Sri Lanka we have this disease. I am ashamed how many times people criticize Chamari for English, grammar, or presentation and slowness (which really boils down to mastery of English because it is a second language for her.) I have no doubt all of these comments are from Sri Lankans still suffering a suddah-is-better-than-me inferiority complex.

    Most renowned world chefs don't speak good English. Have you seen how little or no English French chefs, Japanese chefs speak? Wolfgang Puck is a celebrity chef in the States with many a TV program, and he is grammatically incorrect, he searches for words, uses non-optimal words when he can't remember the correct word, but we understand him just fine just as we do Chamari, and everyone loves him. The Americans don't find anything wrong with him just as they don't find anything wrong with Chamari, only the Sri Lankans leave these shameful comments showing the world how insecure they are how inferior they feel. Funny thing is the same Sri Lankans also wouldn't find anything wrong with Wolfgang Puck, these judgments and criticisms are reserved for attacking, ridiculing and bringing down fellow Sri Lankans only.

    Varuni: "Spice up your grammar so that it will reach a wider audience"? Oh, how nice, pot calling the kettle black. It's improve your grammar your snottiness, not spice up your grammar. No non-Sri Lankan cares about Chamaris' or yours or my grammar. It also doesn't prevent them from understanding or learning the cooking and recipes Chamari is presenting. Grammar also won't stop her videos reaching a wide international audience. It's all in your, and all the other similar thinking inferior-feeling Sri Lankans' heads.

    What's even worse, we only criticize and judge our own people this way. Sri Lankans would happily watch Wolfgang Puck (or any other foreign person with less than stellar English skills, specially if they are suddhahs) without any feeling of criticism or disdain. We reserve this judgment for fellow Sri Lankans. Why?????? It's been 63 years since we gained our independence, time to shed the inferiority complex and recognize English for just what it is: a tool for communicating with the rest of the world. Believe me, no one else in the world cares about our proficiency in English the way way do. We are non-native English speakers. Start to be proud of your own language the way people in other countries are of theirs.

    Varuni: Professional chefs don't wear gloves either. Show me a single Italian chef kneading or throwing pizza dough wearing gloves. Show me a single French chef kneading their million artisan breads wearing gloves. Show me a single world-renowned Chef's School teaching their students to cook while wearing gloves. Gloves interferes with the cooking methods. What's more it has been scientifically proven that a correctly washed hand is as clean.

  9. The above post on January 2, 2011 'by anonymous' was written by me. I live in the U.S. and cooking is big business here. TV and cable channels are full of cooking shows. There are several cable channels solely dedicated to cooking shows 24/7. I watch quite a bit of these (as much as I can stomach as a vegan).

    These channels also show quite a bit of "behind the show" or "making of the show" episodes. Each show is an expensive production, with 50-100 people working behind the scenes to make them what they are on screen. There is an army of people preparing the ingredients and the dish in many stages for the many shots, the set is like that of a movie. Each half hour or one hour episode takes a week or more to plan and produce. No detail is left unchecked. So nothing that we see on screen was done by accident. Everything is planned, checked, re-checked and edited. Whatever appears on a show, was meant to be there, it was not by oversight or accident.

    Since reading the original comments and leaving my comment above, I started noticing something I had not noticed before when I watched these shows. Guess what, pretty much every chef uses their bare hands on their show. All the time. And they don't even bother showing the 'washing of hands before starting' on the show, it is assumed that their hands are clean, and the only hand washing you see is if they just used their hands and need to clean them before moving onto the next step. And this was not by accident or oversight. As I described above, noting is left unchecked on these shows. And using bare hands for all manner of things is MEANT to be on the shows.

    I hadn't paid any attention to it (barely noticed their or Chamari's use of bare hands) until I read Varuni's comments. I can't help but notice, in this instance and countless others, that most Sri Lankans see our fellow Lankans through a special critical lens. We see all kinds of faults in our fellow countrymen that we just don't see or notice in others. We feel so inadequate and insecure, that we are ever-ready to find fault with and unfairly criticize our fellow Lankans. Urghh!! Why else would these people even have noticed such a thing as Chamari using her hands, which is a most natural thing to do when cooking, so why would anyone even notice it?

    It's the constant fear we are not measuring up to the rest of the world, and need to change our way of doing things to measure-up, copy the foreigners because our ways is just not good enough and 'godey'. Urghh! Half the time, as in this case, we are finding fault with, and trying to change things that even the said foreigners do exactly the same way as we do. And even if we were the only people in the world who did them our way, SO WHAT??? Why this compulsion to conform?

  10. I'm thinking we should just thank Chamari for sharing her cooking knowledge and NOT make this a forum for our own agendas. Also, @ J- tl;dr dude. Ever heard of summarizing...

    Peace out! :)

  11. Thank you so much Chamari....Specially want to mention about your chicken curry - It came out superb when I made it...

    and for all those perfect English, Posh gloved, professionals in summarizing Sri Lankan AUNTIES.....U LOOK AT CHAMARI'S COOKING WEBSITE CAUSE U DONT KNOW TO COOK RIGHT? SO JUST SHUT UR MOUTH AND LEARN TO COOK !!!!!

  12. Chamari, your accent is charming and your recipes and videos are so helpful. I live in the UK and though my MOther is a great SL cook, there are some things that she doesn't even know how to cook, your site helps fill in the gaps.

    THank you!
    ps the comments about grammar and presentation are hilarious (especially as they are peppered with plenty of grammatical mistakes!)

  13. Thank you Very much Cham.......

  14. mmmm... Looks very tasty! I hope it will be such when I prepare it

  15. can u improve your English please ................

  16. I'm thinking we should just thank Chamari for sharing her cooking knowledge

  17. I don't wear gloves when cooking , you must wash your hands before


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