Bharwaan Tamatar (Stuffed Tomatoes)

A great side-dish

Bharwaan Tamatar (Stuffed Tomatoes)
Preparation time
Cooking time


For 6 Person(s)


  • 6 Whole tomatoes, firm, ripe
  • 8 tablespoon(s) mixed vegetables, boiled and diced
  • 2 tablespoon(s) Fresh cilantro (dhania patta), chopped
  • 1 Whole green chili pepper, chopped
  • 1 Whole small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 pinch(es) fresh ginger-root, grated
  • 1 teaspoon(s) garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon(s) ghee, or vegetable oil (as necessary)
  • 1 teaspoon(s) while cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon(s) salt, or as desired

Bharwaan Tamatar (Stuffed Tomatoes) Directions

  1. Slice the tops off the tomatoes and scoop out the pulp. Save tops to use as lids later.
  2. In a deep bowl mix vegetables, cilantro (coriander), chili, onion, ginger, gram masala and salt - one by one; also add tomato pulp and mix thoroughly.
  3. Heat 3 tablespoons ghee (or vegetable oil) in a kadhai (or a large frying pan), and sauté cumin seeds until they change color. Then carefully arrange tomato shells in pan, over cumin.
  4. Stuff shells with vegetable mixture. Replace tomato lids and secure with cocktail toothpicks. Sprinkle leftover mixture around tomatoes in pan.
  5. Cover pan and cook over low heat for about 15 minutes. Carefully turn tomatoes over a few times and add more ghee as necessary so that tomatoes do not stick to pan.
  6. Serve hot or cold.