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stuffed tomatoes in a frying pan with parathas on the side
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Mom's Stuffed Tomatoes

A spicy, sweet and tangy tomato recipe, made with onion, coconut and spices such as mustard seeds, turmeric and garam masala.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Brunch, dinner, Entree, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 6
Calories: 102kcal



Step 1: Prep the tomatoes

  • Cut the tomatoes in half and partially scoop out the inside and reserve. Note: Sometimes the tops of the tomatoes are not flat. Place the top side down to see if they are flat, if not shave off the uneven top so the tomato can be placed flat. Similarly shave off some from pointy side so that it can be placed upright while cooking.

Step 2: Stuffing

  • In a medium bowl add onion, coconut, salt, jaggery, red chili powder, turmeric, garam masala and cilantro and mix well.
  • Fill the hallowed tomatoes with the stuffing. You can use a spoon or fill them with your hands like my mom does. Press down on the filling gently so you can stuff more inside each tomato.

Step 3: Cook the stuffed tomatoes

  • Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Add mustard seeds and allow them to splutter. Add asafetida and lower the heat.
  • Carefully place the stuffed tomatoes in the pan facing the stuffed side up. Cook covered on medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes. Note: Depending on the size of the tomatoes and the heat level you use, it may take up to 10 to 12 minutes to cook the tomatoes. Cook them just until you can easily cut through each one with a fork. Garnish with remaining cilantro and enjoy with homemade parathas.



  1. Make sure to chop the onions finely so they get cooked properly with the steam in the pan 
  2. Can be made ahead and refrigerated for up to 3 to 4 days
  3. To reheat simply microwave them or reheat on the stovetop
  4. Once cooled, I pick them up with my hands as it prevents the delicate tomatoes from breaking apart


Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 800mg | Potassium: 199mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 759IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
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