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Stuffed Tomato Gravy Recipe (Bharwan Tamatar)

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Stuffed Tomato Gravy or Bharwa Tamatar is a gourmet Indian delicacy made by stuffing tomatoes with a spicy filling and cooking them in a gravy.

This is an amazingly delicious dish that can be enjoyed on special occasions and is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Not only does it taste delicious, but it also looks rich and colorful and is a great dish for a party menu.

The filling is generally made of potatoes, paneer (Indian cottage cheese), onions and garlic and flavored with Indian spices. You can add other vegetables like carrots, beans, cauliflower etc to the filling as well.

The stuffed tomatoes are then simmered in a traditional Indian onion-tomato gravy till they are soft and juicy.

Stuffed Tomatoes can be enjoyed along with any Indian flat bread like roti, paratha or poori and can even be served with rice or pulao.

To make Stuffed Tomato at home follow the detailed step by step recipe with photos posted below.

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  • Malai Kofta – fried paneer dumplings in gravy

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Stuffed Tomato Recipe

Stuffed Tomato Gravy Recipe | Bharwan Tamatar

Stuffed tomatoes is an Indian gourmet delicacy made by tomatoes stuffed with potatoes, paneer and onions, simmered in an onion tomato gravy.

Prep Time 30 minutes

Cook Time 26 minutes

Total Time 56 minutes

Servings 4

Category Main Course

Cuisine Indian

For the Filling

  • 1 Small Onion
  • 100 gm Paneer
  • 2 Medium Sized Potatoes
  • 2 Green Chillies
  • 4-5 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Inch Piece of Ginger
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds (Jeera)
  • 1 Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder (Haldi)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Garam Masala
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Heeng (Asafoetida)
  • 1 Cup Coriander Leaves (Cilantro or Dhaniya)
  • 1 Tablespoon Cooking Oil

For Stuffed Tomato Gravy

  • 8 Large Tomatoes preferably round
  • 1-2 Onions
  • 2-3 Green Chilis
  • 5-6 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Inch Piece of Ginger
  • 1/2 Cup Milk or Whipping Cream
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds (Jeera)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder (Haldi)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Coriander Powder (Dhaniya Powder)
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Coriander Leaves (Cilantro or Dhaniya)
  • 2 Tablespoons Paneer Grated
  • 1 Tablespoon Cooking Oil

Preparing the filling

  • Wash, peel and boil the potatoes. Set them aside to cool for 5-10 minutes and then mash them coarsely.

    2 Medium Sized Potatoes

    Stuffed Tomato Recipe Instructions

  • Grate the paneer using a hand grater or a food processor.

    100 gm Paneer

    Stuffed Tomato Recipe Instructions

  • To make the filling, heat some oil in a pan. Add the cumin seeds, and roast them till they begin to crackle.

    1 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds (Jeera)

    Stuffed Tomato Recipe Instructions

  • Then add the onions and ginger, garlic and green chillis to the oil and fry till they turn golden brown.

    1 Small Onion, 4-5 Garlic Cloves, 1 Inch Piece of Ginger, 2 Green Chillies

    Stuffed Tomato Recipe Instructions

  • Add red chilli powder, turmeric powder (haldi), garam masala, asafoetida (heeng) and salt along with the boiled mashed potatoes and grated paneer.

    1 Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder, 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder (Haldi), 1/2 Teaspoon Garam Masala, 1/4 Teaspoon Heeng (Asafoetida), 1 Teaspoon Salt

    Stuffed Tomato Recipe Instructions

  • Also add some finely chopped coriander leaves and mix thoroughly. Set aside the filling to cool down slightly.

    1 Cup Coriander Leaves (Cilantro or Dhaniya)

    Stuffed Tomato Recipe Instructions

Preparing the stuffed tomatoes

  • Slice off the tops of the tomatoes and scoop out all the pulp. Set this pulp aside as we will be using this to make the gravy.

    8 Large Tomatoes

    Stuffed Tomato Recipe Instructions

  • Cook the tomatoes in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, till they are soft but still retain their shape. You can also cook them on the stove. To do that, take a pan and heat some oil in it. Place the tomatoes in the pan and cover the pan. Cook the tomatoes on medium heat for 2 minutes.

    Stuffed Tomato Recipe Instructions

  • Fill the tomatoes with the stuffing we had prepared earlier. Do not overfill the tomatoes with the stuffing.

    Stuffed Tomato Recipe Instructions

Preparing the gravy

  • To make the gravy, heat some oil in a pan. The pan should be wide enough to hold all the tomatoes in a single layer. Roast cumin seeds till they start to crackle.

    1 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds (Jeera)

    Stuffed Tomato Recipe Instructions

  • Then add green chillis, ginger and garlic and fry them.

    2-3 Green Chilis, 1 Inch Piece of Ginger, 5-6 Garlic Cloves

    Stuffed Tomato Recipe Instructions

  • Add finely chopped onions to the pan.

    1-2 Onions

    Stuffed Tomato Recipe Instructions

  • Fry them till they turn soft and golden brown in color.

    Stuffed Tomato Recipe Instructions

  • Then add the pulp of the tomatoes that we had set aside before and cook for 1-2 mins.

    Stuffed Tomato Recipe Instructions

  • Add red chilli powder, turmeric powder (haldi), coriander powder (dhania) and salt.

    1/2 Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder, 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder (Haldi), 1/2 Teaspoon Coriander Powder (Dhaniya Powder), 1 Teaspoon Salt

    Stuffed Tomato Recipe Instructions

  • Then add some milk or whipping cream to thicken the gravy. You can also use curd instead of milk.

    1/2 Cup Milk or Whipping Cream

    Stuffed Tomato Recipe Instructions

  • Cook till the gravy comes to a boil. Add water if needed to adjust the consistency.

    Stuffed Tomato Recipe Instructions

  • When the gravy has cooked, place the tomatoes in the pan and cover them with a lid.

    Stuffed Tomato Recipe Instructions

  • Cook for 5-6 minutes till they are soft.

    Stuffed Tomato Recipe Instructions

  • Stuffed tomatoes are ready. Garnish with grated paneer and finely chopped coriander leaves. Serve it hot with roti, paratha or poori.

    1/2 Cup Coriander Leaves (Cilantro or Dhaniya), 2 Tablespoons Paneer

    Stuffed Tomato Recipe

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