Yousef Abu Safiya’s Fried Summer Tomatoes

Yousef Abu Safiya’s Allayit Bandora

Preparation info

  • Serves


    • Difficulty


Appears in

The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey

The Gaza Kitchen

By Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt

Published 2021

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Yousef Abu Safiya gave us very precise (perhaps obsessively precise) instructions on how to prepare his famous fried tomatoes.


  • 4 large, firm tomatoes
  • Salt
  • 2–3 hot green chile peppers, chopped
  • 5


Slice each tomato in half and remove seeds, sprinkling each half with a little salt. Lightly crush the chile peppers and garlic with a little salt in a mortar and pestle, then brown them in the ghee over medium-high heat. Add the dill seeds and sauté half a minute more. Add the tomatoes, cut-side down. Do not stir. Lower the heat and cover until the tomatoes are heated through and their skin be