Tomato Chokha


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Appears in

Sweet Hands: Island Cooking from Trinidad and Tobago

Sweet Hands

By Ramin Ganeshram

Published 2018

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Grilling the tomatoes gives this dish the best flavor, but blistering them under a broiler works well, too. Be sure to choose ripe but firm tomatoes. This dish is often served for breakfast as an accompaniment to eggs scrambled with onions, or with Buljol and Fry Bake.


  • 4 large beefsteak tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • ½ medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon nigella seeds
  • 1 small tomato, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon coarse salt, or to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped cilantro


  1. Preheat a grill or broiler. When it is hot, place the beefsteak tomatoes on the grill or under the broiler. Turn frequently, as the tomatoes become brown and blister. Cook until completely charred and soft, about 10 minutes. Remove and cool.
  2. Once the tomatoes are cooled, carefully peel them. Place the peeled tomatoes in a bowl and mash. Set aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a frying pan. Add the onion and sauté until translucent. Add the garlic and fry until it turns a dark golden brown, then add the nigella seeds and fry until they just begin to pop.
  4. Stir in the mashed tomatoes and chopped tomato and sauté for about 2 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Garnish with the cilantro and serve with roti.