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Qalayet Bandoura (Tomatoes in a Pan) قلاية بندورة

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  • Author: Wafa Shami


The word "qalayet" literally means a frying pan. This simple vegan dish is popular amongst college students who live away from home, since it doesn’t take much time to cook, and you can’t mess it up. It also consists of only few ingredients that mostly available in your fridge. This simple garlicky, tangy dish is so delicious, the combination of garlic and tomatoes with the hot chili let's you dig in with khubez (Arabic bread) without control.


  • 1 box of baby grapes tomatoes (or 3-4 medium size ripped tomatoes)
  • 4-5 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 hot chili
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • salt


  1. In a skillet, heat extra virgin olive oil and add crushed garlic with green chili.
  2. Let it cook until it’s golden brown, then remove half of the garlic which will be poured on top later, keep the rest including the oil in the skillet.
  3. Add tomatoes and let the tomatoes cook and sizzle for about 10 minutes on high heat, with minimal stirring.
  4. Add salt and some sugar then mix gently.
  5. Keep it cooking on medium heat for another 10-15 minutes and until the tomatoes look fully cooked and softened.
  6. Once done, spread the rest of the cooked garlic and chili on top.
  7. Turn off the heat and serve hot with khubez (Arabic bread).