Cut the head of the tomatoes and gently scoop out the insides with a spoon. Keep the scooped out part of the tomatoes aside.
Apply salt to the inside surface of the tomatoes and place it upside down on a flat surface so that all the liquids drain out.
Slice the onion into thin long strips.
Cut the chillies into small pieces.
Skin the potato and crumble it along with the paneer into small pieces and keep it aside.
Cut the coriander very fine and keep it aside.
Heat the oil in a kadai or wok and add jeera to it.
Once the jeera has spluttered, add the chillies and the onions.
Sprinkle turmeric powder on it and mix it well.
Fry the onions till they are crisp and golden brown.
Now add the peas.
Once the peas are cooked, add the paneer and potato.
Sprinkle desired amount of salt and chilli powder and mix it well.
Let the mixture cook for 3-4 mins and then add garam masala powder.
After a couple of minutes, add the coriander leaves, mix it well and remove from the fire.
Gravy: Cut the onion into big pieces.
Grind the onion, ginger and garlic in the mixer.
Heat oil in a kadai/wok.
Add the ground paste to the hot oil and add turmeric powder to it.
Fry the paste till the raw smell of onions is not there anymore and the oil starts separating from the paste.
Now add the scooped out portion of the tomatoes with some water.
Also add the sour cream, salt and chilli powder and allow the gravy to simmer for about 8-10 mins.
Preparation of the tomatoes:
Take the scooped out tomatoes and put the stuffing inside it till the 3/4th mark.
Apply a little oil on the outer surface of the tomatoes and place it in a large baking tray.
After placing all the tomatoes inside the tray slowly, pour the gravy into the tray so that all the spaces in between the tomatoes are occupied. Be careful not to pour the gravy on top of the tomatoes.
Put it inside a pre-heated oven at 350 degree F.
Bake it till the skin of the tomatoes becomes soft. Be careful not to overcook the tomatoes.
You don't need to transfer it into another dish. Not only is this dish delicious it also looks extremely beautiful.
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