A simple delicious dish from the Jordanian cuisine!
Here’s a simple traditional dish that I made yesterday. Galayet Bandora is basically sauteed tomatoes stewed with garlic, olive oil, pepper, and salt! It can be either cooked plain, using only tomatoes, or can be cooked with minced meat or with eggs. Either way, it is very delicious! Oh and healthy too!
Yesterday I went to our farm in Madaba and enjoyed the beautiful weather we are having these days! I walked in the tomato fields and had fun picking some fresh tomatoes and serrano peppers. Galayet Bandora is one of my all time favourite dishes. So I decided to cook it once I was back home and this is why I’m sharing this recipe with you today.
If you’ve ever been to Jordan, then you must have tried Galayet Bandora in a restaurant here. It is very common to see it on the menus in Arabic restaurants under “Sides/Starters”. Galayet Bandora is usually eaten with fresh (from the oven) pita bread and can be sprinkled with pine nuts!
You can cook the tomatoes without peeling the skin off, but in my family we prefer eating it without the skin. And to easily peel the skin off, cut tomatoes as shown in the picture below, keep them in hot water for a couple of minutes, and the skin should come off nicely when you try peeling them!
Cut the peeled tomatoes into medium sized cubes. Heat olive oil in a saucepan to medium high and cook tomatoes for several minutes, then reduce heat to simmer. Add serrano pepper and salt to taste. Make sure that you stir the tomatoes once in a while so it does not burn or stick to the pan at the bottom.
My favourite way to eat Galayet Bandora is with fresh from the oven pita bread (you literally eat it with the bread, no forks or spoons needed!!). But it can also be served with rice on the side especially when it’s cooked with minced meat!
In Jordan, the most important meal of the day is Lunch. And it is not just about the food. It’s more like a celebration when all the family gets together for a meal! And these gatherings are my favourite, because this is when we share all those different simple dishes on the table which we enjoy with the people that we love the most.
- serrano pepper
- olive oil
- In a saucepan heat olive oil to medium high, then add tomatoes as well as pepper, lower heat to simmer and cook until tomatoes are soft. Add salt to taste.
- Serve with pita bread of the side.