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Tomato Rice

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Tomato Rice is a speciality rice recipe that is filled with bursting flavors of herbs and natural tang of the tomatoes mixed with spicy green chillies. This is perfect lunch box idea because it hardly takes 15 mins to prepare, pressure cooker or the rice cooker takes care of the rest of the preparation.


Serves – 2
Preparation time – 10 mins
Cooking time – 10 mins  + (pressure cooking time – 30 mins)
Ingredients :

  • Basmathi Rice (washed, rinsed, drained soaked in water) – 1 Cup
  • Oil – 1 Tbsp
  • Ghee – 1 Tbsp
  • Onion (sliced) – 1 cup
  • Tomato (chopped) – 1 1/2 cups to 2 cups (depending on the type of tomatoes)
  • Ginger – 2 inch piece
  • Garlic – 3 pods big
  • Red Chilli whole – 2 no
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Green chillies – to taste
  • Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
  • Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
  • Cilantro – 1/2 cup tightly packed
  • Mint – few leaves
  • Salt- to taste
  • Curry Leaves – 1 Sprig
  • Water – 1 to 1 1/4 cup

Procedure :

Get the basmathi rice ready by washing, draining and soaking in fresh water. While rice is soaking in lets work on the masala. Into a pan add oil, ghee, heat them up, then season with mustard seeds, cumin seeds.

Add in the onion and pinch of salt mix in through and cover to cook till the onion is golden in color. While this is getting doen lets work on the masala paste.

For preparing the masala, blend garlic, ginger, green chillies, cilantro, mint, turmeric powder, curry leaves, red chillies to a coarse paste.

Add this masala to the cooked onion mixture and cook for 30 secs. Then add in tomatoes, and cook till soft but should still retain their shape (shouldn’t be mashed up completely). This should take 4 mins when cooked covered.

Then add the onion, tomato ginger garlic masala mixture to the drained rice and add water, salt that’s sufficient for the entire dish and cook till rice is cooked completely. Here I used rice cooker, but if you want to pressure cook the rice, add the entire mixture into a separate bowl and place it in the pressure cooker, add water to the bowl and cook till one whistle and simmer for 10 mins to enjoy perfect tomato rice.

Serve it with raitha or papad or enjoy it as is.


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  1. Sai Pushyami

    Hi sruthi…I tried this tomato rice its very tasty….

    1. Sai Pushyami

      But it’s little spicy…

      1. admin

        Please adjust chillies to suit your taste.

  2. jaya86

    Hi sruthi i tried this recipe cameout very well thank u

  3. jaya86

    Hi sruthi i tried this tomato rice came out very well

    1. admin

      Hi Jaya! Glad you enjoyed it :)

  4. jijyoti

    mam would you plz tell me how to make ‘ veg Biryani rice”

    1. admin

      I already have posted the video for Vegetable Dum Biryani.. Here is the link for the video recipe: http://www.sruthiskitchen.com/2012/08/14/vegetable-dum-biryani/

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