Tomato Rice

Tomato rice is a one pot meal which I always love to cook when I feel lazy to enter the kitchen. Try this out and surely you will love it .Do share your feedback  :) 

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  • 1 cup rice
  • ⅓ cup finely chopped onions
  • 11/2 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  • 1 green chili, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ inch cinnamon
  • 2 green cardamoms
  • 2 -3 cloves
  • 8-10 curry leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon crushed black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • ½ tablespoon chopped mint leaves
  • ¼ cup chopped coriander leaves
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • salt as required

 How to go about it –

Pre preparation –

  1. Rinse 1 cup regular rice or basmati rice for a couple of times in water.
  2. Then soak the rice in water for 30 minutes, later drain the rice and keep aside.
  3. Chop the tomatoes, onions and green chilies finely.
  4. Peel and crush the ginger-garlic in a mortar pestle. Also chop the mint and coriander leaves.


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For Tomato Rice –

  1. In a pressure cooker, heat 2 tablespoon oil. Keep the flame to a low and add mustard seeds and crackle them.
  2. Then add finely chopped onion and cinnamon, green cardamoms and cloves. Stir and sauté till the onions turn translucent.
  3. Add ginger garlic paste, chopped green chili and curry leaves. Stir and sauté till the raw aroma of ginger-garlic goes away.
  4. Now add chopped coriander leaves and mint leaves.
  5. Add the finely chopped tomatoes and turmeric powder, red chili powder, crushed black pepper, coriander powder and cumin powder. Stir very well and sauté the tomatoes.
  6. Tomatoes should soften and become pulpy and see that they release oil.
  7. Add the soaked rice. Stir the rice with the tomato mixture very well and sauté for a minute.
  8. Add 2 cups water. (or as required to cook rice properly)
  9. Add salt as per taste.
  10. Cover and pressure cook for 2-3 whistles on medium flame.
  11. When cools then remove the lid and gently fluff the rice.
  12. Serve it with mint chutney, raita or appalam


  • For a lesser spiced version add 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste, ¼ teaspoon red chili powder and ¼ teaspoon crushed black pepper.
  • Use any variety of rice or even cooked rice.

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