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December 4, 2013

Tomato Rice Using Rice Cooker

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Tomato rice/thakkali sadam
I usually make tomato rice using pressure cooker.Recently my friend Shalini told me to try in electric rice cooker without using a kadai and she shared her recipe too. I love tomato rice only when it is fully packed with garam masalas.For Sendhil, it should be with least spices.So i tried Shalini’s recipe which has very less spices with a south Indian touch.He loved it a lot.I have made it many times so far.It comes out very well.Thank u Shalini Smile.This recipe will be helpful for working women and bachelors.Do try this method and let me know your feedback.If u like without garam masala, try this recipe else follow this way. Nowadays i use my rice cooker for making pongal,pulao & biryani.The best thing i love in rice cooker is the aroma of the food it renders while boiling.:)It smells awesome while it cooks.Friends , Do try this one shot recipe and make urself free :)
As i took the picture late in the afternoon,lighting is very badSad smile.This picture is not doing justice to this recipe.Soon i’ll replace with a new one.
Tomato rice using rice cooker

Tomato rice

Tomato rice How to make tomato rice recipe directly in electric rice cooker without using a kadai.
Cuisine: Indian Category: Lunch Yields: Serves 3
Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cook Time: 20 Minutes Total Time: 30 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml

  • Basmati rice - 1 cup
  • Ripe tomatoes - 5 nos
  • Big onion- 2 nos
  • Fresh Green peas - 1/4cup (optional)
  • Green chillies - 2 nos
  • Garlic cloves - 10 nos
  • Red chilli powder –1- 1.5 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Salt - as needed
  • Water – 2.5-3 cups
To temper
  • Cooking oil+ghee - 3 tbsp + 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Channa dal - 2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds –1/2 tsp
  • Coriander leaves – 2 tbsp (to garnish )

  • Switch on the rice cooker and keep it in “cooking mode”.Let the plate get heated for few minutes.Then add oil and ghee together in the centre of the slotted plate.Oil & ghee will spread and moves all over the plate as it gets heated.
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  • Wash the basmati rice and set aside.I din’t soak it. U can soak for 20 minutes.Slice the onions and finely chop the tomatoes.Slit the chillies and peel the garlic.
  • Now add all the items given under “to temper” in the same order.Mustard seeds won’t splutter. But it will sizzle.Roast the dals and jeera for few seconds.
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  • Then add the onions, green chillies, curry leaves and garlic cloves. Saute well. Add powdered salt for quick sautéing. Then add green peas and saute for few minutes.
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  • Lastly add the finely chopped tomatoes ,turmeric powder,red chilli powder and saute for 2 minutes till tomato turns mushy.Make sure the cooker is in cooking mode.If it goes to warm mode,switch to cooking mode.Finally add 3 cups of water , cover with the lid and allow it to roll boil.
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  • After the water starts to roll boil , add the rice without water.Check for salt and cover cook for sometime.Cooker will automatically switch to “Keep warm” mode.Open the lid and check whether rice is cooked well.If not add 1/2 cup of water, mix well and again switch it to “cooking” mode.
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  • After the rice is done,let it be in “Keep warm” mode for 30 minutes because rice will cook well and soft in warm mode. Garnish with coriander leaves.
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Serve with raita and Enjoy !

  • I used 3.5 cups of water as my husband wants it slightly overcooked.U can use 3 cups and try.Keep this water quantity as reference and adjust as per ur liking. 
  • If u soak rice for more than a hour , u can use even lesser water,say 2.5 cups.
  • For variations,U can add all the spices like cinnamon,cloves,bay leaf and elachi along with tempering ingredients.
  • Adding green peas is optional.If u use dried peas,soak over night and add them.
  • Check the mode of rice cooker every now and then.It may go to warm mode very soon.Switch the nob to “cook” mode whenever needed.Sometimes, it may not go to cooking mode when u try to change.At that time, switch off the rice cooker for a minute and again try changing the mode, it will work.

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  1. of all the gadgets that i have in my tiny kitchen, the electric rice cooker is my favorite. its fuss free and rice cooks the same way every time. Well explained recipe Chitra. Love that beautiful red color of the dish

  2. Very nice look to see the tomato rice. I will try.

  3. wow thats an easy and quick way to make an delicious tomato rice :) very tempting rice !!

  4. aaw such a lovely presentation!... I too love this...

  5. Aaaw.. lovely click, I love eating tomato rice often

  6. I have done this tomato rice in the rice cooker before, I have never used the slotted plate. What is the benefit of using the slotted plate? I feel the vegetables and rice would get toasted properly with it.

  7. I have done this tomato rice in the rice cooker before, I have never used the slotted plate. What is the benefit of using the slotted plate? I feel the vegetables and rice would get toasted properly with it.

    1. Lata mam,initially, too tried without slotting plate but i felt the bottom of rice getting burnt.So a layer of rice would be sticking to the bottom.By keeping slotted plate,burnt layer would be in sides only not in the center :)

  8. flavorful one pot meal, love the neat pictorials!!!

  9. I love tomato rice this looks like easy one nice

  10. Nice one, looks delicious. Tomato rice is my all time favorite, next time will try this method.

  11. Rice cooker is such a life savior. Great recipe.

  12. Nice post, I've never done anything directly in the rice cooker, will try out soon..

  13. One of great recipe thanks for sharing. I love rice cooker more. I am also using rice cooker i will going to try this.

  14. Gr8 recepie. Got a doubt though. Do all the rice cookers come with a cooking mode ? which rice cooker are u using ?

  15. Hi,
    i have a small doubt.Is it possible to saute onions in the cooker ?I thought we have to do it seperately in the pan and add it.Pls clarify this Chitra.
    Thanks in Advance

    1. Hi, You can saute everything in cooker directly.No need to use a pan.


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