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March 30, 2009


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I tried this pulao yesterday for Lunch.I made Paruppu rasam ,bindi fry and coriander leaves thogayal in addition to this.So i prepared only a less quantity .Please change the quantity of ingredients according to ur requirement.I’ll post paruppu rasam in future.Now coming to this recipe,I adapted this from a cookbook and made some variations according to our taste.

  • Rice  ( i used boiled rice ) – 1/2 cup
  • Tomato – 3 nos (medium sized ) (Grind it with skin to make a puree )
  • Water – 3/4 cup
  • Small onions – 10 nos (Peeled and cut into two )
  • Boiled peas – 1/4 cup (I didn’t add )
  • Garlic -  5 flakes ( peeled )
  • Cashew nuts – 5 nos (Grind it to a paste)
  • Red chilly powder – 1/2 - 1 tsp
  • Green chilly – 1 no (slit cut )
  • Salt – as  needed .
  • Lime juice – a few drops
  • Ginger – 1 inch size
  • Chopped Coriander leaves – 1.5 tsp (grind both to get a 2 tsp paste)
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Cinnamon – 1 small stick
  • Cloves – 3 nos
  • Bay leaf – 1 no
  • Star anise / Marati moggu – 1 no
  • Cardamom – 1 no
  • Coriander leaves – few (chopped).
  • Grind coriander leaves & ginger  with water to make 2 tsp paste.Set aside.Grind cashews to make a paste with little water.
  • Wash the rice and keep aside.If u use basmati rice , the ratio of rice and water is 1:1 .So u need to soak the rice for 3-4 HOURS.(If not use 1:1.5 ratio and soak for 1 hour)
  • Heat a kadai with oil and all the items one by one given under“ TO SAUTE “ section.
  • After adding all the spices,add the small onions and garlic flakes.Saute till onions become transparent.
  • Now add the slit green chilly and ginger & coriander leaves paste.
  • Saute for a minute and add the cashew paste. Stir well.
  • Then add the red chilly powder and tomato puree to it.
  • Mix well and add the required salt and cook everything for a minute.Stir in intervals.Make sure there is little water in it.
  • Now add the measured rice and water and mix it well.
  • Transfer everything into a cooker and cook for 1 whistle.
  • After removing from the flame add a few drops of lime juice and garnish with coriander leaves.
Tastes heaven with onion raitha!!

I am glad in sending this entry to Sanghi’s FIL – TOMATO.

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Shama Nagarajan said...

it looks yummy......

Suparna said...

Hi Chitra,
lovely tomato rice :) love the tangy n spicy flavoured rice...send it to flavoured rice contest -

Raks said...

Nice colour! Amma have told me many times that u make tomato rice nicely:)

FH said...

Beautiful color, love the Tomato rice and Pulao! :)

Gita Jaishankar said...

Lovely color Chitra, tomato rice is my favorite lunch box rice, I used to add chopped tomatoes while making this, will try out your version soon :)

Ashwini said...

Looks yumm. Nice color..

A_and_N said...

I can practically see the steam coming out of the pulao in the first pic :) Nice!

Anonymous said...

I've got to try this tomato rice - it looks really good!

Finla said...

Yummy delicious.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

wow.. looks lovely. grinding tomatoes is a new method.. .will try.

Pooja said...

Nice color looking yummy chitra...

Indian Khana said...

Yummy yum...looks so gud....lovely entry

Vishali said...

delicious tomato pulav Chitra....u have a nice blog!

Dhanya Ganesh said...

Pulav looks delicious.

Anu said...

Wonderful color chitra. Pulao looks spicy and yummy!

Cham said...

Hmm Delicous lunch idea!

Priya Suresh said...

Yummy Pulao, looks very colourful

Manju said...

mm..lovely colour!

Vibaas said...

very yummy entry :)

Sanghi said...

Thanks for Delicious entry!!:)


i always love tomato pulav..urs look delicious

Chitra said...

Thanku all buddies:)

gtyuk said...

looks and sounds delicious! reminds me of thakkali saadham!

Tangled Noodle said...

I simply can not resist any rice recipes - this looks absolutely delicious!

vidhas said...

Lovley rice. will try your version next time.

Unknown said...

Today am going to try.