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April 30, 2013


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Tomato rice recipe
Tomato rice is my favourite variety rice recipe but Sendhil don’t like this as it has more spices.Even then I wanted to make him eat my tomato rice and praise me Winking smile.. I tried many combinations and at last i settled with this recipe.. He liked it a lot and i got credits as i wished Smile . In the beginning I used to add fennel seeds along with spices but he hate the taste of fennel seeds while eating. So i omitted fennel seeds  & other spices and i used garam masala powder , coriander & mint leaves which gave a nice flavour & taste to the rice..I have made this so many times for his lunch box and this has become a routine lunch box dish for me Smile.. Check out my tomato pulao recipe if interested..
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1 cup - 200ml

  • Basmati rice – 1/2 cup
  • Water - 1 cup
  • Ripe tomatoes – 4 nos (small sized, I used bangalore tomato)
  • Big onion – 1 no
  • Garlic cloves – 8 nos
  • Green chillies – 1- 2 nos
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/8 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Mint leaves & coriander leaves – few (chopped)
To temper
  • Cooking oil – 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Channa dal – 1 tsp
Coriander leaves – to garnish
Ghee  or gingely oil – to add while mixing with rice


  • Cook the basmati rice adding 1:2 cups of water..Here i used 1 cup of water.. Add a drop of oil and little salt while rice is cooking. Pressure cook it and spread the rice in a plate to cool down..
  • Slice cut the onions , slit the green chillies , chop the mint & coriander leaves , peel the garlic cloves and roughly chop the tomatoes and set aside..
  • In a kadai , heat oil and splutter mustard , urad & channa dal.Then add the onions , green chillies and saute well. Now add the garlic cloves and mix well..
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  • Then add the mint & coriander leaves and saute well.Finally add tomatoes and all the spice powders along with salt.
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  • Mix well till tomato turns to a paste.Add little water if necessary..Make sure tomato paste has some moisture content ..The paste should not be dry..Garnish with coriander leaves , paste is ready..
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  • Now add the tomato paste to the rice adding gingely oil and mix well with a fork like ladle..Add a tsp of ghee before serving if u wish..Add more paste while mixing because the rice may absorb all the paste and it will taste bland after the rice cools down. So i have given more tomatoes to make the paste. Add the required paste , mix , give some setting time and then serve !
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  • For variations u can try adding fennel seeds while tempering which gives an additional flavour.
  • U can also try adding 1/2 tsp of ginger garlic paste instead of whole garlic cloves ..

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Nisa Homey said...

Tomato rice is my favorite too...a perfect healthy lunch box meal for ur clicks...

Rafeeda AR said...

looka so comforting... :)

Aruna Manikandan said...

parkave supera irukku chitra :)

AparnaRajeshkumar said...

Ur rice cooked perfectly :) my favourite variety rice !

Nava K said...

Awesome, the whole dish is superbly inviting and adore the splatter of flavors.

Shanthi said...

One of my favorite rice variety..awesome...

Todays recipe :

Unknown said...

this has always been a comfort food for me :) looks so delicious and tempting me dear :)

Gajus kitchen said...

Looks mouthwatering and colourful..ur clicks makes me hungry

Priya Suresh said...

Tomato rice is my all time favourite.Presentation itself is very pleasing and attractive. Drooling here.

divya said...

Wow...looks incredible..makes me very hungry. Beautiful clicks too.

Sanoli Ghosh said...

Wonderful and very tempting tomato rice. A must try recipe dear.

today's post:

Unknown said...

Picture ellam crisp clear a irukku. Very nice presentation and stepwise pictures.

Snehal said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, Chitra.

I'm a huge fan tomato rice myself. This is a variation on how I prepare it usually. I always like trying different methods - will keep this in mind!

Unknown said...

Tomato rice is my favourite dish. Late night I was searching this recipe on Google. After that I found your website. I read your blog very carefully. The given recipe steps are very useful for me. Thanks for sharing great recipe.

Unknown said...

I also like this dish Anderson

Chitra said...

Thanks Anderson :)

new2world said...

hi chitra.. tried this one today.. came out well.. thank u

Chitra said...

Thank you :)