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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 you Shalini. This recipe will be helpful for working women and bachelors. Do try this method and let me know your feedback. If you 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 tomato rice recipe and make yourself free :)

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 you soak rice for more than a hour, you 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 you 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 you 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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Shama Nagarajan said...

delicious dear

Anusha said...

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

Vaasiyogi said...

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

Unknown said...

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

Menaga Sathia said...

super tempting one pot meal!!

Eat n Eat little More said...

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

Eat n Eat little More said...

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

Flavors of Indian Kitchen said...

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.

Flavors of Indian Kitchen said...

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.

Sangeetha Priya said...

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

Vanamala Hebbar said...

I love tomato rice this looks like easy one nice

Chitra said...

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 :)

Sona said...

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

Chitrangada said...

Rice cooker is such a life savior. Great recipe.

Hema said...

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

Unknown said...

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

Unknown said...

Great recipe. Will definitely try out

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Anu said...

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

Chitra said...

Yes, I use Panasonic :)

Prasu said...

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

Chitra said...

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

Unknown said...

Lata ma'am, rice is said to have two types of starch. A starch which breaks down faster in the body and the slower, healthier one. The slotting plate is to collect the starch of the cooked rice to give one a healthier, fuller meal. The starch collected at the bottom is to be scraped and discarded. I have noticed that rice cooked this way makes me less drowsy after a good meal, than say, rice cooked in a pressure cooker after a similar meal.

Chitra said...

Thanks !

Unknown said...

Tried your recipe today.. came out very well. I am a beginner and the rice turned out awesome.. my mom in law liked it a lot..

Chitra said...

Thank you so much for your feedback 😃

Poornima Saminathan said...

I too have Panasonic rice cooker but no slotted plate.Can I make it without that plate?And also,when I cook rice some of it sticks to bottom...any solution for this?

Chitra said...

Yes, You can make without slotted plate but more rice may stick to the bottom. To avoid this you can open the cooker and stir at regular intervals. Use little more oil as well. Hope this helps.