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30 Dec 2007

Tomato Rice

This is the way my mother cooks tomato rice.I prefer eating this as a breakfast dish or evening snack with tea. This was my usual lunch during school days. You can use any oil instead of ghee for preparing this.

Ingredients and Method
Basmati rice 2 cups
Cook rice with little salt.Drain and keep aside.

Chop 4 medium size tomatoes, 2 green chillies and 2 onions.
Heat 2 table spoons of ghee in a pan.
Put 1 teaspoon mustard seeds and 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds.
Let it splutter.
Then saute onion in this.
Add 2 teaspoons garlic and ginger paste with 2 pinches of fennel seeds powder.
Stir for few seconds, add chopped tomatoes and 1/2 cup chopped coriander leaves into this.
Add 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder, 2 teaspoons (or according to taste) red chilly powder and salt into this.
Stir well.
Add 1/4 cup water for cooking tomatoes.
When tomatoes are cooked well, mix cooked rice with this. Mix well.
If you like , sprinkle little garam masala over this.


  1. What a co-incidence, I am about to post the same recipe!

  2. Looks really tasty seena, you were lucky to eat thois for your dinner when you were at school. I like to cook rice then mix it into a dish also. Looks great. :-)

  3. I made tomato rice and onion raita just a couple of mins back and now I see on ur blog.. the pic is so colorful Seena.. Hope u are doing well now.. take care and cya in a brand NEW YEAR!

    ~ Siri

  4. I've never made it this way before. Will definitely give it a try. I love ALL rice dishes :)

  5. i recently made this too.but mine was using more of cinnamon :)

    have a wonderful new year!

  6. Perfect colour...Happy new year

  7. This looks great. I am always looking for new ways to prepare rice.

  8. Hi Seena! Tomato rice looks delicious. It must have tasted very nice due to the fennel seeds powder.

  9. Looks gr8 and tempting! New Year wishes to you and yours

  10. Hi seena, great looking dish and very scrummy mmmm...

    Rosie x

  11. hi
    i tried this came out very well.yummy and delicious.all of u have to try this recipe.

  12. Hi Dear Sri,
    Many thanks for your feedback.Glad to know you loved it, Keep visiting and try out more.. Enjoy cooking..! :)

  13. Hi Seena,
    Im back!!... though the tomato rice came out well...(the rice got little mushy)i didn get good marks from him.. but i keep my hope alive to be a good cook.. ;-)..
    May be that.. he likes typical kerala foods and this one resembles a kannada food!!! but you know i like kannada foods:(coz i grew up there.And i used to prepare this in my own style..{I need to thank you that i got into Ramya's mane adige , where i will get loots of kannada recipe!!}

    I have many doubts.. shall i ask u few here?
    *Can i prepare biryani without curds?
    *how to know the fish is cooked when i fry them?
    *Do you have any other recipe for chakka kuru.. something like thoran ?

    Yesterday Jeeva, left my mouth drooling , as she prepared ur chikcen fry and tells it came out well.. hmm..
    Loads of thanks..!!

  14. Nimi,
    so sad to hear dear, don't worry u can do it next time.. :)
    For biryani,
    use coconut plus lime juice instead of curd,
    For frying fish,
    you can hear noise of bursting out while preparing fish fry, so it is the time to finish frying.. karichu kalayalle.. :)
    For chakkakkuru,
    have another recipes, will post later insha Allah..
    if possible send a mail , ok,.?

  15. Salamalaikum Seena,

    I tried it out and my husband loved it.. Thankz so much for the recipe.. I wanted to ask you a thing..
    rice got a bit mushy .. when i pressure cook basmati rice it often happens.. can you tell me specifically how to pressure cook basmati rice properly...

    Neema Afsal

  16. Neema,no need to pressure cook basmati rice.
    Just use 2 cups of water for 1 cup of basmati rice, allow to boil,reduce heat and allow to cook about 3/4 then switch off , keep the lid closed.It will be cooked within few minutes.If you prefer to pressure cook, choose the same amount of water and let it cook and switch off fire before the first whistle comes.Allow to cool and then open the pressure cooker.I haven't tried making basmati in pressure cooker yet, but have tried other rices.
    Hope you can do well, if not let me know. Ok.. :)

  17. splendid recipe with exact proportions


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