Easy Tomato Rice

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Aug. 07, 2013

Among the popular rice dishes prepared in India, is the 'tomato rice'. This popular South Indian dish, with it's tangy flavor makes a great one-dish meal. It is quick and easy to prepare and tastes delicious. Tomato rice is very commonly served with a raita, pickle and papad.


Vegetable oil 3 Tablespoon
Whole spices
Green cardamom 2 Medium
Cloves 2 Medium
Bay leaf 1 Medium
Rest of the ingredients for the tomato rice
Onion 1 Medium , chopped finely
Garlic cloves 4 Medium , chopped finely
Tomatoes 3 Medium , chopped
Red chili powder 1 Teaspoon
Water 1 1/2 Cup (24 tbs)
Curry leaves 5 Medium
Basmati rice 1 Cup (16 tbs) (Soaked in water for 20 minutes, drained)
Salt To Taste (2 Tsp added)
For the garnish
Coriander leaves 2 Tablespoon , chopped



1. Heat oil in a pressure cooker (you may use a regular pot, if desired). When the oil is hot, add the whole spices and saute for a minute.

2. Add onions and garlic and stir fry until onions are translucent.

3. Then, add the tomatoes, fry until they are well cooked.

4. Once the tomatoes are soft, add red chili powder and continue to stir fry for a couple of minutes.

5. Add water, curry leaves, rice and salt. Stir and bring it to a boil.

6. When the water starts to boil, cover (with the weight of the cooker on) and cook over low heat for 10 minutes.

7. After 10 minutes, turn off the heat and let stand for about 15 minutes.

8. After 15 minutes, uncover, fluff up the rice with the help of a fork. Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves.


9. Serve warm with a raita of your choice and papadoms.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Ready In: 15 Minutes
Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 319Calories from Fat 107

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 12 g18.5%

Saturated Fat 1 g5%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 115 mg4.79%

Total Carbohydrates 48 g16%

Dietary Fiber 3 g12%

Sugars 4 g

Protein 5 g10%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet