Tomato Rice

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Tomato Rice is a very popular rice preparation from Southern India. I have eaten so many different versions of Tomato Rice at my friends' places... This is an easy to follow recipe for Tomato Rice. I have used homegrown heirloom variety of tomatoes but you can follow the same recipe for any variety of tomato you get in your part of the world....Tomato rice can be served with Sambhar or with chutney......

tomato rice

Ingredients
(serves 4)


  • Basmati rice 1 cups
  • Onion  1 medium
  • Tomatoes 2 medium/300 gms
  • Grated ginger 1 tsp
  • Ghee /oil  3  tbsp
  • Mustard seeds 1 tsp
  • Peanuts 2-3 tbsp
  • Asafoetida 2-3 pinches
  • Curry leaves 7-8
  • Salt 1½ tsp/ to taste
  • Chopped coriander leaves  2 tbsp 

For dry masala

  • oil  1  tsp
  • Chana dal 1tbsp
  • Udad dal 1 tsp
  • Whole red chili 2-4
  • Coriander seeds 2 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds ¼tsp
  • Grated coconut 4 tbsp

Method of preparation

  1. Clean, wash, and soak rice in two cups of water for 20 minutes.
  2. Cook the rice in microwave or in the pan until they are almost done but not overcooked. Keep the cooked rice aside to cool down.
  3. Heat 1 tsp oil in a wok. Add chana dal, fry for a minute. Add udad dal, whole red chili, coriander seeds, and fenugreek seeds. Fry on medium heat until the masala is aromatic. Add grated coconut and fry for a few seconds. Keep the masala aside to cool down. Dry grind the masala in the grinder.
  4. Peel off, wash, and cut the onion into thin slices. Wash and finely cut the tomatoes.
  5. Heat ghee in a pan, add mustard seeds. When seeds crackle, add peanuts. Fry peanuts on medium heat for a minute. Add asafoetida, and curry leaves. Fry for a few seconds. Add onions, and fry for 2-3 minutes or until the onion has changed the color..
onion frying
onion frying
  1. Add chopped tomatoes, grated ginger, ground masala, and salt. Cook until the masala leves the ghee.
after adding tomato
  1. Separate the cooked rice gently with the fork and add it to cooked tomato mixture. Mix well gently and cook for 2-3 minutes. Turn off the heat and cover with the lid so that rice absorbs the flavor.
after adding tomato
  1. Garnish the Tpmato Rice with chopprd coriander leaves.

Serve with coconut chutney or tomato onion chutney. You can also serve tomato rice with sambhar.

Suggestions For Kid's Lunch box:

Tomato rice is a good option for kids lunch boxes. With Tomato Rice you can also pack some salad and a small portion of dessert in your kids lunch bags.

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