Tomato Rice

Easy and tasty variety rice that can be prepared quickly. The tangy tomatoes along with spices makes the dish drool worthy and also a perfect lunch box recipe. You can have it with vegetable fry, curd or pappads too.

Ingredients (Serves 3 to 4)

Preparation time – 5 mins
Soaking time – 10 mins
Cooking time – 20 mins
  • Sona masoori / Basmati rice – 1 Cup
  • Onion – 1, sliced thin
  • Tomato – 3 medium, finely chopped
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp
  • Green chillies – 3, slit
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Sambar powder – 1.5 tbsp
  • Salt – as needed
  • Oil / butter – 1.5 tbsp
  • Bay leaf – 1
  • Cinnamon – 1 inch
  • Cardamom – 2
  • Cloves – 3
  • Jeera – 1/2 tsp


  • Wash and soak rice for atleast 10 mins.
  • In a pan, add oil / ghee, bay leaf , cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. Add jeera and allow it to splutter.
  • Add green chillies and fry.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and fry for a min till the raw smell goes off.
  • Add onion and fry till transparent.
  • Add finely chopped tomatoes, salt and fry till they run mushy.
  • Add turmeric powder, sambar powder and sauté well till the oil separates.
  • Add 1.5 cups water if using basmati rice and allow it to boil. Check for salt.
  • Drain water from the soaked rice and add the rice to the pan when the water boils.
  • Simmer and cook closed for 12 – 15 mins.
  • Switch off the flame and garnish with more coriander leaves.

We had it with sundal, puli Inji pickle and curd. Easy to make and tasty to have !!

  • You can use coriander powder, chilli powder instead of sambar powder.

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