Tomato Rice | Quick Cooking

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

One of the easiest go to dishes when one is short on time is Tomato rice. From making it with leftover rice to preparing it in a pressure cooker as a one pot meal,  We all have our own versions don't we?  I myself make many variations depending on the time. ingredients & the mood :)

When I am in an indulgent mood, I add a bit of coconut milk to add richness to the dish along with some bell peppers for that extra bite. When there is leftover rice, it is usually converted into a quick Tawa Tomato Pulao. This Pressure cooker method is the quickest in my opinion. Dump everything in the cooker & Tada its done !! No wonder it makes a great lunchbox option & a quick saviour when guests arrive or when you have bare minimum veggies in the fridge 

Tomato Rice 

You Will Need:

  • 1 cup Rice - Preferably Basmati
  • 1 big onion - thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 2-3 large ripe tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup green peas - fresh/frozen
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp Kitchen King Masala
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp Saunf
  • 2 green chillies - slit lengthwise
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1 tsp desi ghee
  • 2 tsp cooking oil

How To:

Clean Basmati Rice in several changes of water. Drain & set aside for 15 minutes. Roughly chop tomatoes & blend them into a puree

In a pressure cooker, Heat Ghee & Oil. Once its hot enough, splutter cumin, saunf & coriander seeds. Add Bay leaf, green chilies & ginger garlic paste. saute for about 20 seconds. Add in the onions & cook till it is slightly pink. 

Now add the tomato puree, Red chilli powder, Garam Masala, kitchen king masala & turmeric powder. Give it a good mix. Add green peas & 1 1/4 cups of water. check for salt & give it a good stir. when it comes to a boil, Close the lid & allow it to pressure cook for 1 whistle

Once the pressure releases, allow it to cool down a bit, Fluff with a fork & transfer into a serving bowl. Garnish with freshly chopped coriander. Serve warm with a raita of your choice. 


If you plan to use store bought tomato puree, you will onlu need about 100 ml of puree as store bought purees are very thick & tart. 

You can also add 1/4th cup of thick coconut milk for a rich tasting Tomato Rice 

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