Tomato Rice (south indian recipe)

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Tomato rice recipe – easy and delicious south indian tomato rice recipe. tomato rice recipe – spicy south indian style tomato rice recipe.


Prep Time : 30 mins


Cook Time : 20 mins


Total Time: 50 mins


Servings: 3 to 4


Preparation:


(1 cup = 250 ml) for soaking rice:
  • 1 cup heaped basmati rice or any regular rice
  • water as required

Ingredients


  • 3 medium to large tomatoes finely chopped or 1 cup finely chopped tomatoes, tightly packed or 200 grams tomatoes
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped or 1/3 cup finely chopped onions
  • 1.5 teaspoon ginger garlic paste or ½ inch ginger + 5 to 6 medium sized garlic crushed to a paste in mortar-pestle
  • 1 green chili (hari mirch) – chopped
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds (rai)
  • 4 to 5 methi seeds (fenugreek seeds) – optional
  • ½ inch cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 2 green cardamoms (choti elaichi)
  • 2 to 3 cloves (lavang)
  • 6 to 7 curry leaves (kadi patta)
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper powder or crushed black pepper (kali mirch powder)
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder (dhania powder)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder (jeera powder)
  • ½ tablespoon chopped mint leaves (pudina patta)
  • ¼ cup chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta)
  • 1.75 cups water
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • salt as required

Method:


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1. rinse 1 heaped cup basmati rice or any regular rice for a couple of times in water. then soak the rice in water for 30 minutes. later drain the rice and keep aside.

2. in a pressure cooker, heat 2 tbsp oil. keep the flame to a low and add ½ tsp mustard seeds and crackle them. then add 4 to 5 methi seeds (fenugreek seeds) and just lightly saute them for a couple of seconds.tomato-rice-recipe3

3. then add ⅓ cup finely chopped onion and ½ inch cinnamon, 2 green cardamoms and 2 to 3 cloves.tomato-rice-recipe4

4. stir and saute till the onions turn translucent.tomato-rice-recipe5

5. then add 1.5 tsp ginger garlic paste, chopped 1 green chili and 6 to 7 curry leaves.

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6. stir and saute till the raw aroma of ginger-garlic goes away.

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7. now add ½ tbsp chopped mint leaves/pudina and ¼ cup chopped coriander leaves/dhania patta.

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8. stir and saute for a minute.

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9. add 1 cup finely chopped tomatoes. about 3 medium to large tomatoes which have been finely chopped.

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10. add ¼ tsp turmeric powder, ½ tsp red chili powder, ½ tsp black pepper powder or crushed black pepper, ½ tsp coriander powder and 1 tsp cumin powder. for a lesser spiced version add 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste, ¼ tsp red chili powder and ¼ tsp black pepper powder.tomato-rice-recipe10

11. stir very well and saute the tomatoes.

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12. the tomatoes should soften and become pulpy with oil releasing from the sides.

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13. add the soaked rice.

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14. stir the rice with the tomato mixture very well. saute for a minute.

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15. add 1.75 cups water. for a more softer consistency in the rice, you can also add 2 cups water.

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16. season with salt as per taste.

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17. cover and pressure cook tomato rice for 2 whistles on medium flame. about 10 to 11 minutes. to get a softer rice, you can also pressure cook for 3 whistles. when the pressure settles down on its own. then remove the lid and gently fluff the rice.

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18. serve tomato rice with appalams or chips or with onion tomato raita or boondi raita. you can garnish with some chopped coriander leaves while serving the tomato rice.

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