Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Tomato Rice

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It has been a really long time since I posted on this blog and going by the hectic schedule lying in front of me, it looks like a big struggle going forward.

The winters are here in Delhi and the fog is once again making the headlines. I have always loved the winters and am loving wearing my winter clothing. Hyderabad did not provide me with that opportunity. Talking about Hyderabad, I miss the Biryanis and the dishes special to that place, like the chicken 65 and Apollo fish. Tomato Rice is not special to Hyderabad, but it was to our household there, as Chennai was close by and our visits to Chennai or someone dropping in from there always got a bottle of tomato pickle from Grand Sweets in Chennai. It was a great shortcut to make Tomato Rice. In this post, however, I present the natural way to make Tomato Rice. Though I'm quick to grab all credits, this one has been the preparation of my better half, with no help from me at all.

Incase I miss out on another post, let me wish you all a very Happy New Year in advance.

Tomato Rice


Basmati Rice - 2 Cups

Tomatoes, chopped - 4

Onion,sliced - 1

Garlic cloves - 4

Dried Red Chilli - 2 No

Coriander Seeds - 1 Tsp

Chana dal - 2 tsp

Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp

Oil - 2 Tblsp

Salt - To Taste

Green Chillies, slit - 2

Coriander, chopped - For garnish


1. Wash & cook rice adding salt. Leave aside to cool.

2. Heat Oil. Add red chillies, chana dal & coriander seeds. roast till done and take off flame.

3. Powder the above mixture after it has cooled completely. Keep aside.

4. Heat oil in a big wok. Add in the garlic and sliced onions. Fry till transparent.

5. Add in chopped tomatoes and cook till they turn mushy.

6. Add the roasted powder and turmeric and cook for 3 minutes.

7. Add rice to this mixture and mix well. Adjust seasoning.

8. Serve garnished with slit green chillies and chopped coriander.


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