Thursday, June 10, 2010

Tomato Rice & An Award

Though weekdays and weekends don’t make a difference, I am very lazy to cook on weekends; especially on Sundays. The Monday blues for AJ (yes.. my hubby..) starts right from Sunday eve and may be he transfers me a share J. That ends up in either tomato rice or curd rice in the lunch box for Monday.


Basmati Rice                           --    1 cup
Water                                     --    1 ½ cup (Might change depending on the quality of the rice)
Tomato                                   --    2
Onion                                     --    ½ of a medium size
Green Chillies                         --    2
Ginger garlic paste                  --   1 tsp
Cumin seeds                           --   1 tsp
Turmeric Powder                    --   ¼ tsp
Chilly Powder                         --   ½ tsp
Garam Masala                        --   ¼ tsp
Curry leaves                           --   1 spring
Oil                                         --    2 tbsp
Salt                                        --    to taste

Preparation of Tomato Rice:

Wash the rice and soak it in water for 20 min.

Heat oil in a pan. Add the cumin seeds and let it splutter. Now add the sliced onions, green chillies, curry leaves and ginger garlic paste. Saute until the onions are translucent. Add the cubed tomatoes and cook on a low flame until the tomatoes are smashed. You can also use tomato puree instead of whole tomatoes.

Once the tomatoes are smashed, add salt, turmeric, chilly powder and garam masala. Fry until the raw smell goes off.

Add the drained rice and fry for a min. Then add water and mix it well. Close with an air tight lid and let the rice cook. If the water is of the correct quantity, the rice will be cooked perfectly in another 15 – 20 min. You can sauté in between to make sure that rice does not stick to the bottom of the pan.


Optionally, you can cook the rice separately and add the cooked rice to the masala. I do it this way; cooking the rice in the rice cooker, when I am lazy. This saves time and you do not have to keep your eye on the rice in the pot.

Serve hot with raitha.

Nithu of Nithu’s Kitchen conducted a guessing game and she awarded me for guessing the items in her ‘Best Out of Waste’ bouquet. Thanks a lot Nithu and sorry for being late to post this here in my space. The game was interesting and I shall definitely contribute towards the event following the game.


  1. yummy rice..good to have with any kind of raitas

  2. deisious tomato rice...leave days all will be very lazy...wants to sleep more and more...

  3. wow looks so nice. my favourite tomato rice

  4. wow what a color yar! ur step by step photos are very helpful! thanks 4 sharing!

  5. i love tomato rice and its def an awesome lunch box item :)

  6. Dear Nitha,
    Glad you jumped on 'Tasty Appetite' ! You got a great blog going.
    Fabulous tomato rice recipe...very tempting.

  7. Delicious and colorful rice..nicely presented

  8. Lovely tomato rice, njngal epolum undakalund. Nalla clicks Nitha..

    Kairali sisters

  9. Hi.... First time to ur blog. U have a nice set of recipe. All looking good. Loved ur blog layout....That tomato rice is my fav. YUM!

  10. Ahaa....what a coincidence, I too posted tomato rice today, almost the same except I used tomato puree.....


  11. Hey tahts a yummy one.... nice simple quick dish i feell.....first time here and u have a lovely space,,,....

  12. Delicious tomato rice..nice presentation :)

  13. Lovely tomato rice, nice recipe!! Evide njanum weekendsil cook cheyyarilla..My hubbys lunch box will have chapatis and scrambled eggs on mondays ;)

  14. WOW, tomato rice looks so tempting ya, makes me hungry now! :D
    Congratz on the award!

  15. Nitha, you have a beautiful blog and I loved the way you present your recipes. When you have time visit my blog too :)

  16. Love tomato rice and i make them often. Nice clicks too. Good to see a simple comforting dish!

  17. Nice one,perfectly cooked rice

  18. first time here u have a lovely space ... tomato rice looks yummy .if u get a chance do visit my blog

  19. that is a delicious rice dish!

  20. Congratulations !!...ummm.. delicious rice.. love the pics :)

  21. congrats on the award....rice looks so perfect and yummy!!!

  22. Congrats on your award, a simple tomato rice looks so beautiful, nice pictures.
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