May 28, 2015

Tomato Rice | Quick Cooking

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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