Tomato Rice Recipe
Recipe type: Main, Vegan
RecipeCuisine: Indian
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Serves: 5-6
Easy Tomato Rice recipe with step by step instructions.
recipeIngredient (used american measuring cup, 1 cup = 250 ml)
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 cups rice soaked in water for 30 mins
  • 5-6 tomatoes chopped and pureed
  • 1 inch ginger chopped finely
  • 1 medium sized onion chopped finely
  • ¼th cup groundnuts (optional)
  • ½ cup green peas (matar)
  • 2 one inch cinnamon sticks (dalchini)
  • 5-6 crushed green cardamom (elaichi)
  • 3-4 cloves (lavang)
  • 2 messua ferrea (optional) (nagkesar)
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 black cardamom (badi elaichi)
  • 1 tbsp cumin seed (jeera)
  • 2 bayleaves (tejpatta)
  • 3-4 mace blades (javitri)
  • 1.5 tbsp red kashmiri chili powder (lal mirch powder)
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1 tbsp black pepper powder (kalimirch powder)
  • 1 tbsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp coriander seed powder (dhaniya powder)
  • 1 tsp roasted cumin powder (bhuna jeera powder)
  • 100 ml thick coconut milk (nariyal dudh)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • few coriander leaves for garnish (hara dhaniya)
  • salt as per taste (namak swadanusar)
How to make the recipe?
  1. Soak the rice in water for 30-40 mins.
  2. Keep all the spices, veggies ready.
  3. Take a pan or pressure cooker add oil. Once oil is hot add all the whole ground spices.
  4. Saute until they are fragrant.
  5. Add the chopped onion and saute until they change color.
  6. Also add ginger and saute for 30 secs.
  7. Now add groundnuts and saute for 2 mins.
  8. It's time to add the tomato puree.
  9. Cook for 2-3 mins and add sugar.
  10. Also add turmeric and red chili powder.
  11. Sprinkle the pepper powder.
  12. Don't forget to add garam masala powder, coriander seed powder, roasted cumin powder and salt.
  13. Put the green peas and combine all nicely.
  14. Add the soaked rice stir well.
  15. Lastly add coconut milk and add water accordingly.
  16. Pressure cook until 3 whistles or cover and cook in the pan until rice is cooked. I don't have a pic for this one. Switch off the gas once it's done.
  17. Serve the tomato rice hot with salad, pickle or papad.
1. If you don't have nagkesar spice just skip it.
2. You love spice then add more red chili powder or green chilies.
3. The ratio of 1 cup rice= 2 cups water but we have added tomato puree + coconut milk so add water accordingly else the rice would turn out mushy.
4. Adding peanuts are optional.
Recipe by Flavors of Mumbai at