Wednesday, November 14, 2007


My neighbour tought me how to make tomato rice.She is really a good cook and ofcourse all the credit goes to her. adding the "fennel seeds" really gives so much of flavour and smell to the rice.
it goes good with raitha.very easy to prepare dish.

2 med size tomatoes
1 large onion sliced
4 green chillies
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds/saunf
5 cury leaves
1/2 teaspoon pepper
handful chopped cilantro
handful chopped mint
1 inch stick cinnamon
4 cloves
1 cardamom crushed
1 star anise
2 strands of mace
1/2 spoon shahjeera(kala jeera)
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg powder
2 or 3 bay leaves
1 1/2 tablespoons ginger garlic paste
1 tablespoon curd/yogurt
thick coconut milk 1/2 cup ( or coconut powder 3 table spoons)
turmeric 1/2 table spoon
chilli powder to taste
salto taste
butter/ghee 1/2 cup
oil 1 table spoon
garam masala 1 teaspoon (optional)
basmati /normal rice 2 cups
water to cook rice 2 1/2 cups

dice the tomatoes .heat enough oil to fry tomatoes.
add tomatoes,turmeric,fennel seeds,pepper powder and fry the tomatoes till they r well cooked.
in a seperate pan add the remaining oil and ghee .
fry onions till transperent.
add chillies,ginger garlic paste to oinions and fry for a min.
now add all the spices(cinna stick,cloves,bay leaf,star anise,mace,shahjeera,cardamom)
fry for 2 min on low flame.
add this mixture to the above cooked tomato curry.
mix well
add curd , coconut milk(or coconut powder),chilli powder,garam masala,salt,mint and cilantro.
stir well.cook for a minute.

add washed and drained rice.stir well and saute for 2 minutes.

add water and stir well.cook uncovered.
u can use pressure cooker or rice cooker to cook the rice

when the rice is half cooked the water is evaporated and u can see the rice like in the picture below.

at this time it is important to cover for a few minutes and then cook uncovered till done.
do not add water.
cooking the rice slowly with out extra water ,lets u cook the rice well with out sticking and all the spices r well infused.
It is very important to stir for every 3 to 4 min to avoid burning the rice at the bottom.
serve with raitha and boiled eggs( optional).


easycrafts said...

The photos look very good and so is the recipe


Lovely looking tomato rice :))

Padmaja said...

Hey Shanti, My sis in law used to make this as its my hubby's favourite but i never tried until now!! I am gonna bookmark this page.

Lata said...

Looks good! I love it.

Apple said...

Looks awesome dear...I make tomato rice but inni ingredients use cheyyaledu :D....antha baddakam naaku...

Asha said...

How beautiful! love the Eggs on top.Slurp!:))

Madhavi said...

tomato rice looks good.:)

sagari said...

those eggs look very yummyyy with rice

Laavanya said...

Great looking Tomato Rice... I love the addition of fennel too.. gives so much flavor.

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

hey, this one takes so many ingredients!!!!!! But im sure it tasted gr8..... thanx for the recipe.

Happy cook said...

Love the tomatoe rice. It looks so comforting.

Kribha said...

This is one of my all time favs. Tomato rice and boiled egg is such a classic combination. When I was with my mom I used to have it almost every saturday. Your pic reminded me of the same. Looks absolutely beautiful.

Vani said...

Nice one! With yogurt and coconut milk- must taste wow!!

priar's, said...

Hi shanthi,
How r u? not seen much...:)
Hmmm tomato rice is my all time fave and pictures r too catchy with eggs makes them even more rich.Good presentation....

Sirisha Kilambi said...

Great looking tomato rice Shanthi :-)) looks YUM absolutely :-))
And dear Please don't mind If I don't comment the next few months as I would terribly busy with my academic work......Hope u understand dear....I will be back in no time :-)

Lissie said...

shanti, the recipe sounds almost like a biriyani and is so yummy! the eggs add extra taste to it...!

Cynthia said...

Your tomato rice is so rich with many flavours. I make a tomato rice too and next time I will add the fennel seeds.

Anonymous said...

HAD TO WRITE THIS: i stumbled on ur recipes as i was searching for kala jeera.. and was very intrigued by ur cabbage vadas and mint egg pulav. the latter came out awesome!!!! After that, tried the tomato rice yesterday and it came out FANTABULOUS! I love spicy food and ur recipes just serve it. So now, I start with what u have posted online and then go elsewhere.. lol!