Tomato Flavored Rice- Indian Style

Well, I know I said in the blog description that I will mostly blog about rare Indian food.   But this particular recipe ( I am sure others will follow) is an exception.

What is not to love about a recipe that is so easy that you can make yourself (and others) a fabulous one-pot meal that satisfies your taste buds in a comforting and inviting manner.


  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 2-3 green chili
  • Cilantro
  • Curry leaves- 2 sprigs
  • Diced cucumber- for garnishing

Make into a coarse powder

  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 tbsp split chickpeas
  • 1 tsp split blackgram
  • 4-5 dried red chillies
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated coconut/ dry coconut ( I used both with great success)


  • Cooking rice:    Combine the rice (1 cup), water (1 1/2 cups), and a pinch of salt in a medium pot. Bring to a boil over high heat.   Once the water is boiling, turn the heat to low as possible and simmer till the rice is done.   Move to a cold surface, spread over a platter and let cool (the idea is to have every grain separate).
  • Spice powder:  Heat 1 tsps of oil/ghee (clarified butter) in a pan.  Once the oil is hot enough, add the split chickpeas, blackgram, coriander seeds, cumin and red chillies.  Fry till fragrant.  Remove from heat and let cool.  Make into a coarse powder along with coconut.
  • Heat 2 tbsps of oil.  Once hot, add mustard seeds and groundnut (optional). Let mustard seeds splutter.
  • Add slit green chillis, curry leaves and onions and fry till golden.
  • Stir in the tomatoes and add salt, turmeric powder.  Fry till tomatoes are done.
  • Lower the heat, add in cooked rice and mix gently.
  • Season with the spice powder and let it sit on heat for 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat.  Garnish with coriander, cucumber and (optional) a sprig of curry leaves.



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