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Tomato Rice | Onion Tomato Pulao

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Tomato Rice | Onion Tomato Pulao

Spicy Fried Rice Recipe using Tomatoes

  • Suitable for vegetarian

Quick one pot rice meal from south India.

  • 40mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy




For Tomato Rice

Coconut Oil/ Oil (नारियल का तेल/तेल) – 2 tbsp

Hing (हींग) – 1 tsp

Red Whole Chilli (साबुत लाल मिर्च) – 3 to 4 pcs

Cinnamon (दालचीनी) – 1 pc 

Laung (लौंग) – 3 to 4 pcs

Tej Pata (तेज पता) – 1 pc

Elaichi (इलाइची) – 4 pcs

Mustard Seeds (राय) – 1 tbsp

Jeera (जीरा) – 2 tsp

Chana Dal (चना दाल) – 1 tbsp

Urad Dal (उरद दाल) – 1 tsp

Garlic (लहसुन) – 1 tbsp

Ginger (अदरक) – 1 tbsp

Green Chilli (हरी मिर्च), Chopped – 1 tsp 

Cashew nuts (काजू) – 1 tbsp

Curry leaf (करी पत्ता) – 1 sprig

Onion (प्याज़), Chopped – 1 cup

Tomato (टमाटर), Chopped 2 ½ cups 

Salt (नमक) – to taste

Turmeric (हल्दी) – ½ tsp

Red Chilli Powder (लाल मिर्च पाउडर) – 1 tbsp

Coriander Powder (धनिया पाउडर) – 1 tbsp

Water (पानी) – 1½  cup

Rice (चावल), Soaked – 1 cup 

Mint Leaves (पुदीना) – a handful

Coriander stems (धनिया के तने) – 1 tbsp


For tadka raita

Curd (दही)  – ½ cup

Salt (नमक) – to taste

Black Pepper(काली मिर्च) – a pinch

Onion(प्याज़), Chopped – ¼ cup 


For tempering of raita

Oil (तेल) – 1 tsp

Mustard Seeds (राय) – 1 tsp

Ginger (अदरक) , Chopped – 1 tsp

Green Chilli (हरी मिर्च), Chopped – ½ tsp

Curry Leaves (करी पत्ता) – a handful




In a pan, heat some coconut oil/oil. To this add hing followed by dried red chillies, cinnamon, cloves, bay leaf, and cardamom, roast the spices together for a few seconds. Now add mustard seeds, cumin, chana dal and urad dal. Cook the dal on a low flame till it turns golden brown, after that add ginger, garlic, green chillies, cashews and a sprig of curry leaves. On a low flame add onions and cook them for a few minutes, but don’t brown them. Cook for about 2 minutes and then on a high flame add the tomatoes. Now add salt, turmeric, red chilli powder, coriander powder and cook this well.


Once the tomatoes are mashy, increase the flame and add the water. Adjust the seasoning and add soaked rice. Now put mint and coriander leaves and give it a very gentle stir. Once the rice is well mixed, cover the pan with a lid and decrease the flame and cook for about 10 min. After 10 min, turn off the flame and leave the pan with the lid on for another 10 min.


Till the rice cooks, take some curd in a bowl. To that add, salt, pepper, and some chopped onion, keep this aside.
In a small pan, heat some oil, add mustard seeds, ginger, green chillies and curry leaves and pour this mixture over the curd.
Check on the rice, once it is cooked, the rice is ready to be served with the raita.

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