Tomato rice

One thing I cannot do without – rice!! It may show itself on my person but the ‘more roti less rice diet’ is something I just cannot stick on to and every few months I slip and add a tyre or two!!
This time it is tomato pulav rather than thakkali chaadam. The pulav is more fluffy and drier than the South Indian thakkali chaadam. I like the latter too but this one works out a lot easier for me. The pulav is much easier as it a one pot meal – less washing, and no curry needed to give it company. A simple raita or potato chips suffices to complete the meal! How I make it depends on the available ingredients – I generally add all the standard pulav vegetables, but I love it more with just potatoes, peas and babycorn. Today I did not have babycorn or peas. I had mushrooms and spring onions with lots of green. The mushrooms were bought with manchurian in mind so I could not use them but the spring onion greens looked inviting and raring to go in the pulav – I am glad they did for they added a zest that other veggies cannot even compare with!

Here’s today’s version:

Dish: Tomato Rice / Pulav

Rice (I use kolam rice, but basmati is generally the preferred one here) – 2 cups

Tomato puree – 2 cups
(Wash and quarter 3 medium sized tomatoes or more if needed. Place in a mixer and grind into a puree with seeds and skin. Hold the lid tight or the puree will spray all over. You can optionally blanch in hot, boiling water for ten minutes after making a slit on the top of the tomato. Drain and peel the skin, and then puree. But I recommend using the skin.)
Veg. stock or water – 1 + 1/2 cups
Potato – 1 cut into long wedges
Onion – 1, sliced thin
Spring onion greens – 1/2 cup, cut into 1″ long pieces
Tomato – 1 big one, sliced
Ginger – 1″ stem, julienned
Green Chillies – 1, slit longitudinally

Jeera/Cumin seeds – 1 tsp.
Bay leaf – 1 small
Cinnamon bark – 1″ long
Chhoti elaichi (Green cardamom) – 2, very slightly crushed
Black pepper – 5
Cloves – 2

Sunflower Oil – About 1+1/2 tbsp.


Wash rice, drain and set aside for about 1/2 an hour.

Heat oil, splutter cumin seeds and add the rest of the spices.

When the cloves splutter, add slit green chillies and ginger.

When the ginger turns pink add the sliced onions. Saute till they caramalize.

Next add rest of the veggies, stock/water and tomato puree. Add salt.

When the liquid boils add the drained rice.

Cook till the rice is just done.  I cook in the pressure cooker for 5 minutes in sim after putting on the whistle (about 7-8 minutes till steam comes out and whistle is placed), opening only after the cooker cools completely (after about 20 minutes). This way the rice gets perfectly done and not mushy.

The time taken depends on your cooker and the quality of rice.

Sometimes I add lots of baby corn and a little capsicum, but the spring onion greens do add an extra flavor!

If you have gone through my earlier post on poruvalanga urandai please accept my apologies for some mistakes made by me in the etymology part. My mother called me and clarified what she had meant and I have now rectified the post accordingly. I guess many of you might have known the meaning and I might have set off a wrong thread in your minds!! I shall be more careful next time.

The rice goes off to Srivalli of Cooking 4 all seasons for the rice mela!


Rice flavors that linger on at Tongue Ticklers…….

Avadhi Tahiri Biryani
Baayamma Upma / Left over rice preparation
Bengali Khichuri
Corn Rice / Makai Chaawal
Dal Khichdi
Pal Payasam / Kheer
Szcheuan Rice Supreme
Thair Chaadam / Curd Rice
Tomato Pulav
Vegetable Pulav

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Have your say

  1. For pulaov is basmati and Takkali sadam short grain. Both are great tasting … Great entry!

  2. That looks really tasty! I love rice like that as well.

  3. Beautiful picture and a hearty recipe. EVen though it is very simple, I can never make a decent tomato rice. I need to try this version.

  4. mmm this is a huge favorite at home! lovely pictures.

  5. Beautiful Pic and favourite recipe.I am a tomato lover and this is my version is bit diff.Though.

  6. Liked this one pot pulav. Shall give it a try. Pics are tempting as always.
    Appreciate your effort to mail abt ur poruvalangai correction.

  7. H,I have seen your comment in Aparna’s blog.This is to clarify the confusion I created.

    I am not sure now that honey is used for gluten development.The recipe I used for bagels,used honey,yeast and some wheat for making homemade gluten,which is then added to the wheat flour and then dough is made.The recipe said wheat being denser,we have to add gluten and so this.
    after that I always thought that for wheat based breads if honey is used ,then its for gluten.
    Well,it shows such a ‘good’ bread baker I am.Waiting for a wonderful BBD recipe from you(well it can be purple /black :))God knows how mine will turn out with/without honey? Sorry for the confusion I created.

  8. This is one rice that can be as simple or as hearty as you want it to be. I like your version and the pics.

  9. Looks lovely and colorful.

    I just posted something for rice mela too 🙂

  10. I can’t do without rice too 🙂
    But I drain the water I cook it in .. so it is quite light for me.
    The snaps are absolutely awesome!

  11. this looks so good :)…..
    and dito with Sharmila, I too drain water after cooking rice..
    hugs and smiles

  12. Hi:

    Your pictures are all making my mouth water, and I just ate! Since I love Indian vegetarian cooking, I’m excited about your recipes. I’ll be back to drool, and try some of them. I wonder if you might have a recipe for a good homemade chutney?


  13. Cham, Bharti, Red Chillies, Arundathi, Jayashree – Thanks!

    Sweatha – I would love to see your version too! As for the role of honey – now I am curious:)

    Jayasree – I hope you enjoy it as much as we did:)

    Simran – Same pinch!

    Sharmila, Jaya – I don’t enjoy drained rice – talk about fussy behaviour!

    Vegetablej – Thanks for the visit, and your valuable remarks!! I am not much of vegetable chutney person but I enjoy these very much -Paruppu Thogayal / Lentil Chutney,
    Pudina / Mint Chutney.

  14. I’m a champion of one dish meals, though you wouldn’t know it from my blog.:)
    And your picture is very, very good, Harini. I liked it.

  15. Looks lovely and colorful, great pics…

  16. Beautiful pic and delicious rice.
    Yeah i too love rice, .

  17. Tomato rice looks delicious. I too feel my meal is incomplete if I don’t have rice. I’ll try this one.

  18. looks so delicious and colorful!

  19. Tomato rice is my all time favorite.. Adding capsicum and baby corn is a good variation to this one…

  20. beautiful picture…..i love ur pics.they make me stay here….

  21. Gorgeous, gorgeous Tomato pulav, Harini. And it looks really healthy too. Rice is a big hit at our home too, particularly with the hubby, and it’s impossible to avoid it.

  22. Tomato Rice Looks lovely and colorful.I like your version and the pics.

  23. this is some fancy rice! i’m so glad to see you put baby corn in there. i never knew what to put baby corn in besides stir-fries.

    i saw your question on my blog about the apple cider vinegar. since there’s only a tablespoon in the muffin recipe, white wine vinegar or lemon juice would work fine. these muffins were really good. i felt like i was eating peanut butter cake- i used a fork just to get the effect haha

  24. I’m like you, I miss rice if I skip it even for 2 days.. 🙂 Tomato rice looks perfect Harini! One of my favorite comfort foods 🙂 Your version is slightly different than mine, got to try your way next time..

  25. Lovely entry!! beautiful colour! They look so yummy n tempting!

  26. Awesome reipe and beautiful clicks . Adding baby corn sounds great

  27. looks great .. am sure it tastes even better .. I just ate tomato rice for lunch today .. loved ur version

  28. Tomato rice is comfort Food! Looks too inviting.

  29. nice colour..a tempting picture..

  30. I love Tomato bhaath. Adding capsi and babycorn would make it all the more yummy! Nice one.

    Have some awards for you at out blog! Do pick them up.

  31. We too love Tomato Rice. Clicks are beautiful. You have few awards in my blog.

  32. oh my…this looks absolutely divine…xo

  33. looks great and delicious..

  34. tomato rice looks deleciouss

  35. very well captured. looks so comforting.

  36. Wow,thats a nice twist to add spring onion to tomato rice, my MIL adds baby corn in circles…

  37. yummy recipe, wonderful photos and what a neat header! wow! Looks lovely!

  38. pictures are mouth watering H!..looks great!

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