Tomato Rice Recipe


Tomato Rice Recipe
Tomato Rice Recipe Tomato Rice recipe is a simple south indian vegetarian recipe and one of my husband's favourite recipes. As the names indicates tomato is the main ingredient in this recipe with onions, rice and spices.
You can also add green peas if you wish but do not add any other vegetables. Increase or decrease the spices depending on how spicy you want the recipe to be. So lets get started!
Tomato Rice Recipe

Tomato Rice Recipe Ingredients

  • Tomatoes - 5 large chopped
  • Peas - 3/4 cup (Optional)
  • Rice (Basmati or Sona Masoori) -  1 1/2 cups
  • Onion - 2 medium sized (long slices)
  • Ginger Garlic Paste - 3 1/2 to 4 tbsp
  • Green Chilies - 4 to 5 nos
  • Chilli powder - 1/2 to 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
  • Bay leaves - 2 nos
  • Cloves or Laung - 5 nos
  • Cinnamon - 2 sticks
  • Cardamom or ilaichi - 2 nos
  • Star anise (What is this?) - 1 nos
  • Marathi Moggu - 2 nos
  • Kasuri Methi - 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil - 1/3 cup
Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: 1 hour
Servings: 3-4 people 

Tomato Rice Recipe Cooking Method

  1. First wash and soak rice for 15 minutes in water. Drain water and keep it aside.
  2. Take a heavy bottom vessel (you can use a pressure cooker as well) and heat the oil on medium heat.
  3. When the oil heats up, add Bay leaves, Cinnamon, Cloves, Cardamom, Star Anise, Marathi Moggu and Kasuri Methi into the vessel.
  4. After a minute or so, add vertically sliced green chillies and onions cut into long slices to the vessel. Saute for 8 minutes until the onions turn translucent.
  5. Add ginger garlic paste. Stir until the raw smell of the paste no longer exists.
  6. Add chopped tomatoes, peas (optional) and turmeric powder to the mixture and stir well.
  7. Cook for 10-15 minutes until the tomatoes turn mushy.
  8. Add salt to taste and chilli powder and mix well.
  9. Then add water. Bring the contents to boil. Take a few drops of the liquid from the vessel and taste it. Add salt and chilli powder if required to suit your taste requirements.
  10. If you are using 1 1/2 cups of Basmati rice then use 2 1/4 cups of water. For other kinds of rice use equal amount of water.
  11. Cover the vessel and cook for 15 minutes on low heat and you are done.
The tomato rice is now ready to be served. Serve it hot with raitha. Also check out other Rice recipes.


  • Mamtha said:  

    Bharathi i tried your tomato rice it came out very well. thanks for your recpie.

  • mithila said:  

    Awesome bharthi ur receipe was so good .. it was finger licking good .. thanks dear u made my day

  • Geetika Bist said:  

    Can you pls let me know what's marathi moggu????


  • Bharathi said:  

    Marathi or maretti moggu is a spice that looks like a dried flower bud. You can check out this picture.
    If you don't have it or cannot find it you can make it optional in this recipe and it will still taste very very good.

  • Geetika Bist said:  

    Ok,Thanks...I might as well skip that since I will have to struggle looking for that!

  • Lavern Owie said:  

    Nice recipe, this is really yummy. There is nothing to argue about. Keep posting stuff like this i really like it. thank you for sharing this recipe..

  • Anonymous said:  

    i tried this recipe .it is wonderful


  • KennQ29 said:  

    the photo got my attention, its mouthwatering. i will ask my wife to prepare this food later. hmm.. ill be back as soon as I taste it.

  • Anonymous said:  

    Bharathi, Thanks for a great recipe. It came out awesome. I had put rice after putting water. Is that the right time? Recipe doesn't say when to put rice.


  • Tasteindianfood said:  

    Hey!It's great in look..such an yumm!! recipe..

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  • Shahzaib Khan said:  

    Wow that is a very awesome recipe. I will definitely try this at home.Pakistani Cooking Recipes are the best. I love all Pakistani Recipes and indian recipes and mostly the appetizers by zarnak sidhwa recipes

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    Really nice and interesting post. I was looking for this kind of information and enjoyed reading this one. Keep posting. Thanks for sharing. Best Basmati rice

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