This South Indian origin tangy Tomato Rice makes a great one-dish meal.Tomato Rice is one of those simplest variety rice dish very simple to prepare.Learn how to make Tomato Rice by following this easy recipe.


  • Basmati rice-4 cups
  • Butter-3-4 tbs
  • Water-6 cups
  • Ripe big tomatoes-15
  • Green chillies slit-7
  • Big onions finely sliced-4
  • Mint leaves (pudina)-a handful
  • Springs of curry leaves-a few
  • Big bundle of coriander leaves finely chopped-1
  • Ginger – garlic paste-2 tblsp
  • Oil -1/4 cup
  • Bay leaf-2(optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • Turmeric powder-1 tsp
  • Lime juice-3 – 4 tblsp


  1. Wash the basmati rice and par boil them in 5 cups of water.The rice should be cooked 3/4th.
  2. Steam tomatoes, peel off the skin, mash well and keep aside.Best to use plum tomatoes for good tangy taste.          tomato
  3. Pour oil in a vessel,add bay leaves, fry the onions till slight brown, lower flame and mix in ginger – garlic paste, green chillies, curry leaves, mint leaves, coriander leaves and fry for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Mix in salt to taste, turmeric powder and  mashed tomato pulp and stir well.Cook until the oil gets separated and the gravy is thick.
  5. Mix in this mixture to the cooked rice and add the remaining 1cup of water, cover the vessel leave to stir fry.
  6. When completely cooked, fluff up with a spatula and transfer to a serving dish and decorate with chopped  coriander leaves.
  7. Sprinkle some lime juice on top and cover before serving. Serve hot,with a onion yogurt salad.this tastes great in lunch box meal,with a crispy potato fry as side dish,or simply with pickle and boiled egg curry.
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