Tomato Rice

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Back at home, a typical lunch or dinner meal would consist of two sides, lentil soup(daal), one non-veg curry(mostly fish), one veg curry and plain white rice. I know, it sounds like a feast.. Isn’t it!! I seriously don’t know how Mom could manage to cook so many dishes in one day!! She would cook different varieties of fish, seasonal vegetables, different varieties of lentil, but one thing that always remained a must, was plain white rice. My dad loves rice and he can never replace rice with anything else.

Even today, I the story hasn’t changed much. Dad still needs rice. However, Mom prefers chapati.. And I still don’t understand that how she still manages to cook a feast every day 🙂 I enjoy it when I am home, but personally, I can never ever cook that many dishes on a daily basis. I am not a big fan of rice but there are few rice dishes which are on my yummy list and this is one such dish.

Tomato Rice 1

It’s a pretty simple meal and works best if you have left over rice from last night. If not, you need to prepare the rice in advance and cool it down before you make the tomato rice. You may feel that I have added a little too much spice, but trust me, the flavor combination of the spice and the tangy taste of the tomato makes this dish absolutely gorgeous.

Tomato Rice 2

You can either serve it with some plain yogurt, some simple salad of your choice or even papadam works fine! However, I like it just the way it is 🙂

Tomato Rice 3

tomato rice 4

Tomato Rice


  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 2 red juicy tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 green chilly, finely chopped
  • 1 tbp ginger paste
  • 1 tbs cilantro, finely chopped for garnish
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tbs coriander seeds
  • 1 tbp chana daal
  • 1 tsp sesame seed
  • 1 tsp urad dal
  • 2 to 3 dry red chillies
  • 6 to 7 curry leaves
  • 1/4 cup peanuts
  • few pinches of asafoetida/hing
  • zest of one lemon, optional
  • salt
  • oil


  1. Cook the rice, spread it in a plate and let it cool down.
  2. In a small pan, dry roast the coriander seeds, sesame seeds and dry chillies.
  3. Once roasted, put them in a food processor and grind them to form a dry masala which will be used later.
  4. In a pan, heat 2 tsp oil and fry the peanuts and once done keep aside.
  5. In the same pan, now add the urad daal, mustard seeds, and ginger paste.
  6. Once they start to sizzle, add the curry leaves and onions and cook them till they become translucent.
  7. Then, add the tomatoes and cook for another 5 minutes.
  8. Now, add the dry masala(which we had made earlieand salt. Mix it properly.
  9. Cook for another 5 to 10 minutes and add the rice.
  10. Toss and mix the rice properly with the masala. Add the lemon zest and the peanuts.
  11. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve hot!

Tomato Rice 4

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  • Nandini
    April 17, 2011 at 11:14 PM

    This was my fav lunch box dish in my school days…looks awesome and love the colour!

  • Manu
    April 17, 2011 at 11:47 PM

    This sounds so delicious. I have never had tomato rice before and this looks so inviting. I love all the spices you put!!! Bring it on!!! 🙂

  • Raji
    April 17, 2011 at 11:48 PM

    I really flavoured rice dishes…the recipe is too good. The picture of the tomatoes is superb.

  • Priya Sreeram
    Priya Sreeram
    April 17, 2011 at 11:51 PM

    nice recipe kankana & like u said pretty simple too !

  • Priya
    April 18, 2011 at 12:15 AM

    Tomato rice looks super delicious,would love to finish that whole plate,btw regarding ur q’n about rice rava,its not sooji dear,rice ravas are broken rice,which we use actually for making idly batter, hope i cleared ur doubt..

  • sukanya
    April 18, 2011 at 12:57 AM

    absolutely fantastic and simple tomato rice. pics are really good.

    pls do check the new event at my site : summer coolers

  • chopinandmysaucepan
    April 18, 2011 at 1:44 AM

    I love the aromas of curry leaves especially if you fry them and they release the fragrance.

  • Sanjeeta kk
    Sanjeeta kk
    April 18, 2011 at 2:30 AM

    The rice looks so delicious! Like the sesame in it. Beautiful color and fluffy dish!

  • aipi
    April 18, 2011 at 6:08 AM

    I soooooooooo want to grab that bowl right now of my most fav one pot meals 🙂
    Liked the addition os sesame- must have given a nice nutty texture!

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  • jeyashrisuresh
    April 18, 2011 at 6:53 AM

    very nice version of tomato rice. adding coriander seeds, peanuts ,sesame seeds will surely enhance the flavour

  • Noorish
    April 18, 2011 at 7:27 AM

    This is my kind of blog. I just went through a bunch of your posts and I love your recipes. Especially the Egg Masala….I love currys. And your photography is beautiful.

  • Tina (PinayInTexas)
    Tina (PinayInTexas)
    April 18, 2011 at 8:19 AM

    Just like Manu, I haven’t tried tomato rice…but this looks really good! A complete meal all in one plate!

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking
    Sandra's Easy Cooking
    April 18, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    This looks and sounds fantastic the way you do your magic in the kitchen..Keep them coming!

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspective
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    April 18, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    What a hearty and vibrant dish. 🙂

  • The Mistress of Spices
    The Mistress of Spices
    April 18, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Mmmmm I love tomato rice! It’s one of my favorite dishes that my mom makes too. I haven’t made it myself in ages, thanks for reminding me of it! Mouth is watering now 🙂

  • Megan
    April 18, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    This sounds so unique and delicious! Pretty, too!

  • Nadia
    April 18, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    This dish looks so comforting. I never had tamaatar chawal before, we have meat pulaos or peas pulao mostly. I will have to give it a try. 🙂

  • torviewtoronto
    April 18, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    fabulous looking tomato rice flavourful and delicious

  • Nishi
    April 18, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    This rice is a regular at our home too. This is an easy quick fix recipe and at the same time delicious as well. And you have done complete justice to this rice with the photographs 🙂

  • Juliana
    April 18, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    Oh! This rice dish looks so tasty…full of flavor…I could dig into it without any hesitation. Have a great week Kankana 🙂

  • briarrose
    April 18, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Excellent side dish….I could eat this one often I think. Wonderful flavoring.

  • Soma
    April 18, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    The luxury of having 5 sides + chutney has been long gone:-( only one pot kinda meals or just dal and one subzi. After so many years, i still have a tough time eating this way. Looks lovely. Tomato rice is a staple inb our hoe too, only i cheat & use v8 most of the times:) (Shsssh…)

  • Tanvi
    April 18, 2011 at 4:54 PM

    I always thought of this as a southindian meal.Even at my bong inlaws house, we mostly have plain rice.But this is a yum dish for all those lazy days.Love the light red color!

  • tigerfish
    April 18, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    I so love this rice! It has my fav. ingredient – tomato and fav. spices!

    I could never cook a feast too. Best to have one-pot, one-plate and one-bowl of everything! Heee heee…I only cook rice with other side dishes like once a week 😛

  • daksha
    April 18, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    Looks awesome and love the colour, ur snaps r so perfect.

  • Kristi Rimkus
    Kristi Rimkus
    April 18, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    I am always amazed by your pictures. You have such an eye for the camera!


  • yummychunklet
    April 18, 2011 at 8:03 PM

    This rice dish looks amazing! I love the look of the juicy, vine tomatoes. Great post!

  • Alea Milham
    Alea Milham
    April 18, 2011 at 8:52 PM

    This looks amazing! I have no idea how your mom made all those dishes either, but I sure would enjoy being a guest!

  • A little bit of everything
    A little bit of everything
    April 18, 2011 at 9:21 PM

    your photos always blow me away. you’re a wonderful photographer. you should open your own photo studio if you haven’t yet.
    the rice looks great. hubby loves white plain rice and i always add some veggies to it. LOL
    thanks for sharing

  • Vimitha
    April 18, 2011 at 9:35 PM

    My favorite one pot lunch box recipe… Looks flavorful and yum

  • the food doctor
    the food doctor
    April 18, 2011 at 11:02 PM

    You are truly talanted when it comes to photography..
    bookmarking this as a must sounds and looks YUMMY!

  • Miriam
    April 18, 2011 at 11:09 PM

    Ooo, that rice looks exquisite! I love all the flavor! [email protected]Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  • Anzelle
    April 18, 2011 at 11:55 PM

    Looks good! I have to ask for some clarifications/substitutions again, though. I’ve never heard of chana daal or urad dal, what are they, and is there anything I can use in their place if our shops should prove lacking?

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      April 19, 2011 at 12:10 AM

      I emailed you dear about your queries .. let me know if it helps !

  • sonia
    April 19, 2011 at 6:50 AM

    Hi Kankana, The Rice is looking absolutely delightful. Very nicely made and presented. Its always fun to see ur appetizing recipes. I wud love to give ur version a try on the coming weekend. Have a great day !

  • Lauren @ L-Mo Cooks
    Lauren @ L-Mo Cooks
    April 19, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    oooh, wow. This looks so good! I’m not a huge fan of rice either, but tomato rice has always been a good way to get me to eat it. I’ve never had it like this, though. It sounds marvelous!

  • Kausambi@ColoredGrains
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    April 19, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    Awesome ! My all time fav fav lunch 🙂

  • Maria @ Scandifoodie
    Maria @ Scandifoodie
    April 19, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    This sounds so aromatic and tasty! Gorgeous recipe!

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    April 19, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Oh that is just scrumptious!! Everything that’s in it is yummylicious!! What a beautiful meal… didn’t think that rice could look that good! 🙂

  • Candace
    April 19, 2011 at 7:25 PM

    Omygoodness! This looks fabulous! I don’t know what some of the things are that you added; but I just know that it would taste fantastic. I would love to give this a try. I’m going to have to Google some of the ingredients to see what they are to see if I can find them around here. I absolutely love the photos that you have taken to go along with the recipe. The one of the tomatos is my favorite. Thanks so much for stopping by to see me today and calling my attention to your blog. I’m going to look around some more at your wonderful recipes and add your blog to my Reader so that I don’t miss a thing. Have a great week, Candace

  • Alice
    April 20, 2011 at 2:09 AM

    This looks yummy. I don’t always need rice as an accompaniment, but sometimes it is the best comfort food – always so filling and nourishing. Thank you for sharing such a flavourful recipe.

  • tinytearoom
    April 20, 2011 at 6:17 AM

    I tried to make a tomato rice from a cookbook and it turned out bland. This looks full and flavour and life. I love it. I’m keeping ti in min for the next time I need to make tomato rice.

  • nisha
    April 20, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    tomato rice is one of my absolute fav one pot meals…

  • rebecca
    April 20, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    love tomato rice my hubby is Indian 🙂 and yep its amazing how much Indian mums cook

  • Suman Singh
    Suman Singh
    April 22, 2011 at 3:50 AM

    Hi Kankana,
    My mouth is watering just looking at your pics..I love tomato rice and this look great and delicious..I can’t tell you how much I wish I was your next-door neighbor. 🙂

  • Jason@JLHealth
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    April 22, 2011 at 6:36 AM

    I am going to have to research some of the ingredients Kankana but I definitely want to make this. Rice is an important staple in my home.

    Great post and thanks for posting and hosting at the hearth and soul hop.

  • Jennifer (Delicieux)
    Jennifer (Delicieux)
    April 23, 2011 at 7:01 PM

    This looks so tasty and aromatic. I love the combination of all of the spices, I can just imagine how delicious this would taste. Beautiful photos too.