Tomato Rice

Tomatoes are abundantly available. Bought few kilos to prepare home made tomato sauce. I decided on tomato rice for lunch and prepared a flavorful rice dish that exudes the essence of tomatoes. A recipe I learnt from a Tamilian friend calls for roasted peanuts, a touch of asafoetida and a few roasted and coarsely powdered spices that include coriander seeds and bengal gram dal.

Tomato Rice

Prep & Cooking: 40 mts

Serves 4-5 persons



2 cups raw rice (cook such that each grain is separate, add 2 tsps of oil to rice and combine)

4 ripe tomatoes, blanch, remove skin and puree

2 onions, finely sliced

1-2 green chillis, slit lengthwise

large pinch turmeric pwd

For spice pwd: Dry roast and make coarse pwd

4 dry red chillies, de-seed, tear

1 tbsp coriander seeds/dhaniyalu/dhania

1 tbsp bengal gram/senaga pappu/channa dal

1/2 tbsp urad dal/minapappapu/black gram dal

large pinch fenugreek seeds/methi/menthulu

1/4 tsp asafoetida/hing/inguvva

For seasoning/tadka/poppu:

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

12-15 curry leaves

2 tbsp roasted peanuts

salt to taste

2 1/2 tbsps oil

1 Heat a tbsp of oil in a pan, add the tomato paste and cook till it forms a slightly thick paste (approx 10-12 mts).
2 Heat the remaining oil in a separate heavy bottomed vessel, add mustard seeds and once they splutter add the curry leaves, asafoetida and turmeric pwd and stir fry for a few seconds. Add sliced onions and green chillis and stir fry for 6-8 mts.
3 Add the tomato paste to the sauteed onions and combine. Add salt to taste and combine well.
4 Reduce heat, add the cooked rice, combine, sprinkle the spice mixture. Add the roasted peanuts and combine with the rice.
5 Serve hot with any curry of your choice or with just pickle, yogurt and appadam.

Tomato Rice

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

  •  tomatoes


27 thoughts on “Tomato Rice

    1. Hello Sailu,

      I made this tomato rice, and it was delicious, its true that picture is not doing justice… loved the recipe thanks for sharing

  1. Hi,

    Your tomato bhath recipe looks very pretty probably tastes yummy. Must try . We call it tomato bath. Why i am not able to connect to Taste of india site at all for the past 15-20 days to update my blog????? Please lemme know. With regards.

  2. Thank you for providing such a nice recipe, we immediately tried and it was excellent. can you provide us the recipe of home made tomato sauce please?


  3. i have always made tomato pulav…must try this soon…. regardless of what i thought of hostel food, thakkali saadam (tomato rice) was one of my favourites!!

  4. Your recipe was very yummy!Though I added the spice mixture, it tasted good without the spice too. Anyways, thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. hi Sailu
    Made this for lunch today and I have been making tomato rice for years now….was never satisfied with the taste until I tried your recipe….it was sooo yummy with some plain thayir…..
    thank you!!

  6. This is an amazing dish. It was very easy to make & served throughout our day out. My kid who is starting to eat common food that we make for all at home loved it. I avoided the onions & so it stayed fresh through out the day.Thank u so much Sailu garu.

  7. Hi Sailu garu,

    I made this dish today. My husband and one half year old daughter liked it. Thank you very much. Happy Diwali

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