Tomato Coconut Rice

When I prepared Methi Chicken some weeks ago, I also prepared a Tomato rice with coconut to go with it. Posting the rice recipe for all you flavored-rice lovers. Nothing fancy goes into the making of this one pot meal. Just simple ingredients, onions, a few spices, lots of tomatoes, some fresh coconut, and eventually basmati rice and finished off with fresh coriander. It’s filling and tastes much more indulgent than it actually is.

Tomato Coconut Rice

Tomato Coconut Rice

Prep & Cooking: 45 mts

Serves 4-5 persons



1 1/2 cups raw rice

10-12 curry leaves

1 clove

1 cardamom

1″ cinnamon stick

1 star anise

1 large onion, finely sliced

3 ripe tomatoes, finely chopped

1/2 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves

salt to taste

1 tbsp oil + 1/2 tbsp ghee

Make a paste:

1/2 tbsp coriander seeds, dry roast

1/2 tsp cumin seeds, dry roast

1 tsp saunf, dry roast

4-5 tbsps grated fresh coconut

1″ ginger

5 garlic flakes

3 cloves

1″ cinnamon stick

1 cardamom

1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

6-7 mint/pudina leaves

1-2 green chillis (adjust)

2 shallots or a small onion

1 Heat oil+ghee in a vessel, add bay leaf, clove, cardamom, star anise and cinnamon and saute for few secs. Add the sliced onions and saute for 4-5 mts. Add the chopped tomatoes and saute for 4 mts.
2 Add the ground paste and fry for 8-10 mts, low flame. Add salt to taste and combine well. Add rice and combine well and saute for a mt.
3 Add 2 3/4 cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce flame, place lid and cook till rice is done. Garnish with coriander leaves.
4 Serve hot with any curry of your choice or with just pickle and yogurt.

Tomato Coconut Rice

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

  •  tomato
  •   rice


When I prepared Methi Chicken some weeks ago, I also prepared a Tomato rice with coconut to go with it. Posting the rice recipe for all you flavored-rice lovers.
  • meeso

    This rice looks amazing, I have bookmarked… great presentation!

  • meena

    I am going to make this today for lunch. It’s snowing here right now. Perfect dish for this weather.

  • Cilantro

    Nice one Sailaja, the addition of coconut definitely makes a difference.

  • arthi

    rice looks tooooooo yummy:-)

  • purnima

    Nice recipe, thank u sailu garu and can u post the recipe for mushrooms?

  • sharmila

    the taste is yummy….

  • mrudula

    thanx sailu for posting a wonderful rice recipe..just one doubt, can we add coconut milk in place of scrapped coconut… becoz i seem to have run short of fresh coconut at the moment!!

    Yes, you can add thick coconut milk (a little less than 1/4 cup will do).

  • AshaLatha R K Prasad

    Looks really pleasing & delightful…


  • Jayashree

    I loved this recipe & actually tried it too ! Of course, it lived up to the expectation. Shall post it on my blog soon.

  • swetha

    Tried this recipie and it tasted delicious. No leftovers :). But Sailu, I never get rice dishes right. My rice was not fluffy. It was more like mashed up. I don’t know where I went wrong. Can you please help me with this.

    If using basmati rice, use 1 3/4 cup water for 1 cup of rice. If using any other long grain rice use a little less than two cups water for 1 cup rice.

    • Ramya

      Mine came out mushy too and I made it with sona masori… clearly not the rice for this? I am going to try basmati and coconut milk and see if it comes out right.

    • Smitha

      Hi sailu..even my rice didnt become fluffy. but the taste was really good. we loved it. i started trying ur dishes recently and they are too good.

  • foodgoddessonline

    love your recipes that remind me of my home in vizag however one criticism (constructive) for your readers who may not necessarily be indian… we are so used to literally translating from Indian can be confusing for non indians like for ex instead of raw rice you could say rice grains which is understood as uncooked…raw rice is absolutely non english…most blogs of indian origin have a problem catering to an international standard this observation as a asst professor of english (linguistics)that I am saying to you…of course you have a good standard of doubt about that.even most blogs translate green mangoes as raw aren’t sweet mangoes eaten raw too its just literal translation pachchi mamidi kaya,kachche kairi..etc..keep up the good work and i follow your blog which is so sincere in presentation

  • shilpi

    Hi I tried this tasted good but did not look like this..
    The color was green because of the mint and coriander leaves that were added in the paste.

    Is it that I did something different?

    • Sailu

      Try reducing the amount of mint and coriander leaves the next time you make it.

  • Deepa

    can i know which basmati rice you use?

    • Sailu

      I use “Kohinoor” Basmati rice.

  • jaya

    Thanks for this great dish Sailu. My kids finished all.

  • shirley

    i cooked this rice and it turned out to be yum,the aroma is very appetizing .thanks fa this awesome recipe.

  • bobby

    Have a section something named like – Bachelor’s Quickies… I liked this preperation to be made early morning and have some and pack some in my single section hot box. … only thing i wish i culd have a simpler option/version of the pastes and masala powder u make as i cannot afford to use my mixer when i am really running out of time