Tomato Rice – Tamil Nadu Style


Tomato Rice - Tamil Nadu Style

Rice cooked in tomato gravy
Prep Time 45 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Cuisine Tamil
Servings 6 people


  • 2 cups Basmati rice washed and drained, keep aside.
  • 1 cup Tomato pulp or paste 1 medium can
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • Oil as reqd
  • 2 tbs Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Onion chopped
  • 3 pieces Cinnamon
  • 2 pieces Clove
  • 2 pieces Cardamom
  • 1 tbsp Garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Ginger finely chopped
  • 2 nos Green chilly
  • 1 tsp Red chilly powder as per your choice
  • 5-6 pieces Cashews soaked in hot water
  • 4 tbsp Fresh coconut grind coconut and cashews in the same water
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup Mint leaves shredded
  • 1/2 cup Coriander leaves shredded
  • 2 tbsp Curd
  • Lime juice from 1/2 of a lime


  • Heat oil in a non stick pan, add onion, ginger, garlic, chilies and spices. 2)When the oil separates, add tomato paste and chilly powder and stir for a while till oil floats on top. 3)Add cashew paste and cook, stirring.
  • Add salt, sugar, yogurt and lime juice and stir to combine. :- Check for seasoning.
  • Bring the heat down and when the gravy is about to thicken, remove from fire.
  • In an other pan, heat oil and fry the rice until it is heated through.
  • Add the rice to the gravy.
  • Carefully add hot water to the gravy till it stands 2 inches above the level of rice. Give it a stir.
  • Close the non stick pan with a lid.
  • Reduce the heat considerably (electric stove mark 1) and cook on simmer.
  • When all the water is absorbed, (about 20 minutes)remove from flame and let it sit for some time.
  • Open the lid, add the mint and coriander leaves and toss carefully.
  • :- Serve it with raita and pickle!!
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Response (1)
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    ANGEL February 6, 2013

    The recipe was lovely..

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