Tomato Pulao

Just adding tomatoes to a simple rice preparation would result in such a delicious change was my discovery when I made this dish for our lunch today. I wanted to keep it simple and just enjoy the rich tomato flavor in the rice! You might add onions, peas or any other vegetable of your liking.

Serves: 3
Preparation time: 30 minutes   Cooking time: 35 minutes

  • 1 and 2/3 cups basmati rice, washed, soaked and drained
  • 1 tsp jeera seeds
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 2-3 black cardamoms
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 1 medium tomato chopped
  • 4 tsp tomato puree
  • Salt
  • 2 ½ cups hot water
  • 4 tbsp oil

  • Heat oil in a heavy pan and add jeera, black peppercorns and cardamom pods. Stir a few times add curry leaves and rice. Decrease the heat and stir fry until the rice grains turn shiny.
  • Drop in tomatoes, puree and salt. Increase the heat, mix well and pour hot water. Give it a good stir, cover and cook over low heat until rice is fluffy and dry.
  • Serve hot with curd or curry of your choice.