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This is one of my favorites, so thought of sharing this as my first post….. This is one of the simplest rice variety. Easy to pack for lunch in busy schedules. Tomato_Rice Tomato_Rice_1 Tomato_Rice_2 Ingredients:

Basmati Rice : 2 cups

Tomato : 2 big chopped finely

Onion : 1/2 of a large

Ginger Garlic Paste : 1/2 teaspoon

Red Chili Powder : 1/2 teaspoon ( Replace with 3 green chili instead)

Coconut Milk : 2 cups(optional, replace by 2 cups of water)

Water : 2 cups

Salt : as needed

Cumin seeds : 1/4 teaspoon

Fennel Seeds : 1/4 teaspoon

Cinnamon Stick : a small one

Cloves : 2

Oil : 1 1/2 teaspoon


  • Finely chop onion and tomato.
  • Wash basmati rice and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan. When hot add cinnamon sticks, cloves, cumin seeds, fennel seeds.
  • When it crackles, add onion and saute for 2 mins.
  • Let the onion turn translucent, now add chopped tomato.
  • Saute till it smashes completely.
  • Now add red chili powder, salt and mix.
  • After a minute, add the washed and cleaned rice. Saute it for 2 mins.
  • You can either cook in pan, pressure cooker or rice cooker. I have used rice cooker.
  • Now transfer the contents to rice cooker, add water and coconut milk, mix.
  • Once it is cooked, add some cilantro leaves and garnish.
  • In case of pressure cooker cook for 3 whistles.
  • In case of pan, cook till rice is soft and fluffy.

Serve with raita or plain yogurt. You can use more oil in case you feel oil is less.