Tomato Rice Recipe

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This Tomato Pilaf or Tomato Rice Pulao recipe is yet another one-pot recipe that can make your weekday cooking so much easier.

In my house, while I am a chapatti fan, hubby loves rice. So much so, that if he hadn’t some for lunch, he would definitely have some for dinner.

So, on those days when I know he hasn’t been lucky enough at his lunch, I try to make some rice based dish for dinner. Oh, no! I never have that. Rather I save it for my lunch next day.

Easy Dinner Recipe for Busy Parents

We share household chores. BIG TIME!! Although, S returns home late, on most of the days (downside of working in a marketing agency, no fixed working hours) he tries his best to lend me a hand.

After Aria was born and our parents left, we had to build ourselves a schedule of what to-do and when. For instance, on most of the days, he makes our morning tea and our breakfast before leaving for office. Meanwhile I feed Aria and start preparing for our day. This includes cooking her meals, preparing her bath and the sundry.

After he comes home, either he cooks our dinner or while I cook, he takes care of Aria, feeds her dinner and helps her sleep.

Having easy one-pot dinner recipe helps manage everyday life or we would end up surviving on ordering in and takeaways!


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Coming back to Tomato Rice or Tomato Pulao recipe, it is Vegan, Gluten-free, Vegetarian and no-fuss recipe.

I looked up on internet, and I saw tomato rice recipes that include a slight variation to this. So, I am not going to claim that my version is authentic, but this is how my family makes it and how we have enjoyed it on special occasions when it would be a part of festive menu.

Special Rice Recipes for Festive Occasions

No points for guessing that rice is very important to us. So, no festive meal would be complete without some fancy rice dish that would complement the side dishes.

Here, I have some quite unusual rice recipes along with the regular ones which can let you have some ideas for your party menu.

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Tomato Rice Pulao Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins

This tomato Pilaf or Tomato Pulao recipe is yet another one-pot recipe that can make your weekday cooking so much easier.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Gluten Free Recipes, Indian Pilaf Recipes, Rice Dishes, Tomato Recipes, Veg Pulao Recipe, Vegan Recipes
Servings: 3 People
  • 1 cup Basmati Rice
  • 5 medium sized Tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp Refined Sunflower oil
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp Meat Masala
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped Coriander leaves
  • 2 cups Water – lukewarm
  1. Chop the tomatoes and blitz them into a smooth puree
  2. Wash the rice and allow them to strain on a sieve
  3. Heat the oil in a pan and temper it with cumin seeds
  4. As they splutter, pour the tomato puree. Season it with salt and fry it on medium-low heat till it dries up, darkens in colour and starts releasing oil at the edges.
  5. Now, add the meat masala and fry for couple of minutes
  6. Add the washed rice and water
  7. Give it a gentle stir, making sure that tomato spice mix has dissolved completely
  8. Cover the pan with a lid and let it simmer for 15 mins or so. Once the water as been absorbed completely, turn off the heat.
  9. Using a fork or chopstick, fluff the rice and let the steam escape. This would make the rice non-sticky
  10. Add the chopped Coriander leaves and serve hot

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Indian Food Blogger Priyanka Bhattacharya

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A passionate home cook and food lover who loves nothing more than sharing my favourite recipes with the world.


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