November 27, 2006


I first tasted this dish at one of our potluck parties here.It was made by my friend Ramya.This has become one of our favourites,as it is very easy to prepare too.I use my measuring cups for all my recipes as it is easy for me.

Ingredients:1 cup raw rice

1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes(about 3 medium sized tomatoes)

2 tbsp coconut powder or grated fresh coconut

2-3 green chillies,slit lenghwise

1 tsp fresh minced/grated ginger

1 tsp fresh minced/grated garlic

1/2 cup chopped onion(one medium sized onion)

1 tbsp garam masala

2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cumin seeds/jeera

1/2 tsp mustard seeds/rai

a few curry leaves

Method: Cook the rice seperately in a cooker.A soon as the pressure is released,take it out and fluff up the rice with a fork.

Heat 2 tbsp oil in a thich bottomed pan.Add the mustard and cumin seeds.Let them splutter,then add the ginger and garlic .once they lose their raw smell,add the chillies,and the onions.Fry the onions till they turn transparent.Now add the chopped tomatoes.I like to use a combination of cherry tomatoes and salad or plum tomatoes as the cherry tomatoes impart a slight tanginess to the dish.

Let them cook with a lid on until the tomatoes are cooked and soft.Add salt and the garam masala.Cook for i more minute, then add the coconut and curry leaves.Mix well and pour over the cooked rice.Mix well and serve hot with raitha.


Sia's corner said...

hi vini,
i often make tomato rice but never added coconut... usually i add whole masala(cloves, cinnamon, cardamom)+pepper powder... will try ur recipe next time when cook tomato rice.. thanks girl:)

Vini K said...

Hi Sia,

I use garam masala for this purely for the sake of convenience.Whole masalas add a lot more full bodied flavour, and I use them in other pulaos whenever I make them.Have a nice day,dear.:-)

Trupti said...

Great recipe...this is so easy! perfect for busy lives....nice picture!


Vini K said...

Hi Trupti,

Thanks.Yes,it is often on my menu for my husband's lunch box as well as for one pot dinners.

Lakshmi said...

Hi Vini, tomato rice looks so good.

Nidhi said...

Wow, what an easy recipe of making tomato rice and the addition of fresh coconut to it is absolutely different.

Thanks for sharing.


Asha said...

Beautiful color, I always add coconut too:) May be it's weird but tastes good.Thanks for delicious recipe.

Check out my goodies if you have time.New post will be tomorrow:)

swapna said...

Hi vini

nice looking tomato it very much.nice decoration.

Vini K said...

Hi Asha,you know,I think the addition of coconut makes it much mre interesting.My SIL adds mint to it.and she cooks the raw rice directly along with tomato paste..It tates more like biryani to me..but that's me hehehe.Added a comment to your century-making comment list!hope you can find it...:D

Swapna,thank you.

Vini K said...

Hey Nidhi,

Yes,addition of coconut to tomato rice was nwe to me too,until my friend made it once.I will be forever indebted to her because I like it so much I make this when I don't know what else to make!

Latha said...

Hi Vini,

Just y'day i tried eggless nankhatai from your recipes and today tomato rice. I added coconut powder and it was awesome. I don't think grated coconut will give a similar taste;) i know that hereafter tomato rice will be made only in this style at our home:)

Vini K said...

Hi Latha,thank you so much for your womderful feedback:)I agree with you,don't know about how grated coconut will taste but dry coconut is absolutely fabulous:)