Simple Tomato Pulao/Rice

I have posted my tomato and green peas pulao with coconut milk but today's recipe is a simple yet quick version of tomato rice.
As we liked the flavor and taste of this rice,my mom used to make this pulao for our lunch box atleast weekly twice along with some simple potato fry or raw banana fry.Now my son is a great fan of this rice and likes to have it with chicken fry.Here is the recipe for simple and flavorful rice..........


Basmathi rice1cup
Onion1no.(medium size)
Tomato3nos.(medium size)
Green chilly5nos.
Curry leaves1sprig
Garlic(thinly sliced)3-4 cloves
Mint leaves10nos.
Coriander leavesas needed
Chilly powder1/2tsp
Coriander powder3/4tsp
Gram masala powder1/8tsp
Saltto taste
For the seasoning
Cinnamon1inch piece
Bay leaf1no.
Fennel seeds1/2tsp
Star anise1no.


                             Soak the basmathi rice in water for 15 minutes and cook it along with a  pinch of salt and a tsp of oil.Once the rice is done spread it on a plate and let it cool.
Heat a pan with oil and ghee and do the seasoning with the whole garam masala and cashews.Add the onion,green chilly,garlic,curry leaves and saute till transparent with a pinch of salt.Now add in the finely chopped tomatoes and cook it mushy.
Once the tomatoes are cooked add the powders and fry it for a minute,sprinkle 2tbs of water and cook it till the raw smell goes away.Add the coriander leaves and give it a mix.Put off the stove.
 Now add the cooked rice and mix it gently and turn on the stove and keep the mixed rice in a low flame for 5 minutes covered with a lid to incorporate the flavors.
Serve it with raitha,chips or fry.


  • A tsp of ginger&garlic paste can also be added for extra flavor.
  • Fresh or frozen peas can be used and some times I puree the tomato and added.


looks awesome and delicious..

Very flavorful tomato rice, looks inviting.

wow... looks adorable... can u pass the bowl plz...

woooww....estupenda receta saludable y sabrosa,abrazos hugs,hugs.

Looks great and full of flavour.

Hi Nalini,

Pulao looks Gorgeous !!!

Neat step by step presentation :)

Keep on Dear..Requesting your regular support Nalini:)

delicious and flavourful rice, nice clicks dear :)

Love ur clicks.cute presentation.happy to follow u dear.

The recipe looks incredible! Making me hungry :)

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