Today i have for you all one easy,spicy and tangy pulav variety that is best for the days when you want to cook something tasty in a jiffy. Its ” Tomato Rice / Tomato Pulav ” – one of the best lunch box items. This dish remains to be one of my childhood favorites and now its my kids favorite too..Pair it up with some raita.. a bowl of hot steaming Tomato Rice is all gone..That’s how flavorful and delicious it is…

I am sure many of you know how to prepare this simple Tomato rice. There’s a different version for every family . i too in fact make tomato rice in 2-3 ways. We can make a bhaji kind of and later mix it with precooked / left over rice or cook everything together in 1 shot using pressure cooker.In the cooker method also i have two recipes.One is the grind and other is the no grind.Today i have the easiest quickest no grind one pot meal method of making tomato rice for you all.Next time some other method.So are you ready to make a note of it ? Here we go …


Smitha Kalluraya
Course Main Course
Cuisine south indian
Servings 2 serving


  • 1 cup Basmati Rice /Any normal rice
  • 2 cups Water, ( if using normal rice )
  • 2 big size Ripe juicy Tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 big size onion, ; sliced long
  • 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 small ones Green Chillies, slit
  • 1/4 cup Mixed vegetables ( beans, carrot, peas etc ), chopped
  • a handful Coriander leaves, - chopped finely

For the seasoning

  • 3 tbsps ghee / oil / oil +Ghee mixed
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds Jeera
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds saunf
  • 2 cardamom elaichi
  • 1 inch piece Cinnamon/ dalchini, "
  • 4 - 5 Cloves/ Lavang
  • 1 Star Anise
  • 1 Bay leaf / tejpatta

Masala / Spice powders

  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric / Haldi powder  
  • 1 tsp Red chilli powder, ( as per your spice level )
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala powder, (optional)
  • 3/4 tsp Coriander/ Dhania powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin /Jeera powder
  • little Kasoori methi /pudina
  • Salt, as needed


  • Wash and soak rice in water for 20 mins. Drain water completely.
  • In a pressure cooker heat oil + ghee together. Once its hot, add cumin seeds,fennel seeds,bay leaf ,star anise,cloves,cinnamon and cardamom .
  • Once the cumin and fennel seeds splutter, add onion ,green chillies and ginger garlic paste. Fry nicely till onion turns light brown in color.
  • Next add chopped tomato and saute till they become mushy. ( add little salt while frying so that onion n tomato will get done quickly )
  • Then add turmeric powder,salt,red chilli powder ,coriander powder ,cumin powder ,garam masala powder and kasoori methi. Mix and fry for a min.
  • Add the chopped mixed veggies and drained rice. Mix.Saute for a min or two.
  • Finally add hot water and coriander leaves. Mix and taste test. Salt and spice level should be slightly on higher side at this stage. Once the water starts boiling,close the lid and keep the flame to medium . Cook for 2 whistles and switch off the flame.
  • Once the pressure releases ,gently fluff it up using a fork.
  • Serve the delicious Tomato pulav hot hot with any raita of you choice.


  • If you are using basmati rice ,cook for 1 whistle , keep on sim for abt 5-8 mins. Switch off. For normal rice , cook for 2 whistles on medium flame.Basmati rice will cook quickly. Also use less water for basmati rice.
  • Adding vegetables is optional. You can do plain too if you are in a hurry.
  • You can add sweet corn too.
  • If you want you can add soaked soya chunks ( nuggets ) too. Add it along with vegetables and saute for few mins.
  • Instead of kasoori methi you can add pudina leaves.

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  • Reply
    marudhus kitchen
    October 29, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Perfect tomato rice. …tempting

  • Reply
    Ree Kasirajh
    October 29, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Such a tempting and easy pulao

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    Shweet Spicess
    October 29, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Sometimes Im not tomato friendly!! But this rice makes me feel taste it 🙂

  • Reply
    nandoos Kitchen
    October 29, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    looks perfect and delicious..

  • Reply
    Eliza Lincy
    October 29, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Tempting Pulao.Tasty and also colourful

  • Reply
    Uma Shankar
    October 29, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Perfectly done!

  • Reply
    Sony P
    October 29, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Looks tempting and yummy pulav !

  • Reply
    beena stephen
    October 29, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Tempting yummy rice

  • Reply
    October 29, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    My fav rice 🙂 tempting !

  • Reply
    Aparna Datt
    October 29, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    was waiting for this from you Smitha. thaks

  • Reply
    Sathya Priya
    October 29, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Simple yummy rice .Guess it is Karanataka style

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    Gayathri Sathyanarayanan
    October 30, 2014 at 5:06 am

    Rice looks so yummy.

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    Rafeeda AR
    October 30, 2014 at 5:50 am

    I am feeling hungry looking at your tomato rice… yumm…

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    Poornima hegde
    October 30, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Tomato rice looks yummy..

  • Reply
    Anu Nagaraja
    October 30, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    delicious tomato rice

  • Reply
    Swathi Iyer
    October 30, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    tomato pulao looks delicious.

  • Reply
    Vibha Sp
    October 31, 2014 at 5:19 am

    very nice explained , luks spicy , i do diffrently we dont add vegs , am sure this way is also tastes great

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    November 1, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Yummy tomato rice ..looks so delish..nice color too

  • Reply
    June 4, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Just tried you’re recipe..was easy and tasty..as am new to cooking needed a simple recipe and this was it..thanks

  • Reply
    June 4, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Just tried you’re recipe..was easy and tasty..as am new to cooking needed a simple recipe and this was it..thanks

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