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Dec 3, 2013

Tomato Rice / Quick Tomato Rice ~ Easy Lunch Box Recipe !

Today's recipe is one quick, simple and easy to make Tomato Rice that is perfect for lunch box with some chips or any vegetable fry. I have already posted this recipe along with Homemade Ginger Garlic Paste post but then thought its a too lengthy post, so thought to share it here as a New post. This Tomato rice can be done with left over rice but for lunch box i recommend to try with freshly cooked & cooled Rice. This is my most favorite quick fix recipe and i love to add some masala powder to my tomato rice. Its sure gives nice flavorful and yummy rice.

Preparation Time : 5 minutes
Cooking Time : 15 minutes
Serves   2 generously

  1. Cooked Rice    2 cups(i used left over recipe)
  2. Onion   1 Medium (sliced)
  3. Tomato    2 large(chopped)
  4. Ginger Garlic Paste     2 tsp
  5. Green chili    2 no.s (slit open)
  6. Chili Powder    1 tsp or to taste
  7. Turmeric powder     a pinch
  8. Chicken Masala Powder    1-2 tsp(add any desired masala)
  9. Cilantro    1-2 tbsp (finely chopped)
To Temper
  1. Oil    1-2 tbsp
  2. Mustard seeds    1/2 tsp
  3. Cumin Seeds   1/4 tsp
  4. Fennel seeds    1/4 tsp
  5. Clove   2 no.
  6. Cinnamon  1" stick
  7. Chana dal n Urad   1/2 tsp each
  8. Curry leaves     few
  • Heat oil in a pan, add the tempering ingredients one by one and wait till it splutter n fry the dal golden brown.
  • Then add onion, green chili and saute for few seconds then add ginger-garlic paste, sprinkle little salt and saute until raw smell leaves.
  • After that add chopped tomatoes and saute until it turns soft n mushy.
  • Now add chili, turmeric powder,chicken masala powder and stir fry for a minute.
  • And sprinkle little water(less than 1/4 cup) and enough salt and bring it to boil.
  • Once it starts boiling, turn the stove to low heat and add cooked rice and mix it gently.
  • Then stir fry the rice with the tomato masala for 1-2 minutes.
  • Lastly add cilantro and cooked covered for a minute.
  • That's it...Tasty n Tangy Quick Tomato Rice Ready.

I used Aachi Chicken Masala, you can use any desired masala like, curry masala powder,Pav bhaji masala.garam masala and adjust the spices to your taste.
You can also add frozen peas, cooked beans or any legumes or mixed vegetables to this recipes n saute along with tomato n proceed. I have tried this way too, very healthy n filling one pot meal.
Adding Masala powder is optional, if you like it to be mild skip that or add sambar powder.

Linking this to Vardhini's Dish It Out - Tomato & Garlic happening @ Nalini's Kitchen.


  1. Thats a pretty bowl... Looks cute too

  2. Wow thats an nice way to use the left over rice looks so inviting :) stunning clicks dear !!

  3. hmm. very tasty lunch recipe. Easy to make too.

  4. make this often.. my son's fav.. he says thakkali biryani.. adorable clicks sangee.. :)

  5. wow... it looks so so tempting and my most favorite tomato rice aks... Very nice clicks...

  6. the rice does look really tangy...

  7. I prepare Tomato rice the same way..except for the chicken masala..I add Rasam powder instead..Lovely pics Sangee

  8. We do this tomato rice with the left over rice,looks so delicious.Perfect for lunch box.

  9. சூப்பர்ர்..பிடித்தமான சாதம்!!

  10. Love tomato rice. Mind blowing clicks.
    Thanks for sharing.

  11. A favorite in my house, next time will add one of these masalas..

  12. Blue props looks very royal Sangee. this recipe hits my lunch box most of the time.. :-)

  13. super quick one pot meal, ideal for lunch box, love the props as well!!!

  14. Tomato rice looks super delicious, Sangee. So easy to prepare and quick too.. By the way love your props and as usual, amazing clicks.. :)

  15. One of my fav meals, looks very delicious.

  16. Very inviting and irresistible rice platter. Very delightful one pot meal.

  17. Looks delicious, will try this for my daughter.

  18. love tomato rice anytime.very neat presentation

  19. Tomato rice looks simply dhool ;) my all time favourite you have made it so superb

  20. Good post. This rice recipe seems to be not just a good saver, but a hit for a lunch box too. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Very nice to eat lot of thanks

  22. Wow. It sounds too yummy. It is the easy way to make this tomato rice recipe. Last Sunday, I made this recipe in the same way as you list here. I added chicken masala in it. It is pretty good now

  23. Wow! The recipe of tomato rice is looking so tasty and delicious. The tomato rice is easy to prepare and can take only 20 minutes. Last Sunday, I made this recipe in the same way as you listed here. I also added chicken masala in it. It was pretty good. Thanks for sharing.

  24. wow !!!!!
    really quick receipee . now its easy to escape from kitchen very quickly. thanks .

  25. wow !!!!!
    really quick receipee . now its easy to escape from kitchen very quickly. thanks .


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