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Feb 2, 2015

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Tomato Pulao Recipe
Tomato Pulao - Easy lunch box  Recipe with step by step pictures. Tomato Pulao is a quick, delicious and flavorful one pot meal that can be prepared in a jiffy. I saw this recipe from a cook book, Saiva Veetu Samayal by Chef Dhamu. This tomato pulao is entirely different from our regular tomato biryani or tomato rice or any Pulao recipe. I have tried lot of Chef Dhamu's recipes from tv channels but this is very unique and interesting recipe. This recipe takes less than 30 minutes and can be done in one pot. Really a saver recipe for those busy weekdays cooking and also an apt recipe for weekend special lunch. There's not much spices used and this recipe involves an unique cooking method. Without any further delay lets move on to the recipe...

Tomato Pulao
Tomato Pulao Recipe
Recipe Source : From a cook book,"Saiva Veetu Samayal"
Recipe Category : Main Dish
Prep Time : 5 -10 minutes | Cook Time : 20 minutes
Serves  4-5
  1. Basmati Rice  1 and 1/2 cup
  2. Tomato   3 no.
  3. Coriander leaves/cilantro   1/2 cup loosely packed
  4. Green chili  2 no.
  5. Black Pepper corns   12 or 15 no.
  6. Onion   1 large (thinly sliced)
  7. Garlic   2 or 3 fat clove(crushed)
  8. Ginger  1"small piece(crushed)
  9. Mint   2-3 tbsp (chopped)
  10. Cilantro   2-3 tbsp(finely chopped)
  11. Chilli Powder    1/2 tsp
  12. Turmeric Powder   1/4 tsp
  13. Garam Masala Powder    1/2 tsp
  14. Salt   to taste
To Temper
  1. Oil   1/2 tbsp
  2. Mustard seeds   1/4 tsp
  3. Cumin seeds    1/4 tsp
  4. Clove   3 no.
  5. Cinnamon   1" stick
  6. Bay leaf  1 no.
  7. Cardamom   2 no.
  • First wash basmati rice thoroughly and drain the excess water completely and keep aside.
  • Now grind tomato, cilantro leaves, black pepper corns, green chili to a smooth paste without adding water.
  • And now mix the ground tomato paste with washed and drained basmati rice and keep aside. Mix it gently and keep aside.
  • Chop onions, mint, cilantro and keep everything ready.
  • Then heat oil in a pressure cooker, when it is hot add the tempering ingredients one by one and fry well.
  • After that add crushed ginger and garlic, sliced onions, chopped cilantro and mint leaves and saute for 3-4 minutes or until onion turns soft and translucent.
  • And then add chili powder, turmeric powder and garam masala powder and stir fry for a minute.
  • Now add the rice that is mixed with tomato paste and gently stir fry the rice for 1-2 minutes.
  • Then add 3 cups of water(for 1 and 1/2 cup rice) and enough salt and cook in medium high heat.
  • Once the rice and tomato gravy starts boiling turn the heat to low-medium heat and cover the cooker with lid and cook for 1 whistle or cook until rice done.
  • If pressure cooked, wait till the pressure cools down and open the lid and fluff the rice with fork.
  • That's it..Tomato pulao ready. Serve hot or pack for lunch box with onion raita & Egg Fry.
I usually cook basmati rice with 1:2 rice & water ratio.
After adding water to the rice, cook in medium high heat till it boil, once it started boiling turn the heat to medium and cook till rice is done.
Or simply you can follow your own regular pressure cooking method.


  1. Very flavorful and delicious looking the idea of mixing the rice with the tomato coriander paste

  2. Grinding the coriander must be so flavourful 😊

  3. aromatic pulao and love the colorful, grainy outcome

  4. Rice looks really delicious and mind blowing.Chef damu a best cook right ?

  5. Replies
    1. Along with onions, sorry I missed it in the updated!

  6. Delicious tomato pulao.. Mixing the paste and rice sounds unique.. Nice clicks..

  7. Wow that looks very flavourful and yummy!

  8. wonderful recipe. Thank u for sharing.


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