Quick Tomato Rice Recipe

4.8 stars from 6 ratings of Quick Tomato Rice Recipe

This morning my daughter had to leave home at 5.45 a.m. for her Math tuition (she is in the eleventh grade) and I hadn't planned anything for her lunch. She would attend her Math tuition class and then go to school directly, so both breakfast and lunch will have to be packed and given. Three days a week, when she attended tuition, breakfast would always be cheese or vegetable sandwiches . So that was not a problem.

As I was breaking my head about what to give her for lunch, I thought of this quick tomato rice recipe and decided on it as all the ingredients were readily available in the kitchen. I cooked half a cup white rice in the pressure cooker and as the rice cooked, got the other things ready.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: Serves 2 people roughly 150 g rice

Ingredients

  • 1 Onion big, finely chopped
  • 2 big tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic, slit lengthwise
  • 1/4 tsp. Mustard
  • a few Mint leaves (optional), chopped fine
  • a few Cilantro, chopped fine
  • a few Curry leaves
  • 1/4 tsp. Turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Sakthi biryani masala or any masala(spice powder)
  • 1/4 tsp. Asafoetida
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp. Salt or as per taste
  • 2 tsp Ghee (clarified butter)and/or oil
  • 1 number Bay leaf (optional)
  1. Cook 1 cup rice in 2 cups water for 2 whistles in the pressure cooker. Don't open the cooker for a good 15 minutes or until all the pressure is gone. As you wait for the cooker to be opened, you can complete the onion-tomato cooking.
  2. I used 1 tsp. ghee (clarified butter) and 1 tsp. oil in this recipe because I was preparing it for my daughter and I think youngsters can afford to eat fatty substances within a certain limit. If you don't want to use ghee, you can use any vegetable oil.
  3. Add mustard and asafoetida to hot oil in a pan. When mustard splutters, add garlic pieces (better if you cut it into pieces lengthwise) and fry for a minute before adding chopped onion.
  4. When the onion turns pink and transparent, chopped tomatoes may be added. At this point, add turmeric, chilli, salt and garam masala powders.
  5. If the mixture looks very dry, add a little more oil till all the ingredients are well mixed and ready to be added to the rice. Mix rice and the onion-tomato and you have tasty onion-tomato rice ready.
  6. I like this recipe because it is so simple and quick to prepare and something that my daughter (all youngsters generally love) loves to eat.
  7. I don't give my daughter any side-dish for this to school because she likes it that way, but if she is at home then she eats this rice with onion raita , a salad with chopped onion and yoghurt. This is a very cool recipe that goes well with any spicy dish. It is good for digestion. You can also eat the onion-tomato rice with potato wedges, wafers or chips.
  8. This recipe does not actually require 45 minutes because as the rice cooks, you can start cutting onion and tomato and keep the shallow-fried vegetables ready by the time you open the cooker. Waiting time (waiting for the pressure in the cooker to be released completely) is only more. So I could say that this dish can be prepared in 30 minutes flat.
Onion, tomato, biryani masala, curry leaves, cilantro and salt (garlic not shown in picture)
Onion, tomato, biryani masala, curry leaves, cilantro and salt (garlic not shown in picture) | Source

Method

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Garlic fried in gheeFry onion adding it to garlicTomato is added along with turmeric powder and curry leavesChilli powder addedFinal mixtureAdd cooked riceReady to serve garnished with cilantro
Garlic fried in ghee
Garlic fried in ghee | Source
Fry onion adding it to garlic
Fry onion adding it to garlic | Source
Tomato is added along with turmeric powder and curry leaves
Tomato is added along with turmeric powder and curry leaves | Source
Chilli powder added
Chilli powder added | Source
Final mixture
Final mixture | Source
Add cooked rice
Add cooked rice | Source
Ready to serve garnished with cilantro
Ready to serve garnished with cilantro | Source

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Rema, that looks so easy I'll be I could do it. :) Thanks for a great recipe for when I'm in a hurry or can't think of anything to eat.

Sending best wishes to you and yours,

bill


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Rema, my husband loves tomato soup and am going to try this one for him soon. Thank you for sharing a wonderful recipe here and have of course voted and shared too!!


mackyi 4 years ago

He Rema, this is what I call creativity! I love to cook sometimes I literally make something out of nothing! Not only is this tomato rice recipe easy to prepare, it's also colorful and healthy. Long grain rice, onions, garlic,tomato and the herbs that you have included in this recipe makes it a very healthy meal for kids and adults. Mixing all of this together makes this meal takes a longer time to digest due to extra fibers. This means one's glucose level will not suddenly spikes out of control --- good especially for the diabetics if they just go easy on the portion size.


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

A great recipe, I love tomatoes. Will try this out, thanks for sharing. Voted up.


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

So quick Bill! Lovely to see you here before anyone else. Thank you very much for all that you do to support me and my work. Very grateful to you indeed. Cheers, Rema.


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Hi Janine dear,

Thank you very much for all your kind words here. I wasn't sure how well this 'rice' recipe will be received by everyone on HP but considering that we can always do with a little change to our routine, I decided to put up the recipe. I am overwhelmed by the support you give me. Thanks again, Cheers, Rema.


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Hey Winston,

Good to see your encouraging and enthusiastic comment here. WOW! The way you have spelled out the healthy aspect of this food amazes me. Thanks for the useful info.Yes, rice makes you feel full quickly being a carbohydrate and we must watch our portion size when we eat this food. You are absolutely right on this count.

I do appreciate your great comment. Cheers, Rema.


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Thanks very much Nithya for your time. Hope you enjoy this dish. Cheers, Rema.


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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

I am a fan of anything that have tomatoes in them! I am fond of tomato rice. Your recipe is slightly different from my mother's as it included Sakthi biryani masala. There are many versions of tomato rice recipes due to different ingredients used, varying amount of ingredients added, etc. I would like to try your recipe soon. A clearly explained recipe hub with handy step-by-step photos and instructions. The final photo looked delicious!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up & shared both on HubPages & Facebook


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

This looks absolutely delicious!! Thanks for this lovely recipe.....and I'm a big tomato fan myself! Thanks for this, Rema! Shared, tweeted!


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Thank you very much Ishwaryaa for taking the time to comment here in a detailed manner. I mentioned Sakthi biryani masala for the simple reason that having it at home is very helpful to make all kinds of rice dishes including biryani. You need not add any masala too. Sometimes I just add chilli powder and coriander powder. It will give you a different taste.

The advantage with cooking is that you can try any number of variations and still get a good result. I love to try out different combinations and when this quick recipe turned out very tasty (certified by none other than my picky teenager), I decided to publish it.

Thanks dear for all that you do to encourage me by way of sharing and voting up. Cheers, Rema.


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Oh, that is very kind of you to say Michelle. Most people I know love tomatoes,they are so healthy and tasty. Thanks for the share and the tweet too. Cheers, Rema.


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

What a beautiful looking rice dish. I love tomatoes and rice and I make a Spanish version with spiced beef and lots of garlic. Yours sounds delicious, and I just happen to have some masala biryani in my cupboard. I know what's on for tonight's dinner! Voted up and stuff. :)


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Oh, that's great Sherri. I did see a rice recipe of yours recently and bookmarked it for reading later. It looked very colorful. I think that is the Spanish version you are talking about. I will have to look it up though I am a vegetarian. I can make my own variations with vegetables and enjoy it.

I am glad to hear that you stock up biryani masala; now there is so much of exchange between different cultures of the world thanks to the Internet, we are able to understand the other cuisines better. Great!

Thanks Sherri for your time and votes. Cheers, Rema.


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Rema, I think you're talking about the recipe for vegetarian red beans and rice I just published. It does have some tomato, which gives it a nice color, but it's mostly beans and no meat.

I agree with you about exchanges between cultures. I am so grateful for my online friends from India. I've learned so much from them. :)


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Rema,

Your recipe looks wonderful! I'm bookmarking your Hub so I can find it easily. Thanks for publishing it.


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

Sounds delicious and worthy of a try. Thanks for the great photos and recipe.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

It sure is delish and easy to prepare, Rema.

many votes as interesting


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Yes Sherri, you are right. Red beans and rice, yes. I checked the bookmarked hub just now and confirmed it. Very sweet of you to come back and tell me about it. Thank you. It is really wonderful to be a part of this loving community and I feel very happy about it. How I wish we could all meet up one day! That would be wonderful. Cheers, Rema.


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Oh, thanks Daisy for the feedback. Glad you liked it. Cheers, Rema


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Thank you Carol for your time. A visit to your end is overdue. Will be there soon. Very kind of you to visit my hub. Cheers, Rema.


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Thanks for your support as always Ruchira. Cheers, Rema.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

I love this recipe.. I am always looking for different ways to cook rice and I love tomatoes.

I am sharing this great recipe

Debbie


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europewalker 4 years ago

This looks so delicious. What a great mix of ingredients with the rice and tomatoes. Will definitely be trying this recipe. Thanks for sharing:)


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Thank you Debbie for your appreciation and the share. I am very glad you liked it. Cheers, Rema.


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Hi europewalker,

Thank you very much for the encouraging comment. I hope you do enjoy preparing and eating it as much as I did. Thanks for all the support. Cheers, Rema :)


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Rema, this is a great, quick meal suggestion. I wish I had some right now and it's past midnight here!


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Hi Dianna,

I hate to spend too much time in the kitchen because 24 hours don't seem to be enough to do all the work we want to do everyday , so I am always trying to find out how to finish cooking faster ha ha!

I think we are all in the same boat when it comes to working past midnight :)

Thanks Dianna for the visit. Cheers, Rema.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

What a great recipe, and I always wondered what ghee was! lol! my friend used to mention it, but I forgot to ask her what it was! voted up! nell


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Hi Nell,

I am glad I mentioned that ghee is nothing but melted butter. We get it ready made here but most prefer to buy butter and melt it at home. The aroma that comes out when the melting is complete is something that I love. Thanks for the visit and votes Nell. Cheers, Rema


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remaniki 3 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Hi Nell,

I see that all the comments are more than a month old and I wasn't able to reply as I have been away from HP during this time. I am sorry. Now I am back and am very glad to see your nice comment on this recipe hub. Thanks Nell for all the support. Cheers, Rema.


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Greensleeves Hubs 7 months ago from Essex, UK

Well laid out and illustrated guide to preparing this recipe Rema, which I'm sure will be very helpful for those looking to make it. Best wishes, Alun

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