how to make indian tomato rice recipe

Tomato Rice Recipe

A great side dish can transform a simple meal in to something really special. This tomato rice recipe is an easy one to put together and full of flavour.

Ingredients for Indian Tomato Rice

  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 2 medium onions
  • 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 4 medium tomatoes
  • 2 small green chillies
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 3/4 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 2 tbsps chopped mint
  • 2 tbsps chopped cilantro
  • salt as needed
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 cardamom
  • 1 inch piece cinnamon

How to Make Indian Tomato Rice

  1. Peel the onions and slice thinly. Heat oil in a pan,add bay leaf, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom. Fry for a few seconds to start the flavours developing and then add the thinly sliced onions.
  2. Saute the onions until they become soft and slightly golden brown.  Add the ginger-garlic paste and saute for another few minutes to cook the flavour a little.
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder, chilli powder, green chillies, mint leaves, half of cilantro leaves, salt and garam masala powder. Cook until the tomatoes have become really soft.
  4. Add the rice and 2 cups of hot water. Cover and simmer on low heat for about 20 minutes or until liquid is gone and the rice is cooked. Add a bit more water and continue to simmer if the rice needs extra cooking.
  5. Garnish with the remaining cilantro leaves and serve hot.

More About This Recipe

The turmeric brings earthy amber tones to the rice and many benefits to our health!  A root that has been used for centuries for it’s medicinal properties and still is a key component to both the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine.  Did you know that Turmeric is used for the following? : –

  • As an Anti-inflammatory. Turmeric’s yellow pigment has been shown to demonstrate a large amount of anti-inflammatory activity, helping conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and joint stiffness.  It can also help with bruising and localized pain.
  • As an Anti-oxidant. Studies have shown this root to be a great aid to protecting healthy cells from free radicals that can damage cells.
  • To Inhibit Tumour Growth. The curcumin found in turmeric can help the body to destroy mutated cancer cells.
  • To Fight Cancer. Turmeric has some encouraging evidence that it can fight tumours arising from prostate, breast, skin, colon, stomach and liver.
  • To Help Prevent Heart Disease. Turmeric can lower cholesterol and prevent clogging of arteries.
  • To Aid Brain Health. Alzheimer’s and Multiple Sclerosis have both been shown in studies to have been greatly reduced by the curcumin found in turmeric.
  • For Digestive Help. Used to relieve bloating and flatulence.


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