Tomato Rice

An easy one pot meal.. If you are pressed for time, try this really delicious dish which can be prepared in less than half an hour.. All you need is a raita as accompaniment.. I found this recipe on the Vahrevah site, an awesome site by Chef Sanjay with lots of culinary delicacies and explained in a really interesting manner…

There are many variations for Tomato Rice – using tomato puree alone, or a combination of tomato puree and coconut milk.. Another way, which is also shown in the Vahrevah site, is to saute the onions and tomatoes and add the boiled rice. I tried out the first method and the result was immensely gratifying.. So without further ado , here’s the recipe…

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  • Basmati Rice – 2 cup
  • Ghee or oil – 4tbsp
  • Cardamom -4
  • Cloves – 4
  • Cinnamon – ¼ inch piece
  • Bayleaf – 3
  • Cumin seeds – ½  tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbsp
  • Onion sliced – 1
  • Green chillies , chopped-2
  • Tomato  pureed – 2 cups (use abt 4 tomatoes)
  • Boiling water – 2 cups
  • Cashew nuts – 10
  • Coriander ,mint leaves  –  a handful


  1. In a heavy bottomed pan,heat 3 tbsp ghee or oil & toss in cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, bayleaf , cumin seeds. When they start to splutter add turmeric powder and saute.
  2. Add ginger garlic paste,onions,green chillis fry for few minutes.
  3. Add the rice and stir for 4-5 minutes
  4. Puree the tomatoes and add to the pan and mix with the rice.
  5. Pour the boiling water and salt to taste and cook on closed lid on medium flame.
  6. Meanwhile heat 1 tbsp ghee in a pan and fry the cashewnuts till golden brown.
  7. When the rice is cooked well add the fried cashews.
  8. Garnish with coriander and mint leaves.
  9. Serve hot with raita

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Mushroom And Corn Rice

It’s usually Vegetable Pulao for lunch (to make the kids eat their veggies without much fuss..)..  Came across this rice preparation with mushrooms in one of my favorite cooking shows on TV. Mushrooms and rice??? Interesting… Made it with minimal changes : incorporated oregano and parsley as they go well with mushrooms... Result:Son who is not a big fan of mushrooms asked me to prepare it for him again.. Now this simple yet appealing dish is a recurrent item in our lunch menu…

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Adapted from Magic Oven Show by Lakshmi Nair


  • Basmati rice, washed and drained – 1 1/2 cup
  • Boiling water – 3 cups (twice the amount of rice)
  • Butter – 2 tbsp
  • Garlic chopped – 4 cloves
  • Button Mushrooms , cubed – 15
  • Cooked corn – 1/2 cup
  • Parsley chopped – a handful
  • Oregano powder – 1-2 tsp
  • Pepper powder – 1-2 tsp
  • Salt – to taste


  1. Heat a thick bottomed pan and melt the butter.
  2. Add chopped garlic and saute till it gives a nice aroma.
  3. Toss in the chopped mushrooms and cook till the water from the mushrooms have dried up.
  4. Add the rice and saute on medium flame for 4-5 minutes
  5. Add the boiling water and salt and cook on a closed lid.
  6. When the rice is cooked, toss in the cooked corn and chopped parsley.
  7. Sprinkle the oregano and pepper powder.
  8. Serve hot… and treat your tastebuds 🙂