Thursday, January 15, 2009

Tomato Rice


1 cup of cooked rice
3 chopped tomatoes
1 chopped onion
1 finely chopped green chilli
1 tsp finely chopped ginger
1/2 tsp mustard seed
1/2 tsp urad dal
1/2 tsp channa dal
3 tsp of oil
1tsp of chilli powder
A pinch of salt to taste
A pinch of turmeric
1tsp chopped coriander & curry leaves
Roasted cashews or peanuts

For seasoning, heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds. Once the seeds splutter, add urad & channa dal, chopped ginger, chillies, curry leaves. Finally add turmeric & hing. Add the onions and saute them for 3 - 4 minutes. Add the chilli powder and salt to taste. Then add tomatoes and cook until this reduces to a thick gravy. In a bowl, add cooked rice and slowly add this tomato mixture and mix well. Garnish with coriander & roasted nuts and serve. This recipe serves 2 people.

Tips: Nothing can go wrong with this. Always cool the rice before you mix. Make sure the rice is not overcooked and does not stick. Add 3 - 4 tsp of the tomato gravy first. Remember you can always add if any ingredient is less but never take it out :) .

Experiment: Wanna be creative
? Instead of the regular seasoning, add a bay leaf, 2 cardamoms, 2 cloves, a tsp of fennel seeds. Then add ginger garlic paste, cook until the raw smell goes off and add the onions and tomato. Add a tsp of garam masala powder and chilli powder and cook this mixture into a thick gravy. This spikes up an ordinary tomato rice to a yummy tomato briyani. Serve hot with raita.

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