Thursday, December 3, 2009

Tomato & Spring Onion Rice

Each one of us have a handful of dishes which we can cook even in sleep. We have made them over and over so many times, we do not need to stick to any specific recipe. We know how much of what goes into the dish, where the ingredients are available, etc etc. We can cook even with the lights off!!

This tomato rice is one such a recipe for me. Utterly easy yet absolutely tasty – it can be put together in 15 – 20 minutes flat! It requires just a few ingredients, mostly seen in our pantry. This recipe is from my mom. Her usual tomato rice has onions instead of spring onions. Here, I have used spring onions since I had them handy. They added beautiful colours to my tomato rice!

Ingredients (serves two)
  • Raw rice (any variety): 1 cup
  • Water: 1 + ¾ cups
  • Onion (large): 1, sliced fine [or] Spring onions: 6 - 7 sprigs, finely chopped
  • Tomatoes (slightly bigger than medium): 4, sliced
  • Green chillies (optional): 1, chopped
  • Garlic (optional): 3 – 4 pods, sliced
  • Turmeric powder: ½ tsp
  • Chilli powder: ½ tsp or to taste
  • Salt: to taste
  • Garam masala: 1 tsp
  • Cashews: 5- 6
  • Cloves: 2
  • Cinnamon: Small bit
  • Cardamom: 2
  • Bay leaf: Half of one leaf
  • Jeera: 1 tsp
  • Corriander leaves: to garnish
  • Oil: 3-4 tbsp

  • Wash the rice well. Drain water and keep aside
  • Chop all the vegetables and keep them handy
  • Take a pressure cooker
  • Add oil
  • Finish off with the tadka of cashews, cloves, cinnamon, bayleaf, cardamom and jeera
  • Now add the green chilli, garlic and spring onions. Sauté till they are slightly brown
  • Once done, add tomatoes
  • Also add the salt, garam masala, chilli powder and turmeric powder
  • Sauté for a about 2 – 3 minutes
  • Now add the rice and sauté gently for another three minutes.
  • Add 1 + ¾ cup of water
  • Close the cooker with the weight on. Keep it on medium flame. Once three whistles are done, let it stay on a low flame for 2-3 minutes
  • Switch off after two minutes
  • Once the pressure is released, mix the rice, adjust salt and garnish with coriander leaves
  • Serve hot!

1 comment:

  1. Shobana, wonderful recipe.... Instead of rice I have used broken wheat... it was very yummy..... thanks dear..



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