Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tomato Pulao - Lunch box recipes

Mornings are always busy as we pack breakfast and lunch for our loved ones.The main question we all have is What should i cook today?? .This is one big head scratcher.There are days when I keep pacing around my kitchen and fridge wondering what to cook.That is when this tomato pulao comes to rescue. This is one of our favorite go-to lunch.It is a fragrant ,tangy and spicy pulao.

I made this recipe with juicy red plum tomatoes instead of roma tomatoes.It gave the much needed tangy kick to the pulao.

Red juicy plump tomatoes make this dish more yummy.

Ingredients :
  • Tomatoes - 4 large
  • Basmati rice /regular white rice - 1 cup
  • Water - 2 cups
  • Onion - 2 large
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1 tblsp
  • Green peas - 1/4 cup
  • Mint leaves - a few finely chopped
  • Coriander leaves / Cilantro - a few finely chopped
  • Oil - 4 to 5 tblsp
  • Red chili powder - 1 tsp or as per taste
  • Garam masal powder - 1.5 tsp
  • Salt
Spices :
  • Bay leaves - 2
  • Cardamom - 4
  • Cloves - 4
  • Cinnamon stick - 1 small
Tip : If you dont like the spices as whole in the pulao, this is what you can do.Fry the spices in oil for a min then carefully remove all of them from the oil using a spatula.Since we have fried them in oil the taste and fragrance remains in the oil too.You can enjoy its taste without it being stuck to your teeth.

Method :
  • Wash the rice and cook it separately in a rice cooker as usual.For basmati rice and water ratio would be 1:1.5 and for normal rice its 1:2 .Cook the rice separately.
  • Finely chop onions and tomatoes and keep them aside.Boil green peas separately.Drain and keep them aside.
  • In a large pan on medium heat add oil.Add the spices and fry them for about 30 sec.
  • Add the onions and fry them with the spices until they lose their raw flavor.Add ginger garlic paste and fry for another min.Add the chopped mint leaves.Fry until the mint leaves are completely wilted.Add the chopped tomaotes and fry until they turn mushy.
  • Add garam masala,red chili powder and saute for another few mins.Add the boiled green peas.Add more oil if required.Fry everything until oil separates from the gravy.Adjust salt and chili powder to taste.
  • Add the chopped cilantro leaves.Switch off the flame.
  • Using a fork fluff the boiled rice until they are loose.Add rice to the pan and gently mix.
  • Serve hot with fryums ,papad/chips.


  1. Yummy clicks.my favorite is tomato rice.tomato pulao is different i will try it :)

  2. Sounds different from the usual tomato rice... sounds really flavorful...

  3. Yummy rice and thank you for the tip!

  4. Nice recipe and lovely snaps. Thanks

  5. Thanks a lot everyone for leaving such wonderful comments :)