Tomato Rice

I was just wondering how fast time flies. The summer vacations for the kids are almost over. They gear up for their next term at school from Sunday onwards, which means that my routine also goes for a change. Now starts early sleeping, early waking up, racking my head over the snack box and breakfast, uniforms, books, studies, traffic, etc… the 18 hours awake will be a test of patience! With two going to school and with different timings, it gets all the more difficult. Without my usual support of parents around, it is time for me to set up schedules and have time tables for each and every activity from now on for the kids and myself. Both of them are excited about going back to school with their books and to meet their friends, which is such a relief, however the thought that Rasha will be having her exams in a couple of weeks time and that she has not touched any of her books during this vacation gives me a lot of goosebumps. She is just in grade 2 and I really hate to push, unfortunately, marks and grades are all that matters these days and I don’t feel like wanting her to feel left out or behind from her classmates. Maybe I just should take a deep breath and take things as it comes…


Making a simple lunch is a challenge in our home, especially since we are so used to umma’s routine of matta rice, curry, fish fry and pappadam. Being a working mother, I make such elaborate lunches only during weekends and resort to quick fix meals over the other days. One rice I love to have is tomato rice, as it pairs well with almost everything – a simple vegetable stir fry or the previous day’s chicken curry. Off to the way I make it…



Tomato Rice

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 2 cups basmati rice cleaned, soaked in water for 15 minutes and drained
  • 2 large tomatoes chopped
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 3 green chillies
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 4 shallots sliced
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 3 cups hot water
  • Salt to taste


  • Grind the ingredients under "for grinding" into a smooth paste and set aside.
  • Heat oil and splutter cumin seeds. Add the garlic paste and curry leaves and saute briefly.
  • Add the shallots and saute till transparent. Add the ground paste and cook till the raw smell is gone.
  • Add in the powders and cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the water, allow to boil. Now add the rice and adjust salt.
  • Keep on high flame till the water comes to a boil again.
  • Minimize the flame, close the lid tight and cook till the rice is done.
  • Give it a gentle mix before serving. Serve warm with a spicy veg or non-veg side dish of your choice!

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    1. Thank you so much Remya…

  1. I can't even imagine how difficult it can get to manage 2 kids and a full time job.. hugs Rafee.. take care.. this rice sure looks like life saver..

    1. Maybe will get adjusted with time dear… thanks a lot Pankthi…

  2. Heard of it a lot.. never tried! Will definitely try some day IA πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Haffa… πŸ™‚

  3. Good luck and love to cutie pie rasha for her exams my dear πŸ™‚ this tomato rice is awesome i am loving it, shall try , its truly worth trying πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Monu… πŸ™‚

  4. I know all mummy's doing 24/7 job, best wishesh to your daughters exams ……. Tomato rice looks tempting, love it!!

    1. Thank you so much Sony…

  5. Hats off to you, yeah that must be difficult to manage. :(. Best wishes to Rasha and tomato rice sounds delicious.

    1. Thank you so much Rashida…

  6. This is my all time favourite variety rice. I can never get bored of it.

    1. Thank you so much Sona…

    1. Thank you so much Beena…

  7. Oh I cannot even think how hectic it is for u.
    Tomato rice is my favorite too.I never bother to serve a solid curry with it . It is always a chutney and papadam and an achar may be. πŸ™‚

    1. Exactly! Even I don't have any sides with it… πŸ™‚ Thanks a lot, Meena…

  8. prefect lunch box, love simply with some fried potatoes..

    1. Thank you so much Priyaakka…

  9. Ohhh Rafee.. I was reading ur post and I was like OMG …If I thought life was going to be easy once Jordan starts his school then I was wrong…he he… Njan evide evane vechonde erunnu kshinnikunnu… I can't even imagine ur life…job , household chores, making kids do the homework, everyday blogging ….how ? how ? how do u do it, super woman…

    Tomato rice adipoli…I am in search of easy and variety recipes that I can make these days… u just gave me an option for tomorrows lunch πŸ˜€

    1. Just managing Anupa… till I am able to take the stress and keep up the pace! πŸ™‚ Thanks a lot dear…

  10. After two weeks it will be smooth….everthing will come under control. ..
    Very tasty rice….perfect for me. ..

    1. InShaAllah… thanks a lot Resna…

  11. Best wishes yp your little one.. Comfort food

    1. Thank you so much dear…

  12. yummy rice..nice pic.

    1. Thank you so much Usha…

  13. Tomato rice …mmm…brings back the good old memories of hostel life.

    1. Thank you so much Shibi…

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