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…
- 2 cups basmati rice cleaned, soaked in water for 15 minutes and drained
- FOR GRINDING:
- 2 large tomatoes chopped
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 3 green chillies
- FOR REST:
- 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!