Tomato Rice / Tomato Pulav

Tomato rice is the dish on my menu card whenever I am lazy to cook and not in mood to order from outside. The recipe usually which I follow is very simple and quick... I will post that some other time.

Today, I post the recipe shared by my friend, Pooja Shenoy. Thanks Pooja, we loved this version, one grand meal with Tomato Pulav :)


Basmati rice 1 1/2 cup
Green peas 1/2 cup
Tomatoes 3 medium sized
Onions 2 medium sized
Cottage cheese or Paneer cubes  1 cup
Fresh Coriander leaves a few sprigs
Ginger 1 inch piece
Garlic 4-5 cloves
Cashewnuts 10 for garnishing
Ghee 2 tbsp
Cumin seeds 1 tsp
Red chilli powder 1/2 tsp [ the original recipe mentions 1 tsp]
Garam masala powder 1/2 tsp
Cloves 4
Cardamom 2
Cinamon 1 inch
Pepper 4
Salt to taste
I added little sugar [ original recipe doesn't add it]


Cook green peas till done. Clean wash and cook rice in salted water till done. Take care that the grains remain separate. Rinse the cooked rice in cold water and drain again. Spread on a large plate to cool. 

Wash and finely chop tomatoes and onions. Finely chop ginger and garlic. Grind the cloves, cardamom, cinnamon and pepper coarsely. 

Heat ghee in the pan. Add the cashews and roast them till golden brown. Remove and drain them on tissue paper. Now in the same pan, add cumin seeds, and when they splutter add the coarsely ground spice mix. Sauté till they change colour. Add the chopped onion and fry for 2-3 minutes. Add the ginger garlic and sauté further for a minute. Add the tomatoes, salt and cook on medium heat for two minutes. Add red chilli powder, garam masala and cover with lid. Cook on low heat till the tomatoes are completely mushy.
Add the cooked grean peas, cottage cheese, chopped coriander leaves and mix.Add the cooked rice and toss it gently and mix well. Cook till the rice is heated. Serve hot garnished with fried cashewnuts. Serve with your choice of raita.

Happy cooking !!!


  1. Made this today aparna...having it for lunch right now....simple and yet so delicious....thank you for this wonderful recipe :)

    1. Thnks Jayashri ...glad to get your feedback here,,, thnks to Pooja whose pics had tempted me to try this instantly and we too loved it ,,,thats why shared with friends and readers :)