Feb 7, 2009

Tomato Rice

Tomato Rice is my favourite dish. I use my Rasam Powder for making Tomato rice instead of Masala powder (coriander powder + Chilly powder). This receipe is based upon my way of making Tomato rice. The ingredients are as follow.

Ingredients :-
  1. Basmati Rice (or Regular Rice) - 1 cup (measuring cup)
  2. Tomatoe - 4 (Chopped into cubes)
  3. Onion - 1 (finely chopped)
  4. Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  5. Rasam Powder - 1 tsp
  6. Green chillies - 1 (add or reduce the number acc. to the quantity of Rasam powder cos it has chillies and pepper)
  7. Ginger - a small piece
  8. Salt to taste
  9. Cashews - 5 (acc to taste)
  10. Oil - 2 tsp
  11. Unsalted butter - 1 tsp
  12. Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  13. Urid Dal - 1/2 tsp
  14. cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
  15. Asafoetida - one pinch
  16. Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp
Soak the rice in water for 10 mts. Cook the rice in a pressure cooker upto 2 whistles. Do not over cook the rice. keep it and let it cool. In the mean time, take a wide pan, pre heat the oil and butter, add mustard seeds, when it splutters add urid dal, cumin seeds and cashews to it and saute for a minute. Now add green chillies, onion to to it and stir it for another one minute. Add the cut tomatoes to it and now add turmeric powder, rasam powder (can be replaced by coriander powder+chilli powder) and salt to it and let it cook in the medium heat. Now add the cooked rice to it and stir it carefully. Do not mash the rice. Garnish it with coriander leaves.

If you need the tomato rice, more spicy, can also add a cinnamon stick, 1 clove, 1 cardamom and 1 bay leaf in the seasoning mixture(mustard seeds, cumin seeds, etc..)
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