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Tomato pulao | Easy tomato rice recipe

Super quick tasty tomato pulao prepared by cooking tomatoes on a pan with flavourful spices and mixed with cooked rice.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Breakfast, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 3
Calories 250 kcal



  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1.5 cups cooked rice
  • 1 tbsp oil or ghee
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cinnamon
  • 1 cardamom
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 onion
  • 2 green chilli
  • ½ tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 5 cashews (optional)
  • Few mint leaves
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • ¾ tsp salt (as per taste)
  • Few coriander leaves



  • Cook rice, let it cool down & set aside.
  • Wash and chop tomatoes.
  • Peel and chop onions.
  • Keep ginger garlic paste ready.


  • Heat oil in a pan; add the whole spices bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom.
  • Add chopped onions and green chillies with the whole spices.
  • Saute onions for two minutes to transparent color and add ginger garlic paste.
  • Stir the ginger garlic paste nicely in oil to remove the raw flavor completely.
  • Now add broken cashew nuts If you are using. This Step is optional. You can avoid if you don't have cashews.
  • Put some fresh mint leaves and saute.
  • Add turmeric and chili powder, mix well with the masala.
  • Put finely chopped tomatoes and cook well. And the required salt for this pulao at this stage. Salt helps tomato to cook fast.
  • When tomatoes become cooked and soft, add cooked rice and mix with the tomato masala gently.
  • Cover the pan with a lid and keep in low flame for 5 minutes.
  • After 5 minutes open the lid garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.



Tips:1. You can use Bangalore variety or the country variety to make this pulao.2. Country tomatoes are tangier than Bangalore variety hence use accordingly. 3. Add green chillies and chilli powder to suit your spice taste.


Calories: 250kcal
Keyword thakkali sadam, tomato pulao, tomato pulav, tomato rice
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