Tomato Pulao is a simple and easy to prepare, colourful pulao which could be made in a jiffy with the ingredients available in your pantry. I have earlier shared the Tomato Rice/ Thakkali Sadam which is a Tamil Nadu special variety rice often prepared at every home. This is another variation which i had tried at home after marriage. We love the garam masala flavour in rice than the mustard seasoning. So i tried the tomato rice with garam masala flavouring and eversince it has become a dish that is now often prepared at my home. This pulao could be prepared with the leftover rice too. The ultimate recipe to make for kids lunch box too.

Spicy tomato pulao

Basmathi Rice- 1 cup
Oil- 3-5 teaspoons
Cinnamon bark- 2, cloves-3, cardamom-4, bay leaf-1.
Onion, chopped lengthwise- 2 medium
Green chillies, slit-1
Tomatoes- 3 medium
Ginger garlic paste/ crushed- 2 teaspoons
Chilli powder- 1 teaspoon (Use Kashmiri chilli powder for more colour)
Garam masala powder- 1/2 teaspoon
Salt- to taste
Coriander leaves, chopped- 2 tablespoons

  • This pulao could be made in absorption method either by following the same procedure by adding two cups of water on the tomato gravy prepared or pressure cooking for 2 whistles.(If the rice is not prior soaked), 
  • There is also the third method to follow which is to half cook the rice with salt and drain the excess water; allow to cool by spreading in a flat plate.
  • Heat oil in a pan; add the raw garam masala spices cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and bay leaf.
  • Add the chopped onion and cook with a pinch of salt till it starts to become golden at the edges.
  • Now add the slit green chillies and ginger garlic paste; saute in that oil till the raw smell leaves.
  • Add the chopped tomato and cook till soft; add some salt and cook till mushy.
  • Add the chilli powder and garam msala powder; cook for thirty seconds till the raw flavour of the masala leaves. 
  • Add the half cooked rice and mix well. Add salt if required.
  • Sprinkle the coriander leaves and switch off the gas.
  • Serve with any raita.