Tomato Rice with Anjum Anand

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If I take you for walk into my past , H would merely run away with the very mention of Tomato Rice.. in fact any one pot meal containing tomato as the primary vegetable…A saga is associated along with it. Hence, for me to cook this rice platter and recreate a positive attitude in him, about it was quite critical..  Anjum Anand’s Tomato Rice just did the right thing ,threw in some twist from the regular tomato rice casserole and the boys wagon did pass on an affirmative response. Its a great dish that be eaten on its own or with some yogurt… A moist and flavour packed south Indian rice. _MG_0393 Largely adapted from Anjum’s New Indian INGREDIENTS:

Sunflower Oil3-4 Tblspn
Mustard Seeds1/2 Tsp
Cloves4
Cinnamon Stick2” long
Black Cardamom Pod2
Small OnionPeeled and sliced
Garlic2 Cloves , peeled and chopped
Red Chillies2 Nos
Turmeric1/2 Tsp
Garam masala1/4 Tsp
Fennel Seeds1 Tsp powdered
SaltTo Taste
Medium Tomatoes3 Nos chopped
Basmati Rice200 gm.
Grated Coconut3 Tblspn

DIRECTIONS:

  • Wash the rice under running tap water ,until clear and soak them until we cook the masala.
  • Heat the oil in a large non-stick saucepan. Add the whole spices,chillies and, once the mustard seeds splutter, add the onion and cook over a moderate heat until golden.Stir in the garlic,cook until the raw smell gets eliminated. Add the powdered spices and salt; cook for another half a minute. Stir it up, add the tomatoes and turn the heat up. Cover and cook for 5-6 minutes or until the tomatoes have softened.
  • Add the drained rice and stir-fry for 2 minutes along with the masala.Pour in 430 ml water and the coconut, give it a good stir and taste.Adjust the salt at this stage.
  • Bring to boil, then cover with a tight lid, turn the heat to its lowest setting and cook for 8 minutes or until the rice is tender. Turn off the heat, remove the cover and let any excess moisture evaporate.

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  • Serve hot for dinner or pack it up for your lunch box…

KITCHEN NOTES: The recipe called for Green Chillies , I have altered them with red. Its your choice to use whatever you like. Accordingly increase the spice content.

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Comments (37)

  • Looks really yummy and spicy Sandhya…Anjum Anand's recipe always rocks!

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  • Awesome recipe Sandhya..I would love to make this as there are tomato rice haters in my house as well and I hope that they will enjoy this rice.

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  • I watched her series every week when they showed and love her recipes as she makes it so easy to make them. Rice looks yumm.

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  • Thanks Sushma.. Its quite flavourable… AM glad I tried it..

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  • The tomato rice looks delicious..definitely my idea of comfort food. Anjum Anand is so passionate about cooking and can make it all look so easy and simple, used to love her show on tv.

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  • Looks truly yummy

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  • I can have these tomato rice at any time..looks really yummy and tasty Sandhya:)

    Taste of Saras Kitchen
    http://bsaraswathy.blogspot.com/

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  • Wow…love it….looks flavorsome and yum….

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  • ever reliable thakkali sadham served with a variation…addition to my recipes for tomato rice list…and a lovely picture that made me read the recipe again twice.

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  • An awesome recipe!! I have this book & loved the recipe..A nice & packed with more flavor than the regular tom rice 😉
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  • love the new look of the page sandy…great going!

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  • A great recipe. The rice looks absolutely delicious.

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  • Looks delicious Sandhya!

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  • love tomato rice and this little different recipe looks awesome. great presentation.

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  • lovely tomato rice looks yummilicious.

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  • I love Anjum and here recipes..Yummy rice ..

    Aarthi
    http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

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  • Beautifully presented nad clicked , it looks delicious.

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  • Yum yum,super inviting tomato rice..

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  • wow… tomato rice looks delicious… fabulous clicks..

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  • Looks like a fantastic recipe and love the photographs!

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  • Beautiful clicks and tomato rice dear..

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  • Flavourful and yummy looking rice

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  • Flavourful and yummy rice

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  • wow!!looks so delicious!!
    First time here & attracted to your captures…
    Midweek Fiesta

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  • A wonderful recipe! That rice must be really enjoyable.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  • You photos are gorgeous,Sandhya.Love the first one with perfect lighting.I'm all in for a one pot meal today as it's a weekend and might give this a try.

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  • Absolutely lovely.
    What amazing shots you have! The light, the composition makes that Tomato Rice all the more enticing. 🙂

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  • thanks for ur comments in my blog. tomato rice looks yummy n nice clicks .this was my fav childhood rice recipe tooo..hapy to follow u

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  • Looks delicious. awesome clicks. Will surely try 🙂

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  • I have seen some shows of Anjam anand. but never tried any recipes till now. I think I can kick off now. Simple superb rice.

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  • Tomato is not my favourite veg so when I tried tomato rice I was apprehensive but the tomato rice is awesome.it's a family fav now..nice clicks!!

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  • Beautiful clicks..Love this recipe 🙂

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  • yummy and delicious rice, nice clicks..

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  • Flavorful tomato rice sandy. This version sounds yum.

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  • Awesome recipe — not sure why I haven't tried making tomato rice before. Thanks for sharing!

    BTW, thanks for dropping by my blog 🙂

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  • Rice are Indian food. people eat from too interest…

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