Chettinadu Tomato Rice

Author: kittymatti / Labels:



Recipe Courtesy: Subhasini (my friend)

Tomato rice has always been the simplest and tastiest variety rice I have known.
Just add mustard, urad dal, channa dal, chopped onions, tomatoes, salt, chili powder, garam masala, cooked rice and it is done! Well, this is what I have known..
My friend Subha cooks awesome Chettinadu and Coimbatore style dishes. She gave this 'all new' Chettinadu style tomato rice recipe. It was so tempting and I made it the very next day!

Ingredients:
2 juicy round tomatoes
1 onion, 1 sprig curry leaves
1/2 tsp saunf/fennel seeds
3 red chillies
1/2 inch cinnamon
2 cloves
1 clove garlic(optional)
3 tsp oil
salt to taste, 1/4 tsp turmeric
1 cup Basmati rice
1 1/3 cups water

If the rice is starchy, soak rice for 1/2 hr. Drain completely.
Add some oil in a kadai, roast rice for a few minutes. and keep aside.
First chop onion finely and one tomato finely.
Grind together the other tomato, saunf, red chillies, garlic, cinnamon and cloves to a paste.
Add oil in a kadai. Add the chopped onions, curry leaves and saute till transparent.
Now add the chopped tomatoes and saute till soft.
Add the paste next.
Top it off with water and allow it to come to a boil.
Add sufficient salt and turmeric.
Add the rice into boiling mixture and keep in medium flame. Close and cook till done.

Note: You can also use the regular raw rice and cook the dish in a pressure cooker. Be careful to add the right amount of water so that the tomato rice is grainy.
This dish has no seasoning at all. That is the highlight :)

26 comments:

Padma said...

Looks delicious and very colorful :)

Priyameena said...

Looks Spicy and Yummy!!Thanks for sharing!!

Pavithra said...

Looking so yummy preethi.. I always love tomato rice that too.. Chettinadu style looking so delish and mouthwatering.

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Just love the color of the dish and the beautiful tomatoes in the background. Very pretty and yummy!

kittymatti said...

thnx pavithra, priyameena, padma and hcof

munchcrunchandsuch said...

I have heard abt this version and am sure it wud taste very gud as like in the pic .The tomoatoes at the back adds to the color in the pic.

kittymatti said...

thank u shubha

Priya said...

yummy yummy!

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

super.. will try very soon. why chop one tomato and grind the other? why not grind both?difference enna?

pls reply to my Q in my blog..

Dhanya said...

Looks so yummy. Luv the color of the rice. I have been looking for some chettinad recipes. Have bookmarked this recipe.

DEESHA said...

I love tomato rice, I shall definitely try the chettinad version of it ..

DEESHA said...

I love tomato rice, will definitely try the chettinad version of it

Ammu said...

Looks delicious. Lovely.

Subhie Arun said...

yummy yummy..my fav

Ushanandini said...

I love tomato rice! I wonder how heavenly this one tastes...! :)

Priti said...

Umm..thts yum...and cool pic

kittymatti said...

Thank u all sooo much!

ARUNA said...

this looks so colorful n awesome!!

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Looks very divine and yummy!!! lovely color here!!!

kittymatti said...

thnx aruna and ramya!

rads said...

You know that picture looks soo yummy I just wanna jump into my laptop n grab it n eat it like anything

Vrinda said...

wow..nice recipe for tomato rice,totally different..looks so spicy and yumm...

kittymatti said...

so sweet radhika, thnx dear , thnx vrinda!!

charanya said...

Tried this for dinner yesterday's dinner when I wanted something different yet simple! Smelled delicious while cooking and tasted even better. That little bit of saunf gave it that extra boost..

kittymatti said...

thank u so much cherry..Im glad! u made my day:)

Anonymous said...

Hi Preethi, I tried this out for dinner and it turned out tasty n filling!You have a great blog going, good work!

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