tomato rice recipe, how to make tomato rice | easy tomato rice recipe


this tomato rice recipe i learnt in my home science days and i still have the notes with me in my journal. i used to make this pretty often. a lot of tomatoes in the house and i was wondering to make tomato rasam or tomato soup or tomato rajma or what. couldn’t make up my mind.

then just thought to make a one pot meal without me having to cook rice or rotis separately and i knew what i had to make for dinner… this simple one pot meal with rice, tomatoes and capsicum.

tomato rice

i wonder why its called tomato rice and not tomato capsicum rice. in the sheets that were handed out to us it was called tomato rice. since it uses less numbers of capsicum than tomatoes, at least logically for me i also decide to call it tomato rice.

you can also check this tomato pulao recipe made using mix vegetables and tomatoes.

lets begin step by step tomato rice recipe

1. you will need fresh juicy red tomatoes. of course i know you know that, but i have to write something…


2. chop the tomatoes and green chillies and add them in the food processor or wet grinding jar.

green chili with tomatoes

3. add cloves and cinnamon

cloves cinnamon added to tomato rice

4. put ginger garlic in these

ginger garlic added to tomato rice

5. add coconut (fresh or dessicated)

dry coconut added to tomato rice recipe

6. finally add the cumin seeds/jeera powder

jeera powder added to tomato rice

7. and grind everything to a smooth fine paste

tomato masala paste

8. in a pan heat ghee or oil. add cumin seeds and let them splutter

frying jeera for tomato rice

9. add sliced onions

frying onions for tomato rice

10. i forgot to add bay leaves with the cumin seeds hence i have added them later when the onions were half cooked.

bay leaf frying for tomato rice

11. brown the onions

browned onions for tomato rice

12. and then add sliced capsicum

added capsicum for tomato rice

13. mix the capsicum with the browned onions and saute for 2-3 minutes

mixed capsicum for tomato rice

14. now measure the tomato masala paste in a measuring cup

measuring tomato masala paste in a cup

15. since we will be using 2 cups rice we we will need 4 or 4½  cups of the paste. i got 3¼ cups of the tomato masala paste. add the tomato coconut paste to the onions and capsicum mixture

adding tomato masala paste

16. add cleaned and washed rice

adding rice

17. i also added 1/4 cup of water. remember to add salt.

adding water to tomato rice

18. give the whole mixture a nice stir. cover and let the rice cook till its done. serve the tomato rice hot hot…

tomato capsicum rice

19. this tomato rice recipe is a yummy one… you will soon see the rice disappear slowly slowly.

tomato rice recipe

and soon disappear more and more as soon as it is served.

tomato rice recipe

tips for making tomato rice:

  • if you want a more mushy rice add more water. thats what i did. i added 2 cups water later to get a mushy and soft texture.
  • use the same measuring cup that you have used to measure the rice.
  • you can also pressure cook the rice.
  • when the rice is cooking keep an eye on it by checking it with a fork so as to ensure that the rice does not stick to the bottom of the pan. add more water if the water dries up and the rice mixture looks dry.
  • to add more spice increase the quantity of green chillies.

if you are looking for more rice recipes then do check vegetable pulaohyderabadi veg biryani, saffron ricesouth indian mushroom biryani and kashmiri pulao.

tomato rice recipe details below:

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tomato rice recipe
tomato rice - simple one pot meal with rice, tomatoes and capsicum.
CUISINE: indian
INGREDIENTS (measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
  • 5-6 tomatoes
  • 1 large capsicum or 2 small capsicum
  • 1 large onion or 2 small onions
  • 1 inch ginger/adrak
  • 6-7 garlic flakes
  • ¼ or ½ cup fresh coconut or dry coconut
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds/jeera
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds powder/jeera powder
  • 3 cloves/lavang
  • 1 inch cinnamon/dal chini
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 2 cups rice
  • salt
  • water
  • coriander leaves and fresh coconut for garnishing
  1. slice the onions and capsicum.
  2. make a smooth and fine paste of the tomatoes, ginger, garlic, coconut, green chillies, cinnamon, cloves, jeera powder.
  3. clean and wash the rice. you can also soak the rice for 20-25 minutes.
  4. in a pan heat oil or ghee.
  5. fry the cumin seeds, bay leaves.
  6. add the sliced onions and brown them.
  7. now add the sliced capsicum and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  8. measure the masala paste in a measuring cup and add it.
  9. for 2 cups of rice you will need 4 cups of the paste.
  10. if the paste yield is less then add water.
  11. add salt and cover and cook the rice till its done.
  12. garnish tomato rice with fresh grated coconut and chopped coriander leaves
  13. serve tomato rice hot.

{ 31 Responses }

  1. teena says


    My MIL came home.Made loads of chicken n fish. So not cooking these days. But as u said, my fridge is loaded with tomatoes. So thought of making this yummy recipe. Only concern is i hope the combo of chicken/fish with this tomato rice goes well without affecting our digestive system. Any clue??


  2. Mohan Raj says

    Thank you so much. This is the closest to how my mother cooks tomato bhat! Most other recipes on the internet use chopped tomatoes which is not how tomato bhat is made in our home. Tomato is ground into a smooth paste with freshly scraped coconut and other spices. However one difference with your recipe is, we add red chilli powder while frying the tomato/coconut mixture which gives an awesome red colour once done. Also we add green peas while cooking the rice and skip the capsicum.

    The reason why we keep checking the rice from sticking to the bottom is the coconut added in the spice paste. And our tomato bhat is not that mushy.

    • says

      thanks for letting us know about the way tomato rice was made in your home. even i have seen a lot of recipes on the web and they use chopped tomatoes. but i think there are many variations and versions in a single recipe. it also depends on the home chef and what he or she prefers or likes. but to be honest, at home we prefer tomato rice this way. i made the rice mushy when i added the recipe. but at times i don’t make it mushy. adding red chili powder and green peas is a good suggestion. i will try next time.

  3. omana sasi kumar says

    hai…. I tried this… It is too good to hav……… Thanks for my today’s supper…..

  4. Anu says

    Dear Dassana,

    I tried this version of tomato rice today and it turned out very good. It’s the first time I’m having tomato rice with ground coconut. Sometimes I make a slightly different version, with coconut milk added, like about 1/3rd of total amount of water required. Since coconut is ground and added to your version, it gives a nice, a bit coarse texture after cooking and I loved it.

    Would be keep trying your recipes.

    Take care and keep going great


    • says

      thanks anu. the ground coconut makes a lot of difference. i have also made varieties of rice with coconut milk and they taste totally different. sure do try more of the recipes.

  5. Punya says

    Hi Dassana,

    I tried this recipe of yours and must say it came out brilliant. I had made it for my family potluck party, and it had everyone licking their fingers :p..I was showered with compliments and the best one came from my younger brother who told me that it tasted even better than how our mom makes it!!!

    Thanks,much for sharing this wonderful recipe :)

  6. suzzane says

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    • dassana says

      life is a rush in mumbai. i have been born and brought up in mumbai and i know how it is from my experience.

      sometimes i feel good that i do not stay in mumbai anymore. everything is crowded, there is rush everywhere, people are so time conscious, etc etc.

      and the mould problem :-)…. we have it in goa too…. in fact much worse than mumbai…. a tip for you to get rid of it…

      in the hardware shop, you get furniture wax, just apply the wax with a brush on the furniture and you won’t have the mould problem. that’s what we have done.

      and also a heart felt thanks for your positive and straight from the heart comments. i really appreciate it.

      i have made by blog into a multi site…. though have not put the tabs… as i did not have the time to write about self improvement and maintaining self composure or being organized. but the section has already been made a few months ago but with no content in it.

      so in a few days i will start to write about it in along with another section dedicated to photography.

      hopefully i have some free time with me now… if no other projects come underway..

  7. priya says

    nice recipe, its somewhat different from my way, surely will try.
    i have a question in your home made butter recipe, pls help, where i went wrong.
    on seeing ur recipe i thought i can enjoy home made butter, but went wrong, my smooth whipped cream did not turn into butter, i used mixie. (i used the cream collected at home and kept in freezer).

      • Preethi says

        Can we keep it for two days and eat? Would it be good if we keep it in the fridge and eat for a couple of days?

          • Ash says

            Hi, if I am making just one cup of rice, do I half everything?

            I get a bit confused with the water for the rice…would it be 1/8 of a cup of water instead of 1/4?


            • says

              yes, halve everything. you will add water when making the coconut paste. so depending on the amount of water added to the paste, you can then decide how much water to add for the rice. if you get 2 cups of paste for 1 cup of rice, then skip adding water. if not and you get 1 cup paste, then add 1 cup water.