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Tomato bath recipe With step by step photos. Tomato bath is made with a ground paste of tomatoes, coconut, spices and herbs. Addition of this ground masala makes the rice really delicious and flavorful.

tomato bath recipe

This Karnataka style tomato rice is also called tomato rice bath. This is a delicious, tangy and spiced rice based dish. I learned this tomato rice bath recipe in my home science cooking classes and I still have the notes with me in my journal. I used to make this pretty often. The texture of rice in tomato bath is not separate like a pulao, but moist and slightly mushy.

To make this tomato rice bath, tomatoes and fresh coconut are ground with some spices and herbs to a fine paste.

The tanginess or sourness of the tomatoes is balanced by the addition of fresh coconut. You can even use desiccated coconut instead of fresh coconut. The addition of freshly ground spices, tomatoes and coconut give a really amazing taste to the rice. Sometimes I even add capsicum in the recipe.

The tomato bath recipe is easy and is a one-pot recipe. you can either make the entire recipe in a pot or in a pressure cooker. You can use basmati or sona masuri rice or any type of short-grained rice to make tomato bath.

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Tomato bath can be served Plain or with a side accompaniment of raita or salad or pickle.

How to make tomato bath

A) soaking rice:

1. Rinse 1 cup rice very well in the water a couple of times. Then soak rice in enough water for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes drain all the water and keep the rice aside. You can use sona masuri rice, basmati rice or any short-grained variety of rice. I have used hand pounded sona masuri rice.

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B) making tomato coconut masala paste

2. Rinse and roughly chop 4 medium tomatoes (300 grams) and add them in a grinder jar. You will need 2 cups roughly chopped tomatoes.

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3. Add 1 inch ginger (chopped), 5 to 6 medium sized garlic (chopped), 2 to 3 green chilies (chopped), ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (or ½ teaspoon cumin powder), 3 cloves and 1 inch cinnamon.

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4. Next add ¼ cup grated coconut or desiccated coconut powder.

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5. Without adding any water grind everything to a fine smooth paste. The juices from the tomato will help in grinding the paste. So no need to add water while grinding.

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6. Now measure the tomato coconut masala paste in a measuring cup. Depending on the water content in the tomatoes, the quantity may vary. You need to use the proportion of 1:2 for white rice and the masala paste + water. if using 1 cup of white rice, you will need ideally 2 cups of the masala paste. But the quantity depends on the juiciness and water content of the tomatoes.

I got 1.5 cups of tomato coconut masala paste – so added ½ cup water later in the pan.

  • For 1.5 cups of tomato paste, add 0.5 cups water.
  • For 1.25 cups, add 0.75 cups water.
  • For 1 cup, add 1 cup water.

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7. In a heavy thick bottomed pan or pot heat 2 tablespoons ghee or oil.

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8. Keep the flame to a low and add 2 small tej patta or 1 tej patta (Indian bay leaf) and ½ teaspoon cumin seeds. Stir well. Let the cumin seeds crackle.

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9. Then add 1 medium onion, thinly sliced or ½ cup thinly sliced onions.

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10. Stirring often sauté the onions till they become golden. Sauté onions on a medium-low to medium flame. If using capsicum (bell pepper), then you can add after the onions have become golden and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.

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11. Add rice.

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12. Sprinkle ¼ tsp turmeric powder and ¼ tsp red chili powder.

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13. Mix everything.

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14. Now add the measured tomato coconut masala paste.

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15. Stir and gently mix everything.

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16. Add water as required and depending on the quantity of masala paste. I added ½ cup water first and later added ½ cup water more as I was using hand pounded sona masuri rice which takes more water to cook.

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17. Season with salt as per taste.

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18. Add ¼ teaspoon sugar.

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19. Mix well. Check the taste and it should be slightly salty.

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Cooking tomato bath

20. Cover the pan with its lid and simmer on a low flame.

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21. Simmer till the rice grains are cooked and fluffy. Do check at intervals and if the rice starts sticking to the pan or water dries up or rice mixture looks dry, then you can add some more water.

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22. Once the rice grains are completely cooked, then switch off the flame. Fluff the tomato bath with a fork.

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23. Serve tomato bath with any raita, pickle or salad of your choice. While serving tomato rice bath garnish with some chopped coriander leaves and some grated coconut (optional)

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Few more similar recipes you may like are

  • Tomato rice – spicy and tasty South Indian style tomato rice.
  • Vangi bath – spiced brinjal rice from the Karnataka cuisine.
  • Tomato pulao – easy, tasty and tangy tomato pulao recipe made in pressure cooker.
  • Tomato biryani – one pot spiced South Indian style delicious tomato biryani.
  • Pudina rice – spicy and tasty one pot fragrant mint rice.

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tomato bath recipe

Tomato Bath

4.56 from 9 votes
Tomato bath is a delicious, tangy and spiced dish. The recipe is made with a ground paste of tomatoes, coconut, spices and herbs. Addition of this ground masala makes the rice really delicious and flavorful. 
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins

Cuisine Indian
Course: Main Course

Servings 2
Units

Ingredients

for making tomato+coconut masala paste

  • 4 medium sized tomatoes, 300 grams or 2 cups roughly chopped tomatoes
  • 5 to 6 medium sized garlic cloves, roughly chopped or 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 1 inch ginger , roughly chopped or 2 teaspoons chopped ginger
  • 2 to 3 green chilies, roughly chopped or 2.5 to 3 teaspoons chopped green chilies
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds or ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 inch cinnamon
  • ¼ cup fresh coconut or desiccated coconut powder

for soaking rice

  • 1 cup rice
  • water as required, for soaking rice

other ingredients for tomato bath

  • 2 tablespoons ghee or oil
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 medium sized tej patta or 2 small tej patta (indian bay leaf)
  • 1 medium sized onion, thinly sliced or ½ cup sliced onion
  • 1 small to medium capsicum, sliced - optional
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder
  • salt add as required
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • ½ cup water or add as required
  • 2 tablespoons coriander leaves for garnishing
  • fresh coconut for garnishing - optional

Instructions

soaking rice

  • Rinse 1 cup rice very well in water a couple of times. Then soak rice in enough water for 30 minutes. 
  • After 30 minutes drain all the water and keep the rice aside. You can use sona masuri rice, basmati rice or any short grained variety of rice. I have used hand pounded sona masuri rice.

making masala paste for tomato bath

  • Rinse and roughly chop 4 medium tomatoes (300 grams) and add them in a grinder jar. You will need 2 cups roughly chopped tomatoes.
  • Add 1 inch ginger (chopped), 5 to 6 medium sized garlic (chopped), 2 to 3 green chilies (chopped), ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (or ½ teaspoon cumin powder), 3 cloves and 1 inch cinnamon.
  • Next add ¼ cup grated coconut or desiccated coconut powder.
  • Without adding any water grind everything to a fine smooth paste. The juices from the tomato will help in grinding the paste. So no need to add water while grinding.
  • Now measure the tomato coconut masala paste in a measuring cup. Depending on the water content in the tomatoes, the quantity may vary. 
  • You need to use the proportion of 1:2 for white rice and the masala paste+water respectively. If using 1 cup of white rice, you will actually need 2 cups of the masala paste. 
  • I got 1.5 cups of tomato coconut masala paste - so added ½ cup water later in the pan.
  • - for 1.5 cups of tomato paste, add 0.5 cups water.
    - for 1.25 cups, add 0.75 cups water.
    - for 1 cup of tomato paste, add 1 cup water.

making tomato bath

  • In a heavy thick bottomed pan or pot heat 2 tablespoons ghee or oil.
  • Keep the flame to a low and add 2 small tej patta or 1 medium tej patta and ½ teaspoon cumin seeds. Stir well. Let the cumin seeds crackle.
  • Then add 1 medium onion, thinly sliced or ½ cup thinly sliced onions.
  • Stirring often sauté the onions till they become golden. Sauté onions on a medium-low to medium flame. If using capsicum, then you can add after the onions have become golden and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Then add the rice. sprinkle ¼ tsp turmeric powder and ¼ tsp red chili powder. Mix everything.
  • Now add the measured tomato coconut masala paste. stir and gently mix everything.
  • Add water as required and depending on the quantity of masala paste. I added ½ cup water first and later added ½ cup water more as I was using hand pounded sona masuri rice which takes more water to cook.
  • Season with salt as per taste. add ¼ teaspoon sugar.
  • Mix well. Check the taste and it should be slightly salty.

cooking tomato bath

  • Cover the pan with its lid and simmer on a low flame.
  • Simmer tomato bath till the rice grains are cooked and fluffy. Do check at intervals and if the rice starts sticking to the pan or water dries up or rice mixture looks dry, then you can add some more water.
  • Once the rice grains are completely cooked, then switch off the flame. Fluff the tomato bath with a fork.
  • Serve tomato bath with any raita, pickle or salad of your choice. while serving garnish with some chopped coriander leaves and some grated coconut (optional)

Notes

  • Use the same measuring cup that you have used to measure the rice.
  • You can also pressure cook the rice. If pressure cooking, then add less water or add water ass required. Also use a heavy cooker so that the rice does not stick or get burnt at the bottom. 
  • 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.

Nutrition Info Approximate values

Calories: 239kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 3gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 11gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 100mgPotassium: 606mgFiber: 5gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 1970IUVitamin C: 77.5mgCalcium: 47mgIron: 1.9mg

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37 Comments

  1. I tried the recipe unfortunately it dint came out well. There was too strong essence of coconut. Can you please advise where I screwed up 🙁4 stars

    1. Shoheb, this tomato rice has the flavors of coconut. but next time you can use less coconut.

  2. Hi, i hv juzt tried this recipe. Nymannnn~~~ which means delicious. Hehehe.. i love the rich flavour to the rice.. coconut.. tomatoes.. cumin.. gee..definetly i will cook this again!!! It’s great to eat it by itself or u can eat it with ur other dish.. thanks for the recipe. My family loved it!4 stars

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