Tomato rice

Tomato rice is a tangy and spice rice that suits for packing in the lunch ox. This will be the lunch for the school and college that amma and paati makes almost once in a week.  They both make different version of tomato rice. Paati makes a thick paste with tomato and onion that can be mixed with the rice and amma cooks the rice along with all the spices and tomato. This is patti’s version.



Tomato – 8

Onions – 3

Green chillies – 2

Cilantro – few

Curry leaves – few

Asafoetida – A pinch

Salt – A pinch

To grind

Channa dhal – 4 tsp

Coriander seeds – 1 tbsp

Urad dhal – 2 tsp

Red chillies – 2


For Seasoning

Mustard seeds – 1 tsp

Channa dhal – 1 tsp

Urad dhal – 1 tsp

Coriander seeds – 1 tsp

 Oil – 1 tbsp

  • Cut the tomatoes and mash it well.
  • Chop the onions into small pieces.
  • In a kadai, add oil and splutter the mustard seeds. Once they crack, add the channa dhal,urad dhal,  coriander seeds and saute until they turn golden brown.
  • Then add green chillies and onions, fry it till golden brown.
  • Add the mashed tomatoes and allow it to cook well.


  • When the raw smell of the tomatoes disappear, add turmeric powder, salt, Asafoetida and cook for two minutes.
  • then add the ground powder and mix well.
  • Finally garnish it with the curry leaves and cilantro.
  • The gravy should be thick like a paste.
  • Mix with the hot rice and serve hot. it is also one of the best tiffin box recipes.
  • It goes well with karuvadam/pappadam.
  • You can use this paste as a side dish for curd rice.


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