It is easy and quick to put together recipe. The only precaution to be taken is that tomato gravy should be sufficient for the amount of rice.
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Cuisine: South Indian
3 cups cooked rice/boiled white rice
4 medium size tomatoes, puree it in the blender
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp salt or / Salt to taste
1 tbsp cooking oil
1 tsp sambar masala (Optional)
1 tsp mustard seeds
2 tbsp raw peanuts
1 sprig curry leaves / kadi patta
2 medium size onions, finely chopped
For The Masala Powder
2 tsp oil
1 tsp urad dal /split black lentils
1 tbsp chana dal / bengal gram dal
1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
2 tsp coriander powder
1 red chili, whole
1 tbsp grated coconut
1/4 tsp asafetida/heeng
For the masala powder
In a pan heat the oil in a pan, add the chana dal, urad dal, saute for half a minute. Add fenugreek seeds and coriander seeds and sauté on a medium flame for a minute.
Add asafetida powder fry for few seconds, and cook on a slow flame for one minutes stirring continuously. Switch off the stove. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
When cool, grind to a fine powder. Keep aside.
In a pan take the tomato pulp, turmeric powder and salt, mix and cook on a medium flame for three to four minutes, stirring at regular inter wells.
Add the prepared masala powder to the tomato pulp, mix and cook on a medium flame for a minute. Switch off the stove , Keep the tomato paste aside.
In a deep pan heat the oil and add the mustard seeds. When the seeds start crackling, add the curry leaves and peanuts, sauté on a low flame for few minutes or till the peanuts turn light golden brown in colour.
Add the onions, mix well and sauté on a medium flame for another couple of minutes, stirring continuously. Add the tomato paste and 1/4 cup of water, mix well and cook on a medium flame for two minutes.
Fold in the rice ,salt in to the tomato paste and mix gently cook on a medium flame for another few minutes, stirring occasionally.
Serve hot. Coconut raita / pachadi and papadams make very good accompaniments to tomato rice.