I like one pot meals, for when I can make soemthing to eat in a jiffy. No need for another curry or daal. And I love kids for eating without hesitating such meals.
Whenever I am in a hurry and don't have much time, I turn to such type of meals and when there are lots of tomatoes at home :).
There are different way of making tomato rice. I don't make puree of the tomatoes, they anyway get cooked so why another extra step. I cut out one more step by using whole garam masala instead of grinding them into a powder. It is flavorful both ways isn't it!!
Just remember to cook white rice and cool it too before making tomato rice out of it.
I made this for the whole family, so I made a lot.
1 1/2 cup uncooked rice (cooked and cooled) (basmati or regular is fine)
4 large ripe tomatoes, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped lenghtwise (juliened)
5 green chillies, slit lengthwise
1/2 cup green peas
1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
1-2 tbsp cashew halves
1 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tbsp shahi jeera / kala jeera
1 tsp jeera
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
2 1 inch pieces cinamon stick
1/2 tsp coriander seeds
bunch of curry leaves
2-3 tbsp oil
Salt to taste
chopped coriander leaves for garnish
Cook and cool the rice. Use a big pot which can hold the whole amount of rice when it has to be mixed with the tomato masala. In that pot, heat oil and add all the masala stuff and fry till brown (add the curry leaves towards the end). Now add the cashews and fry till brown. Then add the onion, green chillies and saute. Then add the ginger-garlic paste and saute before adding the turmeric powder, chopped tomatoes and green peas. When the tomatoes are totally cooked, they will turn into a paste. Add half the coriander leaves and mix. Then add the cooked rice and mix with salt. Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve with plain yogurt or raita or any chutney. Enjoy!!!