Tomato fried rice

0 mins
  • Serves 8
  • Adventurous
  • World flavours

This delicious tomato fried rice is an interesting addition to a meal and can be accompanied by a great many meats, vegetables etc. Courtesy of Cyrus Todiwala.

  • Vegetarian


  • 500g Tilda Pure Basmati Rice
  • 1kg Tomatoes
  • 2 Medium Sized White Onion (halved, cored & very finely sliced)
  • 4-6 Cloves
  • 1 Piece of Ginger
  • 5-6 Peppercorns
  • 3 Cloves
  • 3 Tbsp Sunflower oil
  • 1 Litre Hot Water
  • 2 Tbsp French Coriander
  • Salt (as desired)


  1. Take a saucepan or a casserole large enough to hold all the tomatoes at one time as well as the rice when cooked
  2. Wash and halve or quarter the tomatoes and add to the pot
  3. Place on the cooker on a high heat & add approximately 500ml of hot or boiling water and boil for eight to ten minutes.
  4. Meanwhile in a mortar and pestle make a paste of the ginger & garlic and add to the tomatoes
  5. Either puree the tomatoes or pass through a strainer. A stick blender with puree it fine even with the skins
  6. Heat the oil in a small pan or kadhai or wok and gently brown the sliced onions.
  7. Meanwhile wash and drain the rice in a strainer
  8. Remove half on a kitchen towel and to the pan add the peppercorns, cloves.
  9. Add the rice and sauté the rice with the onions and the spices for two to three minutes
  10. Add all of this into the pureed tomato with the ginger and garlic purees and return to the fire.
  11. Add another 4-500ml of hot water, salt and cover the pot lightly
  12. As soon as boiling commences stir well and see if anything is stuck at the bottom.
  13. Scrape the edges with a spatula to clean the sides, cover the pot now tightly and reduce the heat
  14. Let the rice cook on a low heat now for fifteen to twenty minutes
  15. Stir occasionally if only to prevent sticking at the bottom.
  16. When rice is cooked either remove and serve with the browned onions and coriander sprinkled on the top or blend the fried onions and chopped coriander into the rice.
  17. Tomato rice will also taste good cold served with yoghurt.

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