Tomato Rice (Version 2)

I learnt this recipe from my Mother-in-Law which is very quick and easy to make and is one of our favorite lunch box item. Any simple side dish goes along with it very well.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 20 minutes

1. Rice - 1 cup
2. Onion - 1 medium size
3. Tomato - 2 medium size
4. Ginger garlic paste - 1/2 tablespoon
5. Turmeric powder - a pinch
6. Chilly powder - 1 tablespoon
7. Coriander powder - 1 tablespoon
8. Mint - 1/4 cup 
9. Coriander leaves - 1/4 cup
10. Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
11. Urad dhal - 1 teaspoon
12. Oil - 2 tablespoon
13. Salt - 1/2 tablespoon

1. Cook rice with required water (I use 2 cups of water for 1 cup rice). Make sure not to overcook it
2. Chop onions, tomatoes, mint and coriander leaves into fine pieces and keep aside
3. Heat oil in a pan and when hot, add mustard seeds. When they splutter, add urad dhal and fry to golden brown color
4. Now add the chopped onions and saute until it is translucent, you may add little salt to cook the onions at this stage
5. Add ginger garlic paste and fry until the raw smell leaves
6. Add tomatoes and half the quantity of mint and coriander leaves and continue to saute well
7. When the tomatoes are almost half cooked, add the spices (turmeric powder, chilly powder and corinader powder, salt) and cook well
8. After 4 to 5 minutes, add the cooked rice and mix it well with the masala. Keep the stove in low flame at this time
9. Once the rice is thoroughly mixed with the masala, close the pan with a lid and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes
10. Garnish with remaining mint leaves and coriander leaves and serve

This goes well with simple potato curry, vadams, chips

1. I generally use kashmiri chilly powder to give rich color
2. I dont add salt when cooking rice. If you are using salt in the rice, adjust the quantity of salt in the masala accordingly
3. I also added half teaspoon of home made her an masala powder for some flavor
4. This recipe is made with regular rice, but if you use Basmathi rice, it gives you additional flavor and taste
5. You can try this with leftover rice as well

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