Thursday, August 16, 2012

Tomato rice with coconut milk

One of my neighbor in India used to prepare tomato rice with coconut milk only. Then I too started doing this method. This really enhance the taste and have a rich flavor. If using canned tomatoes, add 1 or 1.5 cup of diced tomatoes and use the juice as puree. This will have a nice color too.

If you are interested you can add red bell peppers and green peppers. I used peas here so that your rice will not be plain. For more flavor mint leaves can also be added.

  • Rice - 1 cup
  • Tomato - 4
  • Onion - 1
  • Peas - 1/4 cup
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
  • Coconut milk - 3/4 cup
  • Green chilly - 1
  • Red chilly powder - 1 tsp
  • Salt - as per taste
  • Garam masala - 1/4 tsp (optional)
 To temper:
  • Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Cloves - 2
  • Bay leaf - 1
  • Cardamon - 1


Soak the rice with water for 1/2 hour. Grind 2 tomatoes in a blender and adjust with water to have 3/4 cup of extract.

In a wide pan, heat a tbsp of oil and add bay leaf, cloves and cardamon seeds. Add onion, ginger garlic paste and fry till the onions are pinkish. Stir in the other 2 tomatoes and cook till mushy. Add peas, red chilly powder, salt and garam masala if using and cook for 5 minutes in a medium flame.

Using the strainer remove the water from the soaked rice. Stir fry the rice in tomato mixture. Add the tomato puree and boil for a minute. Then add the coconut milk adjust the salt and cover the pan with lid and cook till the rice is cooked. Can be served with plain yogurt or papad.
  • This can be done in pressure cook method or after stir frying all transfer to electric cook and cook till it is done. 


Tina said...

flavourful and mouthwatering..

Alida said...

what a lovely rice. I have never used coconut milk in rice before. Thank you for sharing this lovely recipe.

Spice up the Curry said...

very flavorful tomato rice.. nice one

PT said...

tomato rice with coconut milk sounds new to me.. must be very delicious..

Divya Pramil said...

Delectable clicks and delicious recipe :)
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Julie said...

Nice twist of adding coconut milk,will try next time..Yummy flavorful & quick fix rice:-)

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Kaveri Venkatesh said...

Yummy and delicious...loved the addition of coconut milk to it.

DivyaGCP said...

Delicious and flavorful rice. Great for packing lunch.

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Suja Manoj said...

Delicious and tangy one pot meal,yum

Shobha said...

Looks so tempting..

PrathibhaSreejith said...

Delicious n one of my fav one pot meal, adding coconut milk is a good idea :)

Recipe world said...

Yummy n aromatic rice! Nice recipe dear..

Maayeka said...

Never tried adding coconut milk in tomato rice..must be very flavourful!

Shilpakiran said...

i can feel the aroma ..just dashing .. looks tempty ..thanks for sharing

Rekha said...

great idea of adding coconut milk.. looks very yummy..

Sushma Madhuchandra said...

I grind coconut & add to my tomato rice, never tried adding coconut milk! Will try it sometime.

radha said...

I made tomato rice using bell peppers. But without the coconut milk. I am sure it would add a nice taste and flavour. Always wanted to add coconut milk to a pulao or vegetable rice but never have. should give it a try.

Cathleen said...

Ooh, yum! I have never added coconut milk to rice, this sounds fantastic! I LOVE rice!

Smitha said...

First time here. I love tangy tomato rice. I like that you have used peas and coconut milk.Glad to follow your blog from today :)

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