Tomato Pulav


At my kitchen for our lunch its mostly rice, sambar and  one dry curry with vegetables.  Some days when I am not  in a mood to make sambar its one pot meal. So today being one of those days, for our mid-day lunch I had made a very simple tomato rice.

I usualy make tomato rice by adding chopped tomatos and onion with some spices. Today for the first time I tried making tomato pulav by pureering/juicing  tomatoes and added fennel seeds while tempering. It was delicious with mild tomato taste with sweet smell  of fennel.


  • Tomato – 1 big Puree it using blender
  • Onion – 1 medium( thinly chopped)
  • Green chillies – 1 to 2

For tempering :

  • Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Fennel seeds – 1tsp
  • Cloves and cinammon – 2 each

For Garnishing:

  • 1 tsp – ghee
  • 2 tbsp- cashew nuts
  • 2 tbsp – corriender leaves chopped.


  • Wash and soak rice (Basmati rice) for about 10 mins . This will allow rice to cook fastly when making on stove top. If using pressure cooker skip this step.
  • Heat oil  in a thick bottemed pan. When its hot add mustard and fennel seeds, cinammon – cloves. Then add chopped green chilles and onion, fry for few mins.
  • Then add purrred tomotoes and add salt. Bring it to a boil  then add enough water required for rice to cook ( I used 1 cup rice so added 2 cups of water + 1/2 cup of tomato  puree) .
  • When it starts to boil add rice, mix well adjust salt and spice ( want more spice add red chilli powder) and cover and simmer and cook for 10 – 12 mins.
  • Now do the garnishing, add chopped corriender leaves and cashew nuts, roasted in ghee. Let  the rice cool for 5 mins or so the add the roasted nuts and mix well

To go with it I made onion, cucumber, carrot pachadi/raitha. To make the taste bit different I added a pinch or Black salt (which is slightly tangy and salty in taste). Mixed along with salt and pepper. Simple and yet delicious lunch.



20 Responses to “Tomato Pulav”

  1. Rajani Says:

    Hi Ruchi,
    Your raita looks good. Nice combo.
    Thanks Rajani..

  2. Aruna Says:

    Ruchi, Tomato pulav thumba chennagidde 🙂
    Thanks Aruna, Neevu omme try maadi nodi.

  3. TheCooker Says:

    Such one-dish meals are such life savers.
    And yours looks good.
    Good to see you back.
    Oh I bet they are life savers….Thanks

  4. viji Says:

    Looks yummy Ruchi. Viji
    Thanks Viji.

  5. Usha Says:

    Tomato pulav looks really tempting!!Its easy to prepare also!
    Raita is the apt combo for this!!!

  6. trupti Says:

    I love that color of the pulao…..and the raita too!
    its such a quick meal, isn’t it??

    how’s the weather over there now? daylight lasts all day, does it? do post some pictures for all of us sometime.

    take care,

  7. Asha Says:

    Hello,Tomato Bhaat tumba chenngide.Nanagu tumbane ishta.Looks great Madhu.
    Don’t forget to check my Foodies hope blog tomorrow.When you were on break, I have decided to post once a week every Wednesday at FH!:D
    Thanks Asha , will surely not forget to check you blog to see what’s cooking……..

  8. Jyothi Says:

    Hi, first time at your blog. Your’s tomato Pulao is very tempting. Looks yummy and delicious. Thanks for sharing.
    Welcome and thanks for stopping by Jyothi.

  9. Sneha Says:

    Madhu, pulav looks yummy! Will try this, Thx!
    Let me know when you give this a try….

  10. ramya Says:

    Hi madhu,
    tomato pullav looks great with raitha.Feel like having spoon form the snap.
    Your are most welcome to have a bite ……Do try it when your in mood to cook something new. Thanks Ramya.

  11. Suma Gandlur Says:

    Your pulav looks absolutely delicious. I make almost a similar dish but never tried with fennel seeds. Thx for your recipe.
    Do try it with fennel it gives sweet taste and aroma to the rice. Thanks Suma.

  12. Richa Says:

    ur pulav looks so tempting 🙂 the raita looks so thick and yummy! beautiful meal!
    Thanks Richa, home made curd makes the raita so thick no water added. Do try making pulav.

  13. Latha Says:

    Hey Madhu,
    Was so excited to see u’re comment in my blog today! Its been a while! And looks like u’ve been busy cooking! How was u’re trip to Mysore? I think it must be a while since u’re back. Are u still in Barrow? Hope things are going good for u.
    All the recipes look so good. The tomato bhaat looks so good and the orange peel gojju is so unique. I’ll surely try that soemtime! The ggplant pizza is also so unique, though i;m not a fan of eggplant! And the ghuguni looks yumm!
    Keep the lovely dishes coming!
    Hugs Latha

    Nice to see your comment too Latha, I know its been a while. Still In Barrow AK. But going on short trips now and then. Hugs to you too.

  14. Roopa Says:

    Hi Madhu,

    Nice Blog, I am from Bangalore. Currently living in US and miss Indian food terribly. Came across your blog, the recipes and the photos are great!


    Welcome Roopa, thanks for the nice words..

  15. Latha Says:

    Hi Madhu,
    Just made u’re tomato bhaat last night. It was delicious! Kids loved it because it was so mild and yummy. Even packed a whole boxful for a friend who is in the process of moving. She said it was so delicious 🙂
    It was too late and lighting was not too great, so did not take any pictures! Sorry 🙂
    Thanks for a wonderful recipe!

    I am so glad, you and your family and your friends like it. Adding fennel make is bit different and sweet. Really appreciate you droping a line.
    Hugs to you too.

  16. meenu Says:


    I tried this receipe last night and must say it was very easy. I used 2 tomatoes and 1/2 cup puree (as I din’t have enough puree) and it turned out flavourful & moisten.

    I also like how you have kids friendly noodles / dishes. I have a toddler myself and it is quite a challenge to get him to eat any real nutritious food. Please post more ideas when time permits. Cheers!

    Welcome meenu, Gald tomato pulav turned out good for you. Sure ill post some kids recipes in future. I have apple-cheese sandwich for kids, take a look. Thank you for taking time to leave a comment.

  17. Priya Says:

    i love tomato recipe…its yum

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  20. ANOOSHA HS Says:

    looks yummy.mouth-watering dish.

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