One Pan Spiced Tomato Rice

Quick and easy rice recipe loaded with spices
Quick and easy rice recipe loaded with spices
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1 1/2 cups Basmati rice
1 cup Tomatoes diced
1 Onion sliced
1 tsp Ginger crushed together with garlic into a paste
1 tsp Garlic crushed together with ginger into a paste
2 tbsp Ghee or butter
1 Green chili halved
3 cups Water
3 tbsp Cilantro finely chopped
3 pods Cardamon
3 Cloves
1 Bay leaf small
1 tsp Cumin
1 Cinnamon stick small
1 tsp Red chili powder
1 tsp Garam masala
1/4 tsp Turmeric
1/4 tsp Ground pepper
to taste Lemon juice
to taste Salt

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One Pan Spiced Tomato Rice


My One Pan Spiced Tomato Rice is so full of flavor and heady spices, it’s a meal all in itself! I really recommend you try this if you are tired of serving up plain boiled rice as a side to your meals.

It is loaded with so many different heats and spices, all working in harmony together to create a fragrant, warming spice mix. Add to that the strong hits of onion, ginger, and garlic, and the soft and juicy tomato punctuating the rice and you have a truly delicious rice dish. And the whole thing is made in one pan or pressure cooker, meaning you just toss everything in together and let the pan do the work!

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Steps to make One Pan Spiced Tomato Rice


Prepare the rice


Rinse the rice thoroughly under running water. Place in a bowl and cover with water. Leave to soak for half an hour.


Sauté the spices


Heat the ghee or oil in a large pot or a pressure cooker. Fry the cinnamon, cumin, cloves and bay leaf until they start to pop.


Fry the onions, ginger and tomatoes


Add the onions to the spice mixture and sauté until they become translucent. Add the ginger paste and fry for just a couple of seconds before adding the tomatoes, turmeric, and salt. Continue to fry for another 2-3 minutes.


Add the remaining spices


Stir in the red chili and garam masala and cook until the mixture becomes soft. Scrape the mixture down from the sides of the pan.


Boil water for the rice


Add water to the pan according to the quantity suggested by the packet instructions and stir into the mixture. Taste and add more salt if needed. Bring to the boil. Drain the rice you had left to soak and add to the pot.


Cook the rice


If using a standard pot:
Cook on a medium-low heat until almost all of the water has been absorbed. Then reduce the heat to the lowest level, cover with a lid and leave to cook until the rice is fully cooked.
If using a pressure cooker:
Stir the rice into the liquid, then cover with the lid on a medium-high heat until the cooker whistles. Release the pressure, take off the lid and use a for to fluff the rice.


Serving One Pan Spiced Tomato Rice


To serve, sprinkle with cilantro leaves and a drizzle of lemon juice.

I like to serve this One Pan Spiced Tomato Rice with a bowl of cooling raita and some pappadums, so I can scoop up a steaming pile of rice and top it with a spoonful of yoghurt - heaven! Have a go and tell me what you think - tag #cookmerecipes in your posts or leave a comment below.

Bethany is very passionate about maintaining a healthy lifestyle and clean diet. She’s trying to cut meat out of her diet as much as possible and focuses on cooking vegetarian food and fish. Bethany gets a kick from finding ways to add new twists to classic dishes. What’s more, thanks to her Asian roots, she’s great at combining different cuisines to come up with something extraordinary. Bethany’s recipes will inspire you to add new colors and flavors to your everyday meals.

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