Tomato rice

 This is a super simple recipe, with loads of taste that just melts away in the mouth. Tomato rice is a south indian dish – simple and quick and super tasty. Pair it with yoghurt, raita of your choice or even a curry of your choice. It works well with everything and is just the perfect lunch or dinner to make when you are tired, and need something quick and easy and yet healthy/tasty.

Preparation time: 20 min

Ingredients: Black mustard seeds (Raee): 0.5 tsp

Tomato – diced into small cubes – 3 medium

Basmati Rice – 2 cup

Peanuts – 3/4th of a cup

Green chilli – chopped – 1 (optional)

Turmeric – 1 tsp

Sambhar powder – 1.5 tsp (This is easily available at an Indian grocery store across the world)

Salt – 1 to 1.5 tsp (adjust to taste)

Water – 4 cups (keep twice the amount of rice)

Vegetable oil – 3 tbsp

Method: Take a pan/pot or wok, and add the oil. When the oil is hot, add the mustard seeds and let them splutter. Then add the peanuts and fry them for approx. 2 min until they become a little brown in colour. Then add 3/4th of the chopped tomato and stir for 2 min. Then add the green chilli, sambhar powder, salt and stir. Now add the rice and mix. Then add water. Let the water come to a boil on medium heat. At this stage, give the rice a stir, cover the pot with a lid and simmer the heat to low. Cook until the rice is fully cooked. Now add the remaining tomato, mix well and serve hot with a side dish, curry or yoghurt of your choice.