Tomato Rice

My mother wanted to have a rice series so I will be sharing some of her rice recipes starting today with tomato rice.

Tomato riceWith each of the rice dish recipe, I will also be sharing a song or two by an interesting, contemporary Sri Lankan musician whose music I have enjoyed. Today’s featured musician is Sarangan Sriranganathan. Coming from a musical family, he has been on the Sri Lankan music scene for at least fifteen years.  For today, I chose two video clips that I was able to find online. The first is an original composition by Sarangan – அவள் ஒரு மெல்லிய பூங்காற்று (literal translation: She is a light, fragrant breeze) featuring famous Indian musician Hariharan.

I like that he is well able to shift between classical and popular music and I particularly like the classical music concerts. So, my second video clip is Sarangan’s performance in Sydney of one of his mother‘s original compositions ‘Bhava Raaga Thaala – Thillana.’

Enjoy the delicious tomato rice as you listen to the music clips! 🙂

Tomato Rice

Time taken: 30 mins

Serves 3

tomato rice 2Ingredients:

  • Rice – 1 cup, boiled
  • Tomatoes – 2
  • Onion – ½ , large
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  • Fenugreek – 1 tsp
  • Chilli powder – ½ tsp
  • Chickpea – 2 tbsp, fried
  • Oil – 1 tbsp


  1. Heat the oil and lightly fry the onion, curry leaves and fenugreek.
  2. Add chopped tomatoes and chilli powder and continue frying for a few minutes before removing from heat.
  3. Blend the cooled tomato mixture into a puree.
  4. Re-heat the puree in the pan adding some water, if required.
  5. Add the boiled rice and the fried chickpea to the pan and mix well.
  6. Serve with sliced onion or onion salad.

Recipe source: Raji Thillainathan.


5 thoughts on “Tomato Rice

    • Thank you, Ruth, for your comment. I appreciate it and am happy that you enjoyed the music! Do let me know how the tomato rice turned out when you do make it. Have a great week!

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