My mother wanted to have a rice series so I will be sharing some of her rice recipes starting today with tomato rice.
With 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! 🙂
Time taken: 30 mins
- 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
- Heat the oil and lightly fry the onion, curry leaves and fenugreek.
- Add chopped tomatoes and chilli powder and continue frying for a few minutes before removing from heat.
- Blend the cooled tomato mixture into a puree.
- Re-heat the puree in the pan adding some water, if required.
- Add the boiled rice and the fried chickpea to the pan and mix well.
- Serve with sliced onion or onion salad.
Recipe source: Raji Thillainathan.