Tomato Rice with Bell Pepper and PeasLike what you are reading? Subscribe!
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
- 2 1/2 cups of Basmati Rice (or Seeraga Samaba Rice)
- 3 cups of tomatoes chopped
- 1 1/2 cups of thinly sliced onions
- 6-8 green chilies
- handful of coriander leaves chopped
- handful of mint leaves chopped
- 2 bell peppers seeded and chopped
- 1 -2 cups of peas fresh or frozen
- 1 tsp of chili powder
- 2 tsp of turmeric powder
- 2-3 garlic cloves chopped
- 1/2 tbsp ginger grated
- salt to taste
- 3 tsp of oil + 1 tsp of ghee (optional)
- seasonings: whole spices - 1 inch piece of cinnamon, few cloves, a piece of star anise and fennel seeds
- Wash and soak the rice for about 20 minutes or more.
- In a pressure cooker heat oil and add the whole spices followed by the fennel seeds.
- Add the onions and green chilies and saute till the onions start to brown.
- Add the grated ginger and garlic and saute for a minute more. Keep stirring to avoid the ginger from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
- Add coriander and mint leaves and saute for a couple of minutes till the leaves wilt.
- Add in the turmeric powder and chili powder and mix it in.
- Add the tomatoes and salt and let it cook till the tomatoes become mushy (about 6-8 minutes.
- Add the bell pepper and peas and any vegetables you want at this point and mix.
- Drain the water and add the rice and mix it well into the tomato. Now add the required amount of water and let the water come to a boil. Check for salt and heat and add more salt or chili powder if required.
- Continue to cook till most of the water is absorbed. Now close the lid of the pressure cooker and cook on medium low heat for about 8 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and set the cooker aside for about 20 minutes before opening the lid and fluffing the rice up.
Note:The amount of water depends on if the rice was soaked or not. If the rice requires 1 1/2 cups of water add only 1 cup of water if the rice was soaked. If you did not soak the rice add the full 1 1/2 cups of water.
Sunday, August 7, 2016
Tomato Rice with bell pepper and peas in a Pressure cooker
Summer time is perfect for making tomato rice. Abundance of fresh tomatoes makes some fantastic tomato rice. Pressure cookers are a life saver. Takes about 1/2 hour and you have a meal ready. While peas might be perfect with tomato rice any vegetables like bell pepper and beans also work.