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Tomato Pulao Recipe | Easy Tomato Pulav Recipe
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Tomato Pulao Recipe | Easy Tomato Pulav Recipe | Kids Lunch Box Recipes

Tomato Pulao, a delectable and easy Lunch Box recipe for kids and adults. Ripe tomatoes are cooked with onion and mild spices to get fluffy and tasty pulao. This is a easy one-pot recipe where we are the pulao directly in a pressure cooker.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Rice Varieties
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 150kcal
Author: Sowmya Venkatachalam


  • Mixer Grinder
  • Pressure Cooker


  • 1 Cup Raw Rice Basmati rice is preferrable but we can use any raw rice
  • 1 cup Water for cooking the Raw Rice
  • 2 Tomato 1, Roughly chopped
  • 1 Onion Finely Chopped
  • 1 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1 tsp Red Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt Adjust As Needed
  • 1 Pinch Turmeric Powder
  • 5 Mint Leaves
  • 1 tbsp Coriander Leaves
  • ½ tsp Kasoori Methi (Dry Fenugreek Leaves)

For Tempering

  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tbsp Ghee (Clarified butter)
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • ½ inch Cinnamon Stick
  • 3-4 Cloves
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 2 Green Chili Slit


Soaking Rice

  • Wash and soak the raw rice for about 20 mins. While the rice is soaked start the other process for making Pulao


  • Wash and roughly chop one tomato. Take it to mixer jar and grind it to pulp and set it aside
  • Finely chop the Onion. Also roughly chop the other tomato and keep it ready.

Cooking the Pulao

  • Heat oil and ghee in a pressure cooker. Add cumin seeds, cinnamon, cloves and bay leaf. Give a mix
  • Then add slit green chili and curry leaves. Give a mix
  • Next, add chopped onions to the pressure cooker. Also add ginger-garlic paste. Saute the onions and ginger-garlic paste till onions turn translucent
  • Once the onions are translucent, add the chopped tomatoes and the tomato puree we ground and give it a good mix
  • To the pressure cooker, add red chili powder, salt, coriander powder and turmeric powder. Stir well. Allow the onion-tomato-spices to cook for a minute
  • Then, add the mint and coriander leaves. Also crush the kasoori methi and add it to the Pulao mixture
  • Now, drain water from the soaked rice and add it to the pressure cooker. Give a gently mix not breaking the rice
  • Then add a cup of water to the cooker. Give a mix. Close the pressure cooker with a lid and cook in low flame for 20 mins.
  • After the pressure is fully released, open the cooker lid. Tomato Pulao is ready. Gently mix. Garnish with coriander leaves

Serving Time

  • Serve the delicious Tomato Pulao with any Raita of your choice and relish this delectable Pulao!



  • Cooking Time - For Basmati Rice, which is soaked for about 20 minutes can be cooked in low flame for 20 minutes to get fluffy Pulao
  • Water Ratio - For Basmati Rice, it would be 1:1 (1 cup water for 1 cup rice). But for this ratio, please make sure that the rice is soaked in water for about 20 minutes
The ratio and cooking time may vary for other types of rice.


Serving: 100g | Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g