Being from Eastern part of India, rice invariably has to be there in our meals. However, we have our own versions of rice dishes like Khichdi, Pulao, Biryani, fried Rice or sheddho bhaat (boiled rice) or we have other forms ideal for snacking like popped rice (khoi), puffed rice (muri), flattened rice (chura/poha) or broken rice ( khud ). In our childhood, we were introduced to the world of South Indian savouries of idlis & dosas, where too rice plays a predominant role.
Rice baths are very popular in Southern part of India. During my days in south India, I was introduced to the world of south Indian rice based items and was just bowled over by the preparations available there. South India offers us with an array of different exotic rice baths like coconut rice, tamarind rice (puliogare), lemon rice, curd rice, tomato rice, Brinjal rice (Vangi bath), Pongal rice, Bisibele bath and many more which serves as great breakfast or lunch options for a healthy & fulfilling meal. Not only these quick rice baths are most ideally suited for cooking when you are running short of time, but these also are wonderful options for feeding your family with a relishing & nutritious meal. Tomato rice is one such rice bath that I often prepare and also love to have every time with some different spices and flavours. The recipe for the usual Tomato rice bath with a subtle Bengali add-on goes as below:
Cooked White Rice : 5-6 cups
Tomato pulp : 4 whole tomatoes
Dry Red Chilli : 1-2
Red Mustard Seeds : 1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves : 1 branch
Bori/Bari ( Dried Lentil Dumpling ) : a handful
Turmeric Powder: 1/2 tsp
Red Chilli Powder (Kashmiri): 1/2 tsp
Chaat Masala : 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida ( Heeng ) : 1/2 tsp
Black Salt : 1/2 tsp
Salt : to taste
Sugar : 1/2 tsp
Refined Oil : 2 tsp
Ghee : 1 tsp
Cashew nuts : a handful
- Heat oil in a pan.
- Fry some daal bori till they turn light brown, keep them aside.
- Heat oil and ghee together in the pan again.
- Temper with dry red chillies, black mustard seeds,few of the curry leaves and a pinch of asafoetida.
- Add the Cashew nuts and roast a little.
- Add Tomato pulp, stir and cook for 2-3 minutes.
- Add turmeric powder, Kashmiri red chilli powder,chaat masala and continue to stir to mix them well.
- Add salt, black salt and the remaining asafoetida and cook for sometime.
- Add little sugar and stir.
- Pour a cup of water,add rest of the curry leaves and cook.
- Let the mixture simmer for a minute.
- Now add the cooked rice, toss and mix it well with the cooked gravy till the mixture gets uniformly absorbed in the rice.
- Switch off the flame,garnish with the already fried crunchy daal boris & serve hot with raaita, any pickle or chutney of your choice.