This is very similar to the typical Tomato Rice prepared in SouthIndia but just the spices/drypowders used here are slightly different. In general when I make vegetable pulao, i only use Green Chillies & whole spices like cardamom, cinnamon, cloves etc. Similarly while preparing this tomato pulao i use the same ingredients. This Pulao is so flavorful and you can serve this with a simple raita as sidedish. Its one of the easiest lunchbox dishes that can be prepared in 20 minutes on a busy weekday morning.
I cooked the rice separately and then prepared the tomato mix separately. If you are running out of time you can also prepare it like a ‘One Pot meal’. Get the tomato mix ready first, add Basmati rice and cook them together. Have done this way too, pulao turned out well. Just you need to make sure that you add right amount of water so that rice dont become soggy.
To get the perfect tanginess in the dish always add less onion. Following measurement serves two people. So i have used 2 medium sized onions & 5 medium sized tomatoes. Kindly adjust the quantity depending on the number of people you will be serving the dish and also the variety of tomato you will be using. Certain variety dont give that bright red color to rice and the rice might look pale. If thats the case add a tbsp of Tomato Sauce while preparing the mix. This might sound wierd but trust me, this is the best hack to get that perfect reddish orange color to Pulao 😬😬