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There are few ways to make Tomato rice with little variations.  Few methods involve of making tomato gojju (sauce with spices) and mixing with boiled rice.  Another way of making is like pilaf/pulao which is made in pressure cooker or a pan.  Whatever the variations and method, love Tomato based rice. The  rice which I am posting today is  Tomato pulao with Masala seared tofu, If any you don't like Tofu, I am sure you will start loving tofu this way.  Tomato with tofu is excellent combination and with some Masala you will not find any soy smell in the Tofu.  Do try and let me know how you liked it.

Click this to see another variation Tomato rice which I have posted earlier. And also stay tunned to see my childhood favorite Tomato rice which my mom makes  and packs us  for lunch.

Tomato Pulao/Pilaf with Masala Seared Tofu 

For making rice 

Ingredients :

Tomato - 1 and 1/2 cup (chopped) save 1/4 cup for Tofu
Onion - 1 big sliced
Basmati rice - 1 cup
Water - 1 and 1/4 cup
Green chilli - 2 sliced
Chilli powder - 1 tsp (add according to your spice level)
Ginger - 1/4 inch piece
Garlic - 3 pod
Garam Masala - 1/4 tsp
Few sprigs of mint leaves
Coconut Milk - 1/4 cup
Saunf - 1/4 tsp
Coriander 1 handful - chopped finely
Oil and salt

Whole spices:

Cardamom - 1
Clove - 1
Cinnamon - small piece

For Searing Tofu


Tofu cubes - 2 cups
Tomato - 1/4 cup
Yogurt - 1/4 cup
Whole spices (cardamom, Clove, cinnamon) - each one
Few springs of Mint and coriander leaves
Lemon juice - 1/4 tsp
Chilli powder - 1/4 tsp
Garam Masala - 1/4 tsp
Oil and salt

Method for making Rice:

1. Make paste out of Ginger, garlic and saunf, Wash and drain Basmati rice and keep it aside.
2. Now heat oil in the pressure pan or heavy bottom pan.
3. Add the whole spices followed by slice onion, slited green chilli and ginger+garlic+saunf paste.
4. Once the raw aroma of garlic disappears.
5. Now add the Tomato and sauté till all the moisture is absorbed and you will get sauce like consistency.
6. Add Chilli powder, garam Masala powder, mint leaves and sauté.
7. Add measured water and coconut milk, add salt.
8. When it comes to boil add the drained rice.
9. Close the pressure cooker. (If you are using the normal pan close with lid and keep in very slow flame. Let it cook until all the moisture is absorbed)
10. When steam comes, put the whistle. Keep the flame to very low.
11. After 10 to 12 minutes switch off.
12. Give 10 minutes resting time, now open the cooker, add chopped coriander leaves and seared Tofu and give a slight mix.
13. Serve with your favorite Raita.

Method for Searing Tofu:

1. Heat oil in the pan; add the whole spices followed by Tofu cubes.
2. Let it sear for few minutes in all sides until light brown in color.
3. Now add all other ingredients and in slow flame let it roast. (Tomato, yogurts everything gets mushy and coats the Tofu)
4. When everything is will blended and seared, add dash of lemon juice.
5. Mix this seared tofu with rice while serving.

Note :

You can also substitute Tofu with Paneer in this recipe.

Enjoy Tomato Pulao/pilaf with Masala seared Tofu with Raita!!!

Saraswathy Balakrishnan  – (November 22, 2011 at 9:44 AM)  

Wow!!That's a yummy wok of tomato pulao drop by my blog if u got time:)

Aarthi  – (November 22, 2011 at 9:55 AM)  

Awesome..Love all the flavours in this..

Do visit my blog sometime..


Unknown  – (November 22, 2011 at 10:11 AM)  

amazing... I am doing two up n down scrolling. one for pictures first and for recipe next. I enjoyed it overall. super clicks.

Lidia  – (November 22, 2011 at 10:12 AM)  

Great pictures! I love the colors of this recipe and I can feel the smell, yammy!!

Sushma Mallya  – (November 22, 2011 at 10:14 AM)  

I love tofu and this rice looks so tempting Pavitra, will surely try this:)

Unknown  – (November 22, 2011 at 10:30 AM)  

Delicious pulao.....I can almost smell the aroma. My husband is not a tofu fan , so maybe I will try it with paneer.

aipi  – (November 22, 2011 at 10:34 AM)  

Awesome recipe n pics, love the spicy n tangy pulao with the protein packed tofu..

chef and her kitchen  – (November 22, 2011 at 10:48 AM)  

Love tomato rice for its tangy punch..nice addition of tofu in it..

Sudha Sabarish  – (November 22, 2011 at 10:58 AM)  

Awesome tomato rice with masala tofu combo.

Neha  – (November 22, 2011 at 11:12 AM)  

very yummy looking rice and superb clicks...

Anonymous –   – (November 22, 2011 at 12:18 PM)  

Love this varation...I also make one variety where I make a tomato gravy and cook the rice in it. Lovely clicks.


Faseela  – (November 22, 2011 at 12:39 PM)  

an inviting preparation............

Unknown  – (November 22, 2011 at 12:41 PM)  

I always try different versions while making tomato pulaos. This one looks protein packed with the addition of tofu!

Reshmi Mahesh  – (November 22, 2011 at 1:57 PM)  

A wonderful colored and flavored rice....Love the clicks...

divya  – (November 22, 2011 at 3:16 PM)  

Omg, super delicious and irresistible pulao..

Priya Suresh  – (November 22, 2011 at 3:50 PM)  

Tomato pulao looks absolutely flavourful and divine.

Reva  – (November 22, 2011 at 5:45 PM)  

Wow... what can I say Pavi... tomato pulao looks wonderful. I love the idea of masala tofu... too good..:)
Brilliant work girl..:) Loved it..

Chitra  – (November 22, 2011 at 6:19 PM)  

pulav looks super delicious...but ur clicks are way too good....

Indrani  – (November 22, 2011 at 9:46 PM)  

wow, awesome looking tomato pilaf, flavourful recipe..wd love to try this, bookmarking, Pavithra..for your clicks I have no ords to praise, beautiful

Magic of Spice  – (November 22, 2011 at 11:22 PM)  

I am all good with tofu, you would think as a vegetarian I would do more with it though...this is so wonderful, and a reminder to utilize more with this. The flavors here are just incredible!

lata raja  – (November 22, 2011 at 11:40 PM)  

i usually do not like tofu, however healthy it is. I guess adding those flavours and giving it a spiced taste might make it better and in the tomato rice it adds to the protein content! A complete balanced one pot dish!

Unknown  – (November 22, 2011 at 11:45 PM)  

Beautiful clicks and the pulao looks flavourful and inviting...Can I come over for lunch ? :)

Zareena  – (November 23, 2011 at 2:58 AM)  

Very very inviting and loved your version. Amazing colours too.

Sapthanaa Vytheswaran  – (November 23, 2011 at 8:48 AM)  

looks too good and yummy! its a different Idea..

themustardseed  – (November 23, 2011 at 6:36 PM)  

Love the recipes on your blog! The delightful pictures have made me hungry! The rice looks delicious!

Prathima Rao  – (November 23, 2011 at 11:38 PM)  

Such a lovely recipe!!!! Packed with flavor & just too inviting!!!Bookmarking this...
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Deeksha  – (November 24, 2011 at 2:05 AM)  

Hi Pavithra
First time here. You have a lovely blog with so many yummy recipes n lovely clicks.
Pulao looks very tempting. Feeling hungry :)

lubnakarim06  – (November 24, 2011 at 5:40 AM)  

I think the masala's have made wonder thing to that tofu.....and a rice with it makes me carve for it right now......yummy clicks....

Amina Creations  – (November 24, 2011 at 6:57 PM)  

first time here.. liked your recipes a lot... fabulous pictures... tomato rice and tofu is a wonderful combination... glad to follow you... do visit my blog sometime..

Ambreen (Simply Sweet n Savory)  – (November 27, 2011 at 6:22 AM)  

That looks so delicious! Your pics are very impressive!

Raks  – (November 30, 2011 at 8:42 AM)  

Very nice recipe for tomato rice and the tofu should be a nice accompaniment for this,loved it! Sorry for my late comments pavi.

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