Mint and Tomato Basmati Rice

When life gives you tomatoes, make tomato rice.

With tomatoes being a year round produce in India, it’s common to find regional versions of tomato rice.

Fortunately, tomatoes are just as abundantly available here in America, giving me the opportunity to belt out classics like tomato-based fish curry and Parsi tomato egg tart.

For this recipe, I’ve used touches from the south and western cuisines of India to create a simple time-tested recipe for gluten-free and vegan minty tomato rice.

Mint and Tomato Basmati Rice

Mint and Tomato Basmati Rice

Fragrant Basmati rice is cooked in puréed fresh tomatoes. The flavors are delicately balanced with chopped garlic, mix of whole spices, fresh mint and cilantro.

The result: aromatic and moist tomato rice with the taste of fresh mint which will fill your senses with mouthwatering joy.

Mint and Tomato Basmati Rice served steaming hot makes a wholesome entree or a versatile side to your favorite chicken tikka or vegetable.

Steaming Hot Mint and Tomato Basmati Rice Makes a Wholesome Entree or Side

Steaming Hot Mint and Tomato Basmati Rice Makes a Wholesome Entree or Side

Mint and Tomato Basmati Rice
Fragrant basmati rice is cooked in puréed fresh tomatoes, and flavored with chopped garlic, couple of whole spices along with fresh mint, cilantro and lemon juice.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup uncooked basmati rice, white or brown
  2. 1½ cup (about ¾ lb. or 3-4 medium sized) blended or puréed fresh tomatoes
  3. 1 tablespoon canola oil
  4. 1 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
  5. 3-4 whole cardamom, in shell
  6. 1 cinnamon stick, 2 inches
  7. 2-3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  8. 1 whole Thai green chili or Serrano pepper
  9. ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  10. ½ teaspoon ground red chili or Cayenne pepper
  11. 1¼ teaspoon salt
  12. 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  13. 2 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
  14. 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
Directions
  1. Wash and drain the basmati rice. Purée or blend the fresh tomatoes in a mini food prep or with a hand blender.
  2. Heat canola oil in a large sauté pan. Add whole cumin seeds, cardamom, cinnamon, chopped garlic and uncut green chili to the oil. Watch out for splattering when adding whole spices to hot oil.
  3. Add the washed and drained uncooked Basmati rice to the spiced oil. Sprinkle ground red chili and coriander along with salt and black pepper over the rice. Stir to toast the rice grain for a minute or two.
  4. Add the blended fresh tomatoes and ½ cup of water to the rice. (Make sure you add a total of 2 cups of liquid to the rice.) Once the liquid comes to a boil, reduce the flame to low; cover with a tight fitting lid and cook for 10-13 minutes. There should be no visible liquid on the rice.
  5. Leave covered and undisturbed for 10 minutes, so the rice grain can finish cooking in steam.
  6. Sprinkle chopped fresh mint and cilantro leaves over the rice, fluff with a fork to stir. Keep covered till ready to serve.
  7. Serve hot Mint and Tomato Basmati Rice with a side of Potato Raita and simple Chutney. Alternately, tomato rice makes a great side with meat preparations like Grilled Lamb Chops.
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Comments

  1. says

    Hi thanks for linking this post to ONLY gluten free but would appreciate that you provide a link to my event announcement in your post for accepting in the event. TIA

  2. says

    Such a delicious, refreshing rice dear Peri, I love how you flavor it with spices and chili. We make tomato rice in Turkish cuisine too and I look forward to exploring flavor variations with your spices, many thanks! :) Ozlem xx

    • says

      Thanks Ozlem! I’m gonna check out your Turkish version too. Love the idea of creating a variation! Whole spices, garlic and chili can really work magic with tomato flavors:) xx Peri.

  3. says

    This sounds heavenly and has all the spices I love. We just came back from a road trip to NC and the produce stands of tasty home grown tomatoes was a treat. I need to grow mint in a pot.

    • says

      How lovely! I think of tomato rice especially at this time of year too…our farmer market is filled with beautiful variety, plump and juicy ones:) oh yes Lynne, make sure mint gets put in a pot of its own, else it’ll overtake your garden! It grows really fast. Thanks!

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