Monday, October 8, 2012

Spicy Tomato Rice

 I know I should be thinking pumpkins this week, but my mind is full of tomatoes.  I mentioned the other day that I got a great deal on loads of organic tomatoes so I had to work quickly to use them up in several different dishes before my great deal turned into a great loss.   I had some brown rice in the fridge so decided to pair them up together and this Spicy Tomato Rice was the result.  My husband ate it with some grilled meat on the side and I enjoyed it with a salad.  So get ready for some more tomato dishes this week.

2-3 large tomatoes chopped
1/2 a medium onion sliced or chopped
4-5 cups brown rice (or white) *** use leftover cold rice for best results
10-12 curry leaves
1-2 green chilies (or 1/2 green bell pepper diced)
1/2 tsp black mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
red chili flakes to taste
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 Tbs ginger/garlic paste (or half of each separately)

Heat 2 Tbs canola oil in pan.  Add curry leaves, cumin seeds and mustard seeds to fry for 30-45 seconds on medium-high heat.  Next add onions, chilies (or peppers) and ginger/garlic paste and fry for another 1-2 minutes.

  Then add the chopped tomatoes, salt, turmeric powder and red chili flakes. Cook ingredients together for 5 minutes.  When juices come out of tomatoes add cold rice and stir fry them together.
  Allow rice to heat up for 5-7 minutes and plump up with the tomato juices.  Taste for seasoning and serve hot.  Enjoy.

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  1. One of my closest friend's mother made this for us every week when we went to her house to study! It was so so delicious and we never got tired of it. This post totally took me back to those days! Lovely recipe, Ramona. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Bring on the tomatoes! My garden is full of them right now!

  3. Yes please! What a lovely way to use tomatoes! And spicy? I AM IN! :-)

  4. Oh my gosh, that looks amazing. I need to track down some not nasty tomatoes!

  5. wow!!looks so your pictures!!

  6. Such a beautiful and versatile side dish! It would go with so many entrees just by shaking up the spices...yummy! certainly could make a gorgeous pumpkin roll...I have NO doubt!!! Go for it!

  7. This sounds like a great twist on a rice that I make often in this house (my version is Mexican). I cannot WAIT to try yours. YUM!

  8. Looks simple and delicious! It has abundant tomatoes in it which are my kids' favorite veggies. I should make this without chilies - they will love it!

  9. This is one of my favourite ways to eat rice my friend, delicious :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  10. I already miss the tomatoes. Enjoy them for me!

  11. Great rice recipe! I love the idea of using brown rice. When we have time, I love making brown rice over white rice. Great flavors!

  12. How wonderful this rice! Looks delicious!

  13. Tomatoes are VERY high on my list, so I'll never turn down a new recipe. The rice looks amazing Ramona! Thanks for sharing, going to pin it for later.

  14. We love spiced up rice for our stir fry dinners so this one is bookmarked! Fabulous, my friend!

  15. My mom and aunt would make something similar to this when I was growing up. Sadly I didn't keep up the tradition. Thanks to your recipe and yummy picks it will appear on my table again.

  16. This looks so wonderful, Ramona. I just need to find somewhere to get curry leaves. There is an Asian grocery store not too far away from my house. Hopefully they will have some fresh curry leaves...they seem to have everything else I could ever imagine!

  17. yum! this looks simple and sounds so comforting


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