Tomato Rice {My Quick Comfort-Food-On-A-Rainy-Day Recipe}

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Tomato Rice

The weather has been pretty erratic here in our corner of Texas. This morning was sultry, hot and whoosh, mid morning, we had showers that lasted over an hour. Since then the sky has been overcast and we’ve been having scattered showers on and off. With my Little Man home with a sore throat and Baby Girl crawling into everything, I had to whip up something quick for lunch. With the weather being the way it is and a sudden craving for tomato rice, I decided that would be the best route out as it would pair wonderfully with the meat curry leftovers I had in the fridge.

The wonderful thing about tomato rice is that it’s easy to make and is one of those comfort foods you can enjoy on a rainy day any day.

It goes great with any poultry/meat curry, a grilled steak, beans or even with scrambled eggs.

Want to give it a try?


5 from 16 votes
Tomato Rice
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Servings: 6 -8
Author: Marina
  • 2 cups raw basmati rice
  • 1 cup chopped onions I used red for more flavor
  • 4 ripe Roma tomatoes-chopped
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 pinch garam masala If you don't have garam masala, take 2 cloves, 2 cardamoms, 1 inch cinnamon, 2 pepper pods and 1 bay leaf. Grind all this till it becomes fine powder
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt-to taste
  • 1 1 /2 cups water
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder Gives the rice a yellow color and additional flavor - optional
  • 1/2 tsp chopped serrano peppers - optional
  1. In an open pot, saute the onions in oil, till golden brown
  2. Add the tomatoes (and serrano peppers if you plan on adding the same) and sprinkle a little salt on the same to help it get nice and mushy.
  3. Now add the garam masala (and turmeric powder) to the mix and saute for a few seconds.
  4. Add the basmati rice and mix well.
  5. Pour in the water, lemon juice and add the cilantro leaves.
  6. Stir the mix and to the same add salt to taste.
  7. Now cook the rice on a low flame. (The water will dry up, getting absorbed into the rice grains. In 10 minutes, check the rice. Once all the water is absorbed, move the pot off the burner and leave the rice in the pot, covered with a lid, for an additional 5-10. This allows the rice to cook right through)
  8. Serve hot with a sumptuous curry, a juicy steak off the grill, beans or a side of scrambled eggs.


Do you have a favorite comfort food you like to whip up on a rainy day? 



  1. We’re always looking for side dishes to go along with something simple like chicken. This looks simple yet delicious. I bet it would be a hit.

    1. You should try making the side dish the base. I would take this tomato rice and add chunks of pan seared beef. Yum!

      1. That’s kind of what we do. For example, tonight we had roasted cabbage, orzo and chicken thighs. Between myself, my husband and our 11 and 10 year old daughters, we ate half a cabbage. This would definitely be a good addition.

  2. My sister-in-law makes something very similar. I love her’s so I know I will probably love this recipe too! I love the spices in this recipe.

  3. Oh my. I can almost smell the mixture of the basmati rice and the roma tomatoes right here! Lovely.

  4. I love rice. It is the one thing that I eat a lot of because it doesn’t cause major joint pain. I am going to try this recipe to change things up a bit!

  5. I am coming across so many rice recipes tonight. I wish my kids would eat rice instead of just throwing it all over the table.

  6. I don’t know that I have a favorite food, but I have a favorite type of food. For me, the best food on a rainy day is slow cooker food. It’s so nice to smell the food cooking when it’s all gray and wet outside.

  7. On a cold day i love to make a stew. It smells so good and warms you up in no time. I like to bake banana bread as well.

  8. That looks simply delicious! I love rice and tomatoes so I am sure this would be a hit for me and my family.

  9. I’ve never heard of this before, looks yummy. My family eats a lot of rice and I know they would like this. Thanks for sharing.

  10. I love trying different rice recipes. This does look yummy and rice is always my go to dish. Thanks for a new one to try!

  11. This looks like a great recipe to make a great side dish for dinner. Rice is my comfort food, I sometimes just make a bowl of plain white rice with lots of butter (with or without some sugar and cinnamon) for a snack.

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