Friday, October 17, 2008

Tomato Bath recipe: Karnataka Style

Tomato bath reminds me of my mother-in-law. As told umpteen times before, she is a very good cook. She is the one who taught me to prepare this & not only this, many many more recipes.
So, here's the recipe of tomato bath.

2 cups rice (use medium grain rice like sona masoori/ponni rice)
3 ripened tomatoes (chopped)
1-2 onions (chopped)
a fistful of green peas (optional)
1 tsp red chili powder
1 tbsp MTR or any other pulao masala
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp jeera
4-6 curry leaves
cliantro/coriander leaves for garnishing.
4 cups of hot water
salt according to taste.

For spice paste:
1 inch cinnamon
2 cloves
1 green chilli
1 red chilli
1 pod garlic, optional
1 tsp grated ginger
1/2 cup grated coconut (fresh/frozen)
a few strands of mint/pudina (optional)

Grind the coconut, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, clove, red chilli, green chili, mint leaves using little water & create a paste of it.
Soak the rice for 10 mins.
Meantimes. add butter, oil in a pan. When oil, butter is hot, add mustard seeds, jeera.
When mustard seeds splutter, add curry leaves, onion & saute for a minute
Add the paste & saute in oil until the raw smell disappears & oil separates from the mixture.

Now add tomatoes, green peas & fry in oil until tomatoes become little soft.

Drain water from the rice. Add drained rice to it and mix it well.
To this, add chili powder, pulao masala, salt and 4 cups of hot water

Close the lid of pan and pressure cook it for 1 whistle
Garnish it with coriander leaves, gently mix and serve it hot with raitha of your choice


  1. This is my in-law's house fav dish. My MIL makes more or less in a similar way. It is looking yumm Sushma..

  2. Tomato Bhaath looks really inviting and comfort food....

  3. Thanks for the lovely entry!

  4. Tomoao Bath is my favorite break fast... Makes my mouth water

  5. Thanks a lot..

    Tried it for the first time, and it came out well.

    Very well put, along with the pics..

    Will try the other Kannada recipes soon :) :)

  6. Thanks Avinash Ranganath. Do try other recipes & let me know :)

  7. We tried tomato bath came out very well. very tasty food,thanks for the great post。keep posting such receipies.....
    Pavithra N

  8. Thank you Pavitra N. Hope you like my other recipes too.

  9. Hi ! Tried this yesterday. Yummy, although i had to substitute pulao masala with bisibele bath masala as i didn't have any pulao masala.

  10. Hi what should I do if I do not have the pulao masala?

  11. Anonymous: It is nice to know that you liked it. Thanks for leaving your comment.

    Anonymous: You could replace it with garam masala or just skip it. It tastes good without pulao masala too.

  12. Hello Sushma , I tried this dish today with garam masala . It turned out really well . Thankyou for your prompt suggestion.

  13. Hello Sushma,
    Really gr8 blog.....i love all your dishes, mainly tambli's.

    Thanks a lot

  14. Tomato bath reminds me of my mother very delicious recipe for lunch box

  15. Tomato bath is my favorite dish & my family 2 ,I like the simple procedure with u r pictures step by step thank u.

    Thank u

  16. Tried this without onion and garlic - Used Everest Shahi Pulao Masala - Turned out yummy:)

  17. for d first time i tried n it has come so tasty wit mint chatni:) my husband loved it..

  18. Hello Sushma,

    I tried this recipe...came out really good...



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