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Tomato Bath Recipe- Tomato Pulao

Tomato bath recipe is a delicious one pot dish from Karnataka cuisine. It is a tasty variation of tomato rice with addition of vegetables and whole spices. Vegan and gluten free. Quick, easy and tasty breakfast and brunch dishes are immensely popular in Karnataka, especially in udupi hotels and darshinis.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: tomato bath, tomato pulao
Servings: 3 servings
Calories: 427kcal
Author: Harini


  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 3 tomatoes ,large, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves
  • 1 onion large, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 green chilies slit
  • 1/2 inch ginger peeled and crushed
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • Salt
  • 3 tablespoons oil.
  • 2 tablespoons coriander leaves


  • 1/4 cup carrots chopped
  • 1/2 cup potatoes chopped
  • 1/3 cup green peas
  • 1/4 cup beans chopped

Whole spices

  • 1 black cardamom
  • 2 green cardamoms
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 bay leaf


  • Pick and rinse 1 cup rice once or twice. Soak rice in water for 15 minutes. You can use sona masoori or basmati. Drain excess water in a colander and spread the rice on a plate and set aside until we chop the vegetables.
    soaked and drained basmati rice
  • Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a pressure cooker. Add the whole spices and fry.
    sautéing whole spices in oil
  • Now add rinsed mint leaves and saute for another few seconds.
    frying mint leaves for tomato bath recipe
  • Next add sliced onions and saute till they turn a bit soft.
    frying onions
  • Once onions turn soft, add the chopped tomatoes. Mix well.
    cooking tomatoes with onions and spices
  • Now add the chopped vegetables, salt to taste and mix well. Cook for 3-4 minutes. Now add 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder, 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder.
    vegetables and spice powders added
  • Mix well and cook for 3-4 minutes or until tomatoes turn a bit soft.
    mixed vegetables cooked with spice powders for tomato bath
  • Add the drained rice and mix well. Saute till the moisture from rice dries out.
    soaked and drained rice added to mixed vegetables
  • Now add 2 cups water and mix very gently. Bring to a gentle boil.
    water added to cook tomato bath
  • Close the pressure cooker and pressure cook for 2 whistles or 10 minutes in medium flame. Once the pressure settles down, open the cooker and fluff the rice with a fork. Add chopped coriander leaves and mix. Tomato bath is ready to serve.
    tomato bath cooked


1. You can leave out vegetables if you prefer, just use 3 tomatoes in place of 2.
2. You can add fried cashews for garnish.


Serving: 3servings | Calories: 427kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 123mg | Potassium: 571mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 3121IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 2mg