27 January, 2014
tomato and bell pepper brown rice
Tomato rice is a popular Indian dish, easy to make and a great lunch box treat. Very few veggies go with the tomato as well as bell pepper does. Here I present a sattvik brown rice version (sans onion and garlic).
Brown rice is a staple in my house but guests have often not realized that they have had brown rice when served this dish, because of the color and flavor. This would be a great way to introduce whole rice into meals for those who want to make the switch from white rice.
For cooking directions of brown rice, see this post and this related post.
Preparation time: 30 minutes, serves 4.
cooked Laxmi brand brown Basmati rice- 1 cup
Roma tomatoes- 3-4 (preferably not a very juicy variety)
bell pepper- 1/2
frozen peas- a handful
green chillies- 2
curry leaves- a few
tamarind paste- 1/3 tsp.
salt- to taste
turmeric powder- a pinch
asafoetida powder- a pinch
bay leaf- 1
cardamom powder- a pinch
canola oil- 1 tbsp. + 1 tsp.
* Chop bell pepper, tomatoes in small pieces and slit green chilies lengthwise.
* In pan, heat oil, add mustard seeds, cloves, bay leaf, cardamom powder. When the seeds pop add chilies, curry leaves, asafoetida.
* Add bell pepper, cook for a minute. Add tomatoes, peas, salt and turmeric powder and tamarind paste.
* Cook on medium, uncovered, till most of the water evaporates.
* Fluff and cool the cooked brown rice and mix lightly with the above tomato paste along with 1 tsp. of oil.
* Garnish with cilantro leaves and enjoy with yogurt or curry.
7 thoughts on : tomato and bell pepper brown rice
Looks delicious. I love tomato rice. Brown rice must have given it a nice nutty flavor 🙂
thanks. yes, it does lend it a nice flavor.
Looks delicious but my brown rice always tends to get overcooked and mushy.. any tips to cook brown rice perfectly?
Have you tried the Basmati variety? I always cook with 1.75 cups water for 1 cup of rice.The other varieties like sona masoori are o.k for regular curries, but somehow not suitable for the bhath type dishes. Hope that helps!
Your brown rice dishes,including this one are so easy to make during busy mornings. I dont have to break my head to decide what to pack for lunch anymore:)
Also these recipes are mostly Saatvik…very useful for puja/festival days…
that’s true, comes in handy when parents or older people are at home. I learnt some from my mother-in-law who lives a saatvik lifestyle.