tomato- biryani
During childhood days biryani is a very rare thing and i hardly remember amma making biryani. She regularly makes Tomato Rice for Lunch box . Tomato biryani our neighbour aunty makes so well and those days we don’t get Mint leaves , so whenever we demand aunty to make , aunty will call up uncle and tell him to buy mint leaves from a particular market in the city and the next day she makes yummy Tomato biryani which we will feast with simple raita. After i got married , when we both visited my mom’s place aunty made the Tomato biryani for both of us and we both enjoyed it.So i am sharing the recipe of Tomato Biryani – Jamuna aunty’s version.

Tomato Biryani recipe

  Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 25 Mins |Serves: 3-4

    Seeraga samba recipe  1 and 1/4 cup
    Water  1 cup
    Coconut milk  3/4 cup
    Tomato  2
    Onion  1
    Red chili powder  3/4 tsp
    Biryani Masala  1 tsp
    Salt  as needed
    Turmeric powder  1/4 tsp
    Ginger  a small piece
    Garlic  4 cloves
    Small onion   8-9
    Fennel seeds  1 tsp
    Mint leaves   few
    Oil + Ghee  1 tblsp each
    Green peas   1/4 cup 
*Generally jeera samba rice is used to make tomato biryani, if u want u can use basmati rice too.

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Method with step wise pictures:
  • Wash and soak the rice for 15 minutes in 1 cup of water.
  • Puree 2 tomatoes in mixer and keep aside.
  • Grind the shallots(small onion),garlic,ginger and fennel seeds into a fine paste using little water.
  • Chop the onion and mint leaves finely.
  • In a pressure cooker, heat oil and ghee. Add the sliced onions and mint leaves.
  • When onions turn brown, add the grind paste to this and saute in a low flame till the raw smell goes off.
  • Add the tomato puree.
  • Add chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt. Saute for few minutes in a medium low flame till the raw smell goes off and the oil oozes out on sides.
  • Add the green peas. If u don’t get get green peas you can skip it else u can add Butter beans too.
  • Add the biryani masala. I used store bought biryani masala. You can add garam masala too.
  • Add the rice now. Saute for a minute and add the soaked water too.
  • Mix well.
  • Close the lid of the cooker and keep the flame to medium.
  • When it gives one whistle, keep the flame low and let this be like this for 10 minutes.
  • Switch off the flame after 10 minutes.
  • Fluff it with a fork once the pressure is released. Serve hot with any raita.
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  • If using basmati rice, reduce the water to 1/2 cup.
  • Do not skip mint leaves and coconut milk.
  • While grinding the masala you can saute the shallots in oil and grind, which will enhance the taste.
  • You can add a tsp of cashew nuts while grinding.
  • Bay leaves can be added while adding onions.

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  1. Delicious Biriyani! I too make tomato biriyani, but without coconut milk. Shall try your version soon! Its dinner time here, I want to grab that bowl from the display! :)

  2. Rice romba nalla iruku Jey instead of basmathi this looks yummy :)tempting clicks too !

  3. i never made this version before..yumm biryani and super tempting clicks

  4. Wow ! Super dooper version...

  5. lip smacking! love that bowl

  6. I too love the rice, so tempting. Wish I can have that bowl of rice :)

  7. Pass me here, my fav.. I too make similarly except the grinding part. will try ur version soon :)

  8. The pictures are looking very sharp jeyashi. Like the biryani too. I prepare in this way only but never added mint leaves. Like to try when i make it for next time.

  9. wow delicious preparation,loved that u used seraga samba rice...sure it tastes excellent...

  10. Tomato briyani, full of flavors and cant take my eyes from ur clicks.Love the grinding part.

  11. i can imagine the flavors just seeing the ingredients. one flavorful biryani.

  12. this looks so gooood - i love biryani but have never made this one before.

  13. Yummy and delicious one pot meal

  14. Your version of tomato biryani sounds so flavorful n tempting...inviting pics too..will try this sometime soon..

  15. Very flavorful n delicious biriyani,looks exotic:)

  16. Very flavorful biriyani...Looks delicious

  17. i dont add coconut milk in tomato rice.. but like ur version too..

  18. I make this more than the rice version ...looks so yum ..nice pics

  19. Looks so flavourful and lovely color!

  20. Hey Jeyashri, I am planning to try this today. One whistle is enough for uncooked rice? I've always had to use 3 when cooking rice.


    1. For usual rice since the amount of water we use for 1 cup of rice is 3 cups of water. so we give 3-4 whistles.But since for biryani we use less water and we want the biryani to be single grained , we should cook for one whistle

    2. Thanks! i tried it last night. It was good :). If I wanted to add raisins, should it be added with the onions so they get coated in ghee and oil ?

  21. delicious tomato biriyani.... very appealing color

  22. Thanks a lot for this wonderful recipe. It came out perfect and tasted yummy..

  23. Yummilicious Tomato biryani. I made it in rice cooker. Romba nalla irunthuchu. Thanks for sharing. Pinned it.

  24. Hi Jeyashri. Tired out the recipe and it was yummy. However I need clarification on below

    1. You had mentioned 1/2 cup water to soak basmati rice. When adding rice to the mixture should I add the remaining water as well or drain the water and add only rice

    2. After the first whistle I had kept it at medium flame as you had said. but in about 2 minutes another whistle came. so I had to really lower the flame and let it be for another 8 minutes. The result was the rice was over cooked. Please advice how it should be done correctly

    3. Is there a way to do this without coconut milk?


  25. Thanks for trying the recipe.
    1. No need to drain the water . Add rice along with water.
    2. You can give 2 whisltes and switch it off
    3. coconut milk gives a very nice flavour to this rice, so i recommend you to add coconut milk.

  26. I tried it yesterday, it turned out to be a super hit. I didn't have pudina leaves so I used the karpooravalli leaves and used the normal raw rice. It came out perfect thank u.

  27. Nice recipe I have tried this with normal rice wow very delicious......thank u

  28. Dear jeyashri,
    today i tried this tomato biryani and awesome usually my 8 year old girl never take tomato rice which i am usually doing today i told her i have been following jeyashri aunty's method and she was happy and replied then it could be very nice i will eat, she loves green peas finally she took for two times with raita and telling follow jeyashri aunty for cooking i am so happy and i want to share with you you have been taking good effort to win the hearts of kids now a days i have no confusion on making tiffin box recipes thanks a lot once again
    with regards

  29. Dear jeyashri, you have winned my 8 year old daughter's heart by posting such nice recipe she never go for tomato rice i usually prepare today she loved to eat because i told this was jeyashri aunt's recipe then it will be superb she replied and took for two times and advising me to follow your method daily i am very happy to share my baby's feed back with you you are the winner of thousand hearts interested in cooking and food lovers i wish you all success to lead this blog in this manner
    thank uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

    1. Thank you so much Kalpana for the feed back. Very happy to hear the sweet words from your daughter. Thanks a lot for your wishes

  30. Tried this out recently and it was a big hit with my family. My daughter says it has replaced Maggie Noodles and has topped her list of favorite items. Way to go!

  31. Mam I tried this recipe recently. It was super duper hit.Thank you so much mam.