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Tomato biryani | tomato biryani recipe

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. 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.


    • 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

    • 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 ?

  3. 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?


  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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


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