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Tomato biryani | tomato biryani recipe

by Jeyashri suresh
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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Mahi April 18, 2013 - 3:58 am

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! 🙂

AparnaRajeshkumar April 18, 2013 - 4:00 am

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

Preety April 18, 2013 - 4:06 am

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

Sangeetha Nambi April 18, 2013 - 4:24 am

Wow ! Super dooper version...

anusha praveen April 18, 2013 - 4:26 am

lip smacking! love that bowl

RAKS KITCHEN April 18, 2013 - 4:33 am

I too love the rice, so tempting. Wish I can have that bowl of rice 🙂

Shama Nagarajan April 18, 2013 - 6:01 am

delicious and yummy

Geethadevik April 9, 2020 - 11:31 am

Super jey i love to make this always

CHITRA April 18, 2013 - 6:40 am

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

Akila April 18, 2013 - 7:30 am

Yummy rice

Uma Ramanujam April 18, 2013 - 9:20 am

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.

Premas Culinary April 18, 2013 - 10:13 am

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

Priya Suresh April 18, 2013 - 10:17 am

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

Veena Theagarajan April 18, 2013 - 12:58 pm

love this version..nice pic

dassana April 18, 2013 - 2:12 pm

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

ANU April 18, 2013 - 2:20 pm

beautiful and flavorful biriyani...luv the clicks...
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Dixya April 18, 2013 - 5:03 pm

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

Vimitha Anand April 18, 2013 - 6:45 pm

Yummy and delicious one pot meal

Sangeetha M April 18, 2013 - 11:14 pm

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

Julie April 19, 2013 - 1:19 am

Very flavorful n delicious biriyani,looks exotic:)

Kaveri Venkatesh April 19, 2013 - 3:18 am

Very flavorful biriyani...Looks delicious

PT April 19, 2013 - 12:48 pm

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

Priti S April 19, 2013 - 12:56 pm

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

divya April 19, 2013 - 1:59 pm

Looks amazing !

Sharmilee! :) April 26, 2013 - 7:05 am

Looks so flavourful and lovely color!

Mya May 7, 2013 - 10:19 pm

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.


admin May 8, 2013 - 2:04 pm

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

Mya May 8, 2013 - 9:07 pm

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 ?

Wer SAHM July 21, 2013 - 5:55 am

delicious tomato biriyani.... very appealing color

Sharon Johnson February 4, 2014 - 10:37 am

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

Manju February 12, 2014 - 6:10 pm

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

foodlover April 25, 2014 - 4:49 am

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?


jeyashri suresh April 28, 2014 - 4:02 am

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.

Lakshmi Prakash August 25, 2014 - 3:29 am

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.

shruthi poorvaj December 5, 2015 - 9:43 am

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

Kalpana Thillai February 15, 2016 - 12:17 pm

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

Kalpana Thillai February 15, 2016 - 12:22 pm

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

jeyashri suresh February 16, 2016 - 7:03 am

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

Love2Teach December 10, 2016 - 6:42 pm

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!

Sandy Vj November 3, 2017 - 2:30 am

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


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