Microwave Tomato Pulao | Tomato Pulav Recipe | How to make Tomato Pulav in Microwave ~ Step By Step Recipe

>>  Tuesday, August 23, 2011

We are starting the second group of the Blogging Marathon 8th Edition. It's going to be a big group of 21 bloggers for the second group. I hope you enjoy will enjoy this session also.

My first week was Cooking without Fire for Kids and I actually managed to make 7 different dishes that were so well received by my kids. So I am sure I will be making them again for them.

Coming to the second group, I decided to do a 3 day of Microwave Cooking and 4 days of Condiments. Yes you guessed it right, if not like this I might never make any dish for my own events. I am celebrating 4th year anniversary of Microwave Easy Cooking. As I had said earlier, my aim for to create an event that will be helpful for working folks. Initially my thoughts were to have something to do with Lunch Box Recipes. But later based on reader's choice, decided to have one with Microwave. I have my own Lunch Box recipes that I was posting every week for almost 3 years. I want to be regular in posting those, but starting a Microwave Easy Cooking Event, I never really realized the event will get into it's 5th year!
For the better part of my microwave usage of my old mw oven, I mostly used it for re heating etc. But after I got my new one, I made sure I make the best. I never realized how easy and useful it has been since. Even when I am not working entirely in my microwave, I use it extensively as a help to my regular stove top cooking. I mostly boil my vegetables in microwave. But just for the event and to generally use the microwave oven more, I end up making the entire dish in the oven.

Since I have a Microwave Convection Oven, most recipes come with a combination mode of cooking. But I wanted to concentrate on recipes that are done only microwave mode.

Tomato Pulao is a favorite at home and since I wanted to make some party dish, this naturally came to mind. I made this for Sunday lunch and none could recognize that it was completely made in microwave.

I also make Thakkali Sadam which is a favorite mixed rice variety.

Step by Step Picture Recipe

Add 2 tsp ghee, 1 tsp oil in a microwave safe bowl along with cumin seeds, javathri. Microwave for 2 mins.
Remove and add the ground spices, micro for 2 mins. the ground masala was very stiff, maybe 1 min is fine.
Remove add onions, green chiles and micro for 2 mins.
After 2 mins, it looks like this.
 Added fresh peas
 Microwave for 2 mins
Washed Rice that was soaked for 15 mins.
 After mixing well.
Added tomato juice, added chili powder, turmeric pw
 This is after 15 mins.
After 20 mins

After 25 mins,
Kept it covered for 5 mins
Served with Aloo Paneer Kofta curry, our Sunday lunch.

Microwave Tomato Rice / Pulao

Basmati Rice - 2 & 1/2 cups
Tomatoes ripe and juicy - 5 medium
Onion - 1 big
Fresh Peas - 1 small cup
Green chillies - 4 nos
Bay leaf - 1
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Javathri / Javatri / Mace - 2
Turmeric powder a pinch
Red Chili powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Ghee - 2 tsp
Oil - 1 tsp

Spices to be ground

Garlic - 7 pods
Ginger - 3"
Fennel Seeds - 1 tsp
Cloves - 3
Cinnamon - 2 "
- Make about 1 & 1/2 tsp of paste.

How to make Tomato Pulao

Soak basmati rice for 15 mins. Drain and keep aside

Make a coarse paste of the spices to be ground. Puree the tomatoes and keep it aside.

In a microwave safe bowl, add ghee and oil. Add cumin seeds, javathri. Micro for 2 mins.

Then add onions julienne and slit the green chillies. Micro for 2 mins. Followed by the ground masala for 2 mins.

Once done, add fresh peas and micro for 2 mins.

Drain the rice and add to the bowl. Mix everything well. then add the tomato puree which is added to 4 glass of water. If you are using regular rice, you can use 1: 2 ratio, if you are using Basmati, then make it 1 & 1/2 cups. When you add tomato puree, the water measurement will increase, so take care.

Add chili powder and turmeric. Salt should be added in the last 10 mins of cooking.

Microwave for 20 mins.

Check after 10 mins is done, stir well and keep it back.

After 15 mins, remove, add salt and mix well. Micro again for the remaining time. If required you can microwave for 5 more mins.

Once done, keep it closed for 5 mins. This way the rice gets done well.

This goes for my MEC : Potluck party to celebrate my Microwave Easy Cooking Event Anniversary! Do join me in the celebrations.

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harini-jaya August 23, 2011 at 1:48 AM  

that's a good one.

divya August 23, 2011 at 2:01 AM  


Divya Vikram August 23, 2011 at 4:32 AM  

MW thakkali saatham looks yummy Valli. Somehow I cannot get myself cooking rice dishes in MW> Wil have to try it next time :)

Krithi's Kitchen August 23, 2011 at 6:00 AM  

Super colorful rice.. neatly done!

ANU August 23, 2011 at 7:12 AM  

awesome recipe...sounds very easy!

veena krishnakumar August 23, 2011 at 8:00 AM  

Tomato Rice looks yummm and that too cookedin a very less time.One mor recipe added to my microwve cooking

Aarthi August 23, 2011 at 8:37 AM  

This looks too good....Yummy one...Thanks for the recipe

Nirmala's kitchen August 23, 2011 at 10:06 AM  

Seems to be very easy.Looks delicious!!Will try out soon

Jane August 23, 2011 at 12:02 PM  

Looks very easy to make and delicious too! I'm afraid that I don't use my microwave for any cooking except re-heating. I prefer to use the stove top.

Priya August 23, 2011 at 12:22 PM  

Looks wonderful,anything with tomato as rice is my fav..

jayasree August 23, 2011 at 1:25 PM  

Lovely step-by-step pics...Its been a long time since I made this. Got to make it soon.

The Pumpkin Farm August 23, 2011 at 2:03 PM  

This is indeed pretty, I was bit wary about tomato pulav as it always turns out soggy, but I think doing it in microwave gives us the perfect control on the water content, will definitely attempt and post my version.

Rajani August 23, 2011 at 3:20 PM  

That's nice and easy!

Smitha August 23, 2011 at 11:49 PM  

thats a very yummy and easy way to make pulao...loving it and also the side dish!

Priya's Feast August 24, 2011 at 1:16 AM  

This is my fav rice and easy breezy one..happy to blog with u

Suma Gandlur August 24, 2011 at 1:33 AM  

Looks good.
I am realizing now that I had a microwave tomato pulao in my drafts. LOL.

Usha August 24, 2011 at 5:29 AM  

It looks so easy!

Vardhini August 24, 2011 at 10:34 AM  

I have not used the MW for cooking. Pulao looks simple and tasty.

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sushma August 24, 2011 at 11:57 AM  

Too good Valli........will give it a try for sure

Srivalli August 24, 2011 at 1:11 PM  

Thank you everybody!

I was glad when a reader tried it right away and got back saying her family loved it!

Cool Lassi(e) August 24, 2011 at 4:41 PM  

What an easy and delectable looking tomato pulao! I use my microwave only for heating and such. Dunno why I am hesitant to put it to good use like make things from start to finish!

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