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Tamatar Bhat (Tomato Rice Pilaf)

Tamatar Bhat (Tomato Rice Pilaf) Tamatar Bhat (Tomato Rice Pilaf)

Fresh or in a pinch canned tomatoes add depth to the rice in this fluffy pilaf. A great side dish and I usually finish cooking the rice using my rice cooker while I'm busy watching the Food Network!













Low Cholesterol, Trans-fat Free, Good source of fiber


3 tablespoons vegetable oil
½ cup onions
finely chopped
2 teaspoons coriander
1 pound tomatoes
red, ripe, pureed with skin, OR 2 cups canned tomatoes, pureed
½ cup water
1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
5 cups rice
cooked, * see note
1-1 ½ cups water
3 tablespoons butter, unsalted
1 x potatoes
fried, (see below), or, grated or sliced daikon
1 x radishes
for garnish, (optional)


  • preferably day-old basmati rice.
  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring until light brown (about 7 minutes). Add the coriander and let sizzle for 25 to 30 seconds.

Add the tomatoes and the ½ cup water, mix well, and cook over low heat, covered, for 15 minutes or until reduced to pulpy sauce.

  1. Add salt, pepper, rice, and water. Gently mix to fold the rice into the sauce.

Add butter and fold to coat the rice evenly.

Cover tightly and steam the rice over low heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the sauce is absorbed into the rice.

If you are garnishing the pilaf with fried potatoes, you can begin making them now while the rice is cooking.

Turn off the heat, fluff the rice, and serve surrounded with fried potatoes or grated or sliced daikon radish if desired.

Fried potatoes: 4 tablespoons light vegetable oil 1 pound potatoes, diced into ¼ inch pieces with skin Note: I finally added some ghee to brown the potatoes, the vegetable oil just didn't do it alone.

Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat until it is very hot.

Add the potatoes and cook, turning and tossing, until they are browned and cooked (20-25 minutes).

Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

Note: I folded Spicy Mushrooms with Ginger and Chilies into the Pilaf.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 338g (11.9 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 69018% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 21%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 645mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 43%
Dietary Fiber 3g 13%
Sugars g
Protein 24g
Vitamin A 16% Vitamin C 18%
Calcium 6% Iron 9%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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