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One-Pot Tomato Pulao

4 from 4 votes

Quick tomato pulao is a very quick, one-pot dish using only a layering technique, ready in under 20 minutes!!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Recipe CategoryVegetarian
Served AsBrunch, Dinner, Lunch
Servings 2


  • ½ cup basmati rice or any other rice
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 small onion sliced or chopped
  • 2 green chillies/jalapeno chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger garlic paste or grated
  • 2 medium tomatoes chopped
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 small piece cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon Pav Bhaji masala powder/garam masala powed/biryani masala powder/sambhar powder
  • ½ cup mung bean sprouts
  • ¼ cup chopped coriander leaves
  • Salt
  • 2 tbsp oil/ghee/clarified butter or combination of both


  • Wash the rice in plenty of water, drain and keep aside. Chop all the vegetables and keep the ingredients ready.
  • Mix the tomatoes, Pav bhaji masala powder (or any other powder you prefer as mentioned), chilli powder, turmeric powder and coriander leaves. Keep it aside.
  • Heat a pressure pan over low heat and add the oil/ghee and spread this on the bottom of the pan. Start layering the ingredients.
  • Sprinkle the cloves and cinnamon. Spread the onions over this. Spoon the tomato mixture over the onions evenly.
  • Add the sprouts next. Lastly, layer the washed and drained rice, sprinkle salt to taste and pour hot water evenly over the whole mixture.
  • At this stage, you may choose to stir the whole mixture gently once or leave it as such. Close the pressure pan and increase the heat to high.
  • Once the pressure builds up and after one whistle, reduce the heat and cook on low for about 5 minutes. Alternatively, on high, let it cook for 2 whistles for al dente rice or 2 whistles for a softer rice texture.
  • Let the pressure release on its own, remove the lid of the pressure pan and gently fluff up the rice with a fork.
  • Serve this fast and easy tomato pulao with any raita (boondi raita, tomato and onion raita, or just plain yogurt) and some potato chips for a tasty quick meal.


  • For a royal touch to the pulao, use ghee and garnish with cashew/almonds and raisins, roasted in ghee.
  • If you do not have sprouts, use any vegetable you prefer.

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4 from 4 votes

Vanitha Bhat
Vanitha Bhat

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