One-Pot Tomato Pulao

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Quick tomato pulao is a very quick, one-pot dish using only a layering technique, ready in under 20 minutes!!
4 from 4 votes
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Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Served As: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Recipe Cuisine Type: Indian
Recipe Taste: Salty, Sour, Spicy, Sweet, Tangy
Servings 2


  • 1/2 cup Basmati Rice or rice or any other rice
  • 1 cup Water hot
  • 1 Onion sliced or chopped
  • 2 Green Chillies chopped, or jalapeno jalapeno
  • 1 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste or grated
  • 2 Tomato chopped medium
  • 2 cloves Cloves
  • 1 piece Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp Pav Bhaji Masala or masala, or biryani, or masala, or sambhar powder garam masala powed biryani masala powder sambhar powder
  • 1/2 cup Bean Sprouts mung
  • 1/4 cup Coriander chopped
  • 1-2 tsp Salt or as per taste
  • 2 tbsp Clarified Butter or oil, or ghee oil ghee or combination 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.

Recipe Notes

  • 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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Vanitha Bhat
Vanitha Bhat

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