Tomato Coconut milk pulao

Whenever my elder one has stayback for his extra curricular activities in school , i need to pack him 2 boxes, one for his breakfast around 9:45 and other lunch around 1:45.  Packing 1 box itself is such a task , i need to pack 3 breakfast boxes and 1 lunch box on a normal day, so whenever he has extra classes, i need to pack 5 boxes totally. If i don’t plan it, i will be standing like a stone! 
So it is always a rice dish for his lunch, makes my job lot easier as he loves to have spicy food, so a one pot jazzy dazzy rice along with some raita or some dal he loves it. He needs a gravy with his rice, he cannot eat pulao or biriyani with chips, whereas my lil one is quite opposite, he loves to have non-greasy type rice dishes, as such, he might ask for some appalam/chips. 

So during lazy days i make a pulao, make some raita and some appalam, both the kiddos are happy.  This tomato-coconut milk pulao is one such happy dish, it gets ready in 20-30 minutes, best recipe to make during the morning rush.
My kiddos don’t like peas or carrots in their rice dish, so i havent added them , if you prefer to add please go ahead and add them, they will bring a nice color to the dish.

1/2 cup basmati rice
2 medium sized tomatoes
2 green chilies
1/2 tsp shredded ginger
1/2 cup thick coconut milk (i used store bought)
1/4 tsp red chili powder
1/4 tsp coriander powder
a pinch of garam masala
a pinch of tumeric powder
1/2 tsp salt


2 tsp oil
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 cardamom
1 clove
1 bay leaf
1 red chilies 

  • Wash and soak rice in water for 20 minutes. Take tomatoes, green chilies and ginger in a blender and blend until smooth.
  • In a sauce pan, heat oil, crackle cumin, add clove, cardamom and bay leaf. Add red chilies,  now add the blended tomato juice to it, saute for a minute. 
  • Now add the drained basmati rice to it, saute for a minute, next add red chili powder, tumeric powder, coriander powder, garama masala powder to it.
  • Add coconut milk and another 1/2 cup of water to it. Add salt, mix well. Cover and cook in a simmer flame for 15- 20 minutes or until done. Once done, fluff it up with a fork, add a generous drizzle of ghee. 
  • Pack it with some potato curry or appalam for your kiddo’s lunch. My elder prefers a liquid along with his rice, so i usually pack it with raita.