Do u sometimes get stuck with what dish to make for those quick weekday dinners? When that happens, my first response is to make pilafs ! Pilafs can be kept real simple or made it a grand-fancy affair but they always do the job of bringing food to table in under 30 minutes. Today, i am making a very simple rice dish which needs very few ingredients and 30 minutes and the dish still promises a punch of bold flavors ! Lets make Spanish Tomato Rice.
Rice is my family’s favorite ! I am always up for a veggie loaded biryani/ pilafs, rice casseroles, plain rice with lentils, stir fried rice… heck, i can have it by its own too (with a little pickle at hand). Rice dishes are usually easy to prepare (unless you are trying to impress people with your biryani making skills, because we all know that needs a few good hours ! :P) and they make for excellent make ahead or take away meals. For making biryanis and pilafs, my best bet is Basmati .. coz a fragrant, long grain rice always make for excellent biryanis !!
Ever tried making tomato rice before? Well its really simple yet is flavourful and can really amp up a plain rice dish. Surprisingly enough, my mother never prepared tomato rice at home (as far as i can recall.. mom excuse me if i am being wrong :P) nor it is usually seen in restaurants in India, so i never had a chance to try that combination. If u haven’t tried it yourself, trust me.. you are missing something delicious !
I recently got a chance to try out spanish tomato rice at a Mexican friend’s place. It so happened that me and my husband were invited for a potluck at my friend’s place and many of dishes people got were of Mexican origin. I got to try some really good vegetarian chili but apart from that the only other dish was vegetarian was “sopa de arroz” or Spanish tomato rice. It is usually served as a side dish but well we ate it like main course 😛 It was delicious ! I knew that very instant that this dish was meant to added to my divine spice box !
A few days ago, a fellow blogger friend Sarika who blogs her amazing Indian cooking at The taste of world , asked me for a guest post on her space. I said Yes without thinking twice and while i thought of many ideas for a recipe, this dish kept resonating ! So, i gave in to my temptations and prepared this dish to share with her readers on her blog. Have a look at my guest post here.
Spanish Tomato Rice
Spanish tomato rice
- 2 cups long grain rice (i used jasmine rice)
- 3 large tomatoes, skin removed and pureed (approx 1.5 cups )
- 2.5 cups water/ vegetable broth
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Salt to taste
- Black pepper to taste
- 3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 small jalapeno/ green chili, minced
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- Juice of 1 lime
- handful of fresh coriander, finely chopped
- Wash the rice thoroughly and drain the water.
- Take a thick bottomed pan and add the butter + oil to it. Add in the washed rice and roast on medium flame for a couple of minutes or till the rice starts to get slightly brown.
- Once the rice is roasted, remove and keep aside.
- In the same pan, add the chopped onions and garlic. Saute till the onions are translucent.
- Next, add in the pureed tomatoes, jalapeno and tomato paste. Mix well and cook till the tomatoes are cooked down and the water evaporates (a few minutes)
- Now, add in the toasted rice, water, salt and pepper.Cook on high till the water boil. Once the water boils, reduce the flame and cover the pan with a lid. Let it cook till the rice is cooked. Add more water if required.
- Using a fork, fluff the rice and check if done. Add in lemon juice and gently mix. Garnish with fresh coriander and serve warm.
Now that is a gorgeous hue right there ! Who can say no to something like this? I served it as a side dish to my Chiles Rellenos / stuffed Poblano and it was just the best combination ever !! Try it !