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tomato pulao

Tomato Bath | Tomato Rice

South Indian style tomato bath or tomato rice is a simple yet flavorful one-pot dish made with rice and tomato with a few whole spices. This version is without using onion or garlic and is made in Instant Pot.
Using whole spices in the recipe ensures the tomato rice is flavorful without adding a lot of heat. This style of tomato pulao is mild in terms of heat but has a lot of rich aroma and flavor.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes


  • Instant Pot
  • cooking spoons
  • Measuring Spoons/Cups
  • Serving Dish
  • Bowl (to soak the rice)


  • 210 grams (approx. 1 cup) Rice
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • 2 number Cardamom Pods gently crushed
  • 2 number Cloves gently crushed
  • 1 inch Cinnamon Stick
  • 1-2 numbers Green Chillies (You can use Thai pepper/Serrano Pepper) to taste
  • 125 grams (1 large) Tomato roughly chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • cups Water


Prep Work

  • Rinse rice 3-4 times and soak it in water for 15 minutes. Drain for 15 minutes.
  • Chop tomatoes. Slice green chilies (or Thai pepper/Serrano pepper) lengthwise.
  • Get all other ingredients ready.

Instant Pot Cooking

  • Start the Instant Pot in SAUTE mode. Add oil once hot.
  • Add the whole spices (cinnamon, cloves and cardamom pods) and fry for a few seconds or until aromatic.
  • Next, add the green chillies followed by tomatoes. Cook it for a minute.
  • Add the drained rice and give it a quick mix to coat the rice grains with the spices and oil. Add 1½ cups of water and salt to taste. [Note: Start with ¾ teaspooon salt. Taste and see if it needs more. Add more if required]
  • Press CANCEL. Close the Instant pot lid and latch it. Vent in SEALING position. PRESSURE COOK (MANUAL mode in some older models) on HIGH for 5 minutes. Natural pressure release for 10 minutes and then release any remaining pressure manually.
  • Fluff and serve hot.



  1. 1 CUP = 250 ML. (US cups are typically 240 ml. You can use US cups with no significant change to the dish). 1 TEASPOON = 5ML; 1 TABLESPOON=15 ML.
  2. Grams to cups measurements – we strive to provide these conversions as accurately as possible. There might be some slight variations depending on the brand, weighing scale, etc.
  3. Serving size – This serves 2-3 people. Adjust the serving size to fit your dietary needs.
  4. Use the number of green chillies to suit your taste. Remove the vein and seeds for a milder version
  5. 30 minutes of prep time is the time required to soak & drain the rice. Mostly unattended.