Tomato Biryani


Variety rice are easy to make  and a perfect lunch box food. Usually I prepare tomato rice with just tomato and onion. After cooking coconut rice with coconut milk, I want to try coconut milk with tomato rice and prepared tomato biryani.

Tomato Biryani

Basmati Rice – 1 cup

Tomatoes – 3, finely chopped

Onion – 1 large sliced thinly

Spring onion – 3

Peas – 1/4 cup

Coconut Milk – 1/2 cup

Water – 1 cup + 1/2 cup

Red Chilli powder – 3/4  tsp (Adjust according to your taste)

Turmeric Powder – 1/8 tsp

Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 tsp

Coriander Powder – 1/2 tsp

Cumin Powder – 1/4 tsp

Garam Masala – 1/2 tsp

Green Chilli – 1, slitted

Salt – as needed

Sugar – 1/8 tsp (optional)

Oil – 1/2 tbsp

Cinnamon – 2 inch stick

Cardamom – 2

Fennel Seed powder – 1/4 tsp

Bay leaves – 1

Star Ansie – 1


  • Soak rice in warm water for 30 minutes, drain the water and keep it aside
  • Add oil to the  pan. When the oil is hot, add whole spices and cook for 30 seconds. Add the onion and ginger garlic paste and sauté till the raw smell goes off


  • Add the chopped tomatoes and cook till the tomatoes get mushy. Add all the spice powders, salt and sugar; saute for 2 minutes


  • Add peas and rice and saute for a minute. In a rice cooker add the rice – tomato mixture, coconut milk and water. After the rice is cooked sprinkle chopped spring onions  on top and Serve it with raita/gravy

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checkout my other variety rice,


  • Instead of basmati rice samba rice can also be used
  • Fried onions can be added to garnish
  • Can be cooked in heavy bottmed pan or pressure cooker for 2 whistles

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47 thoughts on “Tomato Biryani

  1. […] Tomato Biryani […]

  2. HotDish February 23, 2015 at 12:23 PM Reply

    This looks absolutely amazing. I want a big bowl of this right now!!!
    One question – do you think this recipe would work with brown rice (maybe brown basmati?). My husband does not eat white rice. Also, what is the spice level? I would probably make this for the whole family. My little one is fine with heavy spices but not if they are hot. Thanks!!!

  3. elyann14 February 23, 2015 at 4:20 AM Reply

    I have some Biryani spice which I was just wondering on how to use it. Guess I found my answer here! Thank you 🙂

  4. coconutcraze February 21, 2015 at 8:20 AM Reply

    Nice combination! I like coconut milk in rice and this is such a lovely twist. Will try!

  5. Cecilia February 19, 2015 at 4:03 PM Reply

    I totally like all kinds of rice dishes. This recipe sounds so great, I might try it. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Sundari February 19, 2015 at 3:52 PM Reply

    WOW!! flavourful biryani!!

  7. swathi February 19, 2015 at 11:33 AM Reply

    Tomato biriyani looks delicious very nice.

  8. deliciouslynell February 18, 2015 at 4:28 PM Reply

    Yum! I love this sort of dish!

  9. Francesca Trucco February 18, 2015 at 8:30 AM Reply

    I love rice and when I am not hungry , rice can always awaken my appetite. So I will try out it!! For sure. Francesca

  10. Sadia Mohamed February 18, 2015 at 8:08 AM Reply

    Such a flavorful rice this will be.

  11. apsara February 18, 2015 at 7:47 AM Reply

    Super, Vidya. Never thought of this combination. Your variety of rice dishes also is so extensive. I really want to try all of them!

  12. shobha February 18, 2015 at 3:54 AM Reply

    Biriyani is our family favourite.. have to make it at least once a week if not more..

  13. marudhuskitchen February 18, 2015 at 3:29 AM Reply

    Lots of flavors…yummy☺

  14. marudhuskitchen February 18, 2015 at 3:27 AM Reply


  15. Bikramjit February 18, 2015 at 12:37 AM Reply

    This I am sure I can make too..maybe this weekend I will..

    Thank you yummmyyyy

  16. Sadhna Grover February 17, 2015 at 10:21 PM Reply

    This recipe sounds very good. I like the combination of tomato,onion and coconut milk. I can imagine the taste.

  17. Aruna Panangipally February 17, 2015 at 10:09 PM Reply

    I have found that adding coconut milk to Biryani or Pulav elevates it to another level! Superb recipe. I am sure the coconut milk offsets the tangy taste of tomato.

  18. Christy Birmingham February 17, 2015 at 9:57 PM Reply

    What a nice dish, thanks!

  19. Rani Vijoo February 17, 2015 at 9:02 PM Reply

    Lovely favour rice…looks inviting 🙂

  20. simplyvegetarian777 February 17, 2015 at 8:42 PM Reply

    The recipe is so aromatic Vidya. Lovely flavors of star anise n fennel going on.

  21. Shilpa February 17, 2015 at 8:34 PM Reply

    So yummy n easy it sounds! Gotto try! Thank you 🙂

  22. Malar February 17, 2015 at 5:30 PM Reply

    My grandma prepares it this way dear, but I never tried it 😉 looks fab!!!! nice presentation 🙂

  23. srividhya February 17, 2015 at 5:30 PM Reply

    Ahhh anything with coconut milk love it. Its a mandatory item in my pantry 🙂

  24. Chitra Jagadish February 17, 2015 at 5:26 PM Reply

    wow love all the flavours in here! yum yumm..

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