Tomato Bhath (Tomato Rice)


There are probably many recipes for tomato rice. This is a south Indian recipe for tomato rice (bhath) that I really like. Serve with papadams and yoghurt.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
8 servings


  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil

  • 1 tablespoon split Bengal gram (chana dal)

  • 1 teaspoon skinned split black lentils (urad dal)

  • 4 dried red chile peppers

  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds

  • 1 tablespoon flaked coconut

  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil

  • ¼ cup peanuts

  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds

  • 2 large onions, minced

  • 3 green chile peppers, halved lengthwise

  • 2 sprigs fresh curry leaves

  • ¼ teaspoon asafoetida powder

  • 3 tomatoes, minced

  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric

  • ½ teaspoon white sugar

  • salt to taste

  • 3 cups cold, cooked white rice

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish


  1. Make the masala podi by heating 1 tablespoon oil in a skillet over medium heat; fry the chana dal, urad dal, dried chile peppers, coriander seeds, and cumin seeds in the hot oil until fragrant and beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Grind the mixture with the coconut into a fine powder using a mortar and pestle.

  2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet. Fry the peanuts and mustard seeds in the hot oil until the peanuts begin to brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the onions, green chile peppers, curry leaves, and asafoetida powder to the peanut mixture; cook and stir until the onions are browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir the tomatoes, turmeric, sugar, and salt into the mixture; continue cooking until the tomatoes are soft, about 10 minutes more. Season with the masala podi. Crumble the rice into the skillet, using the back of a spoon to separate the individual grains. Cook and stir until the rice is mixed into the dish and hot, 5 to 7 minutes. Garnish with the cilantro to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

375 Calories
9g Fat
67g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 375
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Sodium 69mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 67g 24%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 51mg 257%
Calcium 64mg 5%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 401mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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