Thursday, October 1, 2015

Tomato Chitranna (Tomato Rice) Without Onion

Tomato chitranna is a rice dish. It is very simple and easy to prepare. We can have them for breakfast, or for dinner. It is very nice and yummy to have with a papad and a cup of curd.Tomatoes are available round the year.
When you are bit lazy to prepare curry or just want some simple and yummy dish this kind of rice comes to help. For me I just wanted to try some thing easy and quick. So here is the recipe of TOMATO CHITRANNA
Lets see some benefits of Having Tomatoes in our diet.
Tomatoes are rich in nutrients and anti-oxidants that helps in several diseases and keep our health in good condition. Tomatoes helps to improve vision. They help to lower the risk of cancer. They also help to maintain the blood health. They are rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin K. They help in blood circulation in our body. They are very good for digesttion and prevent constipation and diarrhoea.Eating tomatoes help to prevent jaundice and removes toxins from the body.
"Tomato Chitranna " has no onion or garlic. Tomato Chitranna can be prepared for kitty parties, Kids parties and Potlock parites.

Things Needed :

Cooked Raw Rice : 2 Cups
Tomatoes : 3 to 4 (small ones)
Green Chilly : 1
Red Chilly : 2 to 3
Urid Dal : 1 Teaspoon
Mustard Seeds : 1 Teaspoon
Ginger : 1 Teaspoon (grated)
Curry leaves : 6 to 8
Ingh : a pinch
Turmeric Powder : a pinch
Coconut : (fresh and grated) : 2 To 3 Tablespoons
Salt : According to the taste
Coriander Leaves : 1 Tablespoon
Oil : 2 Tablespoons
Ghee : 1 Tablespoon

Method :  

1. Wash and cut tomatoes, green chilly, coriander leaves and wash and remove the outer skin of ginger. Wash again and grate. Keep them aside.
2. Grate coconut and keep it aside.
3. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Put oil. Let it heat. Add mustard seeds, urid dal and let mustard splutter.
4. Add cut green chilly and red chilly (just break them into two pieces) and fry for 10 seconds.
5. Now add curry leaves, ingh and cut tomatoes. Fry them nicely till tomatoes turn soft.
6. Add turmeric powder and salt. Mix it nicely and add cooked rice.
7. Let it just cook on low flame. (for 1 to 2 minutes). Now mix the rice with tomatoes and other ingredients.
8. Put off the fire and add coriander leaves, grated coconut and fresh ghee.
9. Shift the ready tomato chitranna to a serving dish and serve with a cup of curd and Papad.

Note :

You can add cashews or ground nuts while frying. (before adding tomatoes). Adding onions or garlic is optional. Adding coconut is also optional. You can add grated carrots and capsicum. But the taste differ. Adding more or less chilly is optional.
Time : 20 Minutes
Serves :2 to 3.


  1. nicely demonstrated recipe. even onion and garlic can also be used...

    1. Thank You Shankaranarayana Upadhyaya...yes as you say adding garlic and onions is purely optional.. During festival onions or garlic are not allowed in some housed..and since they give out more oxidants and feast meal may turn some digestive or stomach problems.
      My self especially will not use onion or garlic even in normal cooking...since I do not like the smell.
      I follow a style of traditional simple cooking ..Hope you keep hopping here to encourage me...

  2. I loved your recipe dear. Looks yummy and flavorful

    1. Hi Nalini
      I tried ur Recipe it came out very tasty. very easy and not time consuming just awesome. Thanks for the simple recipe

    2. Thank You Uma Prakash..for the lovely comment ..thank you

  3. Nicely explained recipe....can make it for my daughter's lunch box which I would have to make by 6o clock in the morning. ..hey adding coconut is compulsory. .

  4. Thanks Moumita Malla ..It is not compulsory to add can add cashews and ground nuts will love it ..