Masala / Spice powders
  1. Wash and soak rice in water for 20 mins. Drain water completely.
  2. In a pressure cooker heat oil + ghee together. Once its hot, add cumin seeds,fennel seeds,bay leaf ,star anise,cloves,cinnamon and cardamom .
  3. Once the cumin and fennel seeds splutter, add onion ,green chillies and ginger garlic paste. Fry nicely till onion turns light brown in color.
  4. Next add chopped tomato and saute till they become mushy. ( add little salt while frying so that onion n tomato will get done quickly )
  5. Then add turmeric powder,salt,red chilli powder ,coriander powder ,cumin powder ,garam masala powder and kasoori methi. Mix and fry for a min.
  6. Add the chopped mixed veggies and drained rice. Mix.Saute for a min or two.
  7. Finally add hot water and coriander leaves. Mix and taste test. Salt and spice level should be slightly on higher side at this stage. Once the water starts boiling,close the lid and keep the flame to medium . Cook for 2 whistles and switch off the flame.
  8. Once the pressure releases ,gently fluff it up using a fork.
  9. Serve the delicious Tomato pulav hot hot with any raita of you choice.
Recipe Notes
  • If you are using basmati rice ,cook for 1 whistle , keep on sim for abt 5-8 mins. Switch off. For normal rice , cook for 2 whistles on medium flame.Basmati rice will cook quickly. Also use less water for basmati rice.
  • Adding vegetables is optional. You can do plain too if you are in a hurry.
  • You can add sweet corn too.
  • If you want you can add soaked soya chunks ( nuggets ) too. Add it along with vegetables and saute for few mins.
  • Instead of kasoori methi you can add pudina leaves.