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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Tomato Basil Rice

Tomato and basil are two flavors that go together really well. 
So, I just gave a try using the combo to make rice and it worked out well. This rice is good to pack for lunch boxes too.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes 
Cook Time: 25 minutes 
Serves: 3-4

Long grain Rice : 1 1/2 cups
Butter: 2 tablespoons 
Onion: 1 medium sliced 
Tomatoes: 2 chopped 
Basil: 1 bunch or 1/2 cup chopped 
Bay leaf: 1
Shahi jeera : 1/2 teaspoon 
Fresh ground black pepper: 1/2 teaspoon 
Red chili powder: 1 teaspoon 
Salt to taste 

Heat butter in a pot, add bay leaf and  shahi jeera. Fry for 30 seconds, add onions and saut√© till they turn translucent. Add tomatoes and cook for 3-4 minutes until they turn mushy. Add basil leaves and cook for 1 minute.
Add 3 cups of water, salt and bring it to a boil. Add washed and drained rice. 
Bring it to a boil again, close lid and cook for 20 minutes. 
Turn off the stove, wait for 5 minutes before opening the lid and fluffing up the rice. 
Serve hot with some raita.

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