Tomato Bath Recipe | Easy Tomato Rice Recipe in Pressure Cooker

Tomato Bath Recipe with step by step photos. Tomato Bath is a  most popular recipe from Karnataka . “Bath” means rice in Marathi and In Kannada it means a kind of variety rice. As name says,  lots of Tomato is needed to make this Tomato Bath . You can even refer this to as “Tomato Pulao ” . For any bath preparation , basically fresh grated coconut is used but if it is not available , feel free to use coconut milk for similar kind of enhanced taste.

Tomato Bath | Tomato Pulao
Tomato Bath

There are many versions of tomato bath. I have tried and tested many versions too but this modified version of tomato bath is the best  , which I always opt for.  May be because it is my Mom’s recipe and everyone just loves this as , I do. What makes this tomato bath/pulao different from other tomato rice is the use fenugreek/methi leaves which adds more taste and flavor  to tomato bath. And also the fresh masala paste , enhances taste of this rice. Serve Tomato Bath with onion raita or potato raita.

It’s one of the best lunch box recipe that can be packed . Other Karnataka special rice varieties recipes which I have shared are Hesaru Bele anna , Puliyogare , Mavinakayi Chitranna , Masala Chitranna , Heralekai Chitranna , Easy Chitranna, Gojjavalakki , Sihi Avalakki, Khara Pongal  and Sihi Pongal  

The word- recipe ” bath ” has lot of affinity for Mysorians and me being one among them. It’s not unusual to see these bath recipes in functions and marriages in and around Mysuru , it is that popular. I would like to highlight few more bath recipes from my space , if interested , you can find other Rice Varieties here.


Tomato Bath Recipe | Easy Tomato Rice recipe in Pressure Cooker

Rice cooked with Tomato, Fresh Fenugreek Leaves and Spices is a dish from Karnataka.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: South India
Keyword: Karnataka
Servings: 4 People
Calories: 210kcal
Author: Muktha H S


  • 1 1/2 Cup Rice Jeera/Seeragam
  • 2 Medium Onions finely sliced
  • 4 Large Tomatoes
  • 1 Cup Fresh Methi Leaves /Fenugreek Leaves
  • 3 Tbsp Oil
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Ghee/Clarified Butter
  • 1 Tbsp Coriander Leaves Chopped
  • 2 Tsp Red Chilly Powder or as required
  • 1 Tsp Lime Juice
  • 2 Tsp Salt or as required

For Masala Paste

  • 1/3 Cup Fresh Coconut grated
  • 1/2 Tsp Jeera/Cumin Seeds
  • 1 Green Cardamom Seeds
  • 1/4 Tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1.5" inch Ginger
  • 8 Garlic cloves medium
  • 4 Cloves
  • 1.5 " inch Cinnamon Sticks
  • 2 Tbsp Coriander Leaves


  • Wash and soak rice for 15 minutes,drain water and keep it aside.
  • In a Pressure Cooker,heat 1 Tbsp Ghee and 3 Tbsp Oil.
  • Add Sliced onions and fry well till lightly brown. Add cleaned and washed  chopped methi leaves,fry well till water content in methi dries up.
  • In a mixer jar, add all the ingredients listed under "Masala Paste"  and ground to a smooth fine paste ,add little water if required.
  • Add masala paste to above fried onion and methi,fry till oil starts releasing from the corners.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and 1/2 tsp of salt and saute till tomatoes are cooked. 
  • Add red chilli powder and fry well till oil starts releasing from the corners.
  • Add drained rice ,mix well .
  • Add 2.5 cups of  hot water and salt.Close the lid and pressure cook for 1 whistle.
  • Once pressure releases on its own, open the lid.Mix well everything,add chopped coriander leaves,1/2 Tbsp ghee and lime juice.
  • Mix well everything and serve along with Onion raita.


1.Water content is what you need to take care.As the above recipe is cooked using a pressure cooker and also we add grounded paste and tomato which has water content  so the water used in the above recipe is less.
2.Soaking rice helps you get smooth rice.Soaking rice helps you get smooth rice.
3.Adding hot water while cooking helps to cook food faster.

Step By Step Directions to make Tomato Bath :

Soak rice for 10-15 minutes.Drain and keep it aside.

Grind all the ingredients,listed under Masala Paste to a smooth paste, if required add very little water. Take a pressure pan/ cooker and heat 3 Tbsp oil, and 1 Tbsp Ghee.Add onions and fry till it looks pink,add methi leaves fry till water content disappears.Tomato Bath Recipe | Easy Tomato Rice Recipe in Pressure Cooker

Add the above grounded masala paste and fry well for 2-3 minutes till you get nice aroma then add finely chopped tomatoes saute for a minute and add red chilly powder saute on a medium heat till tomatoes are nicely cooked and oil leaves the corner. Now add rice and mix well and saute for 3 minutes.

Finally add hot water ,salt and pressure cook for a whistle.Tomato Bath Recipe | Easy Tomato Rice Recipe in Pressure Cooker

Once pressure is released, add ghee,lemon juice,coriander leaves and mix well. Serve with onion  raita or potato raita.

Tomato Bath Recipe | Easy Tomato Rice Recipe in Pressure Cooker

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