Tomato Bath Recipe | Easy Tomato Rice Recipe in Pressure Cooker
Tomato Bath/ Pulao is a recipe from Karnataka ,when we call any dish as a “Bath” in Kannada,it means  some kind of spicy rice preparation.Tomato Bath means lots of tomatoes and spices are used to prepare this dish. 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 I have ever tasted.What makes this tomato bath/pulao different from other tomato rice is the use fenugreek/methi leaves which enhances the taste of  tomato bath with flavor of methi.At home,we prepare tomato bath for breakfast as well as lunch too.It’s one of the best lunch box recipe that can be packed for lunch too . Other Karnataka special rice varieties recipes which I have shared are Bisibele Bath , Avarekalu Bath ,Hesaru Bele anna ,Khara Pongal ,Sihi Pongal  and  Masala Chitranna .I’ll post the other recipes shortly. Serve Tomato Bath with onion raita or potato raita.
Do check other Rice Varieties like Vegetable Pulao and Palak Paneer Pulao ,if interested.

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:

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 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.

Tomato Bath Recipe | Easy Tomato Rice Recipe in Pressure Cooker


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