Onion Tomato Masala Rice | Lunch Box Series : LBS#39

It's a pleasure to eyes biking on a Friday morning on our streets. You will get to see, all colourfully decked up ladies with flowing hair, lovingly adorned with flowers. It's a tradition to have a head bath and get ready for a full swung pooja on a Friday morning for most Hindu ladies.Though I hardly ever follow such rules, it's still a pleasure to get a colour attack on your rush hour. At least you can relax while you wait for the traffic signal to go green! I try to put the waiting time to some use. If I am traveling by car, I try to catch on friends, if on bike, then I spend gazing and observing the world passing me by! I tell you, it's great pastime. You get to see so many different people on the road, even it's only for some few minutes that you have.

Peddu and Chinnu are happy going to the crèche now. They don't cry anymore. In the beginning, Athamma used to carry Cadbury's Gems and the moment they reach the place, she used to give them each. So seeing the gems they stop crying. This has become a ritual for them. Now that they don't cry, Athamma thought she need not carry, but the moment they see the gate, both of them turn to her with extended hands. There is no way she can escape. Coming back home, she was so amused by their action and recollecting to us happily. All three kids have different preference, yet it never amazes me to know how the little ones can eat spicy stuff. Like this rice we made out of ground paste, both the twins liked it. Infact Konda liked it when I packed it for lunch. But the fact that the twins wanted it more, cheered me up. So its definitely something I will make for them when they start carrying lunch, of course its going to be 5 years later, hunh!

Today's Lunch Box had

Ground Masala Rice
Egg curry
Rasam Rice
Curd Rice


I have never attempted to make Thakkali Sadam, so to say. Its still on my to-do list. We have always made Tomato rice more in pulao types. We have a menu decided for the whole week, it makes easy for cooking and planning. So its always one Rice variety either on Wednesday or Thursday depending on mood. But on this Wednesday totally forgetting the plan, had the rice already in the cooker. Athamma reminded me that its a Variety Rice day! Well what else to do, the previous day lunch was Sambar, so no way another sambar to follow.This was simple and very tasty and can be made in short of 10 mins if you have cooked rice on hand!


Ground Masala Rice

Cooked Rice - 1 cup
Onion - medium
Tomato - 1 medium
Ginger Garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
Green Chilies -1 long
Clove - 1
Cinnamon - 1 "
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Bay Leaf - 1
Chili powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 /2 tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
Salt to taste
Ghee / Butter - 1 - 2 tsp

Method to prepare:

Wash and Soak rice for 15 mins, Pressure cook it for 2-3 whistles. Spread in a bowl, so that the grains separate.

Chop onions, tomatoes roughly. Grind onions, tomatoes, cloves, cinnamon to a smooth paste. If you don't have ginger garlic paste, you can add the whole and grind along the onions and tomatoes.

Heat a big kadai or pan with ghee/butter. Ensure it doesn't start smoking, add the cumin seeds, chopped chillies and bay leaf. When the cumin starts sputtering, add the ground masala. If you are using the ginger garlic paste, add it along with the paste. Simmer and fry for 5 mins.

Then add the salt, chili powder, coriander powder and Turmeric powder. Fry till oil comes out. Add the cooked rice to the pan and mix well Simmer and Cover and cook for 5 mins for the masala to steep into the rice.

Onion Raitha can be best, but I prepared Egg Curry as a side dish. And to make things easier, mixed Rasam rice too, for hassle free lunch!

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