Thursday, January 12, 2012

Tomato Rice 番茄饭

I’ve been thinking of tomato rice lately. Back in university days, my friends and I used to dine in at a stall near the hostel. A Malay uncle was selling nasi tomato (tomato rice) there. His tomato rice was served with a chicken drumstick and few slices of cucumber. It was the only tomato rice I tried.

One day, while chatting with a Malay friend on a cooking topic, I brought up a question to her on how to cook tomato rice. She taught me on the steps and ingredients, I memorized it, shopped for ingredients that evening, and cooked it on the next day. My friend’s recipe calls for evaporated milk and coconut milk, but I substituted it with creamer powder instead. The outcome? I got very fragrant and moist tomato rice to serve with air-fried chicken chop, vegetarian mutton curry and Japanese cucumber slices. It’s delicious!

Tomato Rice
Serves 4-5

2 cups of rice, rinsed
2 cup of water (add a little bit more if your rice tends to absorb more water)
60g tomato puree
1 tomato, peeled and cubed
1 thumb-sized ginger, skinned and bruised
1 Cinnamon stick
1 star anise
4 pandan leaves, tied in 2 knots
Salt to taste
2 tbsp of creamer powder
Cooking oil

Blend together:
1 onion, peeled and diced
4 shallots, peeled
5 cloves of garlic, peeled

1.Heat up oil in a wok. Add ginger, star anise, Cinnamon stick and (A) and sauté till fragrant. Add tomato puree and fresh tomato cubes. Stir-fry for a while.
2.Pour in rinsed rice. Stir to mix well.
3.Pour in water and bring to a boil.
4.Transer it to the rice cooker pot. Add salt, creamer powder and pandan leaves. Cook in rice cooker. Remark: I cook in under white rice program for 15 minute by using microcomputer rice cooker.
5.Once done, keep it warm in the rice cooker for another 10 minutes before serving.


Belly Good Cooking said...

I have always wanted to make tomato rice but couldn't find a good recipe. Love your simple yet flavorful recipe. Bookmarked!! :)

Priya said...

Super flavourful delicious rice.

tigerfish said...

I have not found any dish with tomatoes that I dislike...hee heee.

noobcook said...

I love tomato rice too! your rice cooker recipe is a great one for busy nights.

MeRy said...

thanks for sharing this recipe..

daphne said...

oooo.. I'm quite intrigued by this and will try it soon. It's simple but vey appetising!

babe_kl said...

I love tomato rice and yours seems quite easy to tackle. Thanks.

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