Spiced Up Tomato Rice
Spiced up tomato rice is a flavorful south Indian rice dish that is dry and easy to carry in a lunchbox.  The tangy and spicy combination makes this a favourite among children and they love to take this to school along with simple dry sabji and some fried papads or rice vadams.
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  1. Wash and soak the rice for at least 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Cook the soaked rice in boiling water and drain when the rice is cooked al dente. Keep aside to cool.
  3. Heat some oil, add the shallots, ginger, garlic and saute until shallots turn pinkish in color. Next add the tomatoes and saute for few seconds. Switch off the heat. Grind this into a puree and keep aside.
  4. Take a wide pan, add some oil, once the oil is hot enough, add the mustard seeds and allow to crackle.
  5. Next put in the bay leaf, cardamoms, cloves, cinnamon, red chillies and saute.
  6. Add the chopped onions and curry leaves, saute until onions become translucent.
  7. At this time add the turmeric, chilli powder, sambar powder and stir and mix well.
  8. Pour the prepared tomato puree (step 3) and salt, reduce the heat and cook this for 3 to 4 minutes or until the mixture thickens and all the spices are well incorporated.
  9. Remove from stove, add coriander leaves.
  10. Now add the rice to the spicy tomato puree and mix well. Check salt and spice and adjust if needed.
  11. Serve hot with raita and potato chips/papad.
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