Mumbai Street Style Tomato Pulao in Instant Pot

Hello Food Lovers,
           This drool-worthy and straightforward tomato pulao is cooked in instant pot, and it is an ideal midweek meal recipe. Made this Mumbai Street Style Pulao and it came out very delicious and flavourful. Mumbai is famous for its street food(chaats)dishes. So when I thought to which rice prepare for lunch today, I recreated this Mumbai style tangy tomato rice/pulao. Using instant pot, it is effortless to make, and when served it to McDreamy, he just loved it and ended his lunch by eating tomato pulao only(no roti and curry). This is luxurious summer pulao, with tomatoes cooked along with basmati rice and some Indian spices. It is actually very simple to make and just requires 30 minutes from start to end. This tomato pulao incorporates the fresh and vibrant flavor of tomatoes with the beautiful texture and flavor of perfectly cooked Basmati Rice. Instead of chopping tomatoes, you can make a puree by blending it. This can be perfect for a family meal or a dinner party.
            Basmati Rice is an Indian long slender- grained aromatic rice. The word "Basmati" comes from the Sanskrit word "Vasmati," which means Fragrance or Aroma. It has a typical pandan like flavor. Soaking rice for 25-30 minutes before cooking permits 20% shorter cooking times. The perfectly cooked rice is soft, fluffy, with each grain entirely separate. 
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Few Tips to cook perfect Basmati Rice:
  • Rinse the Basmati Rice for at least 6-7 times or until water does run perfectly clear. Rinsing helps get rid of starch and starch can make your rice sticky.
  • Use the best quality Basmati Rice that you can find. I use Tilda or Royal Basmati Rice.
  • Soak Rice in water for 15-20 minutes.
What to serve with this Tomato Pulao
          Here are some accompaniments that go really well with tomato pulao:
  • Boondi ka raita
  • Stuffed eggplant curry
  • Maharashtrian Koshimbir (this is an excellent blend of fresh vegetables (like cucumber, onion, tomatoes, and carrots) with a yogurt dressing.
  • Indian meat curry.
  • Beetroot Chutney
  • Plain yogurt.
         Easy and quick recipe with lots of options to add and great for kids and lunch boxes too. This tomato pulao is always a hit when I make it and get eaten away. This pulao is just too tasty and fresh. I absolutely love the simple flavor of tomato, Garam masala, and Basmati rice. So let's get started!
Preparation Time: 10 Minutes; Cooking Time: 15 Minutes.
Each Serving of Tomato Pulao Contains 194 Calories.
Ingredients:
  • Basmati Rice 1 Cup(soaked in water for 20-25 minutes)
  • Tomatoes 4 medium, finely chopped
  • Onion 1 medium, chopped
  • Green Chilies 3
  • Ginger-Garlic Paste 1 Tbsp
  • Salt 1 Tsp
  • Turmeric ½ Tsp
  • Garam masala ½ Tsp
  • Red chili powder ½ Tbsp
  • Cilantro/Coriander Leaves 2 Tbsp, Chopped
  • Olive Oil 2 Tsp
  • Bay leaf 1
  • Anise star 1
  • Cinnamon 1 inch stick
  • Cumin seeds ½ Tsp
  • Cashews 5-6
  • Water 1 ¼ Cups











Instructions:
To Prepare Tomato Rice/Pulao in Instant Pot:
  • Turn on saute mode of the Instant Pot and heat oil.
  • Splutter cumin seeds, and add bay leaf, cinnamon, Anise star, and sauté for few seconds or until aromatic.
  • Add chopped onions, ginger-garlic paste, and green chilies and saute for 2-3 minutes or until onions turn light brown.
  • Now add cashews and finely chopped tomatoes(you can add tomato puree, instead of diced tomatoes) and cook for 3-4 minutes or till tomatoes turn soft and mushy.
  • Add red chili powder, garam masala or biryani masala, turmeric, salt, and cilantro and mix and cook for another minute.
  • Lastly, add rice and water and give it a quick stir.    
  • Close the lid and place the vent on sealing position.
  • Cook on Manual Mode (Hi) for 6 minutes.
  • NPR for 10 Minutes and then release the remaining pressure manually.
  • Open the lid and gently fluff up the rice, tomato pulao is ready to serve, serve with plain yogurt, or with boondi raita.
To Prepare Tomato Pulao in Indian Pressure Cooker:
  • Heat oil in a Cooker and splutter cumin seeds, and add whole spices and sauté for few seconds or until aromatic.
  • Add chopped onions, ginger-garlic paste, and green chilies and saute for 2-3 minutes or until onions turn light brown.
  • Now add cashews and finely chopped tomatoes(you can add tomato puree, instead of diced tomatoes) and cook for 3-4 minutes or till tomatoes turn soft and mushy.
  • Add red chili powder, garam masala or pulao masala, turmeric, salt, and cilantro and mix and cook for another minute.
  • Lastly, add rice and water and give it a quick stir.
  • Close the lid and put the whistle weight on and cook for 2 whistles on medium flame and turn off the gas.
  • Once the pressure is released, open the lid and gently fluff up the rice.
  • Tomato Pulao is ready to serve, serve with plain yogurt, or with boondi raita. Enjoy!!!
My Take:
  • For a softer texture, you can add an extra 1/4 cup of water.
  • You can add ghee instead of oil.
  • If the used tomatoes are too sour or tangy, then add ½ Tsp sugar to balance the taste.
  • Soak Rice in water for at least 20-25 minutes.
  • To make it more flavourful, you can add coconut milk too. Coconut milk 1 Cup and water ¼ cup.
  • Also, you can add more veggies to make it more healthy and nutritious.
Dietary Comment :
  • The calorie count is based on a 2000 calorie diet.
  • Per serving contains 194 calories, along with 37.6 g carbohydrates, 2.4 dietary fiber, 3.11 g fats, and 3.7 g protein.
  • Portion size can always be increased or decreased depending on your health goals and activity level. 
Health Benefits of Tomato Pulao:
  • Tomatoes are a good source of Vit.A, which supports immunity, vision, and skin health and vit.K, which is good for your bones.
  • Potassium, an essential nutrient for heart function, muscle contraction, and maintaining healthy blood pressure and fluid balance. 
  • Tomatoes help to improve digestion, stimulate blood circulation, reduce cholesterol levels.
  • Helps to improve fluid balance and protect the kidneys, detoxify the body, 
  • Helps to prevent premature aging, and reduce inflammation.
Good Time To Eat:
           It is good to eat tomato pulao for lunch, brunch, or for dinner.
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