Monday, March 11, 2013

Mummy's Tamatay Ka Kana {Indian Spiced Tomato Rice}


It seems like forever since I've posted a recipe.  I thought I should get back into blogging with a recipe of my mother's that she made for us often.  She would serve it with Shaami and Khati Daal.  The aromas from this dish while cooking remind me of my home growing up.  My mom is an amazing cook with an amazing memory.  She doesn't write any of her recipes down, unlike me who needs to write everything down.

A few months ago I had made Mexican Rice from Cook's Illustrated.  I love Mexican food and was very excited about this dish.  After making it I realized it was just a milder version of my mother's Tamatay Ka Kana...and in all honesty I prefer my mom's version.  The Mexican Rice I had made was too mild for our tastes.  I changed the method from how my mother makes it.  She starts it on the stovetop and dollops some butter on top before finishing it off in the oven.  I used the method from the Saffron Rice with Golden Raisins and Pine Nuts I made for An Edible Mosaic's virtual book launch.  I also omitted the butter.

Mummy's Tamatay Ka Kana (Indian Spiced Tomato Rice)
4-5 tomatoes, diced
1/2 tsp cayenne/red chilli powder (or to taste)
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste, divided
3/4 tsp salt (or to taste)
1/4 cup minced cilantro
1 1/2 cups basmati rice, washed
2 tbsp olive oil
1 3/4 cups boiling water
4 whole green chillies

In a medium sized pot over medium-high heat, add tomatoes, turmeric, 1 tsp ginger garlic paste, salt and cilantro.  Cook till dry.  Transfer tomatoes to a bowl and set aside.

On medium heat, in the same pot add olive oil and 1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste.  Fry for a couple of minutes.  Add the rice and cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently.  Add the boiling water, tomatoes and green chillies.  Bring to a boil and give a stir.  Cover the pot, turn the heat down to very low and cook for 10 minutes or till rice is cooked.  Remove from heat and let sit 15 minutes covered.  Fluff with a fork and serve!

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32 comments:

  1. This looks so so yummy! Love the clicks :)

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  2. I am just drooling over it :)

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  3. mom's cooking is always like comfort food... the rice looks really simple and yum...

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  4. Wow!! So delicious!! Wonderful snaps!! :)
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  5. I'm happy to see that you're blogging again :) This dish looks great! (Did you get my email btw?)

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  6. one of my favourite deliciously done looks fabulous

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  7. Hi,

    Found your blog from foodgawak....my first time here.....luv ur space with beautiful lookin recipes....

    Happy to follow you ....
    Would appreciate if you visit my space too..
    Cheers
    Anu
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  8. Looks divine. I love the story as well :)

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  9. Looks so good! I like finding new rice recipes!

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  10. Delicious! This is my go-to recipe for those times when I do not have time to cook. And, this is how my mother-in-law's way of making it too.

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  11. This sounds so good - I need to try it!!

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  12. Very interesting and seeing the pics is making me all worked up, I mean I can feel the hunger creeping in.

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  13. This looks so good! I am always looking for new ways to spice up rice (no pun intended ;)) and this looks perfect! :)

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  14. looks delicious
    new follower to your blog
    http://foody-buddy.blogspot.com/

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  15. lovely and tempting rice. appreciate if you stop by at my space too.

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  16. Rice and curry is my go-to favorite meal and I love changing up ingredients and recipes! This rice looks delicious and I'll definitely make it next time curry's on the menu!

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  17. Simply Lovely!! Surely gonna try this up....
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  18. Simply delicious.. a perfect dish for a perfect rice dinner...
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  19. The color of the rice is so appetizing, lovely flavors!

    Puja

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  20. Your rice looks really good and the color is just lovely!I love tomatoes and can imagine how delicious this must taste :)

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  21. This rice looks wonderful...it would go perfect with any meal.

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  22. Great rice dish and I love the chillies, loving the spice.

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  23. Just found your blog via High Heels and Grills party. Lovely recipes.
    Anjana @ www.happyandharried.wordpress.com

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  24. This looks really good, and I think we would like the spicier version too - thanks for sharing!

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  25. I love that this recipe has some heat to it. I enjoy spicy foods. Pinned to my food board!

    Julie @ This Gal Cooks

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  26. What a great recipe to jump back into blogging. Gorgeous photo too Asiya! Thanks for being a part of the YBR this month:)

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  27. We love our rice and the flavors in this one sound incredibly good - Mom's cooking is always the best isn't it? So nice to see how you've recreated your own version.

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  28. Looks great. You're right it is very similar to Mexican rice but with a bit more spice I'll have to try this with black beans.

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