Methi Tamatar Pulav (Fenugreek and Tomato Spiced Rice)

Methi Tamatar Biryani or Fenugreek and Tomato Spiced Rice
Methi Tamatar Biryani or Fenugreek and Tomato Spiced Rice

By now, you must have realised that I like one-pot dishes; they are lifesavers on weekdays. Here is one more in the series of one dish meals; one which combines fresh fenugreek leaves with tomatoes in a wonderful mix of tastes.

Serves: 4

Time: 45 Minutes


  1. Basmati Rice – 1.25 Cups
  2. Fresh Fenugreek Leaves – 2 Packed Cups
  3. Tomato – 2 Large
  4. Onion – 1 Large
  5. Cloves – 2
  6. Cinnamon – 1 ” Piece
  7. Star Anise – 1
  8. Black Cardamom – 1
  9. Cumin – 1 tsp
  10. Bay Leaf – 1
  11. Turmeric – 1/4 tsp
  12. Garam Masala or Kitchen King Masala – 1 tsp
  13. Ghee or Oil – 1 tsp
  14. Salt to Taste


  1. Wash the basmati rice and soak in 2 cups water for 10 minutes.
  2. Add 1/2 tsp salt and pressure cook for two releases of pressure (2 whistles).
  3. When the pressure cooker cools, spread the rice on a plate to cool and dry a bit.
  4. Peel and chop the onion into 1/2″ pieces.
  5. Chop the tomato into 1/2″ pieces.
  6. In a heavy bottomed vessel, heat the oil or ghee.
  7. Add cumin, cloves, cinnamon, star anise, black cardamom, and bay leaf.
  8. Saute for 2-3 minutes.
  9. Add onion and sauté till the onion is transparent.
  10. Add the fenugreek leaves and sauté till they wilt.
  11. Add the tomato pieces and sauté till the pieces are well-stewed.
  12. Add turmeric and garam masala/kitchen king masala.
  13. Saute for 2-3 minutes.
  14. Add the cooked rice and salt.
  15. Mix with a gentle hand.
  16. Serve hot with boondi raita or kakdi raita, and papad.

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  1. Hi aruna , this is srisudha,tried this pulav today ,came out very well.i had asked you for the recipe of pulihora pulusu. Please post the recipe whenever possible

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