1½cupsrice(basmati or sona masuri) (soaked for 30 mins)
2½cupswater(adjust to suit your rice variety)
Whole spices for tomato bath
6pepper corn (optional)
How to make the recipe
Wash and soak rice for at least 20 to 30 minutes. Drain and set aside later.
Cube potatoes and add them to a bowl filled with water. Chop other veggies too. Peel and Cube beetroot. set this aside, slice onions and chop tomatoes.
How to make tomato bath
Pour oil to a pressure cooker or pot. Saute whole spices and fry till they turn fragrant. Add onions and fry till transparent.
Next add ginger garlic paste and fry till the raw smell goes off. Add tomatoes, salt and turmeric and fry till they turn mushy.
Then add pepper powder and red chili powder. Fry for 2 minutes or until the raw smell goes away. Add all the other veggies, fry for another 2 to 4 minutes.
Drain the water from the rice and add it along with coriander leaves.
To cook in pressure cooker, for basmati rice pour 2½ cups water. For normal rice use the same amount as you would use to cook it normally. Cook on a medium heat for 1 whistle. For aged rice and non-basmati, let the cooker whistle twice.
To cook in pot: Cover and cook on a low heat till the rice is fully done. If it is under cooked, you may pour little hot water and cook.
When the pressure releases, open the lid and fluff up tomato bath with a fork. Serve with yogurt or raita & papad.