Tomato Rice with Basil

Tomato Rice with Basil, a flavorful twist on your favourite Spicy Tomato Rice with corn and fresh basil.

Tomato Rice with Basil

Tomato Rice is a very popular South Indian rice preparation, where pre-cooked rice is mixed and further cooked for few minutes with pureed tomatoes and vegetables in Indian spices. It is very popular rice preparation and is enjoyed with raita and papadas.

Many use precooked rice to make Tomato Rice and  many others make it in pressure cooker just like the vegetable pulao. The main flavour of Tomato rice comes from the curry leaves, that also enhances the aroma of the dish. I tweaked the recipe (with pre-cooked  rice) a little and added basil leaves for the flavour.

I came across the recipe of Tomato Basil Rice for first time while searching the how to use basil in food few years back. There are lot of online recipes for  and each version is different from the other. I have adapted the recipe as per my family’s preference. I usually cook it just like the way I cook the traditional Tomato Rice  with curry leaves. My kids like this Basil flavored version of tomato rice. I usually add corn, bell peppers(capsicum) and mushrooms or paneer in it.

For today’s post I have added only corn and green bell pepper/capsicum. You can add any other vegetables like peas, cabbage or carrots as your choice. The spice level of the rice can also be adjusted. I keep the spice level to medium coz of my 7 yr old, my teenager loves to add few chilli flakes to it to add some spicy kick to rice.

We like to have it with Pineapple raita or it’s good just on it’s own also. A quick meal option and a flavorful good way to finish the left over rice.

How to make Tomato Corn Rice rich in Basil flavours

To make this, I have used pre-cooked rice added frozen corn, green bell peppers(capsicum).

First step is to make onion tomato masala. Puree tomatoes with ginger and green chilli. Saute finely chopped onions  with finely chopped green add tomato puree. You can also add 1-2 crushed garlic cloves.

Please note:

  • If you are using pre-cooked rice to make Tomato Corn Basil Rice, then make sure the rice should not be moist. Keep rice in refrigerator for few hours before preparing Tomato rice. This way the Tomato Rice won’t get mushy.
  • Basil is a very delicate herb, so use it carefully. Fresh Basil Leaves turn black, when added to any dish while cooking . So to get the fresh basil flavour I added it in the end after mixing rice with tomato corn masala .
  • Also, to get real basil flavour in rice that is neither too strong or goes unnoticed in the dish, I added 1/2 tsp of dried basil leaves  with tomato puree.

Let’s see how I make this Tomato Rice with Basil

Tomato Rice with Basil

Tomato Corn Pulao with Basil

Tomato Rice with Basil, a flavourful twist on your favourite Spicy Tomato Rice. Fresh and dried basil leaves added to tomato and corn rice/pulao for a flavourful taste. Try Tomato Rice in Bassail Flavours!!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch, Lunch Box, Main
Cuisine Fusion
Servings 4


  • 2 Cups Pre-cooked Rice
  • 3 Tomatoes(medium)
  • 1/2" Ginger Piece
  • 1-2 Green Chilli
  • 1 Onion(medium)
  • 1/2 Cup Corn
  • 1/4-1/2 Cup Green Bell Pepper
  • 1-1/2 tsp Dried Basil Leaves
  • 5-6 Fresh Basil Leaves
  • 1-2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2-1 tsp Red Chilli flakes or as required
  • Salt as per taste


  • Puree tomatoes. green chilli and ginger. Finely Chop onion.
  • In a pan or kadhai heat oil. Add finely chopped onions and saute till light pink add green capsicum and saute for another  minute.Keep it crunchy. 
  • Add tomato puree and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add corn, dried basil leaves and red chilli flakes and salt. Mix well.
  • Add pre-cooked rice and mix with light hands. Add fresh basil leaves on the top and cover the pan. Switch off the gas, and keep it covered for 5- minutes, till the aroma of fresh basil leaves infuses in rice.
  • Serve with raita of your choice. 


To cook rice, refer Steamed Rice(Stovetop) or Easy Steamed Rice Instant Pot (PIP) method.
You can add any vegetables of your choice like peas, carrots(finely chopped). 

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This is 16th in my series of A-Z Biryani/Pulao/Khichdi dishes, that I am taking to Mega Blogging Marathon April’19.

Day 20. T.. Tomato Rice with Basil

This is an event where I along with a group of fellow bloggers are blogging everyday about Biryani/Pulao/Khichdi dishes this whole April, with Sundays off.

My earlier posts for the event..

Day 1. A.. Aloo Matar Ki Tehri

Day 2.  B..Broccoli Mushroom Pulao

Day 3 . C..Chana Dal Khichdi

Day 4. D..Dhaniya Pulao

Day 5. E.. Easy Steamed Rice in Instant Pot with Pot in Pot Method

Day 6. F.. Fresh Mint and Peas Pulao

Day 7. G.. Gatte Ka Pulao

Day 8. H.. Hari Moong Dal Khichdi

Day 9. I.. Iyengar Puliyogare(Instant)

Day 10. J.. Jeera Rice

Day 11. K.. Kashmiri Pulao

Day 12. L.. Lucknowi Veg. Dum Biryani

Day 13. M.. Mixed Veg Pulao

Day 14. N.. No-Onion No-Garlic Kadhai Paneer Pulao

Day 15. O.. Oats and Moong Dal Khichdi

Day 16. P.. Pearl Pulao

Day 17. Q..Quinoa Pulao

Day 18. R.. Rajasthani Kabuli(Jodhpuri Pulao)

Day 18. S.. Spicy Chilli Garlic and Bell Pepper Rice


Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#99

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13 thoughts

  1. mmmm…..I love the aroma basil imparts in food. I always have a small pot handy to add in. Love the way you have added this in tomato rice, a nice fusion

  2. Such a tangy looking tomato rice and I have never used basil in it, must have surely been different.

  3. Basil leaves gives lots of flavors to the dish they r added in. This tomato corn rice must have tasted amazing. Looks delicious.

  4. Wow ! The rice looks super tempting , I am a basil lover and the combination of rice , tomatoes, corn is ultimate . Basil will take the rice to another level .

  5. Substituting curry leaves with basil and addition of other vegetables to it turns the tomato rice into something special. Basil definitely steals the show with it’s strong flavor.

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