Fast Food, Kids, Pulao, Tomato

Tomato Cheese Pulao


Tomato Cheese Pulao is a very popular and easy to make dish. Popular as a street food in Mumbai, the pulao is a perfect recipe for kids. This variation of the original dish adds cheese to the dish and is delicious & flavourful.

Tomato Pulao
image via Mallika Badrinath video


  • Raw Rice/ Basmati Rice – 2 cups
  • Tomatoes – 300gms
  • Onions – 2, Finely sliced
  • Green Chillies – 4, Finely sliced
  • Garlic – 15 Cloves
  • Ginger – Small Piece, peeled and washed
  • Red Chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Cardamons – 4
  • Cloves – 4
  • Cinnamon Sticks – 4
  • Bay Leaf – 1
  • Ghee – 1 tblsp
  • Oil – 3 tblsp
  • Cheese – 100gms, Grated
  • Mint Leaves – Few
  • Garam Masala Powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt to Taste


  1. Crush the ginger and garlic nicely.
  2. Boil the tomatoes and peel the outer skin.
  3. Blend them to a fine paste in a mixer.
  4. Heat a pan and add oil to it.
  5. Add all the masalas – cardamons, cloves, cinnamon sticks, bay leaf and temper it.
  6. Add the sliced onions, green chillies, ginger, garlic and saute them until golden brown.
  7. Add the red chilli powder, ground tomato paste and 2 cups of water, salt and mix well.
  8. Let it boil and add rice to it.
  9. Close them with a lid and keep the flame to low.
  10. Keep mixing it between and when the rice is cooked well, add garam masala powder, mint leaves and grated cheese.
  11. Lastly add the ghee and mix it gently and remove from fire.
  12. Serve hot with raita.


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