Tomato Rice Recipe

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A basmati rice with vegetables is usually a light and delicious side dish and becomes the main thing on your plate here.

Especially in summer such a rice with vegetables and tomatoes tastes especially delicious.

You probably know the rice from your last visit to the Greek restaurant.

A similar rice is often served as a side dish with roasted or grilled meat. 

I would like to tempt you here to cook a fine, noble rice dish with tomatoes, crispy basil, basil pesto, a balsamic vinegar reduction and caramelized tomatoes.

The preparation of the rice plus supplements goes quickly by hand and will give you pleasure at the stove. 

I wish you good luck and a good appetite! 

1. Recipe Tomato Rice

Below are the instructions for basmati tomato rice with crown:

Basil crispy, fresh tomatoes from the oven, pesto and Balsamico glace.

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Tomato Rice

Cooked, photographed and written down by chef Thomas Sixt.

Servings 2
Calories 605
Total Time 27 Min.
Preparation Time 15 Min.
Cook Time 12 Min.

Simple instructions for preparing tomato rice.

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Tomato Rice Recipe Image © Thomas Sixt


Tomato Rice with Courgette, Oven Tomato and Fried Basil

120 g Basmati rice
1 can tomatoes (I use chunky tomatoes, 400g)
4 pc spring onions (fresh)
1 pc clove of garlic (fresh)
180 ml Vegetable broth
1/2 tsp brown sugar
15 g butter
1 pinch Salt
1 pinch Pepper
1 tsp thyme (fresh)
1 tsp majoram (fresh)
8 pc basil leafs (fresh)
5 tbs oil (for frying the basil leaves)
1 pinch Salt
1 pc Courgette
1 tbs oil (for frying the zucchini cubes)

Basil Pesto

1 bunch basil
3 tbs pine nuts
60 g parmesan (or Pecorino hard cheese)
4 tbs oliv oil
1 pinch Salt
1 pinch Pepper

Balsamic Glace

8 tbs balsamic vinegar (I like to use an original Italian Aceto Balsamico.)
1 pinch Pepper (freshly grounded)

Caramelised Vine Tomatoes from the Oven

1 panicle vine tomatoes (small tomatoes)
1 tbs oliv oil
1 tsp brown sugar
1 pinch Salt
1 pinch Pepper


Marinated cocktail tomatoes before cooking in the oven.
Marinated cocktail tomatoes prepared for stewing and caramelizing.

Prepare tomatoes

Place the small vine tomatoes on the panicle in a fireproof open dish.

Add a little olive oil, sugar, salt and pepper.

Cook in the oven at 220°C for about 15 minutes.

Caramelized stewed tomatoes close-up
Braised tomatoes, caramelized.

Provide tomatoes

Keep the tomatoes warm in the oven until serving.

Basil leaves on a board.
Basil leaves plucked.

Prepare basil

Pluck the basil leaves from the bunch.

Crispy basil, the leaves taste delicious.
Crispy fried basil leaves.

Prepare herb chips

Fry the basil leaves in enough hot oil in a pan.

Lightly season with salt.

Place on a kitchen paper so that the oil can drip off.

Prepare zucchini.
Prepare zucchini

Prepare zucchini

Prepare the courgette for roasting in the pan.

Wash, dry and quarter the courgettes and remove the seeds.

Zucchini diced photographed on a board.
Diced zucchini

Dice zucchini

Cut the courgette into cubes of about 1 cm in size.

fried zucchini cubes in a pan.
Seared zucchini cubes.

Zucchini anbraten

Fry the courgette dices in a pan with a little oil.

Roasted pine nuts in a pan.
Roasted pine nuts

Prepare pine nuts

Roast the pine nuts in a pan WITHOUT oil.

Pesto ingredients in a blender jar
Ingredients for Pesto Genovese in a blender jar.

Prepare pesto

Add basil, roasted pine nuts, virgin olive oil, parmesan, salt and pepper to the blender.

Pesto in a blender jar.
Freshly prepared basil pesto in a blender jar.

Prepare pesto

Mix or puree the ingredients for the pesto cold.

Homemade basil pesto photographed in a glass.
Pesto Genovese photographed in a glass.

Provide pesto

Pour the finished basil pesto into a sealable jar.

A part of the pesto is placed on the plates for decoration.

Ready-made balsamic vinegar reduction.
Balsamic vinegar boiled down in a saucepan. this balsamic sauce is also called balsamic ice cream.

Prepare balsamic glaze

Cook the balsamic vinegar in a small pot for max. 10 minutes. Season with pepper.

Boil rice, fry rice with onions and butter beforehand.
Rice with onions and butter when frying and rice "toast".

Prepare rice

Cut the spring onions into rings and sauté in a pan with butter and rice.

Add the peeled clove of garlic, finely chopped, a little later.

Add the chunky tomatoes to the rice.
Add canned tomatoes to the rice.

Add tomatoes

Add the tomatoes to the rice in the pot.

Tomato rice with vegetable broth in a saucepan.
Top up the tomato rice with vegetable stock.

Add broth

Add the vegetable stock.

Ready-cooked tomato rice.
Cooked tomato rice on a wooden spoon.

Cook rice ready

Let the rice simmer for 12 minutes at low heat.

The pot remains open, the rice is cooked WITHOUT a lid, otherwise the green ingredients turn grey.

Serving rice made easy, with a serving ring it is perfect.
Serve tomato rice as a dish: Shape the rice with the serving ring, with pesto, balsamic vinegar reduction, zucchini and crispy basil leaves.

Arrange rice

Season the rice with a little butter, salt and pepper.

Arrange the rice on a plate with a ring.
Sprinkle the fried courgette cubes on the plate, add pesto, balsamic vinegar reduction and crispy basil leaves.

Decorate the rice with thyme blossoms and marjoram leaves.

Place the caramelized tomato in the middle of the rice, serve the rest of the tomatoes separately.

Serve quickly, enjoy your meal!


2. Nutritional Information

3. Shopping List Tomato Rice

For your rice with tomatoes you need the following ingredients…

The exact quantities of the ingredients can be found in Recipe.

Ingredients for the rice with tomatoes.

4. Prepare Tomato Rice at a Glance

You can prepare a fine Italian rice with chunky tomatoes and vegetables in a pot:

I will describe the preparation step by step below.

This rice tastes good as a side dish with fish and meat…

5. Supplements to Rice with Tomatoes

Rice with tomatoes as a complete dish… in the introduction I promised you an exciting dish.

Here are my tips for rice as a vegetarian main course:

5.1 Basil Pesto

For my fine pesto with basil I used these ingredients:

Here you need a pan for roasting the pine nuts, a grater for the parmesan and a blender.

5.2 Balsamico Glace

The fine Balsamico glace is a reduction of balsamic vinegar.

I boil the balsamic vinegar in a small pot and season with pepper.

Balsamic vinegar cooked in a pot. This balsamic vinegar sauce is called balsamic vinegar glace by chefs.

5.3 Caramelized Tomatoes

For the caramelized tomatoes you need small vine tomatoes, which I marinate with a little sugar, salt, pepper and olive oil.

Then stew them in a flat oven dish at 220°C and caramelise them.

The tomatoes from the oven are served hot as a garnish on the rice.

Tomato rice served on a plate with grilled tomato, basil pesto and balsamic ice cream. You can shape the rice with a ring on the plate.

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