Embark on a culinary journey with our Cloves-infused Karnataka-style Tomato Bath, where aromatic spices blend seamlessly to create a quick and flavorful delight.


Cloves-infused Tomato Bath: Karnataka Style Delight

  • Author: Rettaikili


  • 1 Cup = 250ml ; 1 Tablespoon = 15ml ; 1 Teaspoon = 5ml
  • For Masala Paste
  • 1 Teaspoon Oil
  • ½ inch Cassia (Dalchini)
  • 1 Cardamom
  • 3 Cloves
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin
  • 1.5 Teaspoon Fennel Seeds
  • ¾ cup (or) 70 gms Onion half of large onion, diced
  • a pinch Salt
  • handful (or)around 2-3 sprigs Mint remove leaves from the sprig
  • handful (or) around 2-3 sprigs Coriander remove leaves from the sprig
  • 2 cups (or) 406 gms Tomatoes 4 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 3 Tablespoons Desiccated Coconut
  • For Rice
  • 1.5 Tablespoons Oil
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 Star Anise
  • 1 Teaspoons Cumin
  • ½ Cup (or) 68 gms Onion half of the large onion, sliced
  • 1 Teaspoon Ginger Garlic Paste
  • ½ Teaspoon Turmeric
  • 2 Teaspoon Chilli Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Coriander Powder
  • as required Salt
  • 3 Cups Rice
  • 4 Cups Water
  • handful Fresh Coriander Leaves chopped


Step 1: Heat oil in a pan, and add cassia (dalchini), cloves, cardamom, cumin, and fennel seeds. Sauté for a few seconds until the spices release a lovely aroma.

Step 2: Add finely chopped onions to the pan and sauté for a couple of minutes until they become translucent.

Step 3: Stir in mint and coriander leaves, infusing the mixture with fresh flavors.

Step 4: Add tomatoes to the pan and cook for 5 minutes until they start to soften. Turn off the heat and allow the mixture to cool completely.

Step 5: Transfer the cooled mixture to a mixer jar or blender. Add desiccated coconut and grind it into a smooth paste without adding any water.

Step 6: In a separate pot, heat oil and add bay leaf, star anise, and cumin. Sauté for a few seconds until fragrant.

Step 7: Stir in finely chopped onions and cook for 2-3 minutes until they turn soft and translucent.

Step 8: Add the ground masala paste, along with chili powder, turmeric, coriander, and salt. Mix well until the dry spices are fully combined. Cook for around 5 minutes until the raw aroma of the spices vanishes.

Step 9: Pour water into the pot and bring the mixture to a boil.

Step 10: Add washed rice and chopped coriander leaves. Gently stir the ingredients, then close the pot with a lid and simmer for 10-12 minutes.

Step 11: Once the rice is cooked, turn off the heat and let it sit for 10 minutes with the lid on.

Step 12: Remove the lid, and gently mix the Tomato Bath. Serve and enjoy the authentic flavors of this Karnataka-style dish!

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