Take a thick bottomed deep pan, heat oil, add shahi jeera. Fry well. Next add in bay leaves, fry well.
Add chopped onion, garlic and ginger paste. Fry well until you get nice aroma.
Next add mint and coriander leaves. Fry well until you get nice aroma.
Add tomato puree and tomato pieces. Fry well. This step is important in making a perfect tasty tomato rice.
We must fry the mixture well until tomato puree thickens and pieces become mushy. This adds the tangy flavour to the rice. The mixture should become thick gravy consistency.
Next add fresh green peas to this, fry well. Add red chili powder as per taste. Fry again to mix everything.
To this add required quantity of water and soaked rice.
Next add salt as per taste and finally add biryani masala powder.
Close with airtight lid and cook the rice. Stir the mixture in intervals. If you feel water is less or if rice is still not cooked, add little water and cook again.
After the rice is cooked, do not immediately mix the rice, as it tends to break. Fluff the rice with a fork and tomato rice is ready to be served
Serve tasty tomato peas rice with any raita of your choice