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Tomato and Mustard Fried Rice

One of the things I consider while buying a perfume is how many hours it will still smell long after the first spritz. One of the things I like about my current perfume is the layers of heavenly scents that come alive in one harmonious dance for the entire day. The first layer is a fresh burst of plum and blue berry. As the day goes on, the middle notes hit you with orchid, iris and freesia. And as the day winds down, I smell like amber, vanilla and musk. Beyond perfect! After all, a girl has got to smell great all the time 🙂

Today’s dish is alot like my perfume since the flavors are marvelously layered and you taste each and every ingredient from your first bite, to the time you swallow. The first flavors are those of cumin, chilli and ginger. As you continue, you taste the ginger and the pepper and  then finally feel the subtle yet intense mustard and bay leaf flavor. This is what the gods eat! If you are ready for something different, this is for you 🙂

Tomato and Mustard fried rice Kaluhis Kitchen

Prep Time:10 Minutes                                                  Cook Time: 15                                                             Minutes Serves:3


Tomato and Mustard rice ingredients

1 cup of Cooked Rice

Chopped red onion

4 cloves of Garlic

Thumb sized ginger root Ginger

Tomato Paste

2 ripe chopped  tomatoes

Red chillies (optional)

Dried Basil

Whole Cumin seeds

Black pepper

Bay Leaves

Dijon Mustard


Wash your rice and put it to boil/steam together with your cumin seeds. I used basmati rice.

boiling rice with whole cumin seeds for more flavor

In a separate frying pan, heat some oil and put your onions.Add your black pepper, ginger, garlic and basil. Let this saute until the onions are soft.

sauteeing onions, ginger, garlic, basil and black pepper for tomato and mustard rice

Add your grated tomatoes, tomato paste, cumin seeds and dijon mustard. Put in your red chillies and bay leaves whole and allow this to simmer for about 5 minutes. If you prefer a more intense chilli flavor, you can cut up your chilli and add them in as opposed to putting them in whole.

adding bay leaves and chillies to tomato reduction for depth of flavor and character

If you cannot access dijon mustard (I got mine from Nakumatt) you can use the ground mustard spice, which is a close substitute. I also got my basil from nakumatt, and I use it with any dish that has tomatoes because these two go really well together.

ground mustard as a substitute for dijon mustard. Basil goes well with tomatoes

After your tomatoes have  cooked well, add your cooked rice, mix it in and saute for 3-5 minutes then serve.

adding rice to tomato reduction with chilli and bay leaves

I made this the first time, and because I was experimenting with flavors, I was a bit hesitant that the ingredients for this fried rice would clash. I am happy that they came together in perfect harmony for my first trial.

fried rice with tomatoes and mustard

This goes really well with coleslaw, which is the exact combination I decided to have plus I threw in this chicken that not only made my meal balanced, but added more yumminess :). If you are ready for bold dishes with character and flavor, you have to give this fried rice recipe try. After all, life is too short to eat boring food 🙂

tomatoes and mustard rice with slaw

Before I sign out, I would like to notify you that the Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) is now taking submissions for blogs you like, which if short listed, will be up for an award mid thus year. I have a feeling that you like Kaluhi’s Kitchen :). If that is indeed the case, you can nominate this blog HERE under the fifth category. It will take you just 23 seconds to do that, promise 🙂

Peace and Joy,



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  1. sharon

    have submitted the blog to BAKE.. what i really want to know is your perfume, the description got me needing it 🙂

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Thank you so much Sharon :). … But I have talked about that perfume once before in a previous post. Maybe if you send me a token on m-pesa I shall reconsider telling you the name :p 😛 . On a serious note though, I will inbox you the name 🙂

  2. Nzisa


    • kaluhiskitchen

      Thank you so much. Though it is only submitting for nomination, then the voting shall come later. Either way, it means a lot to me Nzisa:)

  3. Waruguru

    I am in loooove with this blog!!! Nominating it right now. Can I nominate it more than once!
    And btw, I see you going sooo far. I’ve seen the Food Gawker website/blog and I see you like that in not a long time! I can’t wait for that.
    Go girl!!

    • kaluhiskitchen

      These are the best words I have woken up to. And I do pray that your vision for me goes higher than anyone could ever envision. Thank you so much for your kind words Winnie 🙂 🙂 🙂 Cheers

  4. Muyu

    Finally!! someone who loves basil! it’s heavenly! even on eggs! esp. on omelettes! and Spaghetti tomato sauce! Oh btw.. It’s waaay better when fresh! Nakumatt has it.

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Basil is the truth!!! I have the dried one just for convenience sake, but I am looking to growing some in my front yard soon. I must try basil with eggs

  5. Lillian G

    Hi Kaluhi

    I just realized I m a day too late for submission…so bad!
    Is there a “voting” phase, then I can give you all my support…after all, thanks to this blog, my hubby now enjoys pumpkin and all their KK forms! Tonight will be our Mustard Fried Rice:-))

    And now to girly things, what is that perfume….pleeeeeeeaaaaase dear

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Hey Lillian,

      Do not worry about the submission. Only one submission was necessary for each blog. Someone somewhere did submit this blog, hopefully :D. Voting shaekll begin in March and end in the final week of April. If I will be shortlisted, I will need all your support then. I am so pleased to know that your hubby is enjoying #KK meals :)))
      As for the perfume, my perfume, it is called midnight fantasy. People do not like celebrity scents but I just love this one forreal!!!! I have worn it for almost 3 years now.

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