Persian Tomato Rice

By Rozina Dinaa  [Rozina’s Persian Kitchen]

Tomato rice is one of of the most popular dishes in Iran. It is full of flavor and easy to make.

Tomato in Persian is Gojeh Farangi so tomato rice is known as Dami-e Gojeh Farangi. Tomato rice is popular in India and Mexico too, but the Iranian version is not spicy. You can add chilis if you want it hot.


  • 2 cups long grain white rice
  • 2 and 1/2 cups water
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 5 large tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 2tbsp tomato paste
  • 1tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 3tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2tbsp butter


  • Wash white rice with cold water and drain it
  • Repeat the process until water is clear
  • Add salt and stir, let it rest for 30 minutes
  • Chop onions and tomatoes
  • Add olive oil to pan
  • Add onions and fry
  • Season with turmeric and pepper
  • Add tomato paste, stir until soft
  • Add chopped tomatoes
  • Drain rice and add to tomato mixture
  • Add salt and stir
  • Pour 2.5 cups of water to mixture
  • Boil until water evaporates
  • Cover and reduce heat to low for 30 minutes


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