To a blender jar add onion, tomato, ginger, and garlic.
Grind it to a fine mixture.
Over medium heat, in the pan add vegetable oil, cinnamon, and cloves.
Fry till it becomes golden brown and fragrant.
Then add the ground mixture, red chili powder, turmeric powder, and salt.
For the cooking
Stir occasionally. If the mixture starts sticking to the bottom of the pan, turn to low heat and add a teaspoon of vegetable oil. And cook further
Cook till the mixture thickens and turns rich golden red in color.
Switch off the heat and allow it cool down to the room temperature.
The sprinkle cooked rice over the tomato spice mixture.
Gently mix so that the rice coats well with the spicy tomato base.
Garnish with cilantro and serve hot with raita.
If it starts to stick to the bottom of the vessel, slower the flame further and adds 1 tsp of oil further to this mixer.
Make sure the paste should not go darker in color or burnt in the bottom, this will bring the bitter taste to the rice. This can be overcome by stirring it occasionally and maintaining the flame and by adding little oil.
To get the perfect combo of onion with tomato, Check the quantity of tomato should be little more than the quantity of an onion, to get perfect taste and texture of tomato rice.