Tomato Pulao with Fried Bread is one of those dishes from childhood. While I have so many versions of Tomato Pulao, this one is special as I remember Amma making it this way with fried bread pieces garnished on top. Some of the pieces would have steeped inside and you have that soggy deep fried bread, mixed with the masala and still having its distinct flavour.
I know this is just an additional step where one has to add the fried bread, however, Amma used to alter the rice and bread, so you have layers of bread in between and stored in the hot box. Those were the days when Milton Hotcases were famous. She used to have an array of Hotcase in different sizes. The moment the rice was cooked, it gets transferred to a bowl and it used to stay hot until lunch time. While she still continues to use them even now, I no longer use it. I have two huge boxes that I remove when my SILs visit us. Otherwise, it’s usually the microwavable bowls that get used.
As I said the fried bread pieces are added in two or three stages to ensure everybody gets to have this. So while transferring, Amma will add them as a layer, top it with another layer of rice, continued by two more layers like this and finally garnish again on top. The bread is fried in ghee, so it stays stiff or rather sticky.
After a long time, we made this again as Amma said she suddenly remembered those fried bread pulao. So our meal was this simple Tomato Pulao, Roti with Tomato Thokku, Curd Rice.