Tomato Rice | Thakkali Sadam Recipe

Tomato Rice | Thakkali Sadam Recipe

tomato rice thakkali sadam recipe

It's been long since I posted any rice recipe and this tomato rice is in my draft for very long time, I thought it's time to clear this long awaiting post too.  Tomato Rice used to be lunch box recipe for us during school days,  though very rare but along with lemon rice my mom use to use few rice varieties.   I always liked tomato rice and it's one of my favorite variety rice, it's perfect for lunch/tiffin box and also works great if you are looking for a quick fix lunch or dinner or even want to use left over rice.

tomato rice thakkali sadam recipe

I make tomato rice less as DH is not fan of variety rice he likes more of Tomato Soup than having it in rice form! So if am cooking for myself which happens once in a blue moon then I do things which I like (read South Indian cooking)  Try this tomato rice and I am sure you will like it too.

tomato rice thakkali sadam recipe

Ingredients for Tomato Rice 

{Serves - 2-3 | Preparation Time - 40 minutes} 

Basmati Rice - 1 Cup
Onion - 1 Large
Tomato - 5 Medium
Green Chilies - 2 [ I used red chilli]
Oil - 2 tbsp
Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
Fennel Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves - A Sprig
Fresh Minched Garlic -1/2 tbsp
Red Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp [optional]
Salt - To Taste
Chopped Cilantro - 2 tbsp

tomato rice thakkali sadam recipe


1. Wash and soak rice for 15-20 minutes and cook with 2 cups of water use 1:1 ratio for rice and water, cook and allow rice to cool.
~ or use little less water than 2 cups, the way its works best for you to have grains separated.
2. Finely chop onion, tomato, green chilli, cilantro.
3. In a pan or wok heat oil add cumin, fennel seeds and allow to splutter. Add garlic and saute until light golden brown. Now add curry leaves, green chilli, onion and saute until onion becomes soft.
tomato rice thakkali sadam recipe

4. Add tomato and mix well, cover and cook until tomato gets mashed.
5. Add red chilli powder, garam masla and mix well.
tomato rice thakkali sadam recipe

6. Add salt and cook for a minute or until oil separates.
tomato rice thakkali sadam recipe

6. Now add cooked rice and mix gently and cook for a minute.  Garnish with cilantro.
~ You can also mix tomato gravy with rice and mix.
tomato rice thakkali sadam recipe

Serve warm with raita, papad.

tomato rice thakkali sadam recipe

~ You can use any rice variety.
~ Use ghee instead of oil for rich taste and flavor.
~ I some times add carrot, peas, corn etc.
~ Adding garam masala powder is optional.
~ My tomato rice is more of spicy version, you can use less of red chilli powder/green chilli if preferred.
~ You can use leftover rice too.

Have a nice day ~~
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  1. Wow my fav rice,lovely spread...Bwn wat is that green color drink dear tempts me more:)

  2. good one pot meal..Perfect for lunch box..I am tempted by the green color drink too

  3. I love this and make it very often..looks yumm..nice clicks..

  4. my all time fave one pot meal! looks delicious..

  5. Yummy rice . nice clicks too.

  6. Thats a very delicious rice.lovely color of rice,looks nice

  7. i too make this way sometimes :)

  8. Love to finish that whole plate rite now,tomato rice is my all time fav.

  9. Very tempting and interesting rice. Perfect for lunch box

  10. Flavourfull, colourfull and tasty!


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