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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Tomato Rice Recipe - Thakkali Sadam Recipe

Thakkali Sadam Recipe
Tomato rice is one of my favs but since hubby is not a fan of it I rarely make it only when he is not there for lunch. I wanted to post it and finally a day has come :) This is the way amma makes and I am hooked to this recipe.There were days during my childhood days when I had so much aversion towards variety rice. But now its totally opposite I can have it even daily :)

Tomato Rice - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Main | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Cooked Rice - 1 cup
Tomatoes - 5 medium sized
Salt - as required
Small Onion - 10
Garlic - 6 pearls (halved)
Turmeric powder - a generous pinch
Red Chilli powder - 1/4 tsp

To Temper:

Oil -1 tbsp
Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Cinnamon - 1/2 inch piece
Cloves - 2
Curry leaves - few
Green Chillies - 1 slitted


  1. Chop the tomatoes roughly, keep aside. Heat oil - add the ingredients listed under 'to temper' let it splutter. Then add onion and garlic. Saute till slightly browned.
    How to make tomato rice - Step1
  2. Then add tomatoes,red chilli,turmeric powder and salt. Saute till mushy and raw smell leaves. Once it starts shrinking, sprinkle little water and cook till the tomatoes turn soft. Keep sauteing now and then.
    How to make tomato rice - Step2
  3. At one stage it will be thick mass like a thokku consistency. At this stage, switch off. Take cooked rice and cool it down, then add the tomato thokku and mix well.Take care not to break the grains of the rice.Check salt and add if required.
    How to make tomato rice - Step3
Serve it with curd or onion raita. We had it with plain curd and vendakkai poriyal.
Tomato Rice Recipe

My Notes:

  • I usually deseed the tomatoes, but you can use it with seeds too to get more gravy.
  • I have used normal plain rice, you can use basmati rice too.
  • You can also grind the tomatoes to a coarse paste and proceed with the remaining steps.
  • I havent cut onion have used it as such as they were small. If you prefer just half it. I halved the garlic alone.
Tomato Rice Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. I too make it in hurry burries, except I cut the garlic too into circles :) Love it!

  2. looks like briyani :) yummy yummy


  3. Nice..there is so much we can do with cooked rice..varied dishes.

  4. Ooohhhh I just love tomato rice...

  5. A very handy & tasty recipe :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  6. This is one my way of making tomato rice, I add little saunf powder otherwise same :) Love it, its my fav.

  7. This seems very easy .. looks delicious too.

  8. Flavourful and yummy tomato rice,love it simply with chips.

  9. This is one of my fav:-) Love the spicy tangy tomato rice!

  10. Perfectly cooked,looks so yummy.drool

  11. I have not made tomato rice in a while,must try this one.

  12. love the rice. Perfect for lunch box.cute pics too.

  13. Very easy to prepare and nice looking tomato rice.


  14. I envy on u first ;) indha size poondu we never get it here...ellam mega size :(.. I love this tomato rice..i dont add the whole garam masalas though....

  15. Yummy and flavorful rice,I too make the same way but instead cumin seeds,use fennel..

  16. Simple and delicious one pot meal !! Love it !!

  17. i make this quite often and love it..sometimes I add some paneer too..looks yumm..

  18. Comfort and delicious rice, fit for lunch box idea...

  19. Comfort rice during travels.


  20. I love this ...I also do something in similar way

  21. i had a hard day at work today and wanted to make something quick for dinner....this rice is perfect :) thank you for sharing it!

  22. mmm.... a perfect dish. Can make this quickly.

  23. Looks yummy & the step by step pics make it even more interesting. Thanks for sharing.

  24. My favourite Sharmi, Very nice clicks

    Veena of great-secret-of-life.blogspot.com

  25. Always comes to one's rescue when you do not have the time!

  26. I love tomato rice and i am definitely going to try this out..this seems to be quick and easy ..thnx sharmilee

  27. while browsing through my inbox for a week's long unread emails, i came through this tomato rice post of yours.

    reminded me of the fab tomato rice i had at sadhguru jaggi vasudev ashram in coimbatore. plan to make their version soon.

  28. just made this for dinner :) its how my mom makes it and its my fav!

  29. Hi Sharmila,

    I added scrambled eggs(scrambled with pepper and salt) just before mixing the tomato thokku with rice... It was kinda nice :)

  30. perfect....i'm so glad i came across this website...the best part is that ur picorial demostration which makes it easier to understand.

    thanks so much..

  31. I tried this one.Too good with exact ingredients


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