tomato rice recipe

tomato rice recipe with step by step pics. easy and delicious south indian tomato rice recipe. it is also known as thakkali sadam.

this south indian tomato rice recipe is inspired by the tomato rice we would often have at the cafe at isha yoga center, coimbatore, india. both their mushroom rice and tomato rice were a hit with us. i did manage to replicate the mushroom rice at home and now its our favorite dish.

i tried tomato rice many times to get the same taste and flavor but never succeeded. this time around i managed to come very close to that taste which we had gotten used to. the tomato rice is slightly spicy. to reduce the spiciness, just use less amounts of ginger-garlic paste, black pepper and red chili powder.

few more popular tomato recipes on blog are:

you can have the tomato rice plain with some papads or chips or serve it with onion tomato raita or boondi raita. this thakkali sadam also goes well in the tiffin box.

if you are looking for more rice recipes then do check lemon rice, pongaltamarind rice and veg biryani recipe.

tomato rice recipe below:

tomato rice recipe
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tomato rice recipe | thakkali sadam recipe

tomato rice recipe - spicy and tasty south indian style tomato rice recipe.

course main course
cuisine south indian
prep time 30 minutes
cook time 20 minutes
total time 50 minutes
servings 3 to 4
calories per serving 349 kcal
author dassana

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for soaking rice:

  • 1 cup heaped basmati rice or any regular rice
  • water as required

other ingredients for tomato rice:

  • 3 medium to large tomatoes finely chopped or 1 cup finely chopped tomatoes, tightly packed or 200 grams tomatoes
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped or 1/3 cup finely chopped onions
  • 1.5 teaspoon ginger garlic paste or ½ inch ginger + 5 to 6 medium sized garlic crushed to a paste in mortar-pestle
  • 1 green chili (hari mirch) - chopped
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds (rai)
  • 4 to 5 methi seeds (fenugreek seeds) - optional
  • ½ inch cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 2 green cardamoms (choti elaichi)
  • 2 to 3 cloves (lavang)
  • 6 to 7 curry leaves (kadi patta)
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper powder or crushed black pepper (kali mirch powder)
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder (dhania powder)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder (jeera powder)
  • ½ tablespoon chopped mint leaves (pudina patta)
  • ¼ cup chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta)
  • 1.75 cups water
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • salt as required

how to make recipe?

preparation for tomato rice recipe:

  1. rinse 1 heaped cup basmati rice or any regular rice for a couple of times in water.
  2. then soak the rice in water for 30 minutes. later drain the rice and keep aside.
  3. chop the tomatoes, onions and green chilies finely. peel and crush the ginger-garlic in a mortar pestle. also chop the mint and coriander leaves
  4. keep aside all the spices required for the rice.

making tomato rice:

  1. in a pressure cooker, heat 2 tbsp oil. keep the flame to a low and add ½ tsp mustard seeds and crackle them. then add 4 to 5 methi seeds (fenugreek seeds) and just lightly saute them for a couple of seconds.
  2. then add 1/3 cup finely chopped onion and 1/2 inch cinnamon, 2 green cardamoms and 2 to 3 cloves.
  3. stir and saute till the onions turn translucent.
  4. then add 1.5 tsp ginger garlic paste, chopped 1 green chili and 6 to 7 curry leaves.
  5. stir and saute till the raw aroma of ginger-garlic goes away.
  6. now add 1/2 tbsp chopped mint leaves/pudina and 1/4 cup chopped coriander leaves/dhania patta.
  7. stir and saute for a minute.
  8. add the finely chopped tomatoes and 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp red chili powder, 1/2 tsp black pepper powder or crushed black pepper, 1/2 tsp coriander powder and 1 tsp cumin powder. for a lesser spiced version add 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste, 1/4 tsp red chili powder and 1/4 tsp black pepper powder.
  9. stir very well and saute the tomatoes.
  10. the tomatoes should soften and become pulpy with oil releasing from the sides.
  11. add the soaked rice. stir the rice with the tomato mixture very well. saute for a minute.
  12. add 1.75 cups water. for a more softer consistency in the rice, you can also add 2 cups water.
  13. season with salt as per taste.
  14. cover and pressure cook tomato rice for 2 whistles on medium flame. about 10 to 11 minutes. to get a softer rice, you can also pressure cook for 3 whistles.

  15. when the pressure settles down on its own. then remove the lid and gently fluff the tomato rice.

  16. serve tomato rice with appalams or chips or with a side raita.


how to make south indian tomato rice recipe:

1. rinse 1 heaped cup basmati rice or any regular rice for a couple of times in water. then soak the rice in water for 30 minutes. later drain the rice and keep aside.

rice for tomato rice recipe

2. in a pressure cooker, heat 2 tbsp oil. keep the flame to a low and add ½ tsp mustard seeds and crackle them. then add 4 to 5 methi seeds (fenugreek seeds) and just lightly saute them for a couple of seconds.

cumin for tomato rice recipe

3. then add ⅓ cup finely chopped onion and ½ inch cinnamon, 2 green cardamoms and 2 to 3 cloves.

onions for tomato rice recipe

4. stir and saute till the onions turn translucent.

onions for tomato rice recipe

5. then add 1.5 tsp ginger garlic paste, chopped 1 green chili and 6 to 7 curry leaves.

ginger for tomato rice recipe

6. stir and saute till the raw aroma of ginger-garlic goes away.

ginger for tomato rice recipe

7. now add ½ tbsp chopped mint leaves/pudina and ¼ cup chopped coriander leaves/dhania patta.

mint for tomato rice recipe

8. stir and saute for a minute.

making tomato rice recipe

9. add 1 cup finely chopped tomatoes. about 3 medium to large tomatoes which have been finely chopped.

tomatoes for tomato rice recipe

10. add ¼ tsp turmeric powder, ½ tsp red chili powder, ½ tsp black pepper powder or crushed black pepper, ½ tsp coriander powder and 1 tsp cumin powder. for a lesser spiced version add 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste, ¼ tsp red chili powder and ¼ tsp black pepper powder.

spices for tomato rice recipe

11. stir very well and saute the tomatoes.

tomatoes for tomato rice recipe

12. the tomatoes should soften and become pulpy with oil releasing from the sides.

tomatoes for tomato rice recipe

13. add the soaked rice.

rice for tomato rice recipe

14. stir the rice with the tomato mixture very well. saute for a minute.

making tomato rice recipe

15. add 1.75 cups water. for a more softer consistency in the rice, you can also add 2 cups water.

water for tomato rice recipe

16. season with salt as per taste.

salt for tomato rice recipe

17. cover and pressure cook tomato rice for 2 whistles on medium flame. about 10 to 11 minutes. to get a softer rice, you can also pressure cook for 3 whistles. when the pressure settles down on its own. then remove the lid and gently fluff the rice.

making tomato rice recipe

18. serve tomato rice with appalams or chips or with onion tomato raita or boondi raita. you can garnish with some chopped coriander leaves while serving the thakkali sadam.

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69 thoughts on “tomato rice recipe, how to make tomato rice recipe | thakkali sadam recipe”

  1. Hi Dassana,

    Thanks for recipie, i hv done it many times and every time it has come out well. I recently made this for my husband’s office lunch and it was liked by everyone there 🙂

    Thanks again for lovely recipe 😊

  2. Simply loved the tomato rice recipe. My brother never likes rice but he couldn’t resist this one. He ate his share and appreciated a lot! Thanks dassana!!

  3. Just loved it.(Tomato rice)
    Mam I am 15 year old and on this mother’s day I am planning to cook 3 course meal for my mom (my younger sister is also going to help)
    So can u suggest me something little easy.
    P.S- I can’t deep fry 😱

  4. Hi..I tried this recepie today, in fact I was trying tomato rice for the first time. It came out really well and all in home loved it . Thanks a lot for the the recepie.

  5. Kolla Lakshmi Pushpa

    Thanks a lot 🙂
    I have tried so many ways to cook tomato rice. But your way is the best one.
    I tried it now. It’s so tasty. I loved it😊☺

  6. Love all your recipes. One humble suggestion to you. Try using rasam powder or sambhar powder in this recipe with chilly powder. I make tomato rice with this masala and it tastes awesome.You will get authentic South Indian taste. Also I make the tomato masala and add to cooked rice and mix well.

    1. thanks persis and also thanks for the suggestion on using sambar powder with chilli powder. i will give a try. yes tomato masala can be made first and mixed with cooked rice. i will add this version too.

  7. What is the measuring cup used?how to prepare this recipe suppose if we cooked the rice already/leftover rice? I tried Ur kaju sweet recipe and everybody loves it… Thank you so much..:)

    1. gayathri, measuring cup used is 250 ml. 1 cup uncooked rice will yield 3.5 to 4 cups cooked rice. follow all the steps from 1 to 11. then cook till the tomatoes-onion mixture leaves oil. cook the tomatoes really well. then add the cooked rice and salt. mix very well. then switch off the flame. mix in some coriander leaves. then serve.

  8. Smt.Gangotri Srinivas

    Hello Mam,

    I am frm karnataka. .I just love ua website. .
    ur recipes r finger licking. .
    one prob is tht i cant remember the procedure while preparing. .
    so is their no option to save. .
    specially i love the pictorial procedure. .plz reply mam

    waiting eargerly for ur reply

    1. thanks a lot smt. gangotri srinivas. there is a save option in the recipe card, which goes to a website ‘big oven’ when you click on it. here you can save the recipes. if you mean right click and save, then let me know. i have disabled right click as many people copy the photos and text without giving credit.

  9. An easy step by step guide to getting the most delicious tomato rice. I was always looking for an alternate recipe to my own tomato rice and I think I found it with your recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Thanks for recipe, came out very well, pls guide How same recipe can be changed for quantity cooking. …For about 20 people

    1. welcome nandini. when we cook in large quantities all the ingredients have to be added in approximation or eyeballing them. increasing the ingredients proportionately does not work. so you will have to add everything in approximation. i am unable to help here as the ingredients have to be seen before adding them by eyeballing or using the method of andaaz (approximation).

  11. Hey thanks a lot for posting this one!!! I made tomato rice for the very first time and I’m glad it came out really well… keep posting more…God bless 🙂

  12. Thanks for this wonderful recipe I had not made as expected but the taste of happiness was enjoyed with my family by taking help of my sister. Thanks again …..

  13. Dassana,
    This was an excellent recipe. I made this for dinner and both me and my husband relished it. Your blog is excellent, I have cooked a lot of recipes from your blog am a novice cook and now actually look forward to cooking fresh food for every meal thanks to your recipes! God bless you!

  14. am so glad to realize that your website is helpfull to my carrier job. All the recipes are clear and correct.. And i appreacite for that.

    1. you can add 2 to 2.5 cups of water. initially add 2 cups water. cover tightly and cook the rice. then do check when the rice is half done and if it looks dry then you can add some more water.

      1. Thanks for the immediate response.. Just wanted to let you know that your website is really helpful..

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