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

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

tomato rice recipe

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, thakkali sadam recipe
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tomato rice recipe

thakkali sadam 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
rough 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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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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  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 😊

    • Welcome Kruthi. Glad to know that everyone liked this tomato rice recipe. its a good and fool proof recipe.

  2. Please provide an app too. Great job.

    • Thanks Puneet.

  3. One of my favourites. very tasty. Thanks Amit!

    • Welcome Sindhu

  4. Thanks for the wonderful recipe.. it came out well with superb aroma….. Yummm..

    • Welcome Mahalakshmi. Thanks for your positive feedback on tomato rice recipe.

  5. 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!!

    • welcome payal. glad to know this. thanks for sharing positive feedback on tomato rice recipe.