South Indian Tomato Rice (Quick, One Pot)

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Tomato rice recipe with step by step pics. This is an easy, quick and delicious South Indian tomato rice recipe. It is also known as thakkali sadam and is a healthy rice dish made in one pot.

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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 it is 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 chilli powder.

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.

How to make tomato rice

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.

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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.

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

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4. Stir and saute till the onions turn translucent.

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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.

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7. Now add ½ tbsp chopped mint leaves and ¼ cup chopped coriander leaves (cilantro leaves).

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8. Stir and saute for a minute.

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9. Add 1 cup finely chopped tomatoes. About 3 medium to large tomatoes which have been finely chopped.

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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.

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11. Stir very well and saute the tomatoes.

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

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13. Add the soaked rice.

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14. Stir the rice with the tomato mixture very well. Saute for a minute.

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Cooking tomato rice

15. Add 1.75 cups of water. For a more softer consistency in the tomato rice, you can also add 2 cups of water.

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16. Season with salt as per taste.

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17. Cover and pressure cook tomato rice for 2 whistles on medium flame. About 10 to 11 minutes. To get 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.

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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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Tomato Rice (One Pot)

4.9 from 55 votes
This thakkali sadam is a spicy and tasty South Indian style tomato rice.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 50 mins

Cuisine South Indian
Course: Main Course

Servings 3 to 4
Units

Ingredients

for soaking rice

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

other ingredients for tomato rice

  • 3 tomatoes - medium to large, finely chopped or 1 cup finely chopped tomatoes, tightly packed or 200 grams tomatoes
  • 1 onion - medium-sized, finely chopped or ⅓ 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 chilli - chopped
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 4 to 5 methi seeds (fenugreek seeds) - optional
  • ½ inch cinnamon
  • 2 green cardamoms
  • 2 to 3 cloves
  • 6 to 7 curry leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper powder or crushed black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder (ground coriander)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder (ground cumin)
  • ½ tablespoon chopped mint leaves
  • ¼ cup chopped coriander leaves

    (cilantro leaves)

  • 1.75 cups water
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • salt as required

Instructions

preparation

  • 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.
  • Chop the tomatoes, onions and green chillies finely. Peel and crush the ginger-garlic in a mortar pestle. Also, chop the mint and coriander leaves
  • Keep aside all the spices required for the rice.

making tomato rice

  • 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.
  • Then add ⅓ cup finely chopped onion and ½ inch cinnamon, 2 green cardamoms and 2 to 3 cloves.
  • Stir and saute till the onions turn translucent.
  • Then add 1.5 tsp ginger garlic paste, chopped 1 green chili and 6 to 7 curry leaves.
  • Stir and saute till the raw aroma of ginger-garlic goes away.
  • Now add ½ tbsp chopped mint leaves and ¼ cup chopped coriander leaves.
  • Stir and saute for a minute.
  • Add the finely chopped tomatoes and ¼ tsp turmeric powder, ½ tsp red chilli powder, 1/2 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 chilli powder and ¼ tsp black pepper powder.
  • Stir very well and saute the tomatoes.
  • The tomatoes should soften and become pulpy with oil releasing from the sides.

cooking tomato rice

  • Add the soaked rice. Stir the rice with the tomato mixture very well. Saute for a minute.
  • Add 1.75 cups water. For a more softer consistency in the rice, you can also add 2 cups water.
  • Season with salt as per taste.
  • 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 tomato rice.
  • Serve tomato rice with appalams or chips or with a side raita.

Notes

  • To reduce the spiciness, use less amounts of ginger-garlic paste, black pepper powder and red chili powder.

Nutrition Info Approximate values

Calories: 349kcalCarbohydrates: 57gProtein: 6gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1237mgPotassium: 266mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 855IUVitamin C: 52.6mgCalcium: 47mgIron: 1.7mg

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  1. Tried this today and turned out super tasty. Thank you very much for this wonderful recipe. Your instructions were very helpful and simple to understand and follow. Looking forward to trying more of your shared recipes. Thank you 🙂5 stars

    1. Thanks for the review and rating on the recipe. I am glad that the instructions are helpful. Sure, do try some more recipes and I hope you like them. Most welcome.

  2. I follow your recipes to the T…… And they never let me down Dassana. Thankyou.. stay blessed.5 stars

    1. Thanks a lot Bhaskari for your positive comment and kind wishes. So glad to read them. Most welcome and happy cooking.

  3. Dassanaji, I have made many items from your collection, including Pongal, Rawa Idlu, Rava Dosa, Instant Idli, and more. They have all come out just great. Only the Whole Wheat Bread was not up to the mark.
    Thank you, for so much good food!

    1. Thanks a lot for the feedback on the recipes you have made. For whole wheat bread, try using a good brand of yeast and activate it correctly. Most welcome and Happy cooking.

  4. Tried this recipe. Thank you. Didn’t have cinnamon, cardamom and cloves. So made a poorer version of this recipe. Turned out very well. Though I forgot salt, I added salt in the onion raita (onion whichI had chopped for the rice, I retained some for the raita) to make up for it.

    I liked the texture and consistency of the tomato rice. At one point I thought it would have become very spicy, but no it was fine.

    Thank you for your recipe!

    I was trying to post the pic of how my dish turned out. Unable to do so in this comment box.

    Keep sharing your recipes! Thank you once again!4 stars

    1. Thanks for this detailed and positive feedback. If you don’t have spices like cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, then you can always add about ¼ teaspoon of garam masala instead. We do not have the option of adding images in the comment box. Most welcome and thanks again.

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