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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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

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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Excellent n dedicated work n beautiful designed blog page n professional information about vegetarian food recipes.

    Might be no.1 in India. More helpful to all learners n interested foodies.

    Appreciate your hard n dedicated work.

    All the best.

    1. you can use boiled rice. but you will need to add more water and the cooking time will also increase. soak rice for an hour before making.

  4. Hello Dassana,

    I have been following, saving and trying out many of your recipes but never got a chance to write to you.

    Your passion for versatile cooking and recipe blogging is very commendable.
    All your recipes are very carefully planned and thoughtfully written.

    I am sure it is helping thousands of people and I am definitely one of them.

    I have just tried out the tomato rice turned out very tasty. Thank you so much. Please keep up your excellent work. God bless you.5 stars

    1. thank you very much mamta. so glad to read your detailed comment. yes, the recipes from the website help a lot of people to cook good food. thanks again for your kind wishes and this lovely feedback. wish you all the best.

  5. Hi Dassana,
    I tried your tomato rice recipe. It was an instant success. I enjoy trying your recipes. Your recipes are great . Thank you for posting such wonderful recipes. Your recipes motivate me to cook. Thank you so much.5 stars

    1. hi jagadeeshwari. thank you for this review and rating on tomato rice recipe. most welcome and comment like yours motivate me too. welcome and happy cooking.

    1. thanks subha for sharing this feedback and rating the tomato rice recipe too. welcome and happy cooking.

  6. 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 ????5 stars

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

  7. 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!!

  8. 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 ????

  9. 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 stars

  10. 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????☺5 stars

  11. 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.5 stars

    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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Thanks for recipe, came out very well, pls guide How same recipe can be changed for quantity cooking. …For about 20 people5 stars

    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).

  16. Hello ji
    Pretty cool recipe. Just love it! Easy by the way to indulge in cooking. Thank you so very much!B-)

  17. 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 🙂5 stars

  18. 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 …..

  19. 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!

  20. 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.