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Tomato Rice Recipe – South Indian recipe

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South Indian Tomato Rice Recipe - Thakkali Sadam

Tomato rice is one of South Indian style rice preparations. The main ingredients are tomatoes and rice. Addition of onions and curry leaves gives nice flavor to the dish. And not to forget that freshly ground masala always make a difference.

This rice dish is dear hubby’s favorite for his lunch box. He likes his rice with plain yogurt. So I usually pack yogurt in separate container for him. It would be good for kid’s lunch box too. Please adjust chilies, if making for kids.

South Indian Tomato Rice Recipe - Thakkali Sadam

I have adapted this recipe from “Dakshin: Vegetarian Cuisine from South India” cookbook. I am totally in love with this book. As I have tried couple of recipes and I loved all of them. I also tried Tamarind rice from this book and I loved it too. I will share it soon. Recipes are authentic south Indian and explained very well.

Tomato rice is not only delicious and flavorful; but it is also very easy to make. You can make it from leftover rice too. If you are going to make this rice often then I would suggest you to make spice powder in big batch (like 6-7 times) and store it in air tight container. This way you can make it within 15 minutes.

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Tomato Rice Recipe – South Indian recipe
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Cuisine – South Indian Recipe category – Rice dishes, Main course Skill level – Easy/Beginner
Yield: 2 Servings
Spice powder –
  • Dried red chilies – 2
  • Coriander seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Split chana dal – 1 ½ teaspoon
  • Split urad dal – ½ teaspoon
  • Asafetida (hing) – a pinch
Other ingredients –
  • Cooked rice – 2 cups **Notes
  • Oil – 1 tablespoon
  • Mustard seeds – ½ teaspoon
  • Onion – ½ cup, chopped
  • Curry leaves – 5-6
  • Green chilies – 2, chopped finely
  • Tomato – 2 medium (1 cup pureed)
  • Salt – to taste
  • ………………………………………………………
**Notes –
  1. Take spice powder ingredients except hing (red chili, chana dal, urad dal and coriander seeds) in a small pan.
  2. Turn the heat on low-medium. Dry roast with stirring continuously till dal is brown and you will get nice aroma from coriander seeds. Make sure to dry roast on proper heat; if dal stays raw then it won’t taste good at all.
  3. Let them cool completely. Grind them into fine powder using spice grinder.
  4. Heat the oil in pan on medium heat. Once hot add mustard seeds. Let them pop.
  5. Then add chopped onions, green chilies and curry leaves.
  6. Cook till onion gets light brown.
  7. Add pureed tomato and salt. Mix well.
  8. Cook till all the moisture from tomato evaporates and oil starts to leave from the sides.
  9. Add spice powder.
  10. Mix well.
  11. Add cooked rice.
  12. Mix gently till incorporated well. And serve. (Sorry no photo; got a call from India and forgot to take a pic.)
Additional Info
Taste – mild spicy with tangy from tomatoes

Shelf life – once cools completely, it can be kept in refrigerator up to 4-5 days in air tight container.

Serving suggestions – serve with plain yogurt or raita with crispy papad on side. Perfect rice dish for kid’s or adult’s lunch box.

Enjoy this yummy Tomato rice.

South Indian Tomato Rice Recipe - Thakkali Sadam


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  • Laxmi Suvi Chandra July 4, 2014, 9:04 am

    Thank you for the recipe… :)

    • Kanan July 4, 2014, 10:16 am

      You’re welcome.

  • Purnima June 27, 2014, 10:29 am

    Thanks a lot.

  • Nimesh June 3, 2014, 5:31 pm

    Thanks a lot, this was a well written and narrated recipe. It turned out perfect and i put my turn to cook dinner to good use tonight (me and my wife keeps taking turns to make dinner) Really appreciate it.

    • Kanan June 3, 2014, 6:07 pm

      Glad to know that it came out good. Thanks for the feedback

  • Ramya March 10, 2014, 7:48 am

    its very nice Taste,

    • Kanan March 10, 2014, 12:03 pm

      happy to know that you liked the taste.

  • kethana sri February 28, 2014, 9:14 am

    Wow i lke thz tomato rice.it cn b made very easily nd in less tme

    • Kanan February 28, 2014, 1:35 pm

      Yes that is true Kethana sri, It is quick and easy recipe.

  • Anahita July 29, 2013, 10:25 am

    This recipe is just superb. Many thanks!

    • Kanan July 29, 2013, 1:14 pm

      glad that you liked, Anahita.

    • Tamil March 29, 2014, 8:06 pm

      Is it that simple…!!!