South Indian Tomato Rice Recipe | How to make Thakkali Sadam

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Tomato Rice Recipe – popular South Indian style rice preparation. In Tamil language it is known as Thakkali Sadam. The main ingredients are tomatoes and rice.

South Indian Tomato Rice Recipe | How to make Thakkali Sadam

This is very healthy yet delicious rice recipe with tangy flavor of tomatoes. Tomato rice is not only delicious and flavorful; but it is also very easy to make.

This tomato 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 | How to make 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.

For making tomato rice or tomato bhaat, I have made freshly ground spice powder. It gives very fresh and unique flavor to the dish. 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 airtight container. This way you can make it within 15 minutes.


Basic Info:


Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes

Servings: 2

Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Main course – Rice

 


Ingredients:


  • For Spice powder –
    Dried red chilies – 2
    Coriander seeds – 1 teaspoon
    Chana dal (split bengal gram) – 1 ½ teaspoon
    Urad dal (split skinless black gram) – ½ teaspoon
    Asafetida (hing) – a pinch
  • Other ingredients –
    Cooked rice – 2 cups
    Oil – 1 tablespoon
    Mustard seeds – ½ teaspoon
    Onion – ½ cup, chopped
    Curry leaves – 5-6
    Green chilies – 2, chopped finely
    Tomato – 2 medium  or 1 cup pureed
    Salt – to taste

How to make Tomato Rice (Step by Step Recipe with Photos):


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.
South Indian Tomato Rice Recipe | How to make Thakkali Sadam

3) Let them cool completely. Meanwhile chop onions, chilies and make puree of tomatoes. 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.
South Indian Tomato Rice Recipe | How to make Thakkali Sadam

5) Then add chopped onions, green chilies and curry leaves. Sprinkle some salt to speed up the process.

6) Cook till onion gets light brown.
South Indian Tomato Rice Recipe | How to make Thakkali Sadam

7) Add pureed tomato and remaining salt. Mix well.

8) Cook till all the moisture from tomato evaporates and oil starts to leave from the sides.
South Indian Tomato Rice Recipe | How to make Thakkali Sadam

9) Add prepared spice powder.

10) Mix well and cook for a minute.
South Indian Tomato Rice Recipe | How to make Thakkali Sadam

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.)
South Indian Tomato Rice Recipe | How to make Thakkali Sadam

Enjoy this yummy Tomato rice.
— Check out more rice recipes —
Raw mango rice  — Lemon rice  — Coriander rice  —  Capsicum rice

South Indian Tomato Rice Recipe | How to make Thakkali Sadam


Additional Info:


Taste: Medium spicy and tangy

Shelf life: Once cools completely, you can keep in refrigerator for 2-3 days in airtight container.

Serving suggestions: Serve tomato rice with yogurt or raita like cucumber raita, onion tomato raita. Serve crispy roasted papad on side. This is the perfect rice dish to pack in kid’s or adult’s lunchbox.

 

Tomato rice or Thakkali sadam recipe (Printable):


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Tomato rice recipe aka Thakkali sadam - Very healthy and delicious, medium spicy rice dish with full of tomato flavor.
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Category: main course - rice
Cuisine: South Indian
Yield: 2 Servings
Ingredients
For Spice powder –
  • Dried red chilies – 2
  • Coriander seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Chana dal (split bengal gram) – 1 ½ teaspoon
  • Urad dal (split skinless black gram) – ½ teaspoon
  • Asafetida (hing) – a pinch
Other ingredients –
  • Cooked rice – 2 cups
  • Oil – 1 tablespoon
  • Mustard seeds – ½ teaspoon
  • Onion – ½ cup, chopped
  • Curry leaves – 5-6
  • Green chilies – 2, chopped finely
  • Tomato – 2 medium or 1 cup pureed
  • Salt – to taste
Instructions
  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. Sprinkle some salt to speed up the process.
  6. Cook till onion gets light brown.
  7. Add pureed tomato and remaining salt. Mix well.
  8. Cook till all the moisture from tomato evaporates and oil starts to leave from the sides.
  9. Add prepared spice powder.
  10. Mix well and cook for a minute.
  11. Add cooked rice.
  12. Mix gently till incorporated well. And serve.

 

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  1. Lakshmi says

    Hello Kanan, i tried out your recipe today. I have to say it is missing in a lot of key ingredients for e.g. garlic. And the amount of masala generated if the whole gravy is allowed to cook till all the water is removed, it will be very tough to mix with the rice later after the powder also has been added. I would say let it simmer till the oil starts to show above the masala and then add the powder. So also the specified amount of masala will not generate the kind of rice lile what you have shown in the picture since the masala will be way too less for 2 cups. I doubled almost all the ingredients before I could get it to cover the rice. Hope you will tweak the recipe after verifying my comments yourself.

    • says

      Thanks for the detailed feedback. This will help others and me as well. The recipe works for me all the time, But whenever I make next time, I will keep in mind your points and will give you an update.
      Just a quick question, You are saying, you have doubled all the ingredients for 2 cups of rice. Are you using 2 cups of cooked rice, correct? If using 2 cups of raw rice, cook it and use in the recipe. Then of course all the ingredients will be way too less.

  2. Jyothi Nair says

    Hi Kanan,

    Thank you so much. Loved this recipe, and also easy to follow as pic were also posted. Not only this, I tried Paneer Burji and my kids loved it. Now I am a frequent visitor of this site and started making different dishes . Thank you so much ..

  3. sunitha says

    these recipes are looking very tasty , healthy and easy to prepare for lunch boxes. From tomorrow im going to start doing these daily one . Thank you.

  4. Sherin says

    First time ever I’m trying tomato rice…superb taste and simple recipe too..going to try your other recipes as well.:-)

  5. Kumar says

    This recipe is wonderful.. I just made it for my pregnant wife… She loved it… Thanks to you I made her a nice dinner… This recipe is so much better than the other one where you cook the tomatoes n rice together… That doesn’t bring so much flavor in it… Thanks again..

  6. Foodie says

    Hi,

    Have you made the home made puree in this recipe with vinegar and sugar or it is just boiled tomatoes mixed in blender put to use.

    Thanks!

  7. Shrikar says

    Very well narrated recipe.

    I tried it myself and it was wonderful. Frankly speaking i had expected it to be just ok, but it was delicious.

    Moreover it is very simple, did not took much effort in the first attempt itself.

    Thanks for your effort in sharing this wonderful recipe.

  8. sonia says

    tried this. was wonderful. Already made it twice in two days. I doubled the qty of spice powders, and added more onions and lil garam masala though.Thanks once again

  9. Nimesh says

    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.