Tomato Rice Recipe | Thakkali Sadam

Tomato rice also known as thakkali sadam in Tamil is a popular South Indian dish made by cooking rice along with tomatoes and spices. The dish has a distinct hot and tangy flavor and is very easy to make.

Tomato rice is a simple dish made with minimal ingredients and can be made very quickly. It is also liked by children and is the ideal dish for their lunch box. Though this dish started out as a South Indian favorite, it has now become popular all over India.

Tips for making perfect tomato rice

Tomato rice can be made from fresh tomatoes or tomato puree. However, fully ripe red juicy tomatoes are best suited for making this dish, as it owes its unique taste and flavor to absorption of the sweet and tart juices of tomato into the rice.

Addition of onions, ginger, garlic and various Indian spices, further enhance the taste of this dish. Peanuts can also be added to give extra taste and crunch.

Though tomato rice made from fresh rice tastes better, it is quite common to make this recipe from left over rice. Overall, it is a satisfying dish which is delicious, nutritious and tangy.

Serving suggestions

Tomato rice tastes very delicious on its own, but also goes well with plain curd or any raita like onion tomato raita or mint Raita. In South India, tomato rice can also be served with some coconut chutney, papad or even chips.

To make Tomato Rice at home follow the detailed step by step recipe with photos posted below.

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Recipe Info

Servings: 3

CategoryMain Course

Cuisine: Indian

Total Time:

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Nutrition (per serving)

Calories327

Fat10g

Carbohydrates: 56g

Protein: 5g

Ingredients For Tomato Rice Recipe

  • 1 Cup Rice
  • 3 Large Tomatoes
  • 1 Small Onion
  • 1 Tablespoon Ginger-Garlic Paste
  • 1 Teaspoon Black Mustard Seeds (Rai)
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds (Jeera)
  • 1/8th Teaspoon Asafoetida (Heeng)
  • 2 Dried Red Chillies
  • 1 Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder (Haldi)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Garam Masala
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt, or to taste
  • 1/4th Cup Coriander Leaves
  • 2 Tablespoon Oil

Step By Step Instructions with Photos for Tomato Rice Recipe

  • Wash the rice and set them aside. Heat some oil in a pan and add Black Mustard Seeds (Rai) and Cumin Seeds (Jeera) to the pan.

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  • When the Rai & Jeera start to crackle, add Dried Red Chillies and Asafoetida (Heeng).

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  • Add finely chopped onions and fry them for a couple off minutes.

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  • Then add some ginger-garlic paste. Stir and cook for 2-3 minutes.

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  • Put finely chopped tomatoes in the pan. You can also use tomato puree instead.

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  • Add Turmeric Powder (Haldi), Red Chilli Powder, Garam Masala and Salt, according to taste.

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  • Mix the spices and saute till the tomatoes are cooked and start leaving oil on the sides.

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  • Add the washed rice to the pan.

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  • Then add 2 cups of water to rice.

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  • Cover with a lid and cook on medium flame for 10 minutes, or till the rice are cooked.

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  • Tomato Rice are ready. Garnish with Coriander leaves and serve them hot with any raita.

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Tomato Rice or Thakkali Sadam is a popular South Indian dish made by cooking rice along with tangy tomatoes and flavored with Indian spices.

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Tomato Rice Recipe | Thakkali Sadam

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