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Thakkali Sadam / Tomato Rice Recipe

Written By Angela Steffi on Thursday, January 19, 2017 | 9:05:00 PM

Tomato Rice is one of my childhood memories which my mom used to pack me for lunch. This Thakkai Sadam with Raitha and Fryums is my favorite lunchbox recipe. It tastes very similar to plain biryani due to the added ginger garlic paste and the garam masala ( optional ). Whenever I have lot of tomatoes left in my fridge the first thing that comes to my mind is this delicious tomato rice, I have used regular rice ( Sona Masoori ) to make this Thakkai sadam you can also use basmati rice if you prefer and covert into Tomato Biryani.
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Serving Size           : 2-3  people

Preparation Time  : 10 minutes

Cooking Time        : 25 minutes


Difficulty: Spice Level:
Quantity Ingredients for Thakkai Sadam Recipe
For Tempering 
2-3 tbsp  Oil
1/4 tsp Mustard Seeds
1 tspChanna Dal / Kadalai Paruppu
1 tsp Urad Dal / Ulunthu
1 tsp Fennel seeds

Curry Leaves

For Tomato Rice 
1/2 tsp  Garam Masala Powder
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1.5 tsp Chilli Powder  powder
3Green Chilies 
1 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
1 Onion

Salt to Taste
1 tsp Ghee / Clarified Butter
3/4- 1 cup Rice 

Cooking Method

For 1 large onion we will need 3 medium sized tomatoes, prefer red and fully ripened tomatoes.

Step 1) Tempering:
In a large kadai heat oil and add mustard seeds, channa dal, urad dal and saute it for a few seconds, Once the dal changes its color add fennel seeds and curry leaves .
Add sliced onion , some salt and cook until the onions turns soft.

Step 2) 
Add green chilies, ginger garlic paste and the masalas - Turmeric powder, chili powder and garam masala powder (Ginger garlic paste and garam masala adds more taste to the tomato rice and it tastes like biryani) 
Mix once and then add the tomatoes , cover and cook until oil oozes out from the mixture. 

Once the tomatoes become soft mash it with a spoon so that everything turns into a paste. Stir them in between to prevent the mixture from burning.

Step 3) Tomato Thokku:
Once the oil oozes out add ghee to enhance the taste and flavor of the tomato rice and turn off the heat.

Step 4) Tomato Rice:
Finally add the coked rice and mix well. This mixture will be sufficient for 3/4 - 1 cup of rice (before cooking). If you are not sure about the amount then take a bowl of rice and add mixture little at a time and mix well.

That's it our Thakkai Sadam / Tomato rice is ready to be enjoyed with Raitha and Vadagam. It tastes more or less like a plain biryani because of the ginger garlic paste and the garam masala. You can store the thokku for 2 days in the refrigerator, and whenever needed we can use it to make tomato rice.



Tomato rice also known as Thakkali Sadam is a popular variety rice recipe often packed for lunch.It has a tangy taste and it taste quite similar to plain birynai and sometimes we call it as Tomato biryani .
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    For Tempering:
  • 3 tbsp Oil
  • 1/4 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp Channa Dal
  • 1 tsp Urad Dal
  • 1 tsp Fennel seeds
  • 1 spring Curry Leaves
  • For Tomato Rice:
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder Green Chilies
  • 3 Green Chilies
  • 1 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1 Onion
  • 3 Tomatoes
  • Salt to Taste
  • 1 tsp Ghee
  • 3/4- 1 cup Rice

  • Instructions:
    1. Add oil and temper
    2. Saute onion with the masalas and add tomatoes and cook until oil separates
    3. Add a tsp of ghee and turn off the heat.
    4. Mix the cooked rice with the tomato mixture and serve it with Raitha and appalam.

About Angela Steffi

I am an avid food blogger with a great passion for food. I am always eager to try new recipes and modify recipes and experiment with them. I have two cooking channels on Youtube CLASSIC MASALA HUT (for english recipes) and MADRAS SAMAYAL (for Tamil recipes).


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