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Friday, November 28, 2008


I love tomato rice a lot. Initially I never got it right when I tried to make. Either I will over cook the rice or wont cook this tomato paste to be mixed with rice properly. So the taste wont be perfect. Then experience teach me how to make a decent tomato rice. Now a days I can proudly say I make tasty tomato rice. Once when I made this tomato rice, I could see my MIL like this one and asked to make it the same way other day too. I felt really happy for the first time that day when I knew I too can cook properly as it was my beginning stage in cooking. I like the garlic flavor in tomato rice a lot. So make sure always add it.


Tomato rice / Thakkali sadam recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Lunch
Prep Time: 15 mins    |  Cook time: 20 mins    Serves: 2


Basmati/long grain rice - 1 cup

Tomatoes - 3 medium sized(chop fine)

Onion - 1 big (slice thin)

Garlic - 8-10 flakes(slice into thin circles)

Red chilli powder - 1 tsp

Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp

Green chillies - 4

Turmeric - 1/8 tsp

Salt - 1 & 1/2 tsp

Coriander leaves - 1 tblsp

To Temper

Oil - 1 tblsp

Ghee - 1 tsp

Mustard - 1 tsp

Urad dal - 1 tsp

Channa dal(optional) - 2 tsp

Fennel seeds - 1 tsp

Curry leaves - 1 sprig


  1. Wash and soak  basmati rice for 10mins. Pressure cook rice for three whistles in medium flame with 1 & 1/2 cup water.
  2. Heat a kadai with oil,ghee and temper with the items given under ‘To temper’ table. Add chopped garlic, green chillies and give a fry. Then add the sliced onion and fry till transparent.1-tomato-rice-recipe
  3. Add chopped tomato and add salt and fry until it turns mushy and add the powders-red chilli,garam masala, turmeric and the coriander leaves.2-tomato-rice-recipe
  4. Fry till tomatoes gets in to mushy gravy for 4-5 minutes until oil separates but still it remains moist and semi gravy.3-tomato-rice
  5. Now mix this gravy with the cooked rice along with sesame oil or ghee if needed and give atleast some 10 min. standing time.4-tomatorice

Serve hot with raitha or korma...i made it for my son,so he had with Broccoli stir fry...


  • You can add finely chopped carrots and green peas also...

            This one goes to Srivalli's rice mela!




  1. WOW beautiful rice, love the colour and the picture

  2. Thanx for that quick comment,now I don't miss Asha;D

  3. What a nice dish of rice with nice color too and i love your rav dosa this is my favorite dish of south indian. Thanks for your comment. I don't know who is he and how he is take all my recipe and photos without knowing me. Thanks again.

    Have a cheerful day!!!

  4. What a pretty color and picture! Lovely...

  5. Beautiful color.....especially love the first pic.

  6. I love the 1 rst picture, beautifully captured

  7. Wow beautiful pic.btw what brand of basmati rice u normally use.

  8. i sent a tomato rice for the mela too, recipe is slightly different though. love the first pic :)

  9. Wow this looks absolutely delish. Love the color and awesome pics.

  10. looks lovely .. its got a beautiful color

  11. Wow wat a lovely presentation...eyecatching colour..

  12. Lovely tomato rice. Pictures are very very cute:)

  13. Jeyashri,
    After trying somany brands available I am now sticking to buy DAAWAT :)
    Are you having a blog spot or you just comment,I can see you around in this blogsphere:)

  14. Looks colourful...nice recipe...

  15. Tomato Rice looks lovely.. Pretty colour & beautiful pic..

  16. no i dont have a blog. i m bit lazy and quite busy with my 2 kids,the younger one is little naughty.i too tried so many bands.not good,will try this.i just comment from my google account.

  17. yumm im craving some starch and that looks SO good!

  18. superb....yummy yummy

  19. Raji ..the first picture looks great!

  20. looks beautiful...wellcaptured

  21. lovely pic, must compliment you!rice looks yumm!!

  22. such a lovely colour, this must have been yummy

  23. I found this recipe on Srivalli's rice mela round up. Tomato rice looks lovely, great pics too!

  24. I've made a tomato rice dish before, but never with these unique ingredients. I be they really enhance the flavor :)! I'd like to share your recipe with our readers :). Please let me know if you're interested!

    Sophie, Key Ingredient Chief Blogger

  25. Hi Raks,

    Made this for lunch today and it was yummy!! :) loved this version without coconut!thank you

  26. One of my favourites...lovely presentation..
    Boiled corns/peas adds good flavour and colour.

  27. One of my favourite rice variety...Nicely presented as usual.Can try adding boiled peas/corn.I tried and it tasted well.

  28. Ya you are right, I do it in my tomato pulao recipe... :)

  29. I tried it.. its yummy.. thank you

  30. I tried this., it looks great and its yummy. Thank you

  31. Susmita

    I tried this recipe . It is so delicious. All my friends and relatives liked it too.

  32. making it for lunch now :) I tried many recipes from ur blog before.. it came out so well and my hubby loved it too :)

  33. It came out very yummy.......tried tody:)

  34. Hello... you didnt mentioned when to add garlic

  35. Looks Very Colorful.. Nice one:)

  36. Came out pretty well! Thank u :)
    Well maintained website with beautiful snaps of step by step making.. Rockin Rakskitchen

  37. I tried this. So tasty. .done well. Thanks

  38. Fr a non veg cookers lik me tomato s lik oddone out ..nvr had dis rice in past 20yrs r none in my hme evn thnk f dng ... Bt jus wantd to tryout fr my hubby's lunch pak... It realy gav me gud hopedat my hubby ll lov it...thanx fr all de receips raks..bcoz f u m dng grt in kitchen.(everyonethnks its all my hand receipe)..;))n m maintainin de secret)lolzz ;))... Thanks raks

  39. Hi raks if u add 2 tsp of fenugreek seeds to this recipe it would give nice flavour

  40. I tried in ponni rice only excellent result

  41. I have made a tomato rice dish before, but never with these unique ingredients. I would like to share this recipe with our friends. Thanks for sharing great recipe.

  42. It was lovely.... I tried n come out well... Thank you mam


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