Tomato rice / Thakkali sadam


Basmati rice   –  2 cups

Bay leaves       –  2 nos

Cloves               –   2 nos

Cardamom       –  2 nos

Cinnamon          –  2 pieces

Salt as needed

Ghee or oil          – 2 tbsp

Onion                 –  4 medium

Ginger garlic paste  – 2 tsp

Tomatoes         –   8 medium size

Green chillies  slit  – 2- 3 nos

Turmeric powder   – 1/2 tsp

Chilli powder            –  1 tsp

Garam masala powder  – 3/4  tsp (optional)

Mint leaves chopped     -2 tbsp

Coriander   leaves chopped – 4 tbsp

oil or ghee as needed

Salt as needed

Soak rice  for  20 minutes . Drain the water completely and keep it aside.  Heat oil in a pressure cooker,  add bay leaves, cloves, cardamom and cinnamon. Saute for 30 seconds.  Add rice and fry for a minute. Now add 4 cups of boiling water and salt . Close the lid and cook for 1 whistle . Open the pressure cooker  after 10 minutes and spread the rice in thin layers so that lump does not form.

Heat ghee/oil in a pan, saute onion. When onion turns brown in colour, add turmeric powder, chilli powder, and garam masala. Add tomato to this. When tomato is all mashed and oil starts to float on the surface, add mint leaves, coriander leaves, and salt.  Mix well. 

Now add this to the cooked rice and mix well. Tomato rice is ready to be served with raita. Garnish with chopped mint leaves and coriander leaves. 

27 thoughts on “Tomato rice / Thakkali sadam”

  1. Hey, thanks for ur wonderful comments, went through ur space and found it very nice, ur clicks are amazing. Following u too to enjoy ur recipes as and when u post.

    Tasty tomato rice, one of my family favourite :):)


  2. one of my fav lunch box recipe, sounds delicious…love your version..inviting pics!
    Thank u so much for introducing me to ur lovely space…following u too 🙂

  3. This used to be our lunch box most of the time during school days as it was easy to prepare in the morning hours. I luv the clicks and looks so tempting.

  4. The recipe looks tempting & yummy. I'm very sure it is delicious.
    Also my cousin Shobana used to grind the tomatoes & onions before adding it to the pan. That variation also tastes good. Because her sons are very picky on what they eat, so she literally has to grind or puree anything veggies for lunch box 🙂


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