Tomato Rice (Thakkali Sadam)

by Kamala on September 11, 2009


Tomato_Rice_Thakkali_Sadam_1 Tomato rice is very much suitable for lunch box and is a favorite dish of children too. Though many variations of tomato rice is available, I have prepared it in the authentic way. In my home, even onion is not used in this recipe but I have added one onion.

Serves: 4

Cooking time: 30 minutes approximately


  • Cooked rice – 4 cups
  • Tomato – 5 no
  • Onion – 1 no
  • Green chilli – 2 no
  • Ginger – small piece
  • Turmeric – ¼ tea spoon
  • Red chilli powder – ½ tea spoon
  • Coriander powder – ½ tea spoon
  • Salt – as per taste
  • For seasoning
    • Bengal gram – 1 tea spoon
    • Urad dal – ½ tea spoon
    • Mustard – ½ tea spoon
    • Red chilli – 2 no
    • Asafetida – 2 pinch
    • Curry and coriander leaves – few
    • Sesame oil/ any other oil – 2 tea spoon

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Step 1

  • Cook rice, as such the cooked grains are separated well and not sticky.
  • Chop onion, tomato, ginger, green chilli, curry and coriander leaves.
  • Heat a pan with oil , add mustard, then Bengal gram, urad dal, asafetida, broken red chilli; then add chopped curry, coriander leaves; add onion, ginger,  green chilli chopped; fry till onion is transparent.
  • Add chopped tomatoes, fry for 2 minutes; add all dry powders given and salt; cook until tomatoes are soft and mashed with spatula.

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Step 2

  • Switch of flame, then add cooked rice, mix well gently.

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  • Colourful tomato rice is ready; serve with any dry vegetable fry, pachadi and papad.



  • If rice is not cooked with grains separated, do not worry; cool the rice below fan, then apply few drops of oil and gently mix; you get cooked grains separated which is suitable for all fried rices.

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