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Tomato Rice

A classic rice dish flavored with tomato. Also known as thakkali sadam.

Tomato Rice

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Recipe by S Kamala Course: RiceCuisine: Indian, TamilDifficulty: Medium


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A classic rice dish flavored with tomato. Also known as thakkali sadham.


  • Raw Rice – 2 cups

  • Tomato – 4 Nos

  • Onions – 2 Nos

  • Green Chillies – 2

  • Fresh Ginger – 1” piece

  • Garlic Flake – 4 Nos

  • Cinnamon stick – 1” piece

  • Cloves – 4 Nos

  • Cardamom whole – 2 Nos

  • Sombu (aniseeds) – ½ teaspoon

  • Bay leaf – few

  • Turmeric Powder – ½ teaspoon

  • Red chilli Powder – 1 teaspoon

  • Oil – 4 tablespoon

  • Salt – 2 teaspoon

  • Lemon Juice – 2 teaspoon

  • Coriander leaves – little for garnishing


  • Wash and soak rice in water for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Meantime, chop the onions, ginger and garlic. Slit the green chillies.
  • Add the tomatoes in a vessel and add enough water to cover the tomato. Bring to boil. When it starts boiling, close with a lid. Switch off the stove. Let it cool for sometime.
  • Take out the tomato and remove the skin. Put it in a mixie and make tomato puree. Add enough water and make 4 cups of tomato puree.
  • In a pressure cooker, pour oil and when it is hot add cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, sombu and bay leaves. Fry slightly.
  • Add chopped onion, ginger, garlic, green chillies and fry till the onion become transparent.
  • Add turmeric, chilli powder and salt. Stir well.
  • Drain out water from soaked rice completely and add the rice now. Fry gently till the rice is hot to touch.
  • Add tomato puree and lemon juice. Stir gently.
  • Pressure cook for two to three whistle.
  • When it is cool, open the cooker and garnish the rice with coriander leaves.


  • You can also add fried cashew nuts or cooked green peas to the above.
  • Our reader Abi advised to try this recipe with V8 canned tomato juice and informed that it comes out really good and healthy for kids too.
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