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Feb 27, 2014

Tomato Biryani Recipe / Thakkali Biryani Recipe / Tomato Biryani in Rice Cooker / Tomato Rice Recipe / Thakkali Sadam Recipe - Rice Cooker Recipes

Tomato Rice is my go to lunch idea. I make it quite often..Since it is so easy to put together and it taste extremely good..I have already made a tomato rice recipe, it is my video recipe..This is a biryani style tomato rice which taste so yummy..

In addition to that, this recipe is made in a electric rice cooker. So you dont have to baby sit the biryani. Just make the masala and transfer it to the cooker and thats it. That gadget will do the work for you...For those who dont have a electric cooker i have mentioned the steps for making this on stove top too. So try this and let me know how it turned out for you..

And this tomato biryani taste yummy with onion raita...Check out my other raita recipes too..

Preparation Time : 15 mins
Soaking Time : 30 mins
Cooking Time : 40 to 45 mins
Serves : 4 to 5


Basmati Rice - 2 cups
Oil - 3 tblspn
Cinnamon / Pattai - 2 inch stick
Cardamom / Yelakai - 4
Fennel Seeds / Sombu / Saunf - 2 tsp
Onion - 1 large sliced thinly
Green Chilli - 2 pricked with a knife
Ginger Garlic Paste - 2 tblspn
Tomatoes - 4 large Chopped finely
Kashmiri Chilli Powder- 1 tblspn ( optional, used for colour )
Normal Spicy Chilly powder - 2 tsp
Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi - 1 tsp
Garam Masala Powder - 1 tblspn
Salt to taste
Sugar - 2 tsp
Coriander Leaves - 1/4 cup finely chopped
Mint Leaves - 1/4 cup finely chopped
Thick Coconut Milk - 1 cup (same cup you used for measuring rice)
Water - 2 cup / 500 ml (same cup you used for measuring rice)


Wash and soak basmati rice for 30 mins. Drain and set aside.

Heat oil in a kadai. Add in cinnamon, fennel and cardamom. Let them sizzle for a min.

Now add in onions and green chillies. Saute them till golden brown.

Add in ginger garlic paste and saute for a min.

Add in all the spice powders, salt and sugar. Give them a 30 seconds stir.

Now add in the chopped tomatoes and mix them all with the yummy masala.

Let them cook for 5 mins till the tomatoes turn mushy.

Add in coriander and mint leaves and give a quick stir. The masala is done.

Now take your rice cooker bowl. Add this masala in it, along with drained rice, coconut milk and water. Mix well. Taste the water to check the seasoning.

Now put the bowl in your electric rice cooker and switch on it. Cook till done.

Once done, fluff it up and serve with raita.


Once your tomato masala is made, add the drained rice and give a quick stir. Now add in coconut milk, water and bring everything to a good boil. Now simmer the flame and cook covered till the rice has absorbed all the water. It will take around 15 to 20 mins. Now turn the stove off and let it sit covered for 5 mins. Open the lid and fluff the rice. You are done..

Take all your ingredients

Soak your rice

Heat oil in a kadai

Add in fennel, cardamom and cinnamon

Add in onions and chillies

Cook till golden

Add in ginger and garlic paste

Add in all spice powders, salt and sugar

Mix it up

Add in tomatoes

Mix it up

Cook till it turns mushy

Add in chopped coriander and mint

Mix it up...Masala done

Add this to rice cooker bowl

Add in rice

in goes coconut milk

pour in water

mix it up and check for seasoning

Put it inside rice cooked

Cover and cook


Serve with raita



  1. Lovely and delicious looking tomato biriyani. Excellent pics.

  2. OMG! So colorful! I loved this recipe..sugar, spices, tomato and coconut wud make a great combination of flavors. Will try making it soon :)

  3. Looks very yummy!

  4. I made it yesterday turned out to be great veg biryani yesterday being a Thursday. Thanks for the recipe. I din't have coconut milk on hand instead used whole milk , i slowly stirred in milk little by little to avoid curdling. Turned out great nevertheless.

  5. I skipped coconut milk, added few veggies, thks for this keeper recipe, Aarthi!

  6. As a bachelor, I found this biryani recipe very useful. Thanks for you once again Aarthi. Restaurants in Chennai

  7. Very nice biryani.....

  8. Hi arthi
    U r helping out so many girls for example newly wedded womens and one who does know the abcd of cooking its really nice job.

  9. Thanks aarthi..... What is the correct proportion of water for basmathi rice and normal puzhungal rice

  10. @AnonymousFor making biryani pulav, you have to wash rice well and then soak it for 30 mins. For basmati rice, use 1.5 cup of water for 1 cup of rice. And for normal puzhungal rice, add 2 cups of water for 1 cup of rice.

  11. Hi Yummy Tummy, Thanks for sharing your yummylicious recipes ya..It is simply superb.I did the tomato biryani.It is very nice..My first time cooking biryani...
    A query - My 3 cups of water comes up to 550ml..
    Is the measurement of water right or do i need to add in additional 200ml so it totals up to 750ml as your indication.Thank You.

  12. @Uma VikkinerasaHai Uma..The ratio is for 1 cup of rice you have to use 1.5 cup of water measured the same cup.thats it.

  13. first time on your blog dear such a lovely baryani yummmy :)
    Do visit my place when time permits :)

  14. Hi Aarthi... i tried out this recipe last night and it was absolutely delicious! everyone at home loved it! :) thanks a lot for sharing!

  15. Hi Aarthi! I tried this recipe last night and it turned out to be absolutely delicious! Everyone at home loved it! Thanks for sharing! :)

  16. I am making this right now, the masala has already turned out so yummy. thank you thank you . i'm always looking for great flavours in vegetarian cooking. this is brilliant!

  17. I am making this right now, the masala has already turned out so yummy. thank you thank you . i'm always looking for great flavours in vegetarian cooking. this is brilliant!

  18. Helo aarti, tis loks so yummy. I mak it exactly the same bt I use curd inside of coconut milk. . Thx a lot fr ur receips.. I lov ur baby blog. I hv a 11 month old baby so I hv tried almost all ur baby blog recipes.

  19. Ayyo.....where is ur tomato rice recipe??
    i cant find it...
    Whenvr i make it i follow ur recipe...

  20. @safiyai deleted the video. will share it soon

  21. Thanks for the recipe Aarthi..

  22. Superb it's vry gud to taste...i hve preprd as of now..its yammy..no wrds to express...its wrkd gud...mouthwatering.......yaaah....brillent...!! Tq arthi...

  23. Thanks Arthi for this easy recipe. I have a problem using rice cooker where I find the bottom is extra cooked and turns dark brown. Yesterday when it was almost done i stirred the rice to prevent the bottom from sticking to cooker, but the problem is this breaks the beautiful long rice. Please advise!! THanks.

  24. @AnonymousI think it is problem with the cooker.

  25. Hi Aarthi...I am one of your recipe follower and I always try your recipes as your recipes are really awesum and made of all homely ingredients nothing too much flashy..just like you even I have a passion for cooking..in this particular recipe instead of coconut milk can put something else??

  26. @Akansha Sinhacoconut milk is what gives flavour. You can use water

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  28. U said 1:1.5 ratio . But u used 3 cups of water and 1 cup of milk . So it comes to 4 cups for 3 cups of rice . Clear the doubt aarthi.

  29. @priyaasokay that is a typo use 2 cups of water and 1 cup of coconut milk..Thanks for telling me this, i have edited

  30. I tried dis recipe today... It came out very well... I also added milk along wit coconut milk... Served wit fish fry...Its really yummy...thank yu so mch fr yr recipes...

  31. Hi Aarthi, i tried this reciepe... it came out very well. All my officemates liked the taste.

  32. Hey tried it ..tasted it yummy .Thank u ..I din add coconut milk yet very tasty.

  33. What if I don't have a rice cooker?

  34. Hi Aarthi... i was a great follower of all ur baby recipes..my daughter loves it...
    the question i have here is.. how long do we keep in the electric cooker for it cook. i will be trying this sometime really soon.

    Thanks in advance for the reply.

  35. What s the need to add sugar...what flavour it adds to tomato rice madam..reply me..also suggest me how much salt we should add..is there any ratio for that..

  36. Wow recipe.... Thanks for sharing

  37. Hi aarti!
    This is one my goto surehit recipes. I have made it a couple of times now and everytime it has been a hit. Sometimes when I dont have mint, I use a bit of kasuri methi. Once I even used fresh methi.
    This is in my recipebook an I always reach for it when I need to wow the crowd with something different. Thanks for an amazing and yummy recipe.

  38. Your tomato rice has been loved by everyone i made it for. I've got many fans because of your recipe. Thank u so much. This recipe is really awesome!

  39. Hi. Can this be made in a pan? I mean the water, rice and coconut milk ratios will stay the same?

  40. Hi,
    This blog is looking very nice.... i like Homely Biriyani very much..

  41. Hi i have a doubt should I put the distilling plate in the rice cooker or not bcos if i put the plate all the oil and that juicy consistency goes down the plate and this makes the biriyani very dry(I didn't try ur recipe but usually this happens with the rice cooker. that's why i am asking before trying


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