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Apr 16, 2015

Easy Tomato Rice Recipe - Thakkali Sadam Recipe

Tomato rice is my all time favourite. I have shared a video recipe in my blog of this recipe and it got so many views as well. But later i deleted those videos due to some issues. I got so many mails from my viewers asking me for that recipe, so i thought of sharing it in my step by step picture form and i made this yesterday and it turned out to be a super hit. 

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This tomato rice is so easy to make and it makes a great dish to put in lunch box. You just need a simple onion raita to serve with it. When we were little mom used to make this and put a boiled egg or or this potato roast with this. OMG it taste heavenly.

Hope you will give this a try and let me know how it turns out for you..

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 20 to 30 mins
Serves : 4


Rice - 2 cups ( I used seeraga sambar rice)
Oil - 5 tblspn
Cinnamon / Pattai - 1 stick
Fennel Seeds / Sombu / Sanf - 1 tblspn
Cardamom / Yelakai - 5
Cloves / Krambu - 5
Bay Leaf - 2
Garlic - 10 cloves
Onion - 1 large sliced thinly
Tomatoes - 5 sliced thinly
Green Chilli - 3 slit
Chilli Powder - 1 tblspn
Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi - 1 tsp
Garam Masala Powder - 1 tsp
Curry Leaves a handful
Salt to taste
Sugar - 2 tsp
Coriander Leaves a handful finely chopped


Start by cooking rice, i used seeraga sambar rice. Wash rice well and soak it for 30 mins. I took 4 cup of water for 2 cup of rice. I added it to pressure cooker, whistled it for 2 times, simmered the flame and cooked for 10 mins. Turn off the heat and let the steam go all by itself. Open the cooker, fluff the rice and let it cool down completely.

Heat oil in a kadai. Add in whole spices and let them sizzle.

Add in garlic and saute till golden.

Add in onions, green chillies and curry leaves. Saute till golden.

Add in the spice powders, salt and sugar. Mix well.

Add in tomatoes and cook till it turns mushy. Keep cooking them, at a stage the oil will separate from the mix.

Now add in the cooked rice and mix well.

Fry this for few mins.

Add in coriander leaves.



Take all your ingredients

Slice up your tomatoes

First heat some oil in a kadai..Add in whole spices

Add in whole garlic cloves

saute for couple of mins

Add in sliced onions and curry leaves

Add in some sugar

And some salt

Saute them for a while

Once they are sauted

Add in some chilli powder, garam masala powder
and turmeric powder

Add in green chillies

saute them for a min or so

Now add in the tomatoes

Saute them

Cook till the tomatoes turn mushy

let them cook down

At a stage the oil will separate from the mix

Now add in the cooked rice

Mix well

Now everything is mixed up

add in coriander leaves

mix well



  1. Dear Aarthi

    I really like your step-by-step pictorial. I feel like I have watched you make it. Superb effort that works really well.


  2. I love ur recipes. Easy to learn n cook

  3. Hi...Aarthi .. really liked all u r recipes... Step by step pictorial is so easy to understand.. Thanks for sharing.


  4. Dear Aarthi,
    I would like to know why are you adding sugar in almost every recipes...I am your regular follower.


  5. @Anonymousadding sugar in tomato based recipes will make it taste even better.

  6. Hi Aarthi, I just came across your blog and made this recipe and its come out awesome.. Love the pictures... makes it so easy to understand.

  7. Dear Aarti,
    Thanks for the easy pictorial step by step cooking.....I now can cook Indian food better.....my son saw my improvement. He loves it. You're amazing.

  8. Hi Arthi, can we cook till tomatoes get mushy in a pressure cooker and then add uncookedrice and pressure cook it? Will the taste vary that way?

  9. I reaaly like the way u r explaining.. I tried podalangai kootu. It came well . I will try this also

  10. Hi Aarthi...I tried this recipe today and it turns out so delicious... Your recipes never fails...keep up the good work... Thanks

  11. Hi Arthi
    What is the type of chilli powder you have used in this recipe? It looks different. Is there any particular one?

    1. I ran out of chilli powder that day. So i too dried chillies and blend them in a grinder


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