Tomato rice, a.k.a. Thakkali Sadam, is a traditional South Indian flavourful rice dish made with rich, tangy tomato flavours blended into cooked rice. Not only is a lunch item, but it also a popular and common breakfast item as well.
To make Thakkali Sadam, firstly the rice needs to be cooked with salt and allowed to be cooled. Next, the seasoning needs to be made, for which you need to put curry leaves, fennel seeds, cinnamon, and cloves in oil before adding green chillies and onions till the onions turn golden-brown/pinkish in colour. Next goes in the ginger garlic paste which is to be fried for 2 minutes before adding tomatoes and sautéing them.
Next, add the salt, chopped cilantro, chilli powder, and turmeric powder, and fry them until they’re golden brown, and cook the mixture on low heat till the oil separates from the gravy. Finally, add the cooked rice to this tangy, delectable tomato thokku mixture and mix well. Finally. top it off with some cilantro for seasoning and serve with raita and papads for a delicious meal.