Thakkali Sadam - Tomato rice

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Total Time:
15-30 minutes
Serves: 4
Nutrition facts:

240 calories, 9 grams fat

Cuisine: Indian Recipe
Technique: Boil Recipe
Difficulty: Hard

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.

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  • 1.5 cup - Long grain rice
  • 1 - Onion (big, sliced thinly)
  • 4-5 - Ripe tomatoes (chopped into big pieces)
  • 3-4 - Green chilli to taste (slit)
  • 1.5 tsp - Ginger garlic paste
  • 3/4 tsp - Red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp - Turmeric powder
  • Chopped Cilantro - 1/4 cup
  • Salt to taste
  • For Seasoning:
  • 2 tbsp - Oil
  • 2 - Cloves
  • 2 - Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp - Fennel seeds
  • Curry Leaves - 10-12.

How to Make Thakkali Sadam - Tomato rice

  • Cook rice with salt and allow it to cool.
  • Heat oil in a pan and splutter the ingredients for seasoning.
  • Then add onions and green chillies and saute until the onions turn pink.
  • Add the ginger garlic paste and stir for 2 mins and then add the tomatoes.
  • Saute until the tomatoes soften.
  • Add turmeric powder, chilli powder, chopped cilantro and salt.
  • Fry until light brown.
  • Add salt to taste.
  • Cook the tomato mixture on low heat until the oil separates from the gravy.
  • Add the cooked rice to the tomato thokku and mix well.
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve with pappad or any raitha.
  • Recipe courtesy: Sara's Yummy Bites.