Tomato Rice

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This easy, quick and delicious Tomato Rice recipe is a favorite dish from the Tamil Nadu state of South India. Also known as Thakkali Sadam in Tamil language, this dish is tasty, healthy and perfect to pack in a tiffin for lunch on the go.

While this tomato rice is a slight spicy, you can easily adjust the heat to your liking. Serve it plain, or with crispy papad and boondi raita. It makes a wonderfully filling and light lunch!

Thakkali Sadam is a popular rice dish from the Tamil Nadu cuisine. It is a slightly spicy rice dish that is made with tomato, spices and rice. In the Tamil language, ‘thakkali‘ means tomato and ‘sadam‘ is rice.

I have served Tomato Rice with easy and quick Boondi Raita

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Tomato Rice

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Easy, quick, flavourful Tomato Rice Recipe

  • leftover rice can be used too.
  • as per taste , add green chillies for more spicy taste.


  • 2 cups Cooked Rice, not mushy
  • 3 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Urad Dal
  • 1 tsp Chana dal
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • Few Curry Leaves
  • 2 Red Dry Chillies
  • 1/4 tsp Asafoetida / Hing
  • 6 to 8 Cashew Nuts
  • 2 medium Onions, chopped
  • 3 medium sized Tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 Green Chillies, optional
  • 1 tbsp Ginger Chilli Paste
  • Salt
  • 1 tbsp Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin Corriander Powder
  • lots of fresh Coriander
  • For Boondi Raita
  • 1 cup Fresh Curd
  • 2 pinches of Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp roasted Cumin Powder
  • Black Salt


  • Heat a pan with Oil.
  • Add few fenugreek seeds, Urad Dal, Chana Dal, Mustard Seeds..
  • Later, add Cashews. Saute everything well till little dark in colour.
  • Add Hing and chopped Onions. Also add curry leaves, red dry chilli. Mix well.
  • Cook till onions get cooked. No need to brown it.
  • Now, add chopped tomatoes. Also add some Salt and Chilli Ginger Paste.
  • Cook till tomatoes get soft and mushy.
  • once tomatoes get fully cooked, add spices – red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder. Also add some finely chopped Coriander.
  • Mix well and then add cooked /leftover rice. Gently mix.
  • Garnish with some more chopped coriander. Serve Hot
  • To make Raita,
  • Whisk fresh curd in a bowl. Always use fresh curd and whisk well for smooth and creamy texture..
  • Add red chilli powder, cumin powder and black salt.
  • Add Masala Boondis. Mix well .
  • Garnish with more boondis and chopped fresh coriander.
  • Serve chilled.

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9 thoughts on “Tomato Rice

  1. Tamil Cuisine includes both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Tamil cuisine was developed by Tamilians centuries ago in Southern India. Tamil people are known for its deep belief that serving food to others is a service to humanity. The unique factor of the taste of Tamil food is the use of coconut oil on a regular basis for cooking, unlike the other places in the country.

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