May 2, 2013

Tomato Rice / Thakkali sadam / Thakkali chorru


        This is my another super recipe from my mom that we love. She makes it soooooo perfect and tasty. My sister has this on her menu when she invites her friends for lunch. Today I am happy that am making my mom's tomato rice the way she does. Though my family and friends love my rice, I still am a fan of my Mom's :).

Ingredients: (Serves : 4 People)

Rice - 1-1/2 cups(I used Indiagate basumathi/any cooking rice)
Onion - 1-1/2 cups(Finely chopped)
Tomato - 3 cups(Finely chopped)
Oil / Ghee - 3 tablespoons
Ginger garlic paste - 1-1/2 teaspoons
Green Chilli - 4 no's
Fennel seeds - 1-1/2 teaspoons
Curry leaves - 5 no's
Bay leaf - 3 no's
Cinnamon stick - 1 inch sized
Red Chilli powder -  1-1/2 teaspoons
Coriander powder - 3 teaspoons
Coriander leaves - hand full chopped
Water - 1-1/2 cups
Salt - as needed

  • Heat Oil//Ghee and add Fennel seeds, Cinnamon stick, Bay leaf, Curry leaves, Green chilli and saute.

  • Add Onions and saute until they are golden brown.

  • Add Ginger garlic paste and saute for a minute.

  • Add Tomatoes along with salt, chilli powder, coriander powder and salt. Saute until tomatoes are soft and oil leaks out.

  • Add coriander leaves and rice and fry the rice for 2 minutes.

  • Add water, mix and check for salt. pressure cook in medium flame for 1 whistle.

  • Remove the lid after pressure is down and mix well. Serve with Raitha.

My Notes:
  • I do not prefer Mint leaves / Pudina but adding is totally acceptable. 
  • Sauteing Tomato until we see the oil leaking out in sides is very important for the perfect taste in this rice else am sure rice would clearly taste like raw tomato.
  • Water measurement and Pressure cooking time for cooking rice depends on the type of rice used so would request to adjust according to your rice cooking consistency.
  • I never soaked basumathi rice before cooking nor I would suggest as it leads to overcooking the rice. 
  • Tomatoes always leak water so I would suggest not to add any additional water other than the requirement for the rice used.
  • I normally add 1:1-1/4 ratio(1 cup rice : 1-1/4 cup of water). In this case as Tomatoes leak water I reduced the water to 1:1 (1 cup rice : 1 cup water).


  1. Thakali rice looks delicious Divya, your version is slightly different than mine.

  2. good one ! we call it as briyani !

  3. simplest ever!!! loving it!! definitely gonna try my hands on this!!!! Sunday come soon :)

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    2. Thank you dear, would love to know your feedback after try :)

  4. looks yummy and perfect one pot lunch

  5. m drooling... nice color with lovely click divya...

  6. This is my all time favorite rice, looks delicious.. next time will try your method of pressure cooking.

  7. Tasty and tangy looking tomato rice.

  8. Delicious and tempting tomato rice.. Wonderful preparation.. Looks delectable dear :-)

  9. Delicious and flavorful tomato rice.. Nice clicks..

  10. Delicious & perfect for one pot meal.

  11. Colourful and flavourful...gonna make your version for lunch today..:-)

    1. Thank you nisha...would love to hear from you after your try

    2. I tried this recipe but reduced the quantity for 2 people,outcome was really good...Thx divya :)

    3. I appreciate that you gave a try and also came back to leave your feed back. It means a lot to me, thank you nisha

  12. Its my favorite with potato roast.. nice preparation

  13. Sooo tempting Tomato Rice ..
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  14. makes me want to do something like this straight away once back home from work..yummy dear

  15. Its delicious and tempting Divya.

  16. wow, rice looks very tasty...lvoe the color

  17. Hi Divya,
    I am friends with you in fb, you have beautiful blog and lovely and delicious recipes. Tomato rice is simply superb.
    Your little baby is very cute.
    I am happily following you.
    See you around.

    1. Thank you priya....i dont need your intro friend....i know you on fb but i feel sorry that i didnt get to your blog directly till now - i appreciate your comment and thank you for following dishing. am happy to follow you too on your wonderful space

  18. Looks like briyani no wonder would have tasted great

  19. Yum! Yum! Light on the stomach and easy to prepare, wish I could grab a spoonful right away :) Very thoughtful to provide the tips section in the end, very helpful indeed!

  20. Super yummy rice...Nice spans Divya...


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