August 18, 2008

Tomato Rice /Thakkali Sadam

There are varieties of rice which are popular in the South like the pulaos of the North. Coconut rice, lemon rice and tamarind rice/pulioyodharai are the common ones and they are served as prasadam too. In my childhood days, I am more familiar with the above said types. Later on, Amma started preparing tomato rice, which she learnt from one of aunts. Needless to say, we were hooked to it and loved it for our lunch boxes. Tomato rice with some appalam or any fritters makes an ideal choice as travel food too. There are many ways to prepare this. I follow the method where in I use all the powders readily available on the shelf.

Cooked rice - 2 cups with grains separated.
For the masala
Ripe tomatoes - 3 nos

Onion - 2 nos

Red chilly powder - 1/2 tspn

Sambhar powder - 1 tblspn

Green chilly - 2 nos

Curry leaves - few

Gingely oil/any vegetable oil - 3 tblspn

Mustard seeds - 1 tspn

Cumin seeds - 1/2 tspn

Turmeric - a pinch


garam masala - 1/2 tspn (optional)

Finely chop the onions and tomatoes and keep them separately.
Heat a kadai with 3 tablespoons of oil. Add mustard seeds. When it splutters, add the cumin seeds. When it starts to brown, add the slit green chillies, curry leaves and chopped onions. When onion turn slightly brown, add chopped tomatoes. Cook for 3 minutes or till the tomatoes turn mushy. Add the powders (turmeric,red chilly powder, sambhar powder) and salt. Keep stirring in between so that it doesn't stick to the bottom of kadai. When the oil separates from the gravy, remove from fire. If you want to add garam masala, add before taking off from the fire.

Mix with cooled rice and serve with fritters/raitha. I have served with microwaved sago(javarisi) applams.


  1. inclusion of sambhar powder,..must have made rice more spicy...nic eone...will luv to eat with curd and papad,,.:-)

  2. Hi!
    Javvarasi applams are the perfect combo for the tomato rice!!

  3. I love tomato rice my mom used to make this for my lunch almost once in every week when i went to school.
    Very nice recipe.

  4. this is one of my favs too....luved ur version

  5. Sure is an easy to make and tasty dish. I usually don't add sambar it makes the dish more spicy and delish.

  6. hey nice recipe.. i love this rice.. i too made this last week am will soon post it on my blog :D

  7. tomato rice looks so delicious and colorful. Yum!

  8. I have never thought of sambar powder in the tomato rice.Nice addition.

  9. This is tasty rice which makes a great quickly-put-together and satisfying one dish meal.

  10. Love the simplicity and deliciousness of the dish

  11. Wow tomato rice looks yummy with those appams.

  12. First time to your blog.
    You have got a good blog here!

    Tomato rice looks very good and what else can give best comapany to it other than the Appalams. Love them

  13. i liked this version of tomato rice .. lovely

  14. Happens to be my favourite too! This is the dish I made when I invited my in-laws over to my place for the first time! With potato chips, appalams and pappadams it is yummy:)

  15. notyet100, yeah, sambhar powder makes it more spicy.

    ushaprashanth, thanks.

    shriya, thanks. A tasty and non-messy option for lunch box.

    sowmya,sangeeth, thanks.

    Jayashree, When I started making this, even I didnot add sambar podi. Later on, just tried adding once. It was very tasty.

    ANJALI J. , will love to see ur version too.

    Uma, thanks

    Srimathi, try adding sambhar powder next time u make it. It will make a lot of difference to the taste.

    Aparna, thanks. The best part of this rice is the quickly-put-together part and resulting a yummy meal

    Hima, thanks. Thats the USP of this rice

    Kitchen Flavours, thanks
    Nidhi, Welcome to my blog. Thanks for dropping by.


    Sunshinemom, thanks. So you bowled your in-laws with the tasty tomato rice.


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