Monday 3 June 2013

Thakkali Sadam/Tomato Rice

This is a very simple South Indian Style Thakkali sadam, which can be made very fast and quick. In South India during valaikappu or baby shower usually it is a tradition to make 5, 7, or 9 different types of variety rice, and thakkali sadam also plays one major role in it. I am planning to post all the different types of rice varieties in the future one by one. Thakkali sadam is not only made during valaikappu but also is a perfect lunch box meal. For now…

Here’s the Thakkali sadam with step by step photos…


Raw Rice/Basmati rice
2 cups
5-6 finely chopped
1 big finely chopped
Green chillies
4 slit length wise
8 – 10 cloves
Sambar powder
2 tsp
Turmeric powder
½ tsp
As needed
Coriander leaves
1 tbsp finely chopped

To Temper

Oil + Ghee
2 tbsp
Mustard seeds
1 tsp
Cumin seeds
1 tsp
Urad dal
1 tsp
Channa dal [Kadalai paruppu]
1 tsp
Curry leaves
8 - 10


Wash the rice and pressure cook it with salt, 1 tsp of oil and keep it separately. If you are using basmati rice add 3 cups of water and for raw rice 5 cups of water. After the steam releases transfer it to a plate, spread it and let it cool. 

In a kadai heat oil & ghee together, splutter the mustard seeds. Add the cumin seeds, urad dal, channa dal, curry leaves and sauté until the dals turn golden brown color.

Now add onions, green chillies, garlic and sauté until the onions turn golden brown color.  Add the tomatoes and sauté until they turn mushy. 

Add the sambar powder, turmeric powder, salt and mix really well. Sprinkle some water and let it cook until all the raw smell goes of f and oil separates out. Switch off the stove.

Now add the cooked rice and mix gently until the tomato masala is evenly spread. Finally garnish with coriander leaves and serve it hot with raita.

Delicious and perfect lunch box meal is ready to be enjoyed.

Thanks a lot for visiting my blog, please come back again for more easy and quick lunch box meals.
Until then I am signing off…


  1. Very Nice. . .Done. . :)
    Have a nice day!

  2. Uplifting fragrance from the ghee and spices, also the tangy flavor of the tomatoes. Perfect one pot meal, anytime of the day.

  3. Love the tangy colourful rice.. Perfect lunch box recipe..

  4. just had tomato rice in potluck last week..i am in love already..yours look yumm

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  5. priya i almost make the same way but in my to give try this way too

  6. Love this super comforting rice all time...

  7. yummilicious and juicy, i like it :)

  8. yummilicious i'm loving this juicy tomato recipe

  9. it s one of my favorite dish..yours looks yummy..:)

  10. it s one of my favorite..yours looks really yummy..:)

  11. My all time fav rice...Looks tempting n yummy!

  12. Looks soo delicious, yummy and flavorful Priya :-)

  13. yummy yummy yummy. am definitely gonna make it this weekend. got too much tomatoes in my refrig now :)

  14. Its my favorite quick fix dish... nice one

  15. Delicious lunch box treat. Love this recipe.

  16. flavorful, tangy one pot meal..looks yummy

  17. Verymuch useful to me. Thanks

  18. Very much useful for me as I am learning cooking. :-}

  19. Verymuch useful to me. Thanks


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