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South Indian Tomato Rice- Thakkali Sadam

Thakkali sadam or tomato rice is a tasty, quick and easy rice variety from Tamil nadu cuisine. This rice dish is prepared all over the country with minor variations. Vegan and gluten free. Prepared with simple ingredients and ready in 30 minutes, this tomato rice is best suited for lunch box, quick fix dinners or even sudden guests. Serve with a simple onion raita or potato fry or potato chips for a wonderful satiating meal.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian, south indian
Keyword: thakkali sadam, tomato rice
Servings: 3
Calories: 415kcal
Author: Harini


  • 1 cup basmati rice or 2.5 cups cooked and cooled rice
  • 2 cups tomatoes finely chopped or minced
  • 2 tablespoons Oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seed
  • 2 teaspoons urad dal
  • 2 teaspoons channa dal
  • 15 curry leaves
  • 2 green chillies slit
  • 2 tablespoons peanuts
  • 1/2 inch ginger minced with 2 cloves garlic minced, optional
  • 1/2 cup onions finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons coriander leaves chopped


  • Rinse 3 large or 5 medium tomatoes and cut them into half.
    ripe tomatoes cut into half
  • Now you can either finely chop them with a knife or mince them using a food processor or puree them in a blender. You will need 2 cups chopped or minced tomatoes
    minced tomatoes
  • Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a heavy pan or kadai. Add 1 teaspoon mustard seeds and let them splutter. Next add 2 teaspoons urad dal, 2 teaspoons chana dal and saute for few seconds.
    tempering mustard seeds, urad dal and chana dal in oil for making tomato rice
  • Add slit green chili, minced ginger and saute. Also add minced garlic cloves now if you wish to. You can also add ginger garlic paste.
    green chili added to the mustard tempering
  • Next add the curry leaves and peanuts.
    curry leaves added to the tempering of thakkali sadam
  • Saute well for a minute in medium heat.
  • Now add 1/2 cup chopped onion and 1/2 cup chopped carrots. You can skip carrots to make this rice without vegetables.
    onions and tomatoes adeed
  • Mix well and saute the ingredients in medium heat for 2 minutes.
    sautéing onions and carrots for making tomato rice
  • Now add 2 cups chopped tomatoes and mix.
    minced tomatoes added to make tomato rice recipe
  • Add salt to taste.
    salt added
  • Next add 1 teaspoon red chilli powder.
    chilli powder added
  • Also add 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
    turmeric powder added
  • Mix well and cook in medium heat until the tomato masala gets well cooked. It takes around 6-7 minutes in medium heat.
    cooked tomato base for thakkali sadam recipe
  • Now add the rice and 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil. Remove from flame
    cooked rice added
  • Mix well but gently without breaking the rice, add chopped coriander leaves and mix again
    chopped coriander leaves added
  • Serve tomato rice warm or cool thoroughly and pack in lunch box.


The nutritional values are estimates.
You can double or halve the recipe.


Serving: 3servings | Calories: 415kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 122mg | Potassium: 408mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1232IU | Vitamin C: 119mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 2mg