Tomato Rice – Tomato Pulao – Thakkali Sadam

Simple, healthy and easy to make Tomato Rice Or Thakkali Sadam!

After Goan food South Indian food comes naturally to me. Had loads of tomato at home last weekend. As usual hubby was hungry and all I had were tomatoes at home. So I just thought of making tomato rice with basic ingredients found in your kitchen.

Tomato Rice

There are lot of versions of tomato rice. However this is my own version. I have pureed the tomatoes added some spices and ground nuts for crunch voila tomato rice Or pulao is ready. Generally I use normal organic kolam rice for pulao. But since I had to click pictures I have used basmati rice. You could use any rice you wish.

Tomato Rice

When I made this rice wasn’t completely sure if hubby will like Or not. But he zapped me he loved the rice and relished them. As I had made this for the first time. I just thought of a quick liner “If life throws tomatoes at you make tomato rice ;): ha ha 

Tomato Rice

So when you don’t know what to make this is the best dish to make. I usually make Tamatar chutney at home with rotis. But this recipe is too good. It’s easy to make and can be made instantly. I have tried many recipes with tomatoes like Indian Tomato ChutneyTomato Soup with vegetablesHomemade Tomato Pizza Sauce and Dahi Kadi Recipe with Tomatoes.

Club the tomato rice with papad, pickle Or vegetable. We ate ours with papad and brinjal fry. Nowadays I am on spree of vegetarian food hence loads of veggies. Also will soon post fasting recipes and some Indian desserts. Also non vegetarians don’t worry will soon bounce back with great non veg recipes.

Tips for Tomato Rice:

  1. Use ratio of 2:4 for cooking rice always i.e if 2 cups of rice then 4 cups of water. But if you are using vegetable puree, curd Or any liquid then reduce the quantity of water and add accordingly. Else your rice would be mushy.
  2. I have used groundnuts you could use cashewnuts instead.

Tomato Rice recipe details listed below:

Tomato Rice - Tomato Pulao - Thakkali Sadam
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Recipe type: meals, brunch
Cuisine: South Indian Cuisine
Serves: 5 servings
Ingredients (used american measuring cup, 1 cup = 250 ml)
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 cups organic rice Or kolam rice Or basmati rice
  • 6 tomatoes chopped into chunks
  • 1 onion chopped finely
  • ½ t/s fenugreek seed (methi)
  • 1 t/s asofoetida (hing)
  • 1 t/s mustard seeds
  • 10 to 12 curry leaves chopped finely
  • 4 to 5 mint leaves
  • 1 t/s cumin seed
  • 1 t/s garam masala powder
  • 1 t/s turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp red chili powder
  • 1 tbsp roasted cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp tamaring pulp
  • ½ cup roasted groundnuts
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1.5 cups water
  • black salt as per taste
  1. Firstly soak rice in water for 10 mins.
  2. Meanwhile chop tomatoes. Grind all of them into a processor until they are smooth puree.
  3. Chop onions and keep all the ingredients ready.
  4. Take a cooker Or pan add oil.
  5. Once oil is hot add mustard seed, asofoetida, cumin seed, fenugreek seed, curry leaves, mint leaves and sugar.
  6. When they crackle add chopped onions and groundnuts. Saute onions until light brown in color. Add little salt which will help
  7. in frying onions faster.
  8. Put ginger-garlic paste and stir for 30 secs.
  9. Now add tomato puree and stir nicely.
  10. Add all spices like turmeric, red chili powder, garam masala powder and roasted cumin powder.
  11. Cook for 3 to 4 mins add water to it.
  12. Finally add black salt, tamarind pulp and soaked rice.
  13. Pressure cook until 3 whistles Or cook them in a pan with lid until rice is cooked.
  14. If you feel water is less add more water. The ratio should be 2:4 if using 2 cups of rice then 4 cups of water.
  15. However we are also using tomato puree so add water accordingly.
  16. Serve tomato rice with papad Or pickle.


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