Tomato Rice, Thakkali Sadam

easy tomato rice recipe, thakkali sadam

The next recipe I am going to share is Tomato Rice – an easy to make one pot meal. This tomato rice is prepared in pressure cooker. This can be prepared in no time with less effort. So when I am too lazy to cook anything or when I have time crunch, this is my go to recipe. This is perfect for packing lunch too.

easy tomato rice recipe, thakkali sadam

thakkali sadam recipe, easy tomato rice

Let us see how to prepare this tomato rice. Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and then add urad dal, channa dal and fry. Then add onions, garlic, chillies and curry leaves and fry for a minute. NowΒ add tomatoes, turmeric powder, asafoetida and mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes. Then add washed rice, required water, salt and pressure cook. Wait till the pressure releases, then gently mix well , garnish with cilantro and serve. Very easy isn’t it ? Here is the pictorial for the same.

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Tomato Rice

Easy recipe for South Indian style tomato rice prepared in pressure cooker, Vegan one pot meal.
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Published : August 11, 2016
Prep time : 10 mins; Cook time : 15 mins; Total time : 25 mins;
Yield : 3 – 4 servings; Category : One Pot Meal

Ingredients :

  • Rice : 1 1/2 Cup
  • Oil : 2 Teaspoon
  • Mustard seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
  • Cumin seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
  • Urad dal : 1 Teaspoon
  • Channa dal : 1 Teaspoon
  • Onion : 1 medium sized (chopped)
  • Green Chillies : 2 nos.
  • Curry Leaves : 1 Sprig
  • Tomatoes : 3 medium sized (finely chopped)
  • Garlic : 4-5 cloves (finely chopped)
  • Asafoetida : a pinch
  • Turmeric powder : 1/4 Teaspoon
  • Salt : to taste
  • Cilantro : handful

Instructions :

  1. Heat oil, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, then add urad dal and channa dal and fry for a minute.
  2. Then add sliced onions, garlic, green chillies and curry leaves and fry.
  3. Add tomatoes, asafoetida, turmeric powder, mix well and cook for 2 – 3 minutes.
  4. Then add the washed rice, required water and salt mix well and pressure cook for one whistle in medium high heat.
  5. Wait till the pressure releases, then gently mix well, garnish with cilantro and serve.

Notes :

  • Flavour totally depends on the kind of tomato used. I have used tomatoes on the vine.
  • Instead of chopping the tomatoes, you can puree and add them too.
  • Instead of green chillies, you can use chilli powder too.


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  1. Loved your New Space Divya, neat and user friendly…kudos to both of you πŸ™‚
    We make tomato rice the same way except I make thokku and rice separately and mix it together but liked this one pot easy method..will try it sometime πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you Sangee!! I prepare tomato rice by preparing thokku too. This is a short cut method of preparing tomato rice in a single shot when there is less time. πŸ™‚ It tastes good too.. Try it sometime and let me know.. πŸ™‚

  2. This looks delicious, I love simple, flavorful rice like this. I’m still nervous about using pressure cookers, though…maybe one day I’ll get one and give this a go!

  3. We love rice. Plain rice, fried rice, paella! We’ve never had tomato rice so we’re raring to give this a try. I must admit, I had to google what asafoetida was…haha. I’m sure I can find all the ingredients in an Indian supermarket?

  4. I can think of so many recipes that this would go perfect with as a side dish. The flavors look great, and I am definitely going to have to give it a try!

  5. Wow tomato rice is one delicious and comfort food, this delicious and quick to make tomato rice looks so inviting .. I want that bowl full of rice now .. wonderfully explained ..

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