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Thakkali Sadam | Tomato Rice

Thakkali Sadam
Tomato Rice is one of a famous South Indian variety rice recipe. Thakkali biryani can be prepared either by using fresh tomato, ginger and garlic or using tomato paste, ginger garlic paste. Bachelors can skip grinding tomatoes and  replace it with store bought thick tomato paste. Similarily chopped ginger and garlic can be replaced with store bought ginger garlic paste. It makes a good lunch box recipe.Please check below for step by step instructions and pictures for preparing easy and quick South Indian Tomato Rice - Thakkali sadam.

Preparation Time:              5 mins
Cook Time:                          10 mins 
Ready In:                             15 mins
Yields :                                  2 Servings
Thakkali Sadam

Cooked Rice
2 Cups
1 tbsp
Mustard seeds
1/4 tsp
Cumin seeds
1 tsp
Fennel seeds
1 tsp
Ginger  and garlic finely chopped      
1 tbsp
Curry Leaves
Green chillies
Onions chopped 
1/2 Cup
Coriander chopped
4 to 5 sticks

  • Wash and chop tomatoes. Grind tomatoes to smooth paste in blender.
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  • Heat Oil in a pan. Add mustard and when they splutter add cumin seeds and fennel seeds. After 2 mins, add finely chopped ginger, garlic, curry leaves and green chillies. Fry till raw smell goes off.
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  • Add onions and fry till onions turn golden colour.Add tomato paste and fry for 3 mins in medium flame. 
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  • Switch off the stove and garnish with coriander leaves. Mix cooked rice and salt.
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Tomato Rice | Thakkali Sadam
Thakkali Sadam

Fresh ginger and garlic can be replaced by ginger garlic paste.
Tomatoes can be replaced by adding 4 tbsp of thick tomato paste.
Adjust green chillies to your taste.


  1. I will prefer the fresh tomatoes, maybe a bit more of work but the outcome is worth the try. Very fragrant as the spices and herbs are great add on for that.

  2. love the color :) looks super delicious dear :)

  3. love thakkali sadam, looks super delicious...

  4. Looks so delicious and colourful.

  5. Love that yummy color.. Delicious & tempting !


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