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Tomato Rice – Thakkali Sadham

Time is passing like crazy and I apologize for my absence off late. Tomato Rice has to be one of those simplest of  variety rice dishes yet can be very fulfilling to your taste buds. It’s one of my favorite lunch box meals in my school days. This is the first year we had a little garden patch in our backyard and we got plenty of tomatoes this season. Tomato rice being like my most favorite of variety rice dishes, I made it from our own garden tomatoes. It’s actually very easy to cook too.

This is my mom’s special recipe and I can’t believe I am letting the family secret out. Just kidding :-). I love sharing those secrets with you.


  • Tomatoes : 2 (make it into puree)
  • Onion : 1/2 ( Medium)
  • Green chili : 4
  • Curry Leaves : 5 to 6
  • Ginger : 2 tsp ( finely chopped)
  • Peanuts : 1/4 cup

For seasonings:

  • Oil: 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds: 2 tsp
  • Urad dal : 2 tsp
  • Channa dal : 1 tbsp

For masala Powder:

  • Coriander seeds: 1 tbsp
  • Channa dal : 1 tbsp
  • Fenugreek seeds : 1/3 tsp
  • Curry leaves : 2

Method of Preparation :

  1. Fry all the masala ingredients and let it cool for a few minutes. Then grind them into a fine powder.
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  3. Boil the tomatoes and peel the skin off it. And mash it by hand or using a masher into a puree.
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    Tomato Puree

  5. Heat oil in a pan, add the seasonings and when the seeds sputter, add ginger and peanuts and let them fry for few minutes.
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  7. Now add onions, green chilies and curry leaves and when the onions turns translucent, add the tomato puree, turmeric powder and little salt. Let it boil for 5 minutes in medium heat.
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  9. When its come to a complete boil add the masala powder into it and mix it all together. Turn off the heat and make sure the gravy is thick.
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  11. Now you can mix this gravy with the rice and garnish with coriander leaves.

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  1. Hi shriya,
    tomato rice looks yummy. Pics are very inviting.

  2. First time here , you have a very nice blog. I tried leaving comment before but looks like your comment form was deactivated. I can see it’s working now, glad I can leave comment on your website.

  3. Welcome to ST Raj, Thanks for mentioning out about the comment form. And I am really sorry for the inconvenience.

    Thanks for your nice comment sowmya.

  4. Hi,

    can you tell me the amt of rice used for the quantity mentioned ?

    • 2 cups cooked or uncooked rice?

  5. Hi deepa, I would say 2 cups of rice for the quantity given above.

  6. Thanks for the prompt reply..I appreciate it..

  7. I’m always interested in finding new recipes, and blogs i just love posting them! Ok your blog is good in that pictures are real great with each recipe .. nice to read … and cake recipe on page was amazing i hope to give it a try in on next weekend..

  8. Looks really yummy…..! I do love tomato rice!

  9. I saw your this website & compliment you for the excellent work.
    Your receipes are also just fantastic. Very well illustrated too.
    That makes this site real great. Keep it up.
    Can you help me how to make Cabbage masala rice -similar to tomato rice? Kindly provide the receipe. This will help many.

  10. Hi!

    Your receipes are really excellent.Congrats, Raj – New Zealand

  11. hi, i am new to tamil nadu..just got married to a tamil guy…i am a maharashtrian…
    Before seeing the above recipe could not get Tomato rice right…
    yesterday i cooked it and Voila! its was awesome…
    got some complements from my husband..
    Thanks a ton…
    May god bless you and give you evrything you deserve…

  12. hi..ur recepi s superb..mouth watering…wl def try this out…


  13. Hi , Your receipe was Nice . Cooking procedure was well explained in step by step procedure with Pictures .

    Thanks ……………..Keep on Upgrading .

    Brgds . Stalin

  14. Just wanted to let you know that you made dinner possible.
    Turned out great. Thanks

  15. I really like the relevant pictures you have shown.

  16. Lady , You are really rocking. Will try this also

  17. Shriya, the pics make me mouth watering….will try it this afternoon…..:-)

  18. Shriya…I tried this and it really came out very well….. Thanx for the recipe… 🙂

  19. Hi Shriya

    its Really different type of tomato rice, I tried this and really superb.

    Thks for ur recipe..

  20. hi shriya,
    you saved my day! my hubby wd b surprised its been a long time he wanted to have tomato rice. tx

  21. Awesome ….put up more recipes. Like your doing in detail. Thankyou.

  22. Hi Shriya… Tried out tis recipe n it was awesome… Thanks…

  23. Dear Shriya !
    The tomato rice recipe is excellent.
    That is the authentic temple recipe !!
    For the masala powder I might suggest 1/4 teaspoon
    of Hingu ( Asafoetida Powder)
    Very delicious and went great with pappadam !

  24. am a newbie to the world of married life + cooking as well..ur tomato rice earned a good name for me..thnx shriya..keep up the good work and keep blogging such good cool receipes

  25. Hi, I browse thro’ mobile. Is there any possibility of changing the background color of ‘comments section’ for better viewing?

  26. wow ! looks delicious.your blog is really amzing.

  27. 16. Its like you read my mind! You appear to know a lot about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you could do with some pics to drive the message home a bit, but instead of that, this is fantastic blog. A fantastic read. I’ll certainly be back.

  28. Hi Deepa! I just made this tomato rice – so yummy! thanks for sharing.. I love your blog..

  29. hai,your picture explanation is really superb i really encourage it ……and i want more recepies with this type of picture explanation

  30. For the first time I actually got tomato rice right! My husband loves tomato rice but I never got it quite right.. until today. this one rocked. Thanks.

  31. Hi

    Do you have to cook the dal before you use it in this recipe..?

    Many thanks

  32. second time making this and I tend to eat half of this before its served… just wonderful…great recipe….

  33. thanks for helpful ideas and basically great info

  34. hi shriya, i tried ur recipe. it is really yummy. my son even liked it. thanks for sharing ur family secret.

  35. A very good receipe, how about if you mix gravy with rice and let it be dhum for 10 to 15 minutes, I have not tried yet, am just asking…..

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