Tomato Rice – Thakkali Sadham

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.
  2. Tomato Rice3

  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.
  6. Tomato Rice2

  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.
  8. Tomato Rice4

  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.
  10. Tomato rice 5

  11. Now you can mix this gravy with the rice and garnish with coriander leaves.

Tomato Rice6

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38 Responses to Tomato Rice – Thakkali Sadham

  1. sownmya October 5, 2008 at 2:00 pm #

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

  2. Raj October 5, 2008 at 2:02 pm #

    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. shriya October 5, 2008 at 2:05 pm #

    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. deepa October 10, 2008 at 3:51 pm #


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

    • pht September 11, 2010 at 8:19 pm #

      2 cups cooked or uncooked rice?

  5. shriya October 10, 2008 at 8:36 pm #

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

  6. deepa October 11, 2008 at 12:04 am #

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

  7. Rice Recipes October 30, 2008 at 10:22 am #

    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. Trupti December 9, 2008 at 3:19 pm #

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

  9. Sathya January 10, 2009 at 9:18 pm #

    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. Raj January 24, 2009 at 6:16 pm #


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

  11. Snehal June 8, 2009 at 2:16 am #

    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. Aparna June 12, 2009 at 7:52 am #

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


  13. Stalin jose July 6, 2009 at 5:03 am #

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

    Thanks ……………..Keep on Upgrading .

    Brgds . Stalin

  14. Sadiyaah July 21, 2009 at 7:52 am #

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

  15. K Sridher September 30, 2009 at 1:03 am #

    I really like the relevant pictures you have shown.

  16. vignesh October 3, 2009 at 1:59 pm #

    Lady , You are really rocking. Will try this also

  17. Sadhana October 24, 2009 at 5:21 am #

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

  18. Sadhana October 25, 2009 at 2:32 am #

    Shriya…I tried this and it really came out very well….. Thanx for the recipe… :-)

  19. Nirmala November 15, 2009 at 10:49 am #

    Hi Shriya

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

    Thks for ur recipe..

  20. neena January 23, 2010 at 11:11 am #

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

  21. Michelle February 14, 2010 at 9:04 am #

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

  22. Geeta April 29, 2010 at 4:05 am #

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

  23. Charlie Narasi June 26, 2010 at 7:32 pm #

    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. Sowmya July 22, 2010 at 5:00 am #

    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. Raji December 4, 2010 at 8:19 am #

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

  26. asiya omar February 5, 2011 at 3:48 am #

    wow ! looks delicious.your blog is really amzing.

  27. Michell Mowles May 24, 2011 at 8:15 am #

    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. Vidya Suarsan June 9, 2011 at 7:38 pm #

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

  29. dhivya July 11, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

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

  30. Divya October 16, 2011 at 6:07 am #

    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. Peter February 5, 2012 at 12:20 am #


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

    Many thanks

  32. katia April 15, 2012 at 3:34 am #

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

  33. jobs in magazine designing in delhi April 28, 2012 at 4:07 am #

    thanks for helpful ideas and basically great info

  34. abhipsa June 12, 2012 at 11:24 pm #

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

  35. Firthosh March 6, 2013 at 10:14 pm #

    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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