Tomato rice (Thakkali sadam)

Tomato rice, Tomato pulav, Thakkali saadam

Tomato Rice / Thakkali Sadam


  • Rice (Sonamasoori or Basmati) – 1 cup
  • Onion – 1
  • Tomato – 3
  • Cinnamon – 1 inch stick
  • Cloves – 2
  • Brinji leaves – a small leaf
  • Fennel seeds – ½ teaspoon
  • Curry leaves – a sprig
  • Ginger garlic paste – ½ spoon
  • Turmeric powder – a pinch
  • Masala powder or Chili powder – ½ to 1 spoon (depends on the spiciness of the Chili powder)
  • Salt – to taste
  • Ghee or Oil- as required


  1. Cook rice with Salt and keep it aside.
  2. Slice Onion lengthwise and Chop Tomato into small pieces. Keep them aside.
  3. Heat Oil or Ghee in a pan. Add Cinnamon, Cloves, Brinji leaf and Sauf. Once it started sizzling add Curry leaves and Onion.
  4. Fry Onion till it turns into golden brown. Add Ginger garlic paste and fry till the raw smell goes.
  5. Add Turmeric powder, Masala powder or Chili powder, Salt and fry till the raw smell of masala goes. Add little salt since we’ve already salt to the rice.
  6. Add chopped Tomatoes and fry till it becomes soft. Mash Tomatoes while you sauté it.
  7. Add the cooked Rice now and mix well with masala and Tomato mix. Remove from heat.

Goes well with: Potato fry, Raita or any Chips

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