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Tomato Rice

Tomato Rice

My 141st recipe, “Tomato Rice | Thakkali Sadam”, one of the most easiest rice you can possibly prepare for lunch. While writing for the Tomato Pulav I remember mentioning about this rice. Along with Tomato Pulav, this tomato rice is probably one of the most frequently made recipes by my MIL for RK’s lunch box. And for me too, it was one of the most frequently packed lunch during my school days. Looks like both RK and me grew up eating this tomato rice 😉

If anyone is starting to learn cooking or bachelors looking for recipes to try, this is probably one of the easier recipes to start with. You cannot go wrong while making this dish since it is a very forgiving recipe. Just make a basic onion tomato masala and mix it up with rice. You have a wonderful lunch at your disposal. And when you pack this for lunch, by the time you open it up, the masala would be nicely absorbed by the rice and it would taste absolutely fantastic.

For me, I don’t even need any vegetable as a side for this rice. Just a simple appalam or chips would be sufficient to have a feast. For this reason I enjoy making this tomato rice frequently in my kitchen 🙂 Also, never mind, if you end up with a little extra onion tomato masala. It would go well as a side with idli, dosa or chapati. Two birds in a single stone 😉

Tomato Rice

Tomato Rice | Thakkali Sadam

tomato rice

Tomato Rice

Revathi Palani
Tomato Rice is a very easy South Indian Variety rice recipe. It is a basic onion tomato masala mixed with cooked white rice. Perfect to pack for a lunchbox.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Cup Rice
  • 4 cloves Garlic (Thin sliced)
  • 1 large Onion (Finely sliced)
  • 2 small Tomato (Finely chopped)
  • 1 tsp Salt (Adjust as per taste)
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Sambar powder
  • 5 Mint leaves (Finely chopped)
  • 2 Tbsp Coriander leaves - 2 Tbsp Finely Chopped

To Temper

  • 2 Tbsp Oil
  • 1/4 tsp Mustard
  • 1 tsp Broken urad dal
  • 1 tsp Chana dal
  • 1 tsp Fennel seeds
  • 1 Sprig Curry leaves
  • 2 Green chilli (Slit)

Instructions
 

  • First cook the rice in any method you prefer and bring it to room temperature.
  • Heat the pan with oil, add the mustard and once it splutters, add in the other ingredients given under "To temper" in given order. Once the dals turn golden brown, add the garlic and saute until they start changing color.
    <br><br><img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/tori-1.jpg" alt="tomato" width="48%" />&nbsp;<img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/tori-2.jpg" alt="tomato" width="48%" />
  • Now add the onion and saute until they turn translucent. Follow it by the tomato, salt and saute until the tomato turns fully mushy.
    <br><br><img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/tori-3.jpg" alt="tomato" width="48%" />&nbsp;<img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/tori-4.jpg" alt="tomato" width="48%" /><br><br><img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/tori-5.jpg" alt="tomato" width="48%" />&nbsp;<img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/tori-6.jpg" alt="tomato" width="48%" />
  • Now add the turmeric, sambar powder and mix well to combine.
    <br><br><img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/tori-7.jpg" alt="tomato" width="48%" />&nbsp;<img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/tori-8.jpg" alt="tomato" width="48%" />
  • Add sufficient water (about 3/4 cup) and mix well. Turn the flame to low-medium and cook until the water evaporates and the mixture is thickened. By now the raw smell of the masala would have gone. Now turn the flame to medium-high and start sauteing for about 3 minutes until the oil gets separated over the top of the mixture.
    <br><br><img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/tori-9.jpg" alt="tomato" width="48%" />&nbsp;<img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/tori-10.jpg" alt="tomato" width="48%" /><br><br><img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/tori-11.jpg" alt="tomato" width="48%" />&nbsp;<img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/tori-12.jpg" alt="tomato" width="48%" />
  • Add the mint and coriander leaves give a quick stir. Turn of the flame.
    <br><br><img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/tori-13.jpg" alt="tomato" width="48%" />&nbsp;<img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/tori-14.jpg" alt="tomato" width="48%" />
  • Now add the prepared tomato mixture to the cooked rice and mix carefully without mashing the rice.

    <br><br><img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/tori-15.jpg" alt="tomato" width="48%" />&nbsp;<img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/tori-16.jpg" alt="tomato" width="48%" />
  • Serve hot with any veggie side or just pappad.
    <br><br><img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/tomato-rice-1.jpg" alt="tomato rice" width="100%" />

Notes | FAQ

- Do adjust the spiciness (Green chilli & Sambar powder) according to your preference.
- You can store the leftover onion tomato masala in an airtight container for later use.
- In case of using leftover rice, just add the rice along with mint and coriander leaves and give a nice toss until the rice gets warmed up. Then turn off the flame and serve warm.

Sending this recipe to the First Blog Anniversary Celebration of Delectable Flavours.

Recipe Rating




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Rekha

Thursday 16th of November 2017

Very good and easy way of cooking for starters, since salt required is also mentioned. Thank you.

revifood

Friday 17th of November 2017

You are welcome Rekha, thanks for stopping by :-)

Tomato rice recipe

Tuesday 6th of September 2016

Yummy recipe, I never eat tomato rice cooked in mustard seed. Need to try it.Thank You !!

revifood

Saturday 10th of September 2016

Sure thanks.

Malin Andersson

Friday 11th of March 2016

All the recipes looks so yummy and delicious. After I read tomato rice recipe water comes in my mouth. So I am so excited to cook this recipe.

revifood

Saturday 12th of March 2016

So happy to read such lovely comments. Thanks Malin :-)

Geeta Purohit

Wednesday 21st of October 2015

I tried your recipes first time it is delicious and yummy from Halifax novascotia canada

revifood

Wednesday 21st of October 2015

Thanks Geeta.. So happy to hear that you liked it :-)

Louise from Delishogram

Monday 8th of June 2015

This rice looks delicious. I am going to make some up for my hubby's lunchbox :-)

I have recently started a food sharing site and would to have you submit this recipe.

revifood

Tuesday 9th of June 2015

Thanks for stopping by Louise. Will surely come over to submit my recipes :-)

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