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How to make tasty Tomato rice or Thakkali Sadham South Indian Tamilnadu or Madras style recipe

Updated on March 5, 2014
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Tomato Rice

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Tomato Recipe - Introduction

Dear Readers,

For people who don't know what is Tomato Rice, you could get to know through this hub.

For other people who know what it is, you might have come across lot many ways of making Tomato Rice. But this is a typical South Indian style of making Tomato Rice.

I have considered the ingredients to make the tasty mouth watery tomato rice only for 2 person.

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: Serves 2 people from cooked Tomato Rice


  • 1/4 kg Rice, Thoroughly washed
  • 100 ml Refined Oil/Ghee
  • 1/2 tea spoon Mustard
  • 2 pieces Cinnamon
  • 3 pieces Cloves
  • 2 pieces Cardamom
  • 4 Flakes Garlic, Grated
  • ¼ piece Ginger, Grated
  • 1 or 2 Green chilies, cut in to pieces
  • 100gms big onion, cut in to pieces
  • 1 tea spoon Chili powder
  • ¼ tea spoon Turmeric
  • ½ tea spoon Salt
  • ¼ kg Tomato, cut in to pieces
  • ½ liter Water
  • 15 to 25 gms Coriander leaves for garnishing
  • 5 leaves Curry leaves
  • ½ tea spoon Bengal Gram/Chana dhal

Step by step guide to make Mouth Watery Tomato Rice

  1. Soak rice for 15 minutes in water. Drain water and keep it aside
  2. In a frying pan , pour the oil and heat it. Add mustard to the oil and wait until it crackles
  3. In the same pan, add cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, curry leaves, bengal gram dal and fry for a minute
  4. Add ginger & garlic to it, fry for a minute and add green chilies and onions
  5. Fry till onion turns light brown. Add tomato pieces to it
  6. Now add salt, chili powder and turmeric to it
  7. After tomatoes are cooked for 3 to 4 minutes, add rice to it and stir
  8. Now add coriander leaves and pour down water and cook properly
  9. Garnish with chopped tomato, onion and coriander leaves
  10. Tomato Rice can be served with coconut chutney or Pickle or Pudina chutney or Potato chips


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      vickey 2 years ago

      Thanks sister.... its delicious and so simple method

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      ranjeev 2 years ago

      Very nice and easiest way of preparation too....thank u so much....

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      Ravi and Swastha 3 years ago from London, Canada

      Thanks Treasuresofheaven. Sona masoori rice you will be able to get in Walmart or any Indian supermarket or stores.

      Sure. You are most welcome ! :-)

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      Sima Ballinger 3 years ago from Michigan

      I love eating rice. I will have to research the Sona Masoori rice - it must be healthy for you. I now know where to come for recipes. Good job - Voted Up!

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      Ravi and Swastha 3 years ago from London, Canada

      Thanks ChitrangadaSharan. Thanks for feedback !

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      I do make tomato rice but this definitely has the South Indian flavor and I love that.

      Thanks for sharing the details!

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      Ravi and Swastha 3 years ago from London, Canada

      Thanks Farheen

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      farheen siddiqui 3 years ago

      It's mammamiaaaaa......delicious........

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      Kalai 3 years ago from Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

      Love your recipes.I am from Malaysia and this country is well known for its food too. We have the Indian recipes but it is usually given a slight twist to suit the Malaysian taste buds. I am impressed by your collection of recipes and the manner in which you have presented your recipes. cool.

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      Ravi and Swastha 4 years ago from London, Canada

      Thanks peachpurple for your comments. We are still coming up with tasty home made recipes. Keep watching our hubpages for new recipes.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i love tomato fried rice but i usually buy the prepack ones. Glad to know the actual recipe

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      Susan 4 years ago from India

      Wow... Looks so delicious. Thanks for sharing.

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      Raj From LA 4 years ago

      What to do with the 1/2 teaspoon of gram Dhal....?

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      Susan 5 years ago from India

      This recipe is simply mouth watering. Will definitely try it out. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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      thahira 5 years ago

      the taste'' that i was expecting thankkk uuu

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      Ravi and Swastha 5 years ago from London, Canada

      Thanks. Still more receipes to come ! Keep watching for new recipes !

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      rjsadowski 5 years ago

      Your recipe certainly sounds tasty. I will save it for future use.