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Tomato Rice | Thakkali Sadam

Tomato Rice- delicious tangy and mild rice pilaf cooked with tomato and mint
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Lunch, Rice preparation, Tiffin recipes
Cuisine: South Indian Cuisine
Keyword: rice, thakkali sadam, tomato, tomato rice, tomato rice recipe
Servings: 4
Author: Anjana Chaturvedi


  • 1.5 cup Rice/ Chawal
  • 5 medium Tomatoes / Tamatar Chopped
  • 2 tsp Red Chili Powder/ Laal Mirch
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder / Haldi Powder
  • 1.5 tsp Sambhar Powder optional
  • handful of Fresh Mint Leaves/ Pudina
  • To Taste Salt / Namak
  • 3/4 cup Green Peas / Hari Matar
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri Chili powder
  • 1 Inch Beetroot Slice Optional

Tempering/ Tadka

  • 4 tbsp Cooking Oil
  • 1.5 tsp Mustard Oil
  • 1 tsp Cumin/ Jeera
  • 1/4 Cup Cashew/ Kaju
  • 10 Curry Leaves
  • 2 tsp Green Chilies
  • 2 Bayleaves/ Tejpatta
  • 5 Green Cardamom / Hari Elaichi
  • 2 Black Cardamom / Badi Elaichi
  • 2 Cloves / Lavang
  • 6 Peppercorns / Sabut Kali Mirch


  • Wash and soak rice for approx 20 minutes.
  • Grind tomato and make a smooth puree.
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker or in a heavy bottom pan and add mustard seed and cumin in the oil.
  • When seeds start crackling add cashews ,chopped green chilies, curry leaves and then add cloves, pepper corn, cardamom and bay leaves
  • Now add the tomato puree and all the spices and cook till it started to thicken and start leaving the sides of the pan.
  • Add chopped mint,all the spices and the soaked rice and and mix gently.
  • Add 2 cups of water and mix properly, you can taste the salt and adjust if needed.
  • Cover the pan with a lid and cook for 2-3 minutes on slow flame or pressure cook for a whistle on medium heat
  • Open when the pressure cooker cool down, open and gently fluff the rice with a fork, serve hot
  • Serving suggestions-serve with yogurt,pickle and poppadoms


  1. you can also add mixed vegetables in this pulao along with green peas or just make it with tomatoes.
  2. you can make this pulao with basmati rice or with any short grain rice of your choice