Saturday, December 5, 2009

Thakkali Sadham / Tomato Rice

I prepared this Tomato Rice for today's afternoon meal. I recently learned this recipe and i have tried it thrice so far. It turned out Tasty and Perfect every time. This Tomato Rice is cooked in Pressure Cooker with the juice of tomato and spices, as a result every rice grain tastes fabulous.

You can prepare this very fast with less work. it tastes equal to Briyani. If you feel, there is no nutrition in it, try adding Mushroom, while sauting the onions, and let us call it as Mushroom Tomato Briyani.

Tomato Rice

Coming to the Recipe


Rice - 225 gms (3 small Tumblers) - soaked in water for about 20 minutes.
Tomato - 6
Peas- 1/2 cup
Ginger - 2 inch size
Garlic - 6 (big in size ~ Malai Poondu) / 12 (small garlic)
Red Onion - 2 (Big)
Green Chilli - 3
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
Chilli Powder - 2 tsp (I use aachi kuzhambu milagaai thool)
Garam Masala - 1/4 tsp

Oil - 6 tbsp's
Cinnamon - 1 inch stick
Saunf / Sombu - 1/2 tsp
Cloves - 4
Bringe Leaf - 1


1. First Heat the Oil in a Wide Bottomed Pressure Cooker. Add Bringe Leaf, Cinnamon, cloves, saunf and fry them for half a minute.

2. Add the Chopped Red Onion's and Slitted Green chilli to the cooker and fry them, till the Onions turn translucent.

3. Grind the Ginger Garlic with 2 tsp's of water into a fine paste. Add the Ginger Gralic paste to the Cooker and fry them, till the raw smell goes off.

4. Chop all the tomatoes and grind them into puree and set aside.

5. Add Peas to the cooker and saute it.

6. Now add the Tomato Puree to the cooker.

7. Add Turmeric Powder, Chilli Powder, Garama Masala and Salt to Taste to the cooker and mix well.

8. Add the Soaked Rice to the Pressure Cooker and add half cup of water to the cooker.

9. Stir well and close the pressure cooker with its lid and weight on it.

10. Let the flame be high and the whistle count be 2. now reduce the flame to the medium level and let the whistle count for 2 and switch off the flame and remove the pressure cooker from the stove and let it cool.

11. Serve it with Onion Raita or Chips.

Thakkali Sadham

We had sip's of buttermilk in between to cool the spicyness in the Rice. It was so spicy and delicious, we all loved it.


  1. The tomato rice looks lovely and delicious with a nice click.

  2. Super delicious rice, I too make it the same way...a very flavorful one too.

  3. looks so spicy and nice..and with buttermilk in between...must be heaven...good work..

  4. great recipe.simple one too.I too make this tomato biryani,but in a slightly different way.Nice click

  5. Delicious.... I dont make tomato rice often... Will try this... next time.

  6. I make it the exact way an pack it for our lunchboxes. Quick n yummy!

  7. Delicious and quick one pot meal!

  8. Hi, first time to your blog. Thakkali sadham looks very colorful and the click is awesome. Sure tastes good too. You have wonderful collection of simple recipes. Following you.


  9. More like tomato pulav it looks, but sure it tasted gud!

  10. Lovely recipe..which type of rice did you use? Basmati or normal ponni variety rice?

  11. Thanks Lavs..I used Par-Boiled Rice to prepare. Ponni or Basmati would also taste Great.

  12. My mom makes it this way and I love it. Looks perfect.

  13. hiiii...first and foremost..i am not a cooking fan bt yes lavi, your recipes n pictures inspired me to try my hands in this field..n surprisingly the tomato rice i prepared today with the help of this recipe, it was just so amazing. every one at home was praising and appreciating me for my effort.. thanks a tonne. Gonna try the scones tomorrow morning ;)

  14. Hi,
    I've never made rice in a pressure cooker before so I'm a bit apprehensive to try this. Worried it might get too sticky!
    If I use basmati rice, 2 whistles on high and 2 on medium right?

  15. Hi ak, rice wont turn sticky, if you use correct level of water and stick to pressure cooking time. if using basmati, for 1 cup of rice, use 1 and half cups of water. and yes 2 whistles in high flame and 2 more whistles in medium flame.

  16. We like this Tomato Rice, and we like to invite you to upload your unusual delicious & unexplored recipe on Find best dishes at restaurants in Ahmedabad


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