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Thakkali sadam recipe| South Indian style tomato rice

Thakkali sadam

Navaratri 2016 is keeping me quite busy, though we don’t keep Golu at home, i am visiting my friends here almost everyday. Thakkali sadam | south indian style tomato rice is a recipe without onion garlic, recently i tasted in one of the friend’s house during a navaratri brunch. I first thought this as puliyodarai and then she told it is tomato rice. So i noted down the recipe of thakkali sadam and tried it home the very next day. I packed it for Suresh’s lunch box and got good feedback too. Also many readers of Jeyashri’s kitchen who are residing in Singapore, are inviting me to their house for Navaratri. As for as possible i am going but too far places i couldn’t make it. One among them told me to post few more recipe ideas to serve for guests during Navaratri. This thakkali sadam is a fantastic recipe and you can replace the rice with sevai too. Also this is a perfect travel food and stay good for a day. Check out my other Navaratri recipes too.

Thakkali sadam

  Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 25 Mins |Serves: 2

     Rice   1 cup (cooked)
     Tomato  1
     Tamarind  a small piece
     Red chili   2
     Sesame oil   2 tsp   
     Salt  to taste
     Mustard seeds  1/4 tsp
     Methi seeds | vendayam   1/8 tsp
    Turmeric powder  1/4 tsp
    Coriander leaves   few
For rice 
    Cooking oil  2 tsp
    Mustard seeds  1/8 tsp
    Cashew nuts   few
    Urad dal   1/4 tsp 
To roast and grind
    Dhaniya | coriander seeds   1 tsp
    Channa dal    1 tsp
    Sesame seeds   1 tsp
    Red chili  1

Thakkali sadam

  • Chop the tomato into 4 and soak the tomato, red chili (2), tamarind in  1/4 cup of water for 10 minutes. 
  • Grind this into a smooth paste. 
thakkali sadam 1
  • Dry roast the coriander seeds, channa dal, sesame seeds and red chili till golden brown and powder it.
thakkali sadam 2
  • In a pan add the sesame oil and add mustard seeds and methi seeds. Add the ground tomato to this and cook.
  • Add salt and turmeric powder to this.
thakkali sadam 4
  • Let this boil in a low flame till it comes to a thick paste. 
  • Add 1 tsp of the ground powder to this. You can use the remaining while making sambar, sundal or any curry. 
  • Once the tomato mixture thickens, switch off the flame.
thakkali sadam 5
  • In a pan add cooking oil, and add in the mustard seeds, cashew nuts, urad dal. Once the dal turns golden brown switch off the flame and keep it in a wide bowl.
tomato rice 3
  • Add the cooked rice to this.
  • The tomato paste yielded around 2 to 2.5 tblsp.
  • Add 1 tblp to the rice and mix well with a spoon.
  • If you want little more you can add too.
  • Check for salt.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves.
thakkali sadam 6
  • Serve with vadam | appalam. 
  • Thakkali sadam is ready. 
tomato rice
  1. You can add peanuts to the rice instead of cashew nuts.
  2. If your tomatoes are sour reduce the quantity of tamarind or increase the spice level. 
  3. Always ensure that the rice is not mashed while cooking.


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  1. Hai jeyashri mam…Ur recipe was tasty….I made two times for travel….Those who eat can't make it out it is made from tomato…. Everybody thinks it is puliyogare….

  2. Hi jeyashri madam tried this today morning for my son lunch box came out very well and tasty. Am trying all your recipe related to lunch box they are simply yummy and kid likes a lot


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