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Thakkali sadam

Thakkali Sadam | Tomato rice Easy lunch recipes
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 2 people
Author: Jeyashri suresh


  • 2 Tomato
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Green chilli
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Ghee
  • 1 tsp Red chili powder
  • Salt as needed
  • 1.5 cups Cooked rice
  • ½ tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Garam masala
  • ½ tsp Mustard seeds
  • 2 green chilli
  • Curry leaves few


  • In a pan add 1 tbsp oil and once it becomes hot add ½ tsp mustard seeds, curry leaves, and 2 slit green chili.
  • Green chili gives a nice taste to the Thakkali sadam, so do not omit.
  • Once the mustard splutters, add 1 thinly sliced onions and saute till translucent.
  • Add 2 chopped tomatoes. Always for tomato rice, the tomato should be more than the onion.
  • Mix well and add 1 tsp red chili powder, salt, turmeric powder, and garam masala.
  • I wanted to make it bit spicy so added 1 tsp red chili powder. You can reduce it if you want it less spicy.
  • Mix well.
  • Let this cook till tomatoes are mushy. Do not add any water. The water oozing out from the tomato is enough to get it cooked. Cook in a medium flame.
  • Once this comes to a thokku consistency add the cooked rice.
  • Mix well gently and evenly.
  • Drizzle 1 tsp of ghee. This step is optional but highly recommended. Mix evenly
  • Thakkali sadam | tomato rice is ready. You can garnish with coriander leaves if you want.



1.Always ensure that the rice is cooked separate grains, do not overcook.
2. I used sona masoori rice, you can use basmati rice or ponni parboiled rice too.
3. Ginger garlic paste can be added along with onion to enhance the flavour of the Thakkali sadam.