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Feb 14, 2011

Tomato Rice / Thakkali Sadham

This is my grandma style Thakkali sadham / Tomato Rice with garlic. I love all my Grandma's recipes and this tomato rice is one of my favorite. The freshly ground spices n more whole garlic which she adds to this tomato thokku gives more flavor n unique taste to the rice. Love this tangy and flavorful rice. I stayed in my Grandma's place for 2 years and did schooling there, this tomato rice fills my lunch box at least once in a week along with fryums or potato fry. She always use sesame oil/gingely oil to make this tomato thokku which really enhances the flavor and taste and also the shallots/pearl onions/chinna vengayam doubles the taste n flavor. But in the updated version I used big onions only. You can also use which ever available but chinna vengayam gives nice taste. Do give it a try & let me know how you liked it. Now to the recipe...

  1. Cooked rice      2 cups
  2. Tomato         5 no.s(finely chopped)
  3. Small onion/pearl onions   10 no.s (cut in length wise)    
  4. or Onions         1 large (sliced)                                              
  5. Green chili          4 no.s
  6. dry red chili         2 no.s
  7. Garlic                 10-12 flakes
  8. Ginger                 1 tsp(finely chopped)
  9. Turmeric Powder     1/2 tsp
  10. Salt    to taste
  11. Cilantro/Coriander leaves      2 tbsp finely chopped)
To Temper
  1. Oil        2-3 tbsp
  2. Mustard seeds       1/2 tsp
  3. Chana dal & Urad dal      1/2 tbsp each
  4. Curry leaves       1 sprig
  5. Dry Red chili       1 no.
To Dry Roast & Grind
  1. Fennel seeds      1 tsp
  2. Cinnamon      2" stick or less
  • Dry roast fennel seeds and cinnamon thin grind it to a fine coarse powder and keep aside. 
  • Heat oil in a kadai, add mustard seeds when it pop add chana and urad dal fry golden brown. 
  • Then add dry red chilies, garlic, onions, curry leaves, green chilies, ginger and fry till onions get translucent. 
  • Now add tomatoes and turmeric powder, sprinkle little salt and cook till it becomes mushy. 
  • Then add the roasted fennel and cinnamon powder and enough salt, mix well and add 1/4 cup water and Cook for another 4-5 minutes or one boil.
  • Lastly add chopped cilantro/coriander leaves and switch off the stove. 
  • Now the tomato thokku is ready, Mix this with the cooked rice, check salt n taste- add more thokku if needed...
  • once done serve this Tangy n Yummy Tomato Rice with chips/papads or potato fry, kathrikkai varuval or any desired sides.

This tomato thokku stays good in the fridge for a week.
For this rice, use sona masoori or any regular cooking rice for authentic taste but u can also use basmati rice.
If u r planning to store it for a week or more, cook the thokku without moisture like thick paste and also use more oil(sesame oil) - 4-5 tbsp while tempering.
to get the real taste n flavor do not omit the freshly ground spices.


  1. Hi., i tried thakkali satham today came out really gud..

  2. wow delicious rice dear ,luks too gud n tempting...


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