Thakkali Sadam Recipe - Spicy Tomato Rice
Here is a simple and yet lip smacking recipe of tomato rice that you can make for your lunch box or even for a quick weeknight dinner. All you need is some cooked rice or left over rice and some fresh tomatoes along with sambar powder and mint leaves. Serve it along with a tomato onion raita for a quick meal.
Tomato Rice popularly called as Thakkali Sadam in South India is a very quick to make rice dish that is packed with flavours from tomatoes, cardamom, and the sambar powder.
Most often I like to make it more nutritious by adding some grated carrots to it as well. The Thakkali Sadam tastes delicious when served along with a raita and some papad. This rice also makes a perfect lunch box for kids, as they find it easy to eat and tasty too.
If you like this recipe, you can also try other rice recipes such as
- 1 cup Cooked rice
- 10 Pearl onions (Sambar Onions) , finely chopped
- 1 clove Garlic , finely chopped
- 1 inch Ginger , grated
- 3 Tomatoes , finely chopped
- 2 Carrots (Gajjar) , grated
- 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
- 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds
- 5 to 6 Curry leaves , finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon Sambar Powder
- 1 teaspoon Cardamom Powder (Elaichi)
- 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
- 4 sprig Mint Leaves (Pudina) , finely chopped
- Cooking oil , as required
- 1 tablespoon Ghee , (or sesame oil)
- Salt , to taste
How to make Thakkali Sadam Recipe - Spicy Tomato Rice
To begin making the Thakkali Sadam Recipe (Spicy Tomato Rice), get all the ingredients ready. Make sure you have come cooked rice with you as well.
Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan; add cumin seeds and mustard seeds; allow it to crackle. Then add onions, ginger and garlic and sauté until the onions are tender and golden.
Add chopped tomatoes and grated carrots; sauté until the tomatoes and carrots are tender and water has evaporated and has formed a semi-thick paste. Stir in the chopped curry leaves at this point.
Next add in the sambar powder, turmeric powder, cardamom powder, salt and mix well.
Add mint leaves and sauté for a few more minutes. Gradually stir in the cooked rice to the tomato mixture and fold the thakkali sadam gently so all ingredients get well combined.
Finally add a tablespoon of ghee or sesame oil and stir it into the thakkali sadam and serve hot.
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