How To Make Tomato Rice

We made this rice for Raghavan Iyer—Cookbook Author, Magazine Writer, Culinary Educator—and I’m thanking him for writing this recipe.

Tomato rice formula with bit by bit pics. This is a simple, speedy and delightful South Indian tomato rice formula. It is otherwise called thakkali sadam and is a sound rice dish made in one pot.

This South Indian tomato rice formula is motivated by the tomato rice we would frequently have at the bistro at Isha Yoga Center, Coimbatore, India. Both their mushroom rice and tomato rice were a hit with us. I managed to imitate the mushroom rice at home and now it is our preferred dish.

Tomato Rice

I attempted tomato rice commonly to get a similar taste and flavor however never succeeded. This time around I figured out how to come near that taste which we had become accustomed to.

The tomato rice is marginally hot. To diminish the heat, simply utilize less measures of ginger-garlic glue, dark pepper and red bean stew powder.

You can have the tomato rice plain with some papads or chips or serve it with onion tomato raita or boondi raita. This thakkali sadam additionally works out in a good way in the tiffin box.

Rice is such an essential piece of Indian food. It’s actually eaten in each side of the nation. I have shared a lot of Indian rice formula on the blog obviously there is quite a lot more that I have not shared.

Today I am sharing one of my preferred rice formula – tomato rice. This zesty rice is especially popular in South India obviously it’s cooked and relished all over.

There are two different ways to make this rice – one you can make it from crude rice and cook without any preparation and second is to make it with pre-cooked rice. This formula utilizes crude rice yet I likewise have directions to make it with pre-cooked rice.

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What is Tomato Rice?

It’s basically rice cooked with loads of tomatoes and bunches of flavors. I truly went over the edge with tomatoes in this formula since I needed the kinds of tomato to radiate through.

Utilizing 3 tomatoes was simply not cutting it so I have utilized 4 huge tomatoes here which was around 500 grams.

This rice is prepared with curry leaves, mustard seeds, green chilies, garam masala, dark pepper, stew powder and furthermore some entire flavors!

Normally tomato rice is hot and individuals appreciate it that way. Anyway remembering my taste buds, my tomato rice is not so fiery.

I surmise for the individuals who have been following my blog for some time are very much aware of this, I don’t eat zesty food so as consistently modify zest levels to taste.

To make this tomato rice extremely fiery, utilize 1/2 teaspoon garam masala, 1/2 teaspoon dark pepper and 1/2 teaspoon red stew powder. I have utilized just 1/4 teaspoon of each in this formula.

I utilized my standard burner constrain cooker to make this rice.

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We are enamored with pauljoseph’s Tomato Rice—it’s stacked with aromatics and layers of warmth yet so effectively made for a basic side or lunch. With pauljoseph and Raghavan Iyer’s exact directions, the rice comes out completely cooked and doused through with the tasty tomato stock. You can shift the flavor with the sort of chiles you pick (Thai are a lot spicier than serrano), and whether you expel the seeds and warmth stuffed white ribs—remember that the zest will keep on working as you eat. In the event that you can’t discover entire mace, substitute 1/8 tsp ground mace or even skip it and let different flavors convey the dish.

  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup Indian or Pakistani white basmati rice
  • 2 tablespoons Ghee or butter
  • 1/4teaspoon whole cloves
  • green or white cardamom pods
  • cinnamon sticks (each 3 inches long)
  • blades mace
  • small red onion, cut in half lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon shredded fresh ginger
  • medium-size cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • or 3 fresh green Thai, cayenne, or serrano chiles, to taste, stems removed, cut lengthwise into thin strips (do not remove the seeds)
  • can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon coarse kosher or sea salt
  • 1/4teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4cup finely chopped cilantro leaves and tender stems


Spot the rice in a medium-size bowl. Fill the bowl most of the way with water, to cover the rice. Tenderly rub the thin grains through your fingers, without breaking them, to wash off any residue or light outside articles (like free husks), which will buoy to the surface. The water will get shady. Channel this water. Rehash three or multiple times, until the water remains moderately clear; channel. Presently fill the bowl most of the way with cold water and let it sit at room temperature until the bits mellow, 20 to 30 minutes; channel.

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Warmth the ghee in a medium-size pan over medium-high warmth. Sprinkle in the cloves, cardamom cases, cinnamon sticks, and mace. Cook until they sizzle, snap, and smell sweet-smelling, 15 to 30 seconds. At that point include the onion and pan fried food until it is light earthy colored around the edges, 5 to 7 minutes.

Blend in the ginger, garlic, and chiles. Cook, blending, for around 1 moment. (You don’t need the garlic to brown since its nutlike crunch is essential to the rice’s surface.) Stir in the tomatoes, with their juices, and the ocean salt and turmeric. Stew, revealed, blending sometimes, until the tomatoes relax, 5 to 7 minutes.

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Include the depleted rice and hurl tenderly to cover the grains with the pureed tomatoes. Pour in 1/2 cups water, and mix once to fuse the fixings. Heat to the point of boiling, still over medium-high warmth. Cook until the water has vanished from the surface and cavities are beginning to show up in the rice, 5 to 8 minutes. At that point (and not up to that point) mix once to bring the in part cooked layer from the base of the dish to the surface. Spread with a tight-fitting cover and lessen the warmth to the most minimal conceivable setting. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes (10 minutes for a gas burner). At that point turn off the warmth and let the container remain on that burner, undisturbed, for 10 minutes.

Evacuate the cover, lighten the rice with a fork, sprinkle with cilantro, and serve. (Evacuate the cloves, cardamom cases, and cinnamon sticks before you serve it, or simply remind people to eat around them

Gul Sher

Gul Sher is a blogger and food lover. He is working in Food Industry Karachi as Head Cook since 2014. He loves to write about cooking and shares many dishes recipe with food lovers.

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