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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thakkali Sadam (Tomato Rice)

Another item using tomato, which one cannot resist trying when tomatoes are cheap in the market. This rice also I am sure all south Indians would have tasted. There are different ways of preparing this rice. Here I will give the traditional chettinad recipe of preparing tomato rice. This is an easy and quick rice item that I will prepare when I have to pack lunch in a very short time.
Rice-1 cup
Tomatoes Ripe -4 to 5(medium size)
Big onion-1
Green chillies-2
Mint leaves-little
Coriander leaves-little
Chili powder-1 teaspoon
To smash
Ginger-a small piece
Garlic-3 pods
Fennel seeds-1 teaspoon
(If you don’t have the stone to smash, it can be smashed by putting it in the small mixie and rotating the mixie switch on the reverse once or twice)

To season
Cinnamon-2 pieces
Fennel seeds-1 teaspoon
Mint leaves-little
Curry leaf-little
Cook the rice in such a way that it does not stick together. Use one cup less water while cooking than you usually use. Pour 1 teaspoon oil while cooking the rice. After cooking the rice transfer it into a flat vessel and let it cool for sometime

Put the kadai in the stove. Pour 2 to 3 table spoons of oil (ghee can also be mixed).Season with the items mentioned in ‘to season’. Then add the nicely minced onions, and tomatoes and sauté well. Sauté the smashed items also. With the help of a spoon smash the tomatoes nicely so that it will get cooked faster. Add little turmeric powder, the chili powder and salt need. You can put little extra salt as salt is required for the quantity of rice used also. Do not pour water. Let the items get cooked in the tomato juice itself. If you feel the tomatoes you are using don’t have much juice, add little water. Switch off the stove when you feel the onions are well cooked and there is not much water content in the gravy.

Mix the gravy little by little with the rice and check for the taste. If you feel the entire quantity is needed add it otherwise add the required quantity and refrigerate the remaining gravy which can be used later.


Shilpa said...

Welcome to the food blogging world :). Would eagerly wait to see very authentic chettinad recipes here. I love them :) All the best.

janu said...

wow the picture is very nice. i tried this tomato recipe. i came out so wonderful!!!

kamal said...

ya i got it. it was wonderfull and delicious

ramesh said...

hai aunty,
u didnt mention when u add green chillies...nice recipe...thnx

Solai Chidambaram said...

Ramesh, You are right ,I have not mentioned when to add chilies.add it after sauting onion.

Anonymous said...

Vanakkam aunty. na onga veetku vanda neega sapad panni kudpingala

Solai Chidambaram said...

Sure Anush.You can come to my house.I can cook what you like.

Thulasi said...

sorry. i dont understand one point.
Can i use cooker for the rice.
If so , u mean to say add one spoon of oil while keeping rice in cooker (with less water than usually add).
Pls correct me if i am wrong

Solai Chidambaram said...

Thulasi,I mean cooking rice in Rice cooker.I will soon write a recipe of Tomato rice in cooker or rice cooker

selva said...

Hi madam,

This is selva from malayasia...we all staying batchlors..today i tried ur Tomato rice...and everybody appreciated me its good...that all goes to u only...finally i added some ghee...i taste was excellent madam...still i will try ur other dishes...thanks a lot...

Shruthi Vijayaraghavan said...

Aachi avargalukku,
Vanakkam. Nethiku iravu enga amma office lendu vara late aagiduchu. Na samaikkalam nu mudivu senju, net le unga thakkali sadam recipe parthen. Samayal kathukkaravangalukku unga recipes lam romba helpful ah irukku Aachi. Enga amma romba virumbi saptanga. Romba thanks Aachi. Koodiya seekirame neega samayal videos um podanum. Ungal muyarchikku ennoda manamaarntha vazhthukkal.


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kuppan said...


I am in KualaLumpur. I am following your blog for the past two years. The recipe's are excellent and simple. Myself and Wife always look into your recipe and cook. Today I have tried this Thakkali Sadam. It was excellent and delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Try to post some more recipe's of chettinad items aachi!!!!!!

Solai Chidambaram said...

Thankyou Kuppan,In the coming months I will be writing more recipes.

Priya Purush said...

I tried this today with potato fry, it was very nice, nowadays i myself could not believe that i can cook so well all thanks to you madam.

Skl said...

Hello aunty,
We made this recipe,it was tasting great,had with raitha,it was fast and easy to cook,thank you,skl

Solai Chidambaram said...

SKL,I guess you are turning to be a great cook.Hats off for your interest in cooking. godd interest in cooking is very good for the family.Keep it up.

Skl said...

Hello aunty,
Thank you for the kind words,very happy to see,we made this recipe again,it turned out very tasty,the photographs look very nice too.thank you,

mrs.sudha said...

hello mdm,
vanakkam this is the first time im seeing ur blog.really interesting.on seeing the receipes, i feel like try out everything at once.wil al ur receipes available always or u keep on changing them? kep giving as many receipes as u can