Tamil Nadu Style Thakkali sadam | Tomato Rice Lunch box Recipe

Tomato Rice / Thakkali Sadam is one of the  Popular Lunchbox recipe of South India made using tomatoes and spices. This tomato sadam is one among the five Traditional variety rice recipes served in seemandam functions (pregnant women's ceremony). Tamilnadu style tomato rice can be prepared easily in the busy mornings and can be packed for lunch. Tastes good with Papad, Cucumber raitha, Raw Banana Fry or Potato Roast.

Tomato Rice Lunch box Recipe

                                                          Tomato Rice and Raw Banana Fry

Ingredients for making Tomato rice/ Thakkali Sadam

Cooked Rice - 1 cup
Onions - 2
Tomatoes - 2
Red chillies - 4 nos.
Red chilli powder - 1tsp.
Green Chilli -1
Coriander Leaves
Garlic - 10 nos.
1 sprig Curry leaves
Gingely oil - 1 tbsp.
Cashewnuts - A handful
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp.
Urad dal - 1 tsp.
Salt as needed.

How to make Thakkali Sadam Recipe 

1. Slice the onions and tomatoes to fine pieces. Slit the green chillies lengthwise.

2. Cook the rice to a fluffy texture and allow it to cool.

3. Heat oil in a pan add mustard seeds allow this to splutter and then add urad dal, when the dal turns brown add the red chillies and cashewnuts. 

4. Next add the finely chopped onions and saute till it becomes transparent. Add the curry leaves and garlic and saute well for 20 seconds. 

5. Next add the tomatoes and saute till tomatoes becomes half cooked.

6. At this stage add turmeric powder, red chilli powder and saute till everything gets blended well.  Saute till the raw smell disappears.

7. Now add 1 cup of water and allow this to boil for 10 minutes while it is boiling you can add slit green chilly.

8. When the mixture becomes thick add the cooked rice and mix well.

Garnish with Coriander leaves.

Tangy Tomato Rice is ready to be served with Potato Curry.

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