Sunday, July 8, 2012

Tomato Pulao-Spicy Tomato Rice Recipe-Thakkali Sadam

I prepare tomato rice in two ways. I have already posted tomato rice long time back using tomato puree, this version is slightly spicier than my earlier version. Call this tomato pulao or biryani or bhath or South Indian style spicy tomato rice, the end product is very delicious and is literally a breeze to make.You can pair it up with a simple raita/pachadi or just have it with  potato chips. It is great for packed lunch also.

Tomato Rice-Tomato Pulao

How to make Tomato rice (spicy version)

Prep time - under 10 mins
Cook time - under 30 mins
Serves -2

Ingredients needed

Basmati Rice - 1 cup
Onion - 2
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Ripe juicy tomatoes - 4 (medium size)
Green chillies - 2 slit (small ones)
Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
Chilli Powder - 3/4 tsp
Garam masala powder -1/2 tsp (optional)
Mint leaves - handful chopped finely
Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp finely chopped
Salt as needed

For the seasoning

Oil - 3 tbsp
Bay leaf -1
Cloves -2
Cardamom -1
Cinnamon - 1 inch piece

Preparation

Soak basmati rice for 20 minutes, drain the water completely and keep it aside.

Chop tomatoes and cut onions lengthwise.

Method

Heat oil in a pan, add bay leaf, cloves, cinnamon and cardamon. Fry for a few seconds and then add thinly sliced onions.

Saute till onions become slightly golden brown, add ginger garlic paste and saute for a few more minutes.

Then add chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder, chilli powder, green chillies, mint leaves, half of coriander leaves, salt (approximately 2 tsp and little more) needed and garam masala powder. Cook till tomatoes become mushy.

Add the drained rice, 2 cups of hot water,(check for salt now by tasting the water) and transfer it to a container and pressure cook for 3 whistles.When the pressure subsides, open it and fluff it with a fork. Garnish with the remaining coriander leaves.

If using rice cooker, transfer the contents to a rice cooker, switch on and cook till done.

Check out my earlier version of  tomato rice  using tomato puree.

tomato rice recipe-thakkali sadam

Enjoy preparing both the versions as both are simply fabulous!!

35 comments:

  1. i prepare it often when no vegetable available at stock.. really a life saver..

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  2. Oh!!!
    It is mouth watering dear.
    I want to taste it.
    By the by thanks for visiting my blog.
    I am happy.
    viji

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  3. Delicious and so colourful..

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  4. Yummy rice...love to have this with potato chips...looks delicious.

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  6. I made a similar rice today and had it with onion salad. was awesome :)

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  7. Super flavourful one pot meal,simply inviting.

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  8. Tomato rice looks so colorful.

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  9. Hi Padhu ,

    looks yummy :))))

    and delicious !!!!

    Keep on Dear...

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  10. Beautiful and flavourful rice dear! How you been? ;)

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  11. Delicious tomato rice.. what a co-incidence..I was thinking of making it tomorrow for lunch..

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  12. Thanks Padhu..I love the traditional methods u use to prepare simple dishes...Keep posting some more traditional dishes..

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  13. Thanks Padhu for this recipe. Tried it but never thought this would turn out so yumm! This one's for keeps!

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  14. spicy, yummy and was absolutely awesome!!! Thanks for sharing..

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  15. This is great!!!! taste is awesome and very easy to prepare... Thanks for the recipeee

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  16. I did away frying n shifting process..i fried in d cooker n dn steamd it!yumm..

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  17. This recipe came out very well. I had some coconut milk to finish and substituted it for half the quantity of water. Thank you!

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  18. Thanks a lot for sharing this recipe, i prepared it today it just awesome so delicious.

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  19. I made the rice for my wife and it tasted well. She was happy and so was I. Thanks for the receipe.

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  20. tomato rice is my favorite dish.i want to taste this.

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  21. Good information, have tried it really superb. Thanks

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  22. Hi Padhu! I have coriander ground and not the leaves, so can I use this as substitute, and if so, then how much of the coriander ground I should use? 1 tsp?

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  23. Perrin - Yes, you can Perrin .You can add 1 tsp coriander powder.Fresh coriander leaves gives more flavor but if you cannot get it, it does not matter.The pulao will still taste good.

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  24. Its really great...just nw i had it..

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  25. This is a great recipe. I am still learning how to cook for my South Indian husband and sometimes we're both mystified as to what we're having for dinner or lunch. But, he is always pleased when I make him this tomato rice and eats it all up. It makes me so glad I can fix him something he loves. Thanks for sharing this recipe!!

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  26. Hi ...i prepared this recipe yesterday and i came out really gud....thnx much
    But my ly concern was inspite of soaking de rice for 15 min it was too sticky....
    Can ya plz suggest me abt which are the rice type i can soak and which not to?

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    1. I used basmati rice for the pulao. For the second recipe which I have done with tomato puree, I used ordinary rice. In South India we get very good quality rice. To prevent basmati rice from getting mushy -I will give you 2 tips - After soaking the rice for 15-20 minutes, drain the water completely, then saute the rice in 1 tsp of ghee for 3-4 minutes, then cook as usual.
      Tip#2- Add a 2 tsp of lemon juice while cooking the rice.

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