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April 13, 2015

Tomato Biryani Recipe/Thakkali Biryani-Sunday Lunch Recipes Series-13

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Tomato biryani recipe
I am a big big fan of tomato recipes but Sendhil is just opposite to me.He likes to take only a limited quantity of tomatoes.So i make tomato rice,tomato pulao and other tomato rice varieties for myself & my daughter whenever Sendhil have his lunch in restaurants with his colleagues.Last year i had shared a tomato rice recipe using rice cooker for bachelors.I usually make that way as it is so easy.Today,for a change,i tried tomato biryani/Thakkali biryani for the first time adding coconut milk and loved it a lot.It was so good in taste and super flavourful too.This is my 13th post in Sunday biryani series and i thought of ending this series with 2 more posts as i couldn’t find interesting biryani recipes anymoreConfused.But God had helped me with a 100 biryani varieties cookbook by Deepa Shekar( You might have seen her in Podhigai”Asathal samayal” cookery shows) which i bought recently in a departmental stores in Salem.Now i can confidently take this series at least up to 25 episodes after which i am planning to start simple daily lunch menu series for beginners & office goers.So stay tuned for super tasty,authentic and interesting biryani recipes with my own touch in the upcoming weeks.To begin with,here is an yummy tomato biryani recipe from that book.I am sure there must be many tomato lovers like me.I am presenting this recipe for you all.Lets see how to make this mouth watering thakkali biryani using coconut milkHappy
Tomato biryani recipe

Tomato biryani recipe

Tomato biryani recipe Tomato biryani recipe -Thakkali biryani for Sunday lunch & lunch box
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Lunch
Serves: Serves 2
Prep time: 20 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 40 Minutes


  • Basmati rice - 1 cup ( I used India gate)
  • Green peas - a handful
  • Chopped Bangalore tomato - 1 no (big)
  • Chopped Tamil Nadu tomato - 2 nos ( sour)
  • Big onion - 1 no
  • Coconut milk - 3/4 cup
  • Water – 3/4 cup 
  • Salt - as needed
  • Ghee - 1 tsp
To grind
  • Red chillies( soak in hot water)- 3 nos
  • Green chillies - 2-3 nos
  • Ginger - 1 inch
  • Garlic cloves-5 nos
  • Fennel seeds/soambu - 1/2 tsp
  • Big onion – 1/2 no
To temper
  • Cooking oil - 1.5 tbsp
  • Cinnamon - 1 piece
  • Cloves - 2 nos
  • Cardamom - 1 no
  • Biryani leaf – 1
  • Kalpasi/black stone flower-1 no
Mint & coriander leaves – a handful (finely chopped)

  • Wash and soak the basmati ride for 20 minutes and drain the wate completelyr.Heat 1 tsp of ghee in a kadai and roast the rice for 5 minutes.Remove and keep aside.
Tomato biryani recipe
  • Wash and chop the onions,tomatoes and set aside.Soak red chillies in hot water and grind it with other ingredients given under”to grind” to a smooth paste adding enough water.
Tomato biryani recipe
  • In a cooker base,heat oil and saute cinnamon,cloves,cardamom,kalpasi and biryani leaf.Now add the chopped onions & ground paste.Saute till raw smell goes off.Add tomatoes & saute till its mushy.Add the required salt to ease the sauting process.
Tomato biryani recipe
  • Lastly add the green peas,roasted rice,water,coconut milk along with finely chopped mint & coriander leaves.Mix well and pressure cook in low flame for one whistle.Open the cooker & fluff the rice.
    Tomato biryani recipe
    Serve it hot with raita.Enjoy !


  • For variations,u can use either coconut milk or water alone.
  • As tomatoes leave water,we have used rice & water in the ratio of 1:1.5
  • If u don’t want to roast the rice,soak the rice for 1 hour and use 1.5-1.75 cups of water.Add ghee in the water before pressure cooking.
  • You can also use tomato puree instead of chopped tomatoes.In that case,add 1/2 cup.

Check out my Tomato rice,Tomato pulao,Tomato rice using rice cooker .

Thakkali biryani recipe
Try this delicious Tomato biryani and have a yummy lunch with your familyHappy
I served with Sago Vadagam and Cucumber Raita.
Thakkali biryani recipe

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  1. Very tempting n red colourful biryani.

  2. Very tempting n red colourful biryani.

  3. Ore biryani bonanza dan ponga.....☺

  4. Looks so flavorful... do try to continue the series dear... would love to see the variety of vegetarian biriyanis...

  5. Simple and delicious briyani...yummy platter

  6. Please add channa dal biriyani and jackfruit biryani to your to-try list 😊

    1. Sure.Did u mean Chickpeas/Kondakadalai or Chana dal/Kadalai paruppu ?

    2. Kadalai paruppu. It is called qabooli biriyani I guess

    3. Oh ok vini.Its already in the list :)

  7. So many briyani varieties....... Yummy....Eagerly waiting for ur simple lunch menus...I just crossed my beginning stage in cooking.,need to learn more recipes.. Ur blog is with beautiful pictures, helping me to try many recipes... Is it possible for you to post briyani using briyani rice like kuranai arisi(in tamil)instead of basmati rice.....

    1. Thanks priya. I will surely start the series in a month. I think u are asking about jeeraga ssamba rice.i have posted many biryani with it.pls chk my ambur biryani post. U will get an idea.:₩

    2. No,both are different. My Neighbour (from karaikudi)used to prepare non veg briyani and kuska using kuranai arising(broken rice especially for briyani and variety rice)... Any how thank you so much for responding..

  8. I made tomato biryani today and we all loved it. My husband was all praises. Your sunday biryani series has now become Saturday series in my home for the past one month. Thanks for the flavorful collection.

    1. Thanks a lot for your sweet words. Glad to know you are trying my biryani recipes.


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