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November 30, 2016

Easy Tomato Rice Recipe In Pressure Cooker – Thakkali Sadam Recipe

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Tomato rice recipe - Thakkali sadam in cooker
I am a big big fan of  South Indian tomato rice (Thakkali sadam in Tamil). So I keep trying varieties of tomato rice recipes. Earlier I had posted my version of thakkali sadam in which the spicy tomato paste is mixed with cooked rice. Then I shared my friend Shalini’s tomato rice recipe using electric rice cooker

Today I have shared about how to make tomato rice directly in a pressure cooker. I learnt this recipe from my Thangam Athai ( My dad’s sister). Its a very simple, quick and easy to make rice variety that is ideal for lunch box preparation. 

Bachelors and working women would love this recipe. This tomato rice recipe is prepared with very less whole garam masala ingredients and had a slight spicy taste.So it has become our family favorite.I loved it very much and had the same for my lunch & dinner as well. Simple onion raita and a papad or vadagam would be the best side dish for this tomato rice. 

Friends, Do try this yummy South Indian style Tomato rice recipe for your lunch box. I am sure you will love its taste. Now lets see how to make Thakkali sadam using a pressure cooker easily with step by step photos. I have updated this recipe with a full video, Please check it !

Check out my

1. Tomato biryani recipe

2. Tomato rice using rice cooker

3. Traditional tomato rice

Tomato rice in cooker

Tomato rice recipe / Thakkali sadam

Tomato rice recipe / Thakkali sadam How to make tomato rice / thakkali sadam in a pressure cooker - Easy method !
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Lunch box recipes
Serves: 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml
  • Steamed rice / Boiled rice - 1 cup
  • Ripe tomato - 4 nos ( Big)
  • Big onion - 2 nos
  • Green chilli - 1 no ( Long one, Finely chopped, use 3 slit chillies for spicy rice)
  • Turmeric powder – 1/8 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp ( add 1.5 tsp for spicy rice)
  • Cooking oil - 3 tbsp
  • Cinnamon - 2 inch piece
  • Cloves - 2 nos
  • Garlic cloves - 5 nos
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Coriander leaves - a fistful ( finely chopped)
  • Salt – as needed
  • Water – 2 cups

  • Wash and chop the onion, tomato, green chilli, garlic cloves, curry leaves and coriander leaves very finely. Wash and soak the rice adding 2 cups of water for 30 minutes. ( If using basmati rice, add 1.75 cups of water)
    Tomato rice in cooker
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker base, add cinnamon and cloves. Add finely chopped garlic cloves and saute for a second. Then add the chopped onion and sauté till transparent. Add finely chopped green chilli and curry leaves. Saute for few seconds.
    Tomato rice in cooker
    Tomato rice in cooker
  • Add finely chopped tomato pieces and the required salt for rice. Saute until tomato turns pulpy and mushy. Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder and mix well for few seconds. Lastly add the soaked rice along with water. Mix well and check for taste. Add more salt & red chilli powder based on it. Pressure cook in very low flame for one whistle. It takes 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the lid after the steam is released.
    Tomato rice in cooker
    Tomato rice in cooker
  • Mix the cooked rice with a fork. Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves, mix well and serve hot with raita & papad.
    Thakkali sadam in pressure cooker
Enjoy !

  • Add more chilli powder if you want spicy tomato rice.
  • Adding coriander leaves gives a nice flavor to this rice. So do not skip it
  • You can also add mint leaves along with curry leaves if you like the flavor of mint leaves.
  • I have used steamed rice/ puzhungal arisi. You can use basmati rice or raw rice. But soak the rice in water for minimum 30 minutes to get fluffy, soft and grainy rice.

Enjoy this delicious South Indian style tomato rice recipe and have a quick lunch !
Thakkali sadam in pressure cooker

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R said...

Really quick and tasty recipe.

Chitra said...

Thank you !

Unknown said...

amma makes the similar version but with whole spices and garam masala.:)this looks super simple.will share that version soon

Chitra said...

Oh wow,it must be my kind. I will check your post ramya :)

Unknown said...

ginger not required ?

Chitra said...

Not needed.

Magesh Kumar said...

Thank you Chitra. Finally I cooked amazing tomato rice dish. Every other time I either had too mushy or too uncooked. The trick that you explained for low flame on 1 whistle worked. Easy to follow your instructions and very tasty. Customised a bit, added grated ginger and few pepper seeds to get some spice. Awesome recipe. Thank you!

Chitra said...

Great. Thank you so much. Liked your variations too. Thanks again for taking time to share your feedback with me :)

Unknown said...

Prepared today.. Quick preparation and tasty.. I liked Mahesh kumar's variations.. grated ginger and pepper as well.. Will add next time.. Thank you..

Chitra said...

Thanks a lot for your feedback. Sure try with variations and do share your thoughts 😊