Thakkali Sadam | Tomato Rice (No onion recipe)


Today we have the ubiquitous tomato rice for the alphabet ‘T’. I make tomato rice 3-4 times a month and I was honestly surprised that I had not posted this dish as yet. Maybe it was awaiting the mega marathon. As I mentioned previously, I am trying to perfect recipes without onion and garlic because my parents do not eat them and I want to make decent meals when they visit. Also when you leave out onions you save so much time in chopping.

As usual I have added loads of peanuts to this rice because that is how the daughter prefers it. You can leave it out or replace it with cashews. Tomato rice is quick, easy and generally liked by kids and adults alike. In addition to the tomatoes, you can add some green capsicum as well. My mother adds a potato or two sometimes but I am not a fan of that. I clicked pictures of the tomato rice with the raita and then I realized I should be honest and add some chips or papad which is what we usually have with tomato rice.


Serves 2-3


1 1/4 cup Rice

1 tsp Ghee

6 Tomatoes, medium size

1 tbsp Oil

1 tsp Mustard seeds

2 tsp Chana dal / Bengal gram

2 tsp Urad dal / Split skinless black gram

2 Green chillies

1 sprig Curry leaves

1″ Ginger, grated

2 tbsp Raw peanuts

Fresh coriander to garnish





  • Cook rice as per your regular procedure
  • Spread it on a plate, add ghee and mix well
  • Let it cool
  • Chop the tomatoes and set aside
  • Heat a deep pan and add oil
  • Add mustard seeds and let it splutter
  • Reduce the heat to low and add the chana dal and urad dal
  • Chop and add the curry leaves and grated ginger
  • Add the chopped green chillies, peanuts and mix well
  • Once the dal turns brown, add the tomatoes and let them cook on medium heat
  • Cook the tomatoes well till the oil seperates
  • Add the cooled rice and salt and mix well
  • Cook for 3-4 minutes on low to medium heat
  • Garnish with fresh coriander
  • Serve warm with chips or papad or boondi raita
  • Enjoy!


This is my post for the Biryani / Pulao / Khichadi festival for the alphabet ‘T’

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  1. Peanuts taste amazing in rice and a nice change from cashews . Tomato rice is a simple but flavour rice , capsicum would taste great too. And I like your mom’s idea of adding potatoes too , sounds more like my taste .
    Wonderful tomato rice .

  2. My family can go on a peanut diet, if ever there is one 🙂 So this is always welcome on the menu. The clicks are very tempting

  3. tomato rice studded with peanuts + those chips on the side ! invite me next time ! looks well made and am so happy to see a satvik version of this. the huby on his part wont touch thakkali saadam without a generous addition of garlic (more and more) and some onions :p

  4. Tomato rice, Peanuts + those wafers ! am inviting myself 🙂 looks absolutely delish and great to see a satvik version of this rice ! the husband for one wouldnt mind this once in a while from the garlic-loaded version I usually make for him !

  5. Its really hard for me to cook without onions. In fact I won’t be able to think of anything without onions. So its high time I pick up some dishes too. While I love chopping onions, its no harm knowing some right. The combination sounds excellent sowmya, with peanuts, though I haven’t really ever added them. Will surely try it sometime.

  6. Love tomato rice. An easy lunch box idea plus full of flavours. Love the beautiful click.

  7. Tomato rice is a favourite at my place too.. I liked ho you served these with interesting way of serving rice to kids or pack in their lunch box.

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