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Authentic Recipe of Thakkali Sadam. Savory Indian Traditional Tomato Rice from Tamil Nadu.

Thakkali Sadam is a traditional Indian tomato rice dish tempered with spicy onion and tomato puree. The dish is a classic in Tamil Nadu cuisine.

Things to know about Thakkali Sadam Recipe

The Indian Traditional Tomato Rice or Thakkali Sadam is a rice dish tempered with spicy and tangy puree. The puree is made with tomatoes and onions. “Thakkali” means “Tomato,” and “Sadam” means rice in Tamil.

The dish originated in Tamil Nadu but is consumed throughout South India. The dish can be consumed for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Thakkali Sadam is served with curd, yogurt, or Raita. Raita is a curd-based side dish comprising mixed veggies. Off-the-shelf powders are available in the market to use in this recipe.

Thakkali Sadam – Indian Traditional Tomato Rice from Tamil Nadu

Local Recipe Name with Local Characters: தக்காளி சாதம்
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— General Atributes of This Recipe:

Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Dish Type Pilaf Recipes
Main Cooking Method Fried, Fried (Pan)
Occasional Cooking Weekend Family Meal Recipes


Servings 3 People
Calories / Serving 485 kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups Rice cooked
  • 3 units Tomato chopped
  • 1 unit Onion thinly sliced
  • 1 unit Green Chili
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 2 units Spring Curry Leaf
  • 3/4 tsp Ground Cumin Powder
  • 3/4 tsp Mustard
  • 1 tbsp Bengal Gram (Split)
  • 3/4 tbsp Black Gram skinned
  • 2 clove Garlic chopped
  • 10 units Cashew
  • 1/4 tsp Asafoetida
  • 1 tsp Red Chili Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder – Curcuma Powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp Ground Coriander Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Fennel Seed Powder
  • 4 tbsp Fresh Coriander Leaf
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  • Cook the rice for 1 whistle and cool down.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard, cumin, cashews, black gram, and Bengal gram.
  • When the pulses turn golden, add asafoetida, green chilies, and curry leaves. Sauté, and add onions.
  • Add garlic and fry until fragrant.
  • Add tomatoes and salt. Fry for 5 minutes.
  • Add turmeric, red chili powder, Garam Masala, coriander powder, and fennel seeds powder.
  • Add in the cooked rice and gently mix.
  • Sprinkle coriander leaves and serve.

— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:

Healthy Diet Recipe Vegan Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes
Religious Cooking Halal Recipes


Calories: 485kcalCarbohydrates: 82gProtein: 10gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.04gSodium: 35mgPotassium: 225mgFiber: 4gSugar: 0.5gVitamin A: 316IUVitamin C: 28mgCalcium: 67mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Indian Traditional Tomato Rice, Thakkali Sadam Recipe, தக்காளி சாதம்
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Cooking tip for making Thakkali Sadam

Instead of a pressure cooker, you can also cook the rice in a saucepan.

What to serve with Thakkali Sadam?

Serve the tomato rice with curd or Raita. Raita is a side dish made by mixing curd and veggies.

Variations of Thakkali Sadam

Any kind of rice can be used to make this recipe.

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