Tomato Rice

Tomatoes are abundantly available. Bought few kilos to prepare home made tomato sauce. I decided on tomato rice for lunch and prepared a flavorful rice dish that exudes the essence of tomatoes. A recipe I learnt from a Tamilian friend calls for roasted peanuts, a touch of asafoetida and a few roasted and coarsely powdered spices that include coriander seeds and bengal gram dal.

Tomato Rice

Prep & Cooking: 40 mts

Serves 4-5 persons



2 cups raw rice (cook such that each grain is separate, add 2 tsps of oil to rice and combine)

4 ripe tomatoes, blanch, remove skin and puree

2 onions, finely sliced

1-2 green chillis, slit lengthwise

large pinch turmeric pwd

For spice pwd: Dry roast and make coarse pwd

4 dry red chillies, de-seed, tear

1 tbsp coriander seeds/dhaniyalu/dhania

1 tbsp bengal gram/senaga pappu/channa dal

1/2 tbsp urad dal/minapappapu/black gram dal

large pinch fenugreek seeds/methi/menthulu

1/4 tsp asafoetida/hing/inguvva

For seasoning/tadka/poppu:

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

12-15 curry leaves

2 tbsp roasted peanuts

salt to taste

2 1/2 tbsps oil

1 Heat a tbsp of oil in a pan, add the tomato paste and cook till it forms a slightly thick paste (approx 10-12 mts).
2 Heat the remaining oil in a separate heavy bottomed vessel, add mustard seeds and once they splutter add the curry leaves, asafoetida and turmeric pwd and stir fry for a few seconds. Add sliced onions and green chillis and stir fry for 6-8 mts.
3 Add the tomato paste to the sauteed onions and combine. Add salt to taste and combine well.
4 Reduce heat, add the cooked rice, combine, sprinkle the spice mixture. Add the roasted peanuts and combine with the rice.
5 Serve hot with any curry of your choice or with just pickle, yogurt and appadam.

Tomato Rice

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Tomatoes are abundantly available. Bought few kilos to prepare home made tomato sauce. I decided on tomato rice for lunch and prepared a flavorful rice dish that exudes the essence of tomatoes. A recipe...


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27 Responses

  1. soumya says:

    Hi Sailu…

    I was searching for this recipe for soo long… thank you.. will try this very soon.. :-)


    • padma priya says:

      Hello Sailu,

      I made this tomato rice, and it was delicious, its true that picture is not doing justice… loved the recipe thanks for sharing

  2. Nags says:

    I think I make it almost exactly the same way :)

  3. Cynthia says:

    Simple but absolutely delicious.

  4. Bharti says:

    I can almost smell the aroma! Yummy.

  5. Hi,

    Your tomato bhath recipe looks very pretty probably tastes yummy. Must try . We call it tomato bath. Why i am not able to connect to Taste of india site at all for the past 15-20 days to update my blog????? Please lemme know. With regards.

  6. sindhura says:

    I am also posting this recipe shortly in my blog.I love this recipe very much esp these juicy tomatoes with a spicy touch
    Best regards

  7. padma priya says:

    Thank you for providing such a nice recipe, we immediately tried and it was excellent. can you provide us the recipe of home made tomato sauce please?


  8. Smitha says:

    Looks and sounds abs yummy. Will try it out today itself!

  9. arundati says:

    i have always made tomato pulav…must try this soon…. regardless of what i thought of hostel food, thakkali saadam (tomato rice) was one of my favourites!!

  10. Uma says:

    Wow, delicious tomato rice!

  11. Rathna says:

    Looks Yum ! I’m definitely going to try. Also, Happy Third Anniversary, Sailu! Congratulations :-)

  12. sudha says:

    hi sailu,

    i also prepare dis receip same way….its gud…

  13. sudha says:

    Hi Shailu,

    Good recipe will try 2 follow the exact method as i do the same in a different way.

  14. usha says:

    Really delicious….
    Thank u

  15. Anu says:

    Your recipe was very yummy!Though I added the spice mixture, it tasted good without the spice too. Anyways, thank you! :)

  16. aarti says:

    hi Sailu
    Made this for lunch today and I have been making tomato rice for years now….was never satisfied with the taste until I tried your recipe….it was sooo yummy with some plain thayir…..
    thank you!!

  17. Nithu says:

    This is an amazing dish. It was very easy to make & served throughout our day out. My kid who is starting to eat common food that we make for all at home loved it. I avoided the onions & so it stayed fresh through out the day.Thank u so much Sailu garu.

  18. Rathnam says:

    Hi Sailu garu,

    I made this dish today. My husband and one half year old daughter liked it. Thank you very much. Happy Diwali

  19. chaitanya says:


  20. Sangeetha says:

    Hi Sailu,

    Awesome recipe, i tried out this and it turned out very well.

  21. Foodie says:


    Picture is not doing justice to the taste. It came out amazingly well.

  22. Foodie says:


    Picture is not doing justice to the taste. It came out amazingly well.

  23. Reddy Prabha says:

    I prepared this last week and it tasted very good. Thanks for the recipe!

  24. Chaitanya says:

    HI.. I tried this today and it came out very Well.. Thanks Shailu…

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