Sunday, July 21, 2013

Tomato Rice | Thakkali Sadam (Without garlic) : Left over rice recipes.

One pot meals are life savers for working women or bachelors. We get the required vegetable, starch and the protein in a single dish. It can be made in a jiffy & with minimal fuss too. I prefer making one pot meals once a week. It's a win-win case at my home.

Tomato rice is one of the dishes I make when I have some left over rice from lunch. All it takes is around 20 mins & some spices :)

Preparation Time: 5 mins
Cooking Time: 20 mins
Serves: 3-4


Cooked rice: 4 cups
Tomatoes: 1 cup of finely chopped tomatoes or 2 medium tomatoes
Onion: 1 small or about 1/4th cup
Frozen lima beans: 1/4th cup (refer notes)
Bell peppers: 1/4th cup, finely chopped
Green chillies: 2 nos, chopped
Grated ginger or ginger paste: 1 tsp
Red chilli powder: 1/2 tsp
Pulao masala: 1 tsp (refer notes)
Cooking oil: 1.5 tbsp
Mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds: 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves: 4-6 nos, torn
Salt: As needed

For the garnish:
Coriander leaves: 1/4th cup, loosely packed
Lemon juice: 2 tsp, optional

Spread the cooked rice & keep it aside.
In a broad pan, prepare the tempering. Heat oil. When oil is hot, pop in the mustard & cumin seeds. When seeds turn brown, add in the curry leaves, green chillies & the onions.

Saute the onions for 3-4 mins. The raw smell of the onions should disappear. The onion should become translucent & remain crunchy.
Add in the grated ginger and  tomatoes & cook till the tomatoes are soft.

Thaw the lima beans & throw in the lima beans & bell peppers. Cook on a medium heat for another 2-3 mins.

Throw in the red chilli powder, pulao masala & salt. Mix well & allow the spices to cook for another couple of minutes.
Add the rice & mix thoroughly. Let the rice absorb the spices. Keep cooking for another 3-4 mins.

Turn off the heat. Add the coriander leaves, lemon juice & mix well.

Let the rice sit for another 10 mins for the flavors to develop.
Serve it warm with a chutney/dip/salad or fritters.


  • Replace lima beans with any other frozen beans like lilva beans, green peas or sweet peas. 
  • I use MTR pulao masala, but feel free to use any spice powder you have handy.At times, I have used garam masala, pav bhaji masala and even sambar powder. It tastes great with any spice powder :)
  • You could add more veggies if your family prefers. Few options would be steamed beans, carrots or potatoes. 
  • I have posted another tomato bath recipe here.


  1. what a colourful looking dish..wish i can grab from the screen..nice presentation..

  2. delicious and tempting tomato rice.

  3. Looks very yummy! Photos have that natural light on them and looks very good.

  4. Great colours, Sushma!



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