Thakkali Pongal

Thakkali Pongal

Ramesh Babu
Tomato rice is a biryani type recipe but can easily be prepared with tomato and masala.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Servings 5 people


  • 400 ml Basmati Rice
  • 5 numbers Tomato
  • 3 teaspoons Salt
  • 800 ml water
  • 3 tbsp Oil
  • 10 pieces garlic
  • 10 pieces Garlic
  • 8 pieces Green Chilli
  • 1/2 tbsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 piece Ginger
  • 1/2 tbsp Sombu Big Jeera
  • 1 unit Pudina
  • 2 units Cinnamon
  • 3 units Cardamom
  • 4 numbers Clove
  • 2 units Star Anise
  • 1 tbsp Ghee


  • Chop the tomato ,green chilli, garlic into pieces and keep in a medium bowl.
  • Pour them into the mixie and grind for 3-4 minutes as a mix granules not to a nice paste.
  • Cut the tomato into small pieces, pudhina leaves and keep them in small bowls.
  • Soak the basumathi rice in a medium bowl of water for 10 minutes.
  • Keep a separate vessel/cooker pan with the required water, over another flame on the stove and allow for boiling for 10-15 minutes.
  • Here we have to take water 1: 2 ratio according to the rice taken.
  • Place a deep fry-pan over the flame on the stove and heat it for a couple of minutes.
  • Pour 3 tablespoon of refined oil into the fry-pan. When the oil is hot, put the clove seeds, sombu, cardamom ,star anise, cinnamon one by one and fry for 3 minutes.
  • And add the mixer granules into the fry pan, half of the salt , pudhina leaves and fry.
  • Add the tomato pieces into the fry pan and allow the stove in high flame for 5-10 minutes.
  • Add chilli powder for the colour and taste. Fry them till the tomato becomes juicy and oil comes out over the surface.
  • Put the rice from the bowl into the fry pan and mix it for some time.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of ghee for the taste and mix for some more time.
  • And then pour the entire fried ingredients into the vessel/cooker pan kept with water over the flame for boiling.
  • Allow the vessel to boil in high flame for 10 minutes , add the residual salt or required salt and close the vessel with the plate lid and allow the stove to simmer flame for 10 minutes.
  • When the time is up, open the lid and mix well in the vessel and ensure that all the ingredients are cooked well. Now the tomato rice is ready to serve.


        This tomato rice is highly recommended for the feast and other festivals
         during  lunch  or dinner. 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.