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This easy tomato rice recipe South Indian style dish is very delicious, easy to make, healthy vegetarian and vegan one pot meal perfect for a quick and easy lunch or dinner. I have a collection of easy, yummy and healthy Indian rice recipes. See all Indian rice recipes in my blog here.
Tomato rice is popular in South India and it is one of the most easy rice dishes for lunch that you can easily make in one pot. See easy yellow rice recipe here.
I always make this when I have tomatoes and when we need a quick lunch. Tomato is known as thakkali in malayalam and tomato rice is known as thakkli rice or thakkali choru in South India (choru means rice in malayalam language). See Curry Rice Recipe With Leftover Curry.
Other than tomatoes and rice, you only need a few ingredients to make this recipe, and it tastes great without even any side dishes. I do not usually use onions in tomato rice, as I almost always make this tomato rice when I want something quick and I don’t often have time to cut up onions. But its delicious even without onions. You can shallow fry chopped onions (one is enough) before adding the tomatoes if you want onions in this tomato rice recipe.
The recipe I am sharing here is a family favorite that I make often and the ingredients based on what we like and what we have in our hand mostly. Each family has their own favorite way of making tomato rice and the extra ingredients and recipe may differ slightly.
I love the tomato pieces in my tomato rice, so I prefer to cut the tomatoes into small pieces and then make the rice. Many people love to puree the tomatoes first and then make the dish with the pureed tomatoes, so the rice will have a nice orange color to it, but no little pieces of tomatoes in the rice. Either way, tomato rice is so simple, healthy, easy to make and tastes great!
Here I am sharing my favorite recipe for tomato rice, where I just add the small pieces of tomatoes to the rice, so I can chew on the tomatoes while I have the lunch.
Feel free to tweak the recipe by adding your own favorite spices or just fried or sauteed onions as you wish!
Makes 4 Servings of tomato rice
Ingredients for easy tomato rice recipe South Indian style
Fresh Tomatoes 5 medium sized
White Basmati Rice 1.5 Cups
Water 4 Cups
Turmeric 1/2 teaspoon
red chili powder 1 teaspoon
garam masala powder 2 teaspoons
crushed black pepper 1 teaspoon
Garlic Cloves 4 to 5 crushed or minced
ginger crushed 1 tablespoon
(or you can use 2 tablespoons of ginger garlic paste)
green chilies 1 to 2 slitted
Salt as required
Oil 2 tablespoons
cumin seeds 1 teaspoon
dry red chilies 4 to 5
Curry Leaves a few (optional)
fresh cilantro leaves (coriander leaves) chopped 2 to 3 tablespoons
Instructions for easy tomato rice recipe South Indian style one pot dish
Wash the rice and soak it in water for about 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes of soaking, drain the water, lightly rinse again and keep the washed rice aside.
Chop the tomatoes to mall sized pieces.
Heat oil in a large pan and fry the cumin seeds, red chilies and curry leaves for a few seconds.
Add the green chili and chopped tomatoes and saute the tomatoes for a few minutes stirring in between.
Add crushed garlic and ginger (or ginger garlic paste) and saute for one more minute.
Add the rice and stir fry for about a minute.
Add the salt and spices, gently stir and let the mixture stir fry for about two minutes.
Add water to the pan and mix everything well.
Turn the heat to high and bring the mixture to a boil
Once the water starts boiling, gently mix everything again with a spoon and then close the pan and reduce the flame.
Cook the rice in low heat for about 10 to 12 minutes.
Open the pan and see if the rice is cooked well. If you see there is any water that is left, you can keep the pan opened for a minute or so or until the water is all evaporated.
Add chopped fresh cilantro leaves to the prepared tomato rice (coriander leaves).
Mix the rice very gently using a fork and serve hot!
You can serve the tomato rice as it is or with fresh yogurt or raitha or any vegetarian curry or side dishes or pickles or sambar or chutney you like, for lunch or dinner!
If you don’t plan to serve the tomato rice immediately, make sure you gently mix the rice again using a fork after 15 minutes, so that no lumps will be formed.
Hope you found this easy tomato rice recipe South Indian style helpful!