Monday, November 10, 2008

Thakkali Sadam ( Simple Tomato Rice)

For the whole of last week we had restaurant food, so we were craving for homemade food, what is more comforting in a lunch box than tomato rice?
There are numerous ways of preparing tomato rice, this recipe is pretty much very simple to make. I was never a huge fan of tomato rice, until I tasted this. This is a recipe I learnt from one of my SIL's. This is also my DH's favorite way of preparing thakkali sadam.
1 No Ripe tomato
1 No cardamom
1/2 inch pice Cinamon
1 Tsp Fennel seeds
1 Tsp Ginger/Garlic paste
1 medium sized Onion(chopped)
1 1/2 Tsp Red Chilly powder
1 sprig Curry leaves
1 Tbsp Ghee
1 Pinch Turmeric powder
11/2 Cup Basmathi rice
Salt to Taste.
Wash the rice in 2-3 changes of water and set aside.
Grind cinamon,tomato, ginger/garlic paste together and set aside.
Heat the ghee in the pressure cooker, add the cardamom, fennel, curry leaves ,onions and saute.
When the onions are browned add the washed rice,red chilly powder,turmeric powder,salt,and the ground tomato paste.(The paste should be roughly about 1 cup. )
Add water to the rice in a 1:2 ratio. (Consider the tomato puree as one cup of water. so for 11/2 cups of rice 1 cup of puree + 2 cups of plain water should be enough to cook the rice to a correct consistency.)
Close the lid of the cooker and keep in high for two whistles and turn to low for one more whisltle.and turn off.
When the pessure is released remove the lid and mix the rice and serve hot.
It is great with onion raitha and potato chips.

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