Wednesday, April 29, 2009

TOMATO RICE (Thakkali Sadam) – with a hint of Bell Pepper’s…!!!

 

 

 





 

 

 

 

Hi my dear everyone..How is the mid week going on? It had been pretty cold n rainy here yesterday,heavy down pour with a rumbling thunderous sky  n its still dull.But after that long hot day at Skagit Valley,I have started to appreciate this weather so much..:D ..I am enjoying the chill as much as I can ,before we move on to our hot trip on this weekend,n so after this weekend it’ll be a break for Will-O’-the-Wisp..Thanks for all your comments on Tulip pics ,n I guess bright sun did half of the trick to make all the pics gorgeous.Thanks for the kind words  n I am glad that you all liked it..:)

I am checking out your posts,n still so many are pending.Hope to catch up soon..:)

As I am running short of time,I am directly moving on to the dish of the day.I’ll share with you all the tit-bits n rants that you like to hear from me,once I get  some time sit to in peace,mebe next week or so..

Tomato rice gives thousand’s of hits in google /live search(:D),then why share this with you all?..Hmm..One reason is that I liked the way it looked,so photogenic n colorful n the second reason that it tasted darn yum n there was a pleading to make this more often.The whole thing was polished off so quick n I had to make something else for dinner that day.So that’s it..!!



 





My mom used to make this sometime back,n then I tasted this in a restaurant,during my Btech days.Tastes were different.So I kinda combined Mom’s recipe n some of my ideas.Its pretty easy to make,so flavorful n aromatic  n you can play with the ingredients to give it your unique touch..!!.Unlike in traditional tomato rice,I have used some Bell pepper slices here,just cos it was giving me a sorry look from the refrigerator corner,but it didnt affect the taste much,n it was good to get the bites.You can add or skip it.Purely optional.

The mistake I made was,(not really a mistake)I messed up with the rice-gravy ratio.A major portion of the rice was left unused ,n then I used it later on to make a fried rice.

 

For yummy Tomato rice:

Take a deep bottomed pan n heat Sesame oil(or any other oil,but sesame is traditionally used) n some ghee and throw in 1 inch cinnamon stick  ,1 bay leaf and 1 cardamom .

When the fragrance spreads add 1  cup of Basmati rice(which was presoaked in some water after a round  of washing) ,and fry well,till its kinda opaque.You can use any type of rice.Even normal Ponni rice would do fine.

Now add 1.5 cups of water(including the soaked water) and salt n let it come to a boil.

Now simmer n let it cook.

When its cooked n still moist,take the pan n spread the rice in a big plate,to let it cool.Fluff with a fork to prevent sticking.

 









 

Now lets make the base:

Heat Sesame oil in a large wide bottomed pan and add lots of curry leaves.

When they are fragrant,add 2 cloves ,few crushed black peppers,n a cardamom n fry.

Throw in 2-3 tsp Mustard seeds,1/2 tsp Fenugreek seeds,1/4 tsp Asafetida,1 tsp Urad Dal,1 tsp Chana Dal and 4-5 Broken Dry Red Chillies.

Now add a tsp of julienned ginger n saute till raw smell goes.

Add a tsp of Turmeric powder n saute under low heat.

Now throw in a cup of sliced Shallots/Onions n 4-5 slit green chillies fry well.

Cube 3 Medium sized Tomatoes( I used Roma tomatoes to get a taste as close as the home made one.Dunno if the Vine ones does better) and throw it to the pan n saute under high heat.

Add salt ,simmer n close to let it cook.(I added 1/4 cup of Bell pepper slices at this point)It may take a while to get the tomatoes in mash-able’ consistency.

Mean while,in a pan,dry roast 1.5 Tbsp Coriander seeds,6 –7 dry Red chillies,1 tsp whole pepper,1 Tbsp Chana dal,1/2 tsp Fenugreek seeds,2 tsp Sesame seeds,n 1 tsp Urad dal.Take real care not to char them.

When they are nicely roasted n fragrant,ground them to a fine powder.

When the tomatoes are soft ,mash them into the gravy with the back of a ladle to get a nice thick gravy.(To add to the tanginess,you can add a Tbsp of Tomato paste as well.Also mebe a tsp of Tamarind paste also)

Now add salt n the ground masala to the pan n mix n saute with the gravy.

Saute for sometime till the masala is well blended with gravy.

Now add 1 tsp of Garam masala( cloves,cinnamon,cardamom n mace dry roasted n ground) n saute  for few more minutes.

Add salt if required n more curry leaves mashed in oil ,n cilantro leaves n mix well.

Now take the cooled rice,fluff it again with fork n add to the pan.

Add rice little by little,fluffing n stirring with the fork into the masala,so that rice n masala are blended.This will also give an idea of how much rice is needed to match the amount of masala n left over rice can be used later.It wont be tasty if the rice is too much n gravy quantity is less.

So,now using the fork n a large fork –shaped spatula(so as not to break the rice) ,fluff n mix the rice with gravy,gently such that each rice grain is coated well with the tomato gravy.Sprinkle a Tbsp of Lime juice in between, to brighten up things ,n mix again.

Sprinkle more cilantro on top n close n rest it for while.

 









 

This dish develops taste as it sits.I made it for lunch,n it was so more tastier at dinner time.But alas.. major portion of it was finished by then..:P..I made a Carrot Raita with a hint of lemon juice n vinegar to go with this.Perfect..!!

This is one truly yummy dish,with lots of goodness n nutrition and really one wholesome meal..I make going to make this more often..!!

So ..gals n of course guys..do try this ,n I am sure you’ll love it…!!:)

..n here this goes to CFK- Rice of Sharmi hosted by Trupti ..:)

..n I guess Jai n Bee would find the first pic Ok for their Click-Spring ..:)

Keep your smiles n Hugs,

:)

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Gita's Kitchen said...

Thats a yummy and colorful rice Varsha...Even I make tomato rice for something quick and delicious...adding bell peppers!...mmm yummy :)

Asha said...

Cold! Chill! What are those? I am boiling here,don't want to cook but have to, sweat dripping off my forehead even with AC on! :D

Tomato rice looks delicious, even photos are so good. Good job.

Same pinch( haven't said that since middle school! :D). I made Tomato rice with red bell pepper another veg too, coming next week.

Watch Bride wars, funny movie, you might like it! :)

Vishali said...

Tom rice with bell peppers ...looks so delish!

Never tried with bell peppers in it, will try sometime.

Pooja said...

Wow looks delicious. Rice looks fluffy and spicy. Great shots with presentation :)

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Its really agreat dish I love tomato rice with a tint of Bell peppers its just my kind...

ARUNA said...

awesome presentation!!!

Mari at Once Upon a Plate said...

Varsha, it looks fabulous! I would love to try this.

Your photos are beautiful (as always!) xo~m.

Priya said...

Delicious rice dish , adding bell peppers makes tomato rice more flavoursome..lovely presentation Varsha!

jayasri said...

hi, great pictures, I wonder how you all manage to do it, I seem to see everybody is such a great photographer, food looks so yummy with those pictures, feels like as if i am in a restaurant !!, mine look so bland....., never used peppers with tomato will try ur way

Lavanya said...

rice looks awesome...yummy..very colorful..tempting pics varsha!!

myspicykitchen said...

It was hot and sunny last 4-5 days and it cooled down today... it is more like spring now...

Colorful rice... very appetizing and the presentation is great, as usual...

Cham said...

We have a very pleasant weather, I don't like the furious sun! The second pic is gorgeous and nice click!

Suma Rajesh said...

wht a lovly presentation...looks too good.

Smitha said...

We are well into spring and have the perfect weather and temps now. Dreading summer, but I love the sun for it's brightness, not it's heat:)
Nice recipe. Tomato rice always reminds me of my hostel days.

Sakshi said...

Well normally would have advised you to not make a post if you run out of rantings, your kerala memories, pappu stories...but the moment I saw the title and the pics I forgot about that. yum yum pics gal and this is one hell of my fave dish. I still have not mastered the art of making it perfect but used to gorge on this at every hotel in Bangalore. You have done a great job with that carrot wheels or is it a flower??? Maybe this time if I follow your recipe I will get it right like all those awesome dishes I have copied from your blog.

Tom...this dish reminds me of Tom Hanks...both handsome no??? and share the same first three alphabets.

hey you take enough rest and save up all your energy for that trip and come back with bouncing fingers to tell us all that happened in LA and hope we get to see more of your pics and yeah will pray for enough sunlight everywhere in LA so that the pics come out gorgeous this time around too wink wink

Priya Sriram said...

Were you trying to feed me (in the second picture) ?? He hee!! Looks sooo wonderful! Lovely tomato rice! :)

Soma said...

Real good rice. esp with the bell pepper.. Really like your second picture.

it kinda got chilly here too.. u guys are sending the cold down here:-)

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

i like all your tomato rice pics. they look so colorful. and i usually don't fry and grind the spices.. it is new to me. it looks so good.

Vibaas said...

Wednesday evenings are so much better as it's closer to weekend :D so feeling gr8 as of now :D Tomato rice looks yum! Nic pics. Hey did you send any pic to click yet?

Ramya Bala said...

Yummy rice varsha..pic looks really wonderful!

Mangala Bhat said...

Wow1 lovely rice recipe ..i just love it ...hey pics r awsome as always ...i just love that tomato flower ...my sweet kisses to that tomato and u my dear :)

Uma said...

that's a great looking tomato rice Varsha. Simply fabulous. Great clicks. Just saw your tulip pics and they look soooo good. You look so pretty too :)

Reeni♥ said...

We have had a heat wave, with air-conditioning on! I hope the cold leaves you and makes way for Spring! This tomato rice looks very delicious. I love all the flavors of it!

Indhu said...

yummy looking rice... love the pictures :)
a must try dish... will try it out and let U know :)

Divya Vikram said...

I dont use sesame oil . Different recipe. et me try it next time. Bell pepper sounds flavorful in tomato rice. Bright vibrant pics! And I love that bowl! So u coming down to LA this weekend?

Sushma said...

You should visit Singapore or tropical countries to see how we are suffering/enjoying(?!) :p
lovely tomato rice.., pictures are soo good Varsha

5 Star Foodie said...

I have a perfectly gorgeous tomato waiting to be used - this rice sounds great!

Prathibha said...

Lovely rice and clicks varsha...i really liked the leather finish tray u used..will give a try with bellpeppers..
you should see the climate in bombay...my god cant even step out during the mornings..

Sharmilee! :) said...

Bellpepper in tomato rice sounds new to me, but guess it adds nice flavour!!

Priti said...

Looks yummy...I do same way some times same way too...

notyet100 said...

hve tried mkin tomato rice at home,,,;-)ur version sound yum,..will ry it soon,..hppy holidays

Swapna said...

Great looking tomato rice Varsha!!! looks really delicious!

Happy cook said...

Delicous looking rice, thankgod here it is getting nicer weather i do hate rainy and dull weahter.
Just hopping the sunshine stays here :-)

Sanghi said...

Mmm Delicious varsha, going to try it today..!:)

Ann said...

yum yum varsha..pictures look professional..Love tomato rice too..

Akal's Saappadu said...

tomato rice looks rich in color and delicious with the addition of bell peppers:) no wonder there was not much left door dinner, would have been yummm with raita indeed ! lovely clicks!

Shama Nagarajan said...

lovely clicks and delicious rice

Valarmathi said...

Yummy dish in a beautiful bowl. They look wonderful.

Madhumathi said...

Gorgeous tomato rice! Adding bell peppers to the tomato rice is a wonderful idea..You made me hungry,Varsha!

VIDYA VENKY said...

such colorful yummy tomato rice..wowwwww u rock varsha

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow same pinch from me also....I too posted tomato rice.....Addind capsicum is an yum idea.....

Ashwini said...

Tomato rice looks delicious with colorful bell peppers. Yumm

Vrinda said...

Tomato rice looks so colorful,nice click...

Deepa Hari said...

Love the addition of bell peppers....Tomato rice looks delicious and colorful Varsha....ur pics are tempting me.

Poornima Nair said...

Beautiful pics Varsha....the rice looks fabulous...great idea to add some peppers...
This is the shortest post u've written in a while...kinda shocked me:)...

Varsha Vipins said...

Thanks dear everyone..:)
Jayasri,Thanks for that..You see my oldest posts n you'll feel much better..:D
Adding Bell peppers dint make much difference except that it added some nice crunch or mebe its cos I added just a lil amount..:).
.For all you under scorching sun there,hope spring comes up with a mild weather to you all..:)..Its all sunny here again..
Sakshi,Pray that I dont come back with grilled fingers,rather than bouncing one's to tell you all abut the trip..hee..n excuse my poor art work,they are flowers..lol
Thanks for that Vidhya..:)..dont forget the thokku..:D
Exacty Priya..take it..:D
Thanks Soma dear ..
..n Mangala..thankuuu..:)
Poornima..shocked??lols..thanks dear..I am running all the time..:)
Thanks you all of you once again..

Sara said...

This looks delicious! I love that bowl you served it in too.

Pavithra said...

Wow nice presentation.. Looking so yummy.. Loved ur arrangement very much

Vani said...

Creative with the flowers there, VV! Love, loved, loved the picture with the rice on the fork! The rice sounds and looks delicious!

Ushanandini said...

Thakkali saadam looks colorful and yummy! Adding bell peppers enhance the color and taste of tomato sadam.

SJ said...

With so much work into a tomato rice its bound to taste good. I just throw in some tomatoes and onions hit it with chilli powder and BAM! tomato rice.
I have a confession to make - I visit your blog for 2 reasons, to read your post and see what Sakshi has commented!!! :P

doggybloggy said...

what a beautiful presentation....

Helene said...

I love your colorful dish. Great pictures.

luckysanjana said...

i made tomato rice yesterday ........instead of the bell peppers i added some chopped spring oninons........it tunred out good........but P did not like it...i guess its the taste of the ground masala that is so south Indian that did not sit well on his gujju toungue.....lol........but i loved it....mine turned out fiery red coz i added kashmiri chili powder in it...............

Sharmila said...

Beautiful pics! Love tomato rice anyday. :-)

sangeeta said...

hey save your energy for story telling for next week, after your LA ( ellay in punjabi :D) trip.....tom rice looks great with those carrot wheelies.

Yasmeen said...

Hot trip!? heading south to soak up some sun?.Wish I could,it's been raining cats and dogs here.
Vibrant click,tomato rice is how I use up left over rice,Yummy!

Sakshi said...

For once and all please clear that confusion about that orange thing in ur pic...some other smart ppl like me and sangeeta thinks its a wheel made of carrots. So u better rechristen your art work as carrot wheels rather than flowers. After all me and sangeeta are art aficionados, we scrutinise every pic in every blog, criticise and comment on them. Your apologies for the goof up has been already accepted. :) :)

Shreya said...

wonderful pics, Varsha.. so yummy and grt colours..

Vicky Xavier. said...

Tomato rice seems comforting for the rainy days. Very nice presentation.

Superchef said...

bell pepper sounds like a great addition to tomato rice..i love this rice! thanks for putting this post up..i had not made tomato rice in a loong time!!

A_and_N said...

I love tomato rice. Any number of different recipes for tomato rice shall be immediately bookmarked :D

And cold - I echo Asha! Its frikkin HOT here.

heidileon said...

who can say no (ever) to a humble plate of rice? NO ONE!!!.

Even better if it's an exotic, spiced tomato rice. Can't wait to try it.

namaste!

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Cooking Blog Indexer said...

Varsha,
I tried this thakkali sadam and loved it. I've put a picture in my blog
Deepa

Good Pediatrician in Mylapore said...

looks yum n delicious...simply mouthwatering..lovely presentaion...and thanks for sending this bful dish to my evnet

 
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