Thakkaali Saadham/Tomato Rice

Boiled Rice – 1 ½ cups

Onion – 1 chopped to long pieces

Ripe Tomatoes – 3 chopped finely

Green Chillies – 1 to 2, depending on preference

Curry Leaves – 1 sprig

Garlic – 1 clove, optional

Tomato paste – 1 tbsp

Chilli Powder – 1 tsp

Turmeric powder – 1 tsp

Salt – to taste

Oil – to season

Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp

Channa Dal – 1 tsp

Urad Dal – 1 tsp

Sonf – 1 tsp

Cinnamon Stick – 1

Cardamoms – 5 to 6

Cloves – 5 to 6

Mace – 1

Bay leaf – 1

Coriander leaves – chopped, for seasoning

Heat Oil in a kadai. Add mustard seeds, followed by channa dal. When lightly golden, add urad dal & fry till urad dal is golden brown. Then, add sonf, cinnamon stick, cardamoms, cloves, mace, bay leaves, followed by curry leaves. Now, add green chillies & onion. Fry until onion is cooked. When clear & cooked, add the tomatoes. Cook till tomatoes become mushy. Now, add tomato paste, salt, chilli powder & turmeric powder. When all mixed well into gravy like mixture, add boiled rice & mix well. Season with coriander Leaves.

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