Tuesday, June 11, 2013

How to make Spicy Tomato Pulao | Thakkali Pulao | Pulao Recipes | Lunch Box Recipes

Tomato Pulao or Tomato Pulav or Tomato pilaf is a easy and tasty recipe, which can be prepared in 15min time (except the soaking time of rice). When I am in a hurry to pack the lunch for the kids, hubby and for me, I usually go for this Tomato pulao once in a week. Each time, I feel it was better than the next time and my kids too love this very much. This version is a bit spicy version. So people who does not eat spicy food, can reduce the amount for green chillies or chilli powder.

Spicy Tomato Pilaf

So lets see how to make the Spicy Tomato Pulao or Spicy Tamatar Pulao: 

How to make spicy tomato pulao

How to make Spicy Tomato Pulao

Soaking Time: 20 min | Preparation time: 10 min | Cook Time: 20 min | Serves: 5
Recipe Category: Main Course | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

  • Basmathi Rice - 3 cups
  • Water - 4 cups
  • Tomato - 4 (medium sized)
  • Onion - 2
  • Ghee - 2 tsp
  • Oil - 2 tsp
  • Cloves - 6
  • Star Anise - 3
  • Bay leaves - 2
  • Cinnamon stick - 1
  • Coriander leaves - 1/2 cup
  • Green chillies - 3
  • Fennel Seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Chilli powder - 2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Ginger Garlic paste - 1 tsp (optional)
  • Salt - as per taste
Spicy tomato Pilaf


1. Soak the rice for 30 min. Meanwhile, start doing the preparations steps.
2. Grind 4 tomatoes in a food processor and make a tomato sauce and keep aside.
3. In a pressure cooker, add oil and when it is hot add cloves, star anise, bay leaves, cinnamon stick and fry for a min. Add onion and fry again till it becomes tender. Add salt at this stage.
4. Add the ginger garlic paste and coriander leaves and saute well. Add the tomato sauce/paste now. Also add chopped tomato (the 4th one - into small pieces) and saute well.
5. When the raw smell goes off from tomato and ginger garlic, add the chilli powder, and turmeric powder. Add the water and allow to boil. Add the rice when the water starts boiling. Check for the seasoning. Give a stir and close the pressure cooker lid and add weight. Keep the flame low.
6. After 10 min, switch off the stove. When the pressure decreases, remove the weight from the lid and add ghee to the pulao and give a stir without breaking the rice.
7. Serve hot with mild side dish (as the pulao is spicy) like Raita and vadam. It had had with Mango Lassi. 

Tomato Pulav

A final look on the yummy Thakkali pulao
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1. If you want mild spiciness, reduce the chilli powder amout or green chillies.
2. Normally Basmati rice and water would be added in the ratio of 1:1.5, but here I reduced the quantity event less, as we grind the tomato into puree and add it.
3. After adding the ghee, give a stir and again close it for a 5 min time, So that the hot steam inside the cooker, makes it to cook finely.

32 lovely comments:


pulao looks so yummy..nice presentation

Nava K

Lovely. Just the other I was talking with one of my friends about tomato rice and here it appears in front of me.

This is perfect, in fact a complete meal by its own and even the side dishes can be kept aside.

My meal for the weekend.


Delicious tomato pulao.


Pulao looks very delicious.

Hamaree Rasoi

Delicious and tasty looking pulao. Excellent preparation.


Perfectly cooked pulao! I never grind the tomatoes..shall try this version soon!

Sangeetha Nambi

Super conforting rice.... Ur clicks are amazing !


perfect one pot meal


looks delicious.. my fav.. super clicks..:)

Priya Anandakumar

Wow Akila tomato pulav looks simply awesome, very delicious and yummy.
Very beautiful clicks Akila...


very yummy and beautiful presentation..


yummy pulao...


wow interesting recipe!! looks yumm n tempting..
Sunandas Kitchen


wow interesting recipe!! looks yumm n tempting..
Sunandas Kitchen


wow interesting recipe!! looks yumm n tempting..
Sunandas Kitchen


Delicious tomato pulao.. nicely presented..


My fav lunch box menu,amma pack this for me with lot of vathal...perfect combo rite:)


wonderful presentation & looks yummy !!!!!

Divya Shivaraman

oh mine rice is cooked to perfection.looks amazing as it shows every single rice...wonderfully done


Delicious lunch box item !! looks so yummy !!

Rumana Rawat

Wow!! What a wonderful pulao...


wow.. simple and yummy pulao.. looks perfect..


Lovely inviting clicks.. looks very yummy... I too make a similar version :)


Looks so nice , pass me here:)

Sona - quick picks/pick quicks

yummy yummy yummy Akila..neatly presented as well !


Looks delicious..nice presentation..


Wow!! Looks so yummy!!


Very nice pulao Recipe


Gujarati Zaika

Looks tempting ....

Gajus kitchen

looks delicious and love the way rice is cooked

Gajus kitchen

Looks delicious and love the way rice is cooked perfectly

Nilu A

Tomato rice looks yummy and delicious.. Wonderful clicks Akila :-)

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