Thursday, May 6, 2010

Thakkali Biryani

'A kind of tomato rice prepared in biryani flavor'

This is the most favorite version of Tomato rice for many. Biryani masala in the tomato rice makes it more delectable. My mom used to prepare it without much spices. Click to see that too.

Actually I call it as tomato rice but many tells it as tomato biryani. Biryani associated with anything fascinates me. I started liking it after tasting the one made by my sister in law (my Amutha Anni), who is a physician and a lovable lady. She served it with chicken drumsticks fried in Indian style along with raitha when we visited her. That tasted heavenly when I knew that it was her first attempt and I admire the way she took care in cooking all these for us even in the midst of her tight schedule. We ladies always sing in praise of our family and I am no exception. hi..hi..hi:).

Thakkali briyani served with onion raitha and potato fry.

Basmathi rice / Jeeraga samba raw rice - 2 cups
Tomato - 4 (200 gm)
ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp
Red onion - 1 (medium size)
green chillis - 3 (slit).
Red chilly powder - 1 tsp
garam masal powder / biryani masal powder - 1 tsp
(I used Shakthi biryani masala powder)
cilantro- 10 stems
mint leaf -1 handful.
ghee - 2 tbsp (to add at the end)

To temper:
Fennel - 1 tsp
bay leaves - 2
star aniseed - 1,
cinnamom stick - 2 inch
cardamom - 2
cloves - 4
Any cooking oil - 3 tbsp
cashew nuts -10
salt - to taste

Rice preparation:
Wash the rice and soak it for 1/2 an hour. Add 1/2 tsp salt. Add excess water and cook the rice to firm stage (100% cooked , but not mushy). Strain and remove the excess water using a colander. Keep open and let it cool.

wash and clean the tomatoes. Puree them. Keep aside.

Heat 2 tbsp oil in a broad flat bottom vessel.
Add fennel ,star aniseed , cinnamon stick,cardamom ,cloves, bay leaf , cashew and saute for a few seconds.

Put the chopped onion . Fry it till golden brown and add the ginger garlic paste and stir well till the raw smell goes. Then add the chopped chillies, chopped cilantro + mint and stir well.

Now add the tomato paste along with red chilly powder and biryani masala powders.

Add salt to taste. Cook till oil oozes out.

Mix with the cooked rice without breaking the grains.

Tomato biryani is ready!

Serving suggestions:
Garnish with 2 tbsp ghee , chopped cilantro , mint leaves.
Serve with onion raitha, potato chips etc.
Serves 3 adults.


Anu said...

wow tempting biryani... mouthwatering...

Ammu Madhu said...

manakkuthu viki.yummy briyani.

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Viki
How are you? I am back in Delhi...wake up Friday morning and here is a great dish from you...I will try I am trying to get out off meat eating soon ( or get out of meat in my grave, not sure)
Have a nice weekend

chakhlere said...

Lovely rice wiki...great for any meal.

Sushma Mallya said...

Nice one viki, Looks delicious...

Nandinis food said...

Delicious tomato Biryani! Our fav rice perfect for lunch boxes:)

Priya Suresh said...

Needless to say that thakkali briyani is my all time favourite, makes me drool..

Gomathi said...

Yes,its my family's favourite! I used to cook this whenever I have both veg and non-veg guests together for dinner! It nicely goes with veg and non-veg side dish!

Chitra said...

Yummy briyani viki.I too make briyani the same way but add 1 tomato..will try this soon and let u know..

SathyaSridhar said...

Viki,,epdi irukkeenga paa..enna thakkali biriyani ellam manammanakkuthu unga naathanaar kitta kathuttu vanthengala intha recipe..rombha nalla vanthurukku paarkum poedhe pasikkuthu paa.

Ash said...

Lovely biryani..... That is very true..... The tomato bath itself has a very nice aromatic taste..... & to make a variation of it is very easy & pleasing....... KUDOS!!!!


Hari Chandana P said...

wonderful recipe.. looks sooooo tempting dear.. pass me a plate.. :)

Soma Pradhan said...

Hey nice recipe...looks yummy...

Nithu Bala said...

Delicious rice..

Rachana said...

Delicious biryani Viki! Have a nice weekend!

Life is beautiful !!! said...

Looks very delicious. This is how my mom used to prepare. But one of my friend used to bring a version without spices. I loved that taste very much.

Pavithra Elangovan said...

Hey viki I love thakkali biriyani.. U know I am from madurai.. the sourashtra people there they make thakkali pongal which is similar to thakkali biriyani .. which soooooo yummy like urs.. absolutely tempting dear..

Malar Gandhi said...

Thakkali Biriyani, me too used to pull legs upon hearing the word biriyani, no meat:( and all...but after tasting the dish, I changed my opinion. Its a delicacy and I luv it. Kudos to Amudha Anni.

Suja Manoj said...

Nice one Viki..looks yummy rice...

Shama Nagarajan said...

yummy biriyani grandmom's favourite

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Mouth watering biryani dear.

Hamaree Rasoi

Jaleela Kamal said...

nice thakkkaaLi biriyani

Unknown said...

This is one of my favorites. My grandma makes this the same way :)

gtyuk said...

we call it thakkali sore !! briyani-nnu sonnaa, veetla yellarum kariya theduvaanga , hehehe

but you know viki, we do the same thakkali sore and we add prawns and call it yeraa sore :)

this preparation sounds very familiar to what we do at home too !!! nice delicious dish Viki !!!
naanum seiyya poren, aassa mooti vittuteenga :)