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Tomato Biryani Recipe | Thakkali Biryani Using Pressure Cooker

(Thakkali) Tomato biryani recipe using a pressure cooker with step by step preparations & photos. The south Indian style yummy one pot tomato biryani recipe is an easy one we can prepare in 30 minutes.It’s one of the perfect lunch box recipes to your kids & hubby & also for bachelors/spinsters.

tomato biryani recipe south indian style

I like to make biryani’s using seeraga samba rice instead of basmati rice. For preparing this tomato biryani, I have used seeraga samba rice. You can use basmati rice to make this thakkali biryani. Serve this biryani with onion raita, boiled egg and with any veg or non-veg gravy as a side dish.

seeraga samba rice tomato biryani recipe

Let’s have a look at how to make tomato biryani recipe in an easy way using the pressure cooker. Hope you like this thakkali biryani recipe & please share your comments below.

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Tomato Biryani Recipe | Pressure Cooker Thakkali Biryani Recipe

south Indian style tomato biryani recipe

Author: Nilashini
Recipe Type : Vegetarian / Lunch Box Recipes
Cuisine : Indian / South Indian / Tamil Nadu

Tomato Biryani Ingredients ( 1 Cup = 240 ml, 1 tbsp = 15 ml)

Seeraga Samba Rice or Basmati Rice –  1 Cup
Sesame Oil / Gingelly Oil / Nallennai – 1 tbsp
Ghee / Clarified Butter / Nei – 1 tbsp
Tomatoes / Thakkali – 3 Big Size (Chopped)
Small or Big Onions – 3/4 Cup (Thinly Sliced)
Ginger Garlic Paste / Inji Poondu Paste – 1 tbsp
Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi – 1/4 tsp
Red Chili Powder / Vaththal Podi – 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder / Malli Podi – 3/4 tsp
Cumin Powder / Seeraga Podi – 1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves –  2 spring
Coriander & Mint Leaves – a handful
Sea Salt / Non-Iodized Crystal Salt / Kal Uppu – as needed

Spices

Bay Leaf / Birnji Leaf or Biryani Ilai – 1
Cinnamon / Pattai – 1 long piece
Cloves / Kirambu – 3
Star Anise / Natchathira Sombu – 1
Mace / Javithri or Jathipathri – 1
Cumin / Jeera / Seeragam – 1/2 tsp
Fennel Seeds / Saunf / Sombu or Perunjeeragam – 1 tsp
Cardamom / Elachi / Elakkai – 2

seeraga samba thakkali biryani seivathu epadi

How to prepare tomato biryani recipe using pressure cooker – step by step pictures

1. Wash & soak seeraga samba arisi or basmati rice in water for 20 to 30 minutes. While rice soaking, cut the vegetables and start to make tomato biryani process.

seeraga samba tomato biryani recipe

2. Firstly, Heat a pressure cooker with 1 tbsp of sesame oil & 1 tbsp of ghee. Add a bay leaf, followed by all the spices mentioned in the spices ingredients table mentioned above (cinnamon, cloves, star anise, mace, cumin, fennel seeds & cardamom’s). Saute for few seconds.

how to make tomato biryani recipe - step 1

3. Add curry leaves and let it splutter.

thakkali biryani recipe preparation - step 2

4. Add thinly sliced 3/4 cup of small or big onion along with little salt. Salt will speed up the onion cooking process. In this step, you can add 2 green chilis too.

how to make south indian style tomato biryani recipe - step 3

5. Saute until it turns to light golden color.

how to make south indian style thakkali biryani recipe - step 4

6. Then add 1 tbsp of ginger garlic paste.

tomato biryani recipe - step 5

7. Saute until the raw smell goes off.

how to prepare thakkali biryani recipe - step 6

8. Now, add 3 chopped tomatoes, mix well & cook it for 2 minutes.

how to make tomato biryani recipe with step by step photos

9. Mix 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp of red chili powder (adjust to your taste), 3/4 tsp of coriander powder & 1/4 tsp of cumin powder into that.

thakkali biryani recipe - step 8

10. Saute until all the spices & tomatoes combined together.

tomato biryani recipe - step 9

11. Add soaked & drained rice, mix well.

seeraga samba thakkali biryani recipe - step 11

12. Add 2 cups of water and mix well (If you use basmati rice, pour 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups of water). Bring it to boil.

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seeraga samba thakkali biryani recipe - step 12

13. Add required salt. Don’t forget we added salt already to cook onion in step 4, so add salt as needed.

tomato biryani recipe - step 13

14. After boiling, add coriander & mint leaves.

thakkali biryani recipe - step 14

15. Before close the lid adds a tsp of ghee and mix gently.

tomato biryani recipe - step 15

16. Close the cooker with the lid. For Seeraga samba rice, allow the whistle for 1 time and simmer it for 5 minutes. For basmati rice, allow the whistle for 1 sound then switch it off. Let the steam subsides itself then open the lid and fluff it gently with a fork.

seeraga samba south Indian style thakkali biryani recipe

17. Easy tomato biryani is ready to serve now. Serve along with onion raita, boiled egg and with any veg or non-veg gravy.

thakkali biryani recipe - tomato biryani recipe

Step by step preparation of tomato biryani recipe using pressure cooker – print here

Tomato Biryani Recipe | Thakkali Biryani Recipe

Tomato Biryani Recipe | Thakkali Biryani Recipe

Ingredients

    ( 1 Cup = 240 ml, 1 tbsp = 15 ml)
  • Seeraga Samba Rice or Basmati Rice - 1 Cup
  • Sesame Oil / Gingelly Oil / Nallennai - 1 tbsp
  • Ghee / Clarified Butter / Nei - 1 tbsp
  • Tomatoes / Thakkali - 3 Big Size (Chopped)
  • Small or Big Onions - 3/4 Cup (Thinly Sliced)
  • Ginger Garlic Paste / Inji Poondu Paste - 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi - 1/4 tsp
  • Red Chili Powder / Vaththal Podi - 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander Powder / Malli Podi - 3/4 tsp
  • Cumin Powder / Seeraga Podi - 1/4 tsp
  • Curry Leaves - 2 spring
  • Coriander & Mint Leaves - a handful
  • Sea Salt / Non-Iodized Crystal Salt / Kal Uppu - as needed
    Spices
  • Bay Leaf / Birnji Leaf or Biryani Ilai - 1
  • Cinnamon / Pattai - 1 long piece
  • Cloves / Kirambu - 3
  • Star Anise / Natchathira Sombu - 1
  • Mace / Javithri or Jathipathri - 1
  • Cumin / Jeera / Seeragam - 1/2 tsp
  • Fennel Seeds / Saunf / Sombu or Perunjeeragam - 1 tsp
  • Cardamom / Elachi / Elakkai - 2

Instructions

  1. Wash & soak seeraga samba arisi or basmati rice in water for 20 to 30 minutes. While rice soaking, cut the vegetables and proceed further tomato biryani making process.
  2. Firstly, Heat a pressure cooker with 1 tbsp of sesame oil & 1 tbsp of ghee. Add a bay leaf, followed by all the spices mentioned in the spices ingredients table mentioned above (cinnamon, cloves, star anise, mace, cumin, fennel seeds & cardamom's). Saute for few seconds.
  3. Add curry leaves and let it splutter.
  4. Add thinly sliced 3/4 cup of small or big onion along with little salt. Salt will speed up the onion cooking process. In this step, you can 2 green chilis too.
  5. Saute until it turns to light golden color.
  6. Then add 1 tbsp of ginger garlic paste.
  7. Saute until the raw smell goes off.
  8. Now, add 3 chopped tomatoes, mix well & cook it for 2 minutes.
  9. Mix 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp of red chili powder (adjust to your taste), 3/4 tsp of coriander powder & 1/4 tsp of cumin powder into that.
  10. Saute until all the spices & tomatoes combined together.
  11. Add soaked & drained rice, mix well.
  12. Add 2 cups of water and mix well (If you use basmati rice, pour 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups of water). Bring it to boil.
  13. Add required salt. Don't forget we added salt already to cook onion in the step 4 So add salt as needed.
  14. After boiling, add coriander & mint leaves.
  15. Before close the lid adds a tsp of ghee and mix gently.
  16. Close the cooker with the lid. For Seeraga samba rice, allow the whistle for 1 time and simmer it for 5 minutes. For basmati rice, allow the whistle for 1 sound then switch it off. Let the steam subsides itself then open the lid and fluff it gently with a fork.


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