Curd Rice, South Indian Curd Rice Recipe


Curd Rice, South Indian Curd Rice Recipe

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In South India, the Kheer and mithai are served at the start of a meal. It is the Curd Rice that comes at the end, as a flavourful and soothing finish to a traditional spread.

At the same time, it is also a comforting one-dish meal that is satiating and refreshing, with its cool flavour and homely aroma.

Many people consider Curd Rice to be the best dish to carry along to school, work or travel.

Easy to make, this wholesome dish is made by mixing rice with curds and tempering it with mustard and green chillies. Allow the rice to cool slightly before adding the curds, to avoid the curds from splitting.

Plain curd rice can be had accompanied with Lemon Pickle or Mango Pickle.

Enjoy how to make Curd Rice recipe with detailed step by step photos and video below.

Curd Rice, South Indian Curd Rice Recipe recipe - How to make Curd Rice, South Indian Curd Rice Recipe

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 4 servings
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Ingredients
Method
For curd rice

    For curd rice
  1. Combine the rice and 2 tbsp of water in a deep bowl and mash it lightly using a potato masher.
  2. Add the curds and salt, mix well and keep aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a small broad non-stick pan add the mustard seeds and urad dal and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds.
  4. Add green chillies and curry leaves and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds.
  5. Add the tempering to the prepared curd-rice mixture and mix well.
  6. Add the coriander and mix well.
  7. Serve the curd rice immediately or refrigerate for 1 hour and serve chilled.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
Energy376 cal
Protein8.5 g
Carbohydrates36.9 g
Fiber1.8 g
Fat18.7 g
Cholesterol20 mg
Sodium28 mg
Curd Rice/ South Indian Curd Rice Recipe Video by Tarla Dalal's Team
Curd Rice, South Indian Curd Rice Recipe with step by step photos

If you like curd rice

  1. Just like khichdi is to Gujarati, rajma chawal is to Punjabi, the curd rice is to South-Indians. Curd rice is also known as thayir saddam, dahi chawal and daddojanam. A very simple dish made using the most basic ingredients curd and rice with an authentic South-indian tempering does not take more than 15 minutes to cook. Here are some other South-Indian rice recipes that you may like:

How to make curd rice

  1. To make the traditional curd rice recipe, we will first cook the rice. While you can cook the chawal in a pressure cooker, we have here cooked them in a pan. First, wash around ¾ cup of rice thoroughly until the water is clear.
  2. Soak in enough water for 30 minutes. Soaking helps in reducing the overall cooking time.
  3. Drain the rice and keep aside.
  4. Boil a vesselful of water.
  5. Add 1 tbsp of oil. Oil coats the rice grain which prevents the rice grain from sticking to each other while cooking.
  6. Also, add salt to taste.
  7. Add the rice to the boiling water.
  8. Cook till the rice is cooked, stirring once or twice in between. This would take around 10 to 12 minutes on a medium flame.
  9. Pour into a colander and let the water drain out.
  10. Spread the rice on a plate and let it cool. Apart from rice, you can also make daddojanam with brown rice, rolled oats, millets, etc. It is necessary to cool the rice completely before the addition of curd, so as to prevent the separation of whey when packed for lunch box.
  11. For preparing Curd Rice (thayir saddam), transfer the rice to a deep bowl.
  12. Add 2 tbsp of water. Many people even add little milk for a flowy consistency, it is totally optional.
  13. Combine together and mash it lightly using a potato masher. If the rice isn’t mashed well, the grains will turn hard on addition of curd.
  14. Add the curd. You can refer our detailed recipe with step by step photos to prepare homemade curd. It is advisable to use fresh curd, but if your curd is little sour then add milk.
  15. Also, add salt, mix well and keep aside. Be cautious while adding salt because we even added salt while preparing the rice.
  16. Heat the remaining 1 tbsp of oil in a small broad non-stick pan.
  17. Once the oil is hot, add the mustard seeds.
  18. Add the urad dal and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds or till it is golden brown.
  19. Add green chillies. Also, you can toss in any vegetables of your choice to make it more nutritious and colorful.
  20. Add the curry leaves and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds.
  21. Add the tadka to the prepared curd-rice mixture
  22. Mix well so that the tempering has spread evenly.
  23. Add the coriander to South Indian Curd Rice ( Dahi Chawal). You can even top with pomegranate seeds and fried cashew nuts to give it a nice bite. 
  24. Mix well and your Curd Rice (South Indian Curd Rice) is ready!
  25. Serve the Curd Rice immediately or refrigerate for 1 hour and serve chilled. You can enjoy South Indian Curd Rice as it is or with a side of spicy mango pickle, podi and pappadum.
  26. Glance through our vast section of traditional South-Indian recipes from breakfast to dessert to learn some more delicacies

Soft Curd Rice for Senior Citizens

  1. Soft Curd Rice for Senior Citizens. Soft, easy to chew food is what elderly people always aim at . This Curd Rice is a perfect example for this comfort food. It’s a one dish meal which to fulfill their energy requirements at one go. Curd is a rich source of protein (8.5 mg) and calcium (272.1 mg) – the 2 nutrients required for bone strength. Moreover, it’s probiotic and quite healthy for the gut.  You can accompany it with a salad to add on some amount of fiber also. See our other senior citizens easy to chew and senior citizen easy to swallow

Reviews

Curd Rice, South Indian Curd Rice Recipe
 on 30 Apr 18 12:21 PM
5

Curd Rice, South Indian Curd Rice Recipe
 on 29 Mar 18 08:49 AM
5

You could add some chopped ginger. Also sprinkle some pomegranates to give some crunch & colour.
Tarla Dalal
29 Mar 18 10:36 AM
   Hi Ashok, Thank you for your suggestion....
Curd Rice, South Indian Curd Rice Recipe
 on 16 Feb 18 09:21 PM
3

Hi mam, I am a south Indian and we frequently prepare this. Especially my mother make it delicious and we will ask for more. She will add chopped ginger and cumin seeds along with other ingredients while tempering. It will be yummy.
Tarla Dalal
20 Feb 18 08:51 AM
   Hi, Thank you for your suggestion and kind words...
Curd Rice, South Indian Curd Rice Recipe
 on 05 Feb 18 02:44 PM
5

As my husband was unwell i prepared this receipe nd he loved it and felt good eating this. Ur recipes are 100% perfect
Tarla Dalal
06 Feb 18 08:54 AM
   Hi Mira, Thank you for your kind words....do try more and more recipes and let us know how you enjoyed them...happy cooking !!
Curd Rice, South Indian Curd Rice Recipe
 on 07 Jun 17 01:30 PM
5

Mam, I have tried this recipe it was wonderfully made but the lentils were hard. Please suggest whether I should boil it first or add them when preparing.
Tarla Dalal
08 Jun 17 04:43 PM
   Hi Bhavesh, If curd rice had immediately after is has been tempered, it will be hard.. Make sure to keep it refrigerator at least for 1 hour or more, it will soften.
Curd Rice, South Indian Curd Rice Recipe
 on 24 May 17 03:30 PM
5

Hi Tarala ji, I''m 63. I live in Hyderabad. Recently when my wife was out of station, I tried this recipe. It was very easy to cook and tasted great. Many thanks. I''ll try your other recipes too.
Tarla Dalal
25 May 17 12:49 PM
   Hi Ajit , we are delighted you loved the Curd rice recipe and it came out well. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback and review recipes you have loved. Happy Cooking.
Curd Rice, South Indian Curd Rice Recipe
 on 19 May 17 04:38 AM
5

A good recipe, I tried to innovate and added some ginger in the tadka and it came out fine.... happy cooking....
Tarla Dalal
19 May 17 09:23 AM
   Really nice to know you tried improvising and that came out well. Keep trying more and more recipes for more culinary experiences and share don''t forget to share with us. Happy Cooking!!!
Curd Rice, South Indian Curd Rice Recipe
 on 14 Apr 17 02:15 PM
5

Thank you so much for your recipes. They are 100% perfect. One will always be successful refering to them. Even though i am 46 i still note down your recipes before trying anything new. Thank you once again Juee Shah
Tarla Dalal
15 Apr 17 02:19 PM
   Juee, thanks for the feedback. Keep reviewing recipes you have loved.
Curd Rice, South Indian Curd Rice Recipe
 on 05 Nov 16 01:37 PM
5

Loved the recipe.
Tarla Dalal
05 Nov 16 01:46 PM
   Hi Bhawna, we are very happy to know you loved the Curd Rice recipe. Do try more and more recipes and let us know how you liked them.. Happy Cooking !!
Curd Rice, South Indian Curd Rice Recipe
 on 27 Sep 16 07:03 PM
5

Excellent recipe! Thanks!
Tarla Dalal
29 Sep 16 09:40 AM
   Hi Aussie Girl, we are very happy to know you loved the Curd Rice recipe. Do try more and more recipes and let us know how you liked them.. Happy Cooking !!
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