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Weirdest rice ever!


You are going to laugh or cast me in the weirdo box when you hear about this rice. But the ones who already know all about this rice are probably going to ask me if this recipe even deserved a post. Well, every yummy dish deserves a blogpost and the yum quotient on this one probably tops mac and cheese in my book. So without further ado, I present to you curd rice. You could call it yogurt rice because that is exactly what it is.

It is the ultimate comfort food for us South Indians. I should probably narrow it down to the Tam-Brahms (Tamil-which is our language-Brahmin-the, erm, cast) because I have many a curd rice hating friend and they would disown me if I generalize. Every South Indian meal is incomplete without this dish. It tastes different in different regions and we add a varied list of condiments to make this otherwise bland dish more tasty. We love it cold in the summer, a little warm in the winter and absolutely hot and fragrant at weddings.

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Talking about curd rice reminds me of a very funny (albeit a little embarrassing) story K once told me. This happened during his grad school days. Though he used to avoid taking Indian food to class, he couldn’t help but take curd rice once to school. So during lunch, he opens his box and starts eating. His American friend sitting next to him sniffs loudly and looks into K’s box. “Dude, what is that thing you are eating?” K very slowly says “Yogurt rice?”  The disbelieving guy is like “What’s that again?” The even more embarrassed husband goes “Yogurt and rice?” His friend gives him a horrified look and goes back to his lunch. That was probably the last day K packed curd rice to school!

What I am trying to tell you here is try it. It might sound very weird but you might just end up liking it. And as I said, this dish has so many different ways of preparation. I follow my mother’s method and it has never failed me. This is how I make it…

curd rice

Warm and Tasty Curd Rice

Two cups freshly cooked rice

One cup yogurt/curd

One cup milk

Half cup water

Two tsp oil

Two Thai chili peppers

One tsp mustard seeds

One tsp Urad Dal (optional)

One tsp Channa Dal (optional)

A sprinkle asafoetida

One tsp salt

Cilantro leaves for garnish

Mix the rice, yogurt, milk and water. Add the salt. Heat the oil in a pan. Add the chili, mustard seeds, Dals and asafoetida. When the mustard seeds pop and the Dals turn golden-brown, take off the heat and mix with rice. The final product has to be a loose, creamy bowl of curd rice. If it is a little tight, add more milk or curd. Even better is a quarter cup of cream but I try to avoid that!

Ps: the black chilis are a South Indian condiment we make by mixing chilis with yogurt and drying them in the hot sun over a period of weeks. And then we fry them with the mustard and other condiments while making the rice. I haven’t mentioned it in the recipe because it is virtually impossible to get it in USA. But if you are an adventurous soul, let me know. I will send it over!

I eat it with any curry or jarred spicy pickle but honestly, you really don’t need anything to accompany curd rice. It is a rockstar all by itself!


Author: vaish

I am a business student, food blogger and mommy to a beautiful little baby girl I lovingly call Kohlrabi (yes, like the veggie). I love vintage fashion, ganache and Ina Garten :)

4 thoughts on “Weirdest rice ever!

  1. curd rice reminds me of temple food. I have love-hate relationship with yogurt rice. I have had some really delicious, cold ones but I havent had warm ones yet. Its a funny story about K –

  2. like your preparation…. but next time try to smash the rice with hand to make it softer…
    before that…
    am a huge fan of curd rice and can live with it alone for any number of days… oppositely my hubby never ever tasted it before… one day I force to feed him like a baby… at first he puked… (sorry)…then after days gone he get to used to the taste…. so whenever in home he force me to feed him, that made us so romance and more affection on him…. so again my love (hubby) on curd rice rises….

  3. ah, but like every home cook who learned her basics from her mother, I always use my hand to mash my rice while making curd rice. That’s a mandatory rule in my kitchen 🙂
    Thank you for commenting and visiting.

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