Curd Rice


Curd Rice

  • Author: Lissa Thomas
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Cuisine: South Indian
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Curd rice, also known as “Thayir Sadam” in South India, is a popular and comforting dish made with yogurt and rice. It’s a simple and cooling dish, often served as part of a meal or as a standalone dish.



  • 1/2 cup cooked rice (preferably short-grain rice)
  • 1 cup plain yogurt (curd)
  • Salt to taste
  • For Tempering (Tadka):
    • 1 tsp oil or ghee
    • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
    • 1 dried red chilli
    • 1/2 tsp urad dal (split black gram)
    • 1/2 tsp chana dal (split Bengal gram)
    • 12 green chilies, chopped
    • A few curry leaves
    • 1/2 tsp grated ginger (optional)
    • pinch of hing/ asafoetida
    • Fresh coriander leaves for garnish (optional)


  1. Cook Rice:
    • Cook rice until it’s soft and slightly overcooked. If pressure cooked, cook till 4 to 5  whistles. This helps in achieving the creamy texture for curd rice.
  2. Mash the Rice:
    • Once the rice is cooked, let it cool slightly. Mash it well using the back of a ladle or your hands. Ensure there are no lumps.
  3. Prepare Yogurt Mixture:
    • In a separate bowl, whisk the plain yogurt until smooth.  Add salt and mix well.
  4. Combine Rice and Yogurt:
    • Add the mashed rice to the yogurt mixture. Mix thoroughly until the rice is well coated with yogurt. Adjust the consistency by adding more yogurt  if needed.
  5. Tempering (Tadka):
    • In a small pan, heat oil or ghee. Add mustard seeds and let them splutter. Add urad dal, chana dal, chopped green chilies, dried red chilli, curry leaves, and grated ginger. Sauté until the dals turn golden brown.
  6. Add Tempering to Curd Rice:
    • Pour the tempering over the rice and yogurt mixture. Mix well to incorporate the tempering throughout the curd rice.
  7. Garnish:
    • Garnish with fresh coriander leaves if desired.
  8. Serve:
    • Curd rice can be served at room temperature or slightly chilled. It’s a perfect accompaniment to vegetable salad or can be enjoyed on its own.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 260 kcal
  • Fat: 12.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 24 g
  • Protein: 8 g

Keywords: Healthy lunch, Healthy recipe, Gut health, Vegetarian

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