Curd Rice

  • Course: Main course Lunch/Dinner
  • Place of Origin: India
  • Region or state: South India
  • Main Ingredients: Rice, curd, tempering
Curd Rice

Amongst the array of all the gastronomic and finger-licking dishes that are made in India, there are some dishes which make you feel like home, no matter where you are. Be it any region of the country, there is always one dish which is a savior in terms of nutrition, taste, and effort, and in the Southern India it is the delicious and nutritious Curd Rice. Also known as Yogurt Rice by the non-natives, Curd in Indian English refers to unsweetened probiotic yogurt which is mixed with cooked rice and is most popular in the South Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Telangana, and Andhra Pradesh and also in Maharashtra. Curd Rice is known by the name ‘dahibhat’ in Maharashtra, ‘thayirsadam’ in Tamil Nadu, ‘tayire chore’ in Kerala, and ‘perugannam/daddojanam’ in Telengana and Andhra Pradesh, and ‘mosaranna’ in Karnataka.

It is a staple dish with the untempered version usually eaten in meals in households and the tempered version is often served during formal occasions as well as offered as prasadam in the temples. Apart from being healthy for the gut, Curd Rice is also a comforting summer food which keeps the body cool and has other health benefits as well. It can be enjoyed alone or with accompaniments like pickle, papad, podi, or any kind of curry. A healthy option for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians, Curd Rice can also be made using buttermilk which increases its nutritional benefits while keeping the taste intact.

Making of Curd Rice

Curd Rice is the simplest recipe you can come across. The basic version is made by simply mixing cooked rice with some curd along with a pinch of salt. A more elaborate version can also be prepared by making fluffy rice and then allowed to cool to room temperature. Season the rice with tempered black gram, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, and asafetida and add chopped green chilies, ginger, and curry leaves. Now add curd and salt and mix all the ingredients to devour the simple yet delicious Curd Rice.

Garnishing in Curd Rice varies from region to region which ranges from grated coconuts, grated carrots, pomegranate seeds, raisins, green and purple grapes, fried cashews, coriander leaves, grated raw mango, or boondi. It can be served lukewarm or chilled based on the preference.

Nutritional Content

One serving of Curd Rice gives 376 calories, out of which carbohydrates comprise 148 calories, proteins account for 34 calories, and the remaining 168 calories comes from fat. One serving of Curd Rice provides about 19 percent of the total daily caloric requirement of a standard adult diet of 2000 calories. Curd is rich is calcium, protein, and the friendly bacteria that are good for the body. But avoid eating curd at night as it is not absolutely good for the gut at this time.


Curd Rice

A comfort food relished to fight off the scorching heat of the summer sun, Curd Rice is a modest yet delectable cuisine with the goodness of fresh curd, nutrition from rice and the flavor of various tempered aromatics that appease your palate as well as your gut.

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