This is a traditional South Indian Curd Rice recipe. To South Indians, it’s exactly what Rajma Chawal is to Punjabis and Khichdi is to Gujarati’s.
Enjoy this South Indian Curd Rice Recipe!
South Indian Curd Rice (Dahi Chawal)
- Salt to taste
- 6 tsp coriander finely chopped
- 1 tsp green chilies finely chopped
- 6-8 curry leaves
- 2 tsp split black lentils
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 6 tsp oil
- 2 cups rice cooked
- 2 ½ cups fresh curd
- 6 tsp water
- Take a deep bowl and add 6 teaspoons of water along with the rice. Use a potato masher to lightly mash the rice.
- Add salt and curd and mix well. Keep aside.
- Take a small non-stick pan and heat oil in it. Add the split black lentils and mustard seeds and saute for 30 seconds over medium heat.
- Toss in the curry leaves along with curry leaves and saute for 30 seconds over medium heat.
- Add this tempering to the prepared curd and rice mixture and mix thoroughly.
- Garnish with coriander and refrigerate for an hour before serving.
India is known for its food and culture. It’s different not only in terms of taste but also its cooking methods. Our food culture reflects a perfect blend of different ages and cultures and is influenced by several civilizations that have contributed a fair share of the overall development of our signature dishes.
Our food is typically known for its spice (however, this recipe contains very little spice) and can be divided into two broad categories: North Indian Food and South Indian Food.
Curd Rice is known as Thayir Saddam, Daddojanam, or simply Dahi Chawal. It’s a very simple dish that can be prepared in a jiffy, is healthy, and requires a few basic ingredients.
Rice and curd are mixed and topped with authentic South Indian tempering. The entire dish can be prepared in less than 15 minutes.
When visiting South India or dining at a South Indian restaurant, you’ll notice that the meal starts with a sweet (mithai) such as Kheer and ends with a serving of flavourful and soothing Curd Rice.
It can also be served as a one-dish meal as it’s refreshing and satiating with its homely aroma and cool flavor. This also makes it an appealing choice when it comes to packing meals for yourself, your children, or your spouse.
Commonly served during lunch, it is often accompanied by tangy Mango or Lemon pickle.