I don’t find just curd and rice with pickles a justifiable meal because I feel it doesn’t have even nutrition, comforting as it is. So I have a ‘fortified’ version adding as much vegetables as can be eaten raw. I also make this Iyengar-style curd rice or Iyengar curd rice and Bagala Bath quite often so do check that recipe out too. Quick tip – here are detailed notes on how to make curd at home.
Here’s my method of preparing curd rice that I stick to more or less each time we have only curd rice for dinner.
Curd Rice | Thayir Sadam Recipe
Preparation time: 15 mins
4 cups cooked rice
1 cup thick curd / plain yogurt
Half cup or so water
1 grated carrot
1/4 cup grated cucumber
1/2 tsp grated ginger
A bunch of fresh coriander leaves, chopped fine
A pinch of salt
2 tsp oil
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp urad dal / ulutham paruppu
A pinch of hing / asafoetida / perungaayam
2 red chillies, torn into small pieces
How to make Curd Rice (Thayir Sadam):
1. Mash the rice with a potato masher. Add the curd and water and mix well.
2. To this, add the chopped coriander and grated vegetables and mix well.
3. Heat oil in a pan and add the ingredients for tempering. When the mustard seeds pop, remove from fire and add to the rice. Mix well with salt.
If the consistency is too thick, add some more water / curd. If you keep this for long, the rice will absorb the water and make it thick, so adjust accordingly.