Curd Rice South Indian Style | thayir saddam | daddojanam | Yoghurt Rice | Dahi Chawal


Curd Rice is a popular South Indian food made by using only few ingredients like curd, rice and few herbs and spices. Curd Rice is an easy to prepare dish and normally considered to be a comfort food. Curd rice takes less time, effort and ingredients to prepare. It can be prepared within 15 to 20 minutes. Curd Rice is popular in regions like Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra pradesh, Telangana etc.


In south India people used to eat curd rice in their lunch. Some people used to eat curd rice without having tadka and some prefer to eat with tadka.In southindia curd rice is given in Prasaad in temples. World famous temple that is Tirupati Balaji Temple , curd rice is given to their devotees as a Prasad (Prasaadam).

Curd rice is both healthy and tasty. On the health aspects, curd rice helps in digestion, Improves your skin and hair problems, improves bones growth, improves metabolism and immunity, helps during the times of constipation etc. Curd is the rich source of calcium,magnesium,minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. Curd is also known as Yoghurt in english and Dahi in Hindi. Curd Rice is also called thayir saddam in Tamil Nadu and daddojanam in Andhra pradesh and telangana and dahi chawal in other parts of India. Curd rice is also called Yoghurt Rice.

Always use homemade curd while preparing curd rice to get more amazing flavours. People in South india prefer to take curd rice in their tiffins for their offices and kids take this curd rice in their lunch. In South Indian curd rice is a staple food that people used to eat curd rice at the end of their meal.They simply mix Rice and Plain Curd and little salt from the top and mix it and eat it. Even in South Indian marriages and any other festival in South India, curd rice is cooked. Curd rice can be prepared in large quantities, in less time.

Try this recipe and enjoy the flavours with your family and friends.

Here is how to make this Curd Rice

South Indian
Mixing Bowl, Tadka pan
Prep. Time
10 mins
Cooking Time
5 mins
Total Time
15 mins
2 Servings
  • 1.5 cup Cooked rice
  • 1 cup thick Curd
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 2 tsp Oil
  • Pinch of Hing
  • ½ tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 dry red chillies
  • 8-10 fresh curry leaves
  • ½ tbsp Split Urad Dal
  • 2-3 chopped green chillies
  • chopped coriander leaves
  • 8-10 Pomegranate seeds
Recipe Steps
  1. Cook 1 cup raw regular rice in 2.5 cups of water in a pressure cooker. Water is more because we want cooked rice to be mashy. After Rice is cooked, then mash rice either with the help of spatula or Potato masher.Keep the mashed rice in a bowl and let it cool down at room temperature.(Mash only 60% of cooked rice only)
  2. In a big mixing bowl take a mashed cooked rice ( at room temperature) in it. Then add curd in the mixing bowl. Mix it well. If the curd seems to be sour then add 2 tbsp milk in it.Add salt to taste in the curd rice mixture.Then add chopped green chilies and chopped coriander leaves in the curd rice mixture.
  3. Take a tadka pan and add 2 tsp oil in it. Add Hing, Mustard seeds in the oil . When mustard seeds start to sputter then add split urad dal in the tadka pan. Cook this till the colour of urad dal turns light brown in colour.Then add curry leaves in the tadka pan .When curry leaves start to become crisp in oil then add one dry red chilli in the oil.
  4. Add this tadka in the curd rice mixture. Mix it well.
  5. Garnish with pomegranate seeds.
  6. Serve Curd Rice immediately or if you want to eat it chilled then keep this in the refrigerator.
  7. Serve Curd rice with Rice Papad , fried curd chillies and Gunpowder.

Recipes of Gunpowder, Dry Curd Chillies are also available. Please refer these Recipes.


Dry Curd Chilies

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