Monday 11 January 2010

Thayir Saadham (Curd Rice)



Among all the various lip-smacking specialties of the South Indian Cuisine, Thayir (Curd) Saadham (Rice) is one of the most popular staple food which is prepared in many states of South India and particularly preferred in the state of Tamil Nadu.

Curd Rice is a part of the everyday meal almost in every South Indian household; like a typical Vegetarian Tamilian’s lunch box always contains a Dhal/Sambhar/Curry/Rice followed by Rice/Rassam and then a large helping of Curd or Curd Rice, all this accompanied by a vegetable side dish and a Pickle. No meal would ever be complete in a Tamilian’s home without Curd.


Curd Rice have always been omnipresent in TamilNadu Cuisine perhaps because of the soothing effect of the sour curd during the hot summer afternoons but also because it is healthy, filling, contains very little oil and thus easily digestible.

Though the temperature here is just right the opposite of that in India now, I set up to do this curd rice just to accompany my Fish Fries..... Usually, I make a side dish to go with the main course but here I’ve done the contrary......Nevertheless, there are so many other side dishes, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian that can accompany the dish delightfully but nothing can better a traditional hot Pickle with this sour creamy rice.

Ingredients for 4:

2 cups well-cooked rice
Half cup sour cream
2 cups fresh curd
1 tbsp tender ginger julienned finely
2 green chillies
A sprig curry leaves
1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
Salt to taste
For seasoning:

1 tsp Bengal gram /channa dhal
2 to 3 tbsp ghee
½ tablespoon mustard seeds
½ tablespoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon black gram or Urad dhal
A pinch of asafetida
6 to 8 cashew nuts (broken /halved) (optional)
3 to 5 dry red chilies

Method:

Slit the green chilies, remove the seeds and chop the coriander leaves roughly.
Prepare the ginger and the seasoning ingredients.

The ideal consistency of the rice is a bit pulpy but it shouldn’t be too mushy either. (Like, when you cook the rice add an extra cup of water to the rice while cooking.) Bring down the temperature of the cooked rice to room temperature.

Add the sour curd, the sour cream and the coriander leaves to the rice along with some salt and stir well. This mixture should be neither too watery nor too dry. However, you may reduce or increase the curd and the sour cream according to your tastes. Correct the taste if necessary and set aside.


In a pan, heat ghee on low medium heat and fry gently the julienned ginger pieces, the curry leaves and the green chilies. As soon as you get a nice aroma, add the black gram, cashew nuts and Bengal gram. Fry until they turn brown. Add the cumin seeds, red chilies and the mustard seeds. When they stop crackling, add the asafetida and remove the pan off the flame and cool it down.

Add the above seasoning to the rice mixture and mix all the ingredients well.

Serve with any side dishes along with a hot Mango / Lime Pickle.
Now, this is the Curd Rice I’ve made here.


However, to enhance the flavor according to your tastes, you may add some diced shallots, cucumber, raw mango pieces, grated carrots or pomegranates according to the availability of the ingredients.

Whatever you add, careful with the number of ingredients you add and the quantity as well.
Very little seasoning might make the rice bland but too much of the seasoning ingredients might also make the rice unpalatable….….Happy cooking!!!!

42 comments:

Malar Gandhi said...

Well said about thayir saadham omnipresent in Tamil homes...yes in tropical climate...it used to be very comforting, I like to eat with fried fish and your display makes one very very hungry...guess I can fix this for dinner:)

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

This is my perfect rice item with fried fish..ur curd rice looks so yummy and delicious:)

Asha said...

just looking at the yogurt rice makes my mouth water, yum.

Trendsetters said...

looks cool..I love curd anytime

Preety said...

easy and great lunch recipe..love the click

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Love to eat it with lemon pickle......All time favorite...

Sathya Sankar said...

A delicious comfort food, can eat it any time of the year ! Looks perfect and mouthwatering !

Ramya said...

Nothin can beat thayir sadham!!Looks heavenly..I even add some pomegranate to the sadham

Faiza Ali said...

I love curd rice anytime..nice presentation. I have an award for you on my blog dear...please accept it.

shanthi said...

Comfort food always

Prathibha said...

I love this rice...I am planning to prepare this for the festival

Rohini said...

Well written, no meal can be complete without this yummy rice.. And often this makes a meal by itself... Your pics made me drool early in the morning ;)

Priya said...

I can have anytime curd rice, real comforting food..

Saveurs et Gourmandises said...

Je n'ai jamais fait de riz au lait caillé.
Ca sera une première pour moi.
Je note ta recette.
A bientôt.

s said...

i just absolutely love curd rice...but sadly no one else in my family does so i basically beg my friends or their moms to make me some..this looks perfect..

Shama Nagarajan said...

creamy rice...

Sarah Naveen said...

Nice click and thayir sadam looks mouthwatering dea..!!! Such a comfort food...well presented

Sushma Mallya said...

so beautiful clicks,using sour cream is really a wonderful idea,would love to taste it using it so will try it soon...

Gulmohar said...

cool..such a comfort food..Healthy and yummy.Will try it with sour cream next time..:-)

Nostalgia said...

Like the clarity of the photos where I can see each grain.. nice job. I like the creamy sour rice like you explained too. :)

Parita said...

Curd rice is one of my favorite dishes too, love it with spices!

Haddock said...

The best treat for a upset tummy.

vineetha said...

hai akal..curd rice looks so tempting..
Btw just a doubt..how do u make sour curds ??

Akal's Saappadu said...

hello all, thank you for the comments!!

Hi vineetha,

sour curd is the traditional curd we make at home by letting some warm milk along with a tablespoon of fresh curd to curdle slowly at room temperature.
I'll try to post the detailed procedure for doing home-made curd some time!

but however, if you prefer using the yoghurt we get in the stores, then try adding a few drops of lemon juice to it :) hope it helps , have a nice day!!!

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Comforting curd rice, adding sour cream is new to me. May be i will try it next time.

Even when its out of focus i can see the delicious fish fry, mmmmm what an combo:)

Cham said...

My ultimate comfort food-rain or freeze temp I end my meal with curd rice :)

Viki's Kitchen said...

Thayir saatham and Tamil food are truly inseparable. Even now I finish my meal with a spoon of thayir saatham. Hi..hi...you made a main course for a side dish..huh:) I too decide like this whenever we have spicy chicken 65 or era thokku or left over fish fry. But I like it very much with karuvadu poriyal:) Have you tried it da?
Your curd rice looks very lovely n homely...like my mom's. Later on I changed my version by different suggestions...but still long for your method. I am sure this one will remain a standard for us. Very nice one dear.

suvaiyaana suvai said...

i love with mango!!!

Superchef said...

my all time favorite!!

PS: thanks for the tip on coconuts ;)

Cynthia said...

I was just drooling over the duckling vindaloo... slurp.

I love the idea of this curd rice and is that some nice fried fish I see there in the background?

We too used to go to mid-night mass :)

kothiyavunu said...

comfortable food..yummy with fried fish and mango pickle..your pics made me get tempted.:)

n33ma said...

This is one of my go to comfort food.Looks yummy.

Tina said...

Yummy thayir saadham with beautiful and lovely clicks...

Solai Chidambaram said...

happy pongal Akal.I think I have made you homesick by posting the sakkarai pongal blog.Happy pongal to you and your family.your duck gravy is mouth watering

vineetha said...

Back home we make sour curds,but here with cold weather never tried to make it.Adding lemon juice to yogurt is a grt idea...Thanks for ur reply

Latha said...

Lovely clicks....I love to have curd rice with some spicy side dish..will try ur version of adding sour cream.

simply.food said...

This rice looks delicious. Such alovely presentation.This is 1st time on your blog.

Pavithra said...

Thats awesome click,,simple curd looks gorgeous in your click..yummy.

Khaugiri said...

Just perfect..... We call it as 'Dahi butti'.

Aux délices des gourmets said...

j'apprécie le rajout du lait caillé dans le riz ça doit être excellent
bonne journée

Bong Mom said...

The curd rice really looks very good. I am not a fan but the daughter loves it :)

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