In India curd means a liquidy, sour, unsweetened yogurt. Curd rice or yogurt rice is a specialty dish popular in the southern states of India like Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. In Tamil Nadu it is one of the foods which is offered to God in many Shiva and Sri Vaishnavite Temples which is later distributed as a “prasadam”(blessed food) to the devotees. This prasad (blessed food) is called by different name like dadhiannam or dadyodanam. It is mostly prepared simply mixing boiled rice and yogurt but to make it more delicious you can add different spices and dry fruits and fruits. This is the one of the best way to use your leftover rice. In South India it is always in the main menu of lunch and dinner and it is standard to eat curd rice after lunch and dinner which also helps to digest the spicy main dish. In hot summer days it acts as a body cooler. No South Indian meal is complete without curd rice. South Indian restaurant serve curd rice in different names dadhojanam( in Telegu), bhagla bhat or mostly used Mosaranna. I am sure you will relish this recipe of curd rice.
Pre parathion time 15 minutes Cooking time 15 minutes Serves 2 Ingredients 200 gms of cooked basmati or any rice 150 gms of hung curd or Greek yogurt 2 Green chilly chopped 1tsp of chopped ginger 8 to 10 curry leaves 1 tsp of urad dal 1tsp of mustard seed ¼ tsp of meethi seed 1 whole red chilly hand full of raisin handful of cashew handful of pomegranate seed 1 tbsp of sunflower oil Salt to taste Methods of CookingTake a pan heat oil then add the mustard seed, meethi seed, urad dal and whole red chilly when the mustard seed starts to pop then add the curry leaves, chopped green chili, chopped ginger and cashew. Fry them. Now put of the flame and mix cooked rice and salt with it. Let it cool down. Now in a big bowl take the spiced up rice and pomegranate seeds, raisin and hung curd. Mix well with soft hands. If the mixture seems too tight you can add 2 table spoon of milk. Mix well and serve cold. Curd rice goes very well with a simple South Indian style lemon or mango pickle, uppu menasinakayi (salted chilies fried), raw onion, or daal or you can even try it with South Indian style meat dish.