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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Special Curd Rice

Thinking of curd rice, I remember my younger days when I used to eat curd rice just for vadu manga. Curd rice with vadu maga-wow! I just love it so much. It is so comforting and heavenly. Today we will learn how to make seasoned curd rice with added vegetables following this easy recipe.

curd rice

Curd Rice

Curd Rice

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 15 mins 
 Recipe CategoryRice Dishes-Lunch
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Rice - ½ cup
   Curd/plain yogurt- ½ cup
   Milk – ½ cup ( I used toned milk)
   Salt needed

   Capsicum finely chopped – 2 tbsp
   Tomato deseeded and finely chopped – 1 medium size
   Carrots finely chopped – ½ a carrot
   Chopped cucumber -2 tbsp

   For the seasoning

   Oil – 1 tsp
   Mustard seeds– ¼ tsp
   Finely chopped ginger – 1 tbsp
   Green chillies – 1 deseeded and finely chopped


Finely chop all the vegetables.


Cook rice until soft. You can use pressure cooker also for cooking rice.

When done, mash it well with a masher when it is hot. Add milk and mix it well.

After it cools, add curd (plain yogurt) and needed salt. Add all the vegetables.Check out how to make curd at home.

Heat a tsp of oil, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add ginger, green chillies and sauté for a few seconds. Add to the curd rice and mix everything well.

Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves. Yummy curd rice is ready. It can be had as such or with any pickle.

You can add a little butter (optional), a tbsp of pomegranates and few green grapes if you like. Check out curd rice with fruits.

seasoned curd riceCurd Rice

My kids do not prefer plain curd rice, may be because it is always available at home, but they enjoy the same curd rice if seasoned or presented differently.

lunch box recipe

My daughter's lunch box contains drumstick sambar rice, plantain flower kootu, curd rice. I scooped out the drumstick flesh and kept it in another container to prevent the embarrassment of eating drumsticks at school. Check out more Lunch Box Ideas.

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  1. wow thats so creative...lovely pic ...will try ur version of curd rice next time as it seems very nice with those vegetables in it

  2. That curd rice pic is so tempting..nicely done..very lively face created by veggies dear..

  3. Thank you Sushma and Prathibha for your motivating comments.

  4. I ddnt know we can dd milk also...This is really artistic

  5. I love this type of curd rice and it is perfect for lunch boxes. Try adding a little butter in it and it will take you to heaven :-).

  6. My all time favorite,nice presentation,following you

  7. My all time favorite,nice presentation,following you

  8. Hey padhu..
    Lovely!!!Ur very creative...Looks awesome and my comfort food...wish to have with mango pickle..:)

  9. I also love curd rice with vadu mangai, that lunch box reminds me of my school days!! :)

  10. Delicious curd rice Padhu..I love veggies in curd rice...Love ur lunch box dear.

  11. very interesting pic....i just love curd rice....its the perfect comfort food..

  12. Love curd rice,such a tasty n comfort food.Cannot beat the combo of that with mango pickle :) Creative presentation.

  13. Ah ! My first comment !
    I cannot question your cooking as i have experienced it first hand. :)
    and the only question i have is
    Why would eating drumsticks in school be embarrassing ? :D

  14. very nice blog. yummy recipes... presentation is good. thanks for dropping by my blog.

  15. lovely .. i would like to try it in this way

  16. Great ideas...lovely..thank you so much..

  17. Great....lovely ideas...thanks for ur yummy recipes...

  18. Hi, what do you mean by "curd"? Is this paneer?

    1. Curd is plain yogurt. In India we commonly use the word 'curd' for plain yogurt.

  19. Hi Padhu, Your recipes are simply great. :) I started my cooking by looking into your recipes. So far whatever I cooked by seeing your recipes, came out great and I always get appreciated and praised by my husband for my cooking. :) I should really say thanks to you for this. Thank you Padhu.. :)

    And now I have got one problem in cooking "Curd Rice". We are planning for a tour in which I was asked to cook curd rice. If I cook and pack it today evening we will eat it on next day afternoon. I need to cook it for over 26 people. Hence I am worried how I gonna cook and preserve it till next day afternoon so that it tastes great when we eat. Could you please help me in solving my problem by suggesting me the best way to cook and preserve it for over 19 hours?

    1. Dear Priyanka
      Huge thanks for your nice words and comment. Glad to know that you found the website and recipes useful.
      Regarding your doubt - when the rice is hot mash it nicely adding milk (lukewarm). Once the rice is warm, add curd and mix well. Then season it. The secret is to add more of milk and less of curd, so that it will not go sour when you have it the next day. Use fresh milk and freshly set curd. It will be fantastic the next day. I have tried it many times,so do not worry. Go ahead. Regarding the quantity, I feel you need 1/4 cup of uncooked rice per person.

  20. As per Ayurveda - curd should not be consumed with milk and the same way curd and fruits should not be consumed together.

  21. Does the vegetables need to be boiled for few minutes before adding to rice ?

  22. Hi padhu, I love your recipes and always try dem....can I try these kids page recipes for my one year old..?plus reply soon.

  23. You can try the recipes but always start with less quantity.Wait for 2 days to see if it suits him. Then you can gradually increase.

  24. It was cold and raining today and I was craving for some curd rice with rasam. Found your website through google search. Cooked this and your Mysore rasam and both came out great! Everyone in the family loved it!


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