Guys, I need to gush about the simplest comfort food I've been making at home lately -- it's so good!
This easy, almost no-cook #Indian
dish is known as "curd rice" (yogurt rice) in South India. I don't know why I never tried it at home before, it makes a delicious and satisfying meal that requires very little effort.
I first had #curdrice
, known as #thayirsaadam
in Tamil (my sort-of 7th language, inherited by marriage), three years ago at a restaurant in Hyderabad and on later trips through Tamil Nadu & Kerala. I remember liking it a lot each time but the dish was always featured towards the end of meals when I would already be too full, so it never stood out.
I decided to make South Indian yogurt rice a few weeks ago while reading Padma Lakshmi's memoir "Love, Loss and What We Ate", where she beautifully recounts childhood memories of savoring this dish in at her grandparents' home in Madras, India. In the book @padmalakshmi
described it as "a cool savory porridge of salted yogurt and rice" that is "spiced with crunchy fried mustard seeds". Her words made me hungry and curious to try it at home (it helped that @food52
also posted beautiful photos of it around the same time), and I'm so glad that I did. The homemade version is even better than what I had at restaurants before, and this is now one of my favorite quick meals.
It helps that I always have curry leaves (#srilankan
cooking & kitchen rules 101: never run out of curry leaves!) and the other tempering spices on hand, but I would otherwise gladly make a trip to Jackson Heights or @kalustyans
to stock up on the essentials. I've been adding other things too -- sauteed zucchini, roasted beets, spiced chickpeas and even fried eggs on top. For the tempering, my preferred spices are curry leaves, mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, cumin, asafoetida, dried red chillies and cashews, peanuts or coconut for extra crunch.
Try making it if you enjoy yogurt in savory recipes, I bet you'll love it. Those of you who eat this at home, what other ways can I make/eat it? With masala fried potatoes? Pickles? Pomegranates? What's your favorite? Please tell me in the comments below! 🙏