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thayir sadam served in a bowl with pickles on top

Curd Rice Recipe | Thayir Sadam | Dahi Bhaat

Learn how to make authentic Curd Rice, South Indian style by following this easy recipe. Also known as Thayir Sadam or Dahi Bhaat, it's made with yogurt and rice. It's not just comforting but also packed with flavors. Plus, it can be made in 10 minutes.
Course rice, Side Dish
Cuisine Asian, Indian, South Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Rice cooking time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 196.14kcal


  • Mixing Bowl



  • The first step is to cook rice. You can either cook it fresh or use leftover rice. Add cooked rice to a mixing bowl.
  • Add yogurt to the bowl. You may or may not whisk it before adding. Then pour milk into the bowl and add salt.
  • Heat oil in a tadka pan, temper mustard seeds, and urad dal and asafoetida. Then add cilantro, green chillies and curry leaves. Fry for 30 seconds and then pour this tadka over the rice.
  • Mix it all together. We mix it by hand as that makes a lump-free, homogenous mixture. But if you're not comfortable, use a spoon. Then store it in the fridge till its time to serve.
  • Serve chilled with pickle, and papad.


Since curd rice is often served chilled. You can use chilled yogurt, milk, and rice straight from the fridge. Don't skip the tempering. It adds so much flavor.
Even if you are cooking rice fresh, overcook it a bit and cool it down completely before adding chilled yogurt and milk. If you don't then it will kill the live cultures in the curd.
Use evaporated milk instead of regular milk for a more creamy texture. If you want a quick fix, enjoy it without the tadka. It will taste plain but still delicious enough!
The ratio of milk will depend on how sour the curd is. You can also add milk to adjust the consistency of the curd rice. Skip milk altogether if you want.
Feel free to add more veggies to this Dahi Bhat like grated carrots, ginger, and cucumbers. Some also add pomegranate and other fruits.
How to store it
You can definitely make yogurt rice in advance and store it in the fridge. Before serving, add some more yogurt, milk, or water to loosen it.
The tadka can be added just before serving or you can store it with the tadka done.
Alternates to rice
If you want to experiment, make this curd rice recipe using brown rice, quinoa, or even cauliflower rice. I am yet to try these but I know for sure that it will alter the taste.
How to make it vegan
For those who are vegan, you can definitely make Dahi bhaat dairy-free. Use any unsweetened plain vegan almond milk yogurt and oat or cashew milk.
I have made it using these ingredients and it tastes good. Do not skip the tempering part as it gives it a nice earthy flavor.
Make it in the Instant Pot
You can very well make it in the Instant Pot. Add oil and do the tadka in saute mode. Then add the washed rice and cook it rice or manual mode for 5 minutes.
Release pressure manually, turn off the Instant Pot and let the rice cool down. Then add curd, milk, salt, and cilantro.
Mix it all well together and store it in the fridge till it's needed. You can also do the tadka separately and add it along with the curd in the end.


Calories: 196.14kcal | Carbohydrates: 31.22g | Protein: 6.52g | Fat: 4.8g | Saturated Fat: 2.02g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.61g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1.84g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 11.01mg | Sodium: 155.41mg | Potassium: 179.96mg | Fiber: 2.4g | Sugar: 5.68g | Vitamin A: 178.51IU | Vitamin C: 4.92mg | Calcium: 124.21mg | Iron: 0.66mg