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curd rice south indian style recipe

Curd Rice South Indian Style Recipe

Curd rice or yogurt rice is a very simple, delicious and quick South Indian style rice dish for lunch or dinner which is loved by all who love yogurt or curd.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1


  • Cooked white rice ½ cup
  • oil or ghee 1 tablespoon
  • mustard seeds 1 teaspoon
  • curry leaves a few
  • salt a little
  • curd or thick yogurt 2 to 3 tablespoons
  • grated ginger 1 teaspoon optional
  • black peppercorns a few optional

For garnishing

  • chopped coriander leaves cilantro leaves or fresh mint leaves 1 tablespoon (optional)
  • pomegranate seeds 1 tablespoon optional


  • Heat oil (or ghee) in a pan and add mustard seeds.
  • When the mustard seeds splutter, add curry leaves and fry for a few seconds.
  • Add the cooked rice to this seasoning, add the grated ginger and black pepper corns if using, mix well and stir fry for about 1 to 2 minutes until rice is lightly fried.
  • Add salt, mix well with the rice, switch off the stove and transfer the rice to a serving bowl.
  • Add the curd or yogurt, mix well with the rice.
  • Garnish with pomegranate seeds or chopped coriander leaves if you wish.


You may also add red chilies to the seasoning or add black peppercorns to the rice while cooking, if you wish to add a little spiciness to the curd rice.