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  • Rice - 3/4 cup
  • Water - 2 + 1/2 cup
  • Milk - 1 + 1/2 cup
  • Curd - 1 cup
  • Sour cream 1/2 cup
  • Salt - as needed
  • coriander leaves - 2 tbsp finely chopped
  • To temper:
  • Ghee - 1 + 1/2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Ginger - 1 tsp finely chopped
  • Green chili - 2
  • Raisin - 1 tablespoon + 1/2 tbsp


  • Wash and rinse the rice well
  • Add the given water and cook the rice mashy
  • After the rice is cooked when the cooked rice is warm mash it well with a ladle/masher
  • Add salt and milk to the mashy rice and mix well
  • Let the mixture cool down
  • Add sour cream and curd; mix well
  • In a pan add ghee. When it is hot add mustard seeds and let it splutter
  • Add ginger, green chili and curry leaves; give a quick saute
  • Lower the flame and add raisins and 1/2 teaspoon of ghee and mix well
  • After the raisins are cooked transfer the curd rice
  • Finely sprinkle coriander leaves and mix well; curd rice is ready


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  1. Use raw rice/Sona masoori rice for curd rice. Avoid basmati rice
  2. Carrots, pomegranates, cucumber, grapes can be added for extra flavor
  3. Ginger powder can be used instead of ginger
  4. I have deseeded green chili for kids but it is optional
  5. Preferably mash the rice when it is warm to avoid lumps
  6. Urad dal, cumin seeds, and red chili can be added for tempering
  7. Use milk for a nice texture and to prevent the curd from being too sour
  8. Always add curd after the rice comes to room temperature
  9. Add milk only after mashing the rice well
  10. Avoid sour curd, use fresh homemade thick curd or plain greek yogurt
  11. Add 2% or whole fat milk but avoid 1% or low-fat milk 
  12. Avoid adding water while making thayir sadam
  13. Use butter/ghee for tempering and avoid oil
  14. For creaminess I have used sour cream – that’s the magic ingredient for the perfectly textured curd rice, Full cream can also be used instead 
  15. We need mushy rice for curd rice, adjust the water according to your rice
  16. If you don't have sour cream you can use an equal amount of regular curd + 1/2 cup of milk
  17. Soaking rice is optional
  18. Cook rice for 4-5 whistles in the pressure cooker or rice mode in the instant pot
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