Jan 1, 2024


Yogurt Rice Tempered with Spices and. Pomegranate.

 This moist, pleasantly seasoned rice and yogurt dish in the South Indian tradition takes only a short time to prepare.  Whenever rice is combined with curd/yogurt , the result is refreshing, nutritious and easy to digest. It is served at room temperature or slightly chilled and is a good selection on  a light summer lunch  on menu with any vegetable or salad. This particular rice dish is a welcome favorite, especially in the summer season. It is also good on a dinner menu, because the rice can be cooked and cooled or chilled beforehand and finally assembled at the last moment. Most of the Sunday night dinner ,curd rice is my dinner menu. Truly blessed I feel. Top it with home made pickle, it takes the meal to next level.  I am sure , you will get the same feeling.

Preparation Time :                Minutes
Cooking Time                       25 Minutes
Cuisine                                South Indian
Coarse                                 Rice/ Prasadams
Serve                                   4 nos.

 Plain White Rice                    1 Cup
Water                                    1 ½ Cups
Milk                                       1 Cup
Plain Yogurt/Curd                    1 ½ cups
Fresh Pomegranate seeds        ¼ Cups
Crushed Ginger                       1 Teaspoon
Crushed Green Chills               1 Teaspoon
Chopped Curry Leaves             1 Teaspoon
Freshly ground Black Pepper    ¼ Teaspoon
Salt                                        To Taste

For Tempering:
 Ghee                                       1 Tablespoon
Mustard Seeds                         ½ Teaspoon

A fresh sprigs of coriander leaves for garnishing


  • Wash and soak the rice for 20 minutes. Drain well. Use any variety of regular rice. I used Basmati rice.
  • In a thick bottomed pan add rice, water and milk and let this cook till all the water evaporates. Cook this for about 20-25 minutes. OR you can cook it Pressure cooker.  Cook rice for 5 to 6 whistles, till the rice is cooked and softened very well.
  • Once the rice turns mushy, soften it with a spatula. Allow the rice to cool down.
  • In meantime, take a bowl add plain yogurt, crushed ginger, crushed chillies, pepper, Curry leaves and pomegranate . Mix it well. Keep aside.

  • When the cooked rice become warm or comes to room temperature, add yogurt mixture and mix it well to ensure there are no lumps formed. You can either use the spoon or masher while breaking the lumps.
  • The consistency has to be slightly loose and not thick. If the consistency is thick, then you can add some more curd or milk.
  • Heat ghee in a pan, When the ghee  becomes hot, add ½ teaspoon mustard seeds fry till they splutter. Add it to the curd rice. Mix it well. Garnish with Chopped Coriander leaves.
  • Now the curd rice ready to be served.
  • Serve with a Pickle or fried Mor Milaghai.

  • Always use fresh yogurt/ Curd for making Curd Rice
  • To avoid the curd rice from turning sour during summers, milk is added.
  • Curd and milk proportion can be adjusted to suit your taste.
  • If not serving immediately, Refrigerate for an hour.
  • You can use Fresh cut Mangoes, Fresh seedless Grapes  too.

Dec 31, 2023



Todays marks the 12th  year anniversary of My “MADAPPALLI ” Blog.

Wow! 12th  Time actually flies.  Its feel amazing as I write this blog post. I have learned so much, seen so many ups and downs but now after 12years, I want to look back and smile and be proud of where I am today. Still we’ve got miles to go and this is IMPOSSIBLE without YOUR LOVEand SUPPORT my dear readers. So, stick with me and I promise I will keep on writing for you all.


Thank you for the 12 remarkable years of Friendship and Support.

Jan 1, 2023

Semiya Payasam /Vermicelli Kheer


Semiya Payasam /Vermicelli Kheer are a very popular traditional south Indian dessert, which is prepared at all special occasions. A preparation of milk and vermicelli sweetened with sugar. It has rich and creamy texture.. It is a very simple to make, healthy dessert. It can be made using low fat milk

Vermicelli                                  : 1 cup (broken into small strips)
Whole Milk                                : 1 ½ cup
Evaporated milk                        – 1 tin
Sugar                                        : 1/2 cup or to your taste
Ghee                                          : 2 tbsp.
Raisins                                       : few
Cashew nuts                               : few
 green cardamoms                       
6-7 no. (peeled and powdered)

  • Boil the milk in a nonstick or heavy bottom sauce pan.
  • Simmer and stir every now and then, till it reduces to almost half the quantity. Stir almost constantly to avoid the milk getting burnt. Simmering the milk may take a while, but it is the safest way to tastefully thicken the milk.
  • Heat the ghee and fry raisins and cashews till light brown in color, remove and keep it aside for later use. 
  • Roast the vermicelli in the remaining ghee till it turns to light golden color. 
  • When they slightly change the color, add them to the milk, along with all the roasted dry fruits , nuts and evaporated milk .
  • Cook on a low heat for about 10 minutes or until the vermicelli become soft. (Keep stirring at regular intervals so that no lumps are formed).
  • Add sugar and cook for couple of minutes until all sugar is dissolved.
  • Add cardamom powder and mix well and allow it to boil. Turn the heat off..
  • Yummy Payasam is ready. Let this get cooled to room temperature. Refrigerate it later and eat it chilled. 
Low fat version Use 2% milk and low fat  Evaporated milk  . Reduce nuts

Tip - 
  • The payasam/Kheer normally tends to get thick as it cools down or when chilled in the fridge. Pour little milk or cream and microwave them for a couple of minutes before serving.

Dec 31, 2022

11th Anniversary

 Todays marks the 11th year anniversary of My “ Madappalli” Blog.

Wow! 11 years! Time actually flies.  Its feel amazing as I write this blog post. I have learned so much, seen so many ups and downs but now after 11 years, I want to look back and smile and be proud of where I am today. Still we’ve got miles to go and this is IMPOSSIBLE without YOUR LOVE and SUPPORT my dear readers. So, stick with me and I promise I will keep on writing for you all.

Thank you for the 11 remarkable years of Friendship and Support.

Dec 1, 2022

Carrot Rice

The South Indian food is loved by folks because of their simple preparation techniques and the nutrition value which remains intact in their recipes. This is a yummy dish of South India Cuisine and served as quick breakfast or lunch at homes.


 Cooked Basmati R                 2 cups
Fresh Carrot                           1 cup (Peeled and Grated)
Green Chilies                          3 Nos (Finely Chopped)
Finely chopped Ginger             1Tbsp.
Fresh Green Peas                    ¼ cup (Boiled)
Lemon juice                              1 Tbsp.
Turmeric Powder                     ¼ Tsp.
Salt                                             To Taste.

For Seasoning

 Coconut oil                               1 Tbsp
 Mustard Seeds                         1 Tsp.
 Curry Leaves                             few

 For Decoration

 Chopped coriander leaves          2 Tbsp.
 Fried Cashewnuts and Kismish   1 Tbsp.


  • Take a pan, heat a oil, add and fry the all seasoning.
  • Add turmeric powder, green chilies, ginger and curry leaves, fry for a minute
  • Now add the boiled peas and grated carrots.
  • Keep the stove heat in low, and cover the pan and cook till the carrots are tender. Add the lemon juice.
  • Now add the cooked rice in it and mix it well.
  • Cook for another 2 minutes in medium flame. Garnish with coriander leaves and fried cashews and Kismish.  The delicious carrot rice is ready.
  • Serve hot with Raita and potato chips.

Nov 1, 2022

Potato Korma – Aloo Bhaji

There are several types of Kormas. Some are decadent, some light. Some use lots of whole spices, some use just a few and some use coconut. Every household has its own unique way to cooking Potato Bhaji. I have shared my version of Aloo Bhaji here. Make it at home with this easy recipe.

Preparation Time     10 Mins
Cooking Time         20 Mins
Cuisine                North Indian
Serves                4-5


Large Potatoes              4 Nos.
Big Tomatoes                 2Nos.
Green Chillies                 1 Nos.(Finely Chopped)
Grated Ginger                1 Tablespoon
Asafetida Powder          ½ Teaspoon
Coriander Leaves           2 Tablespoon (finely chopped)

Masala Powder

Turmeric Powder           ½ Teaspoon
Red Chili Powder             1 Teaspoon
Dhania Powder                1 Teaspoon
Garam Masala Powder     ½ Teaspoon

To Temper
Oil                                 2 Tablespoon
Cumin Seeds                  ½ Teaspoon
Fennel Seeds                  ½ Teaspoon

  • Wash, Peel and chop the Potatoes into cubes. Chop the tomatoes into cubes.
  • In a Pressure cooker, heat the oil and temper the cumin & Fennel seeds, chopped chillies and  Asafetida Powder . Fry in low flame.
  • Now add the chopped Potatoes, Turmeric powder, garam masala Chili Powder, dhania Powder  and fry until oil separates.
  • Now add 1 cup of water and pressure cook for 2 whistles. Switch off the stove
  • After pressure cooker steam release, open the cooker add the tomatoes and salt. Cook it in low flame for 5 minutes.
  • Add the coriander leaves adjust the water consistency. Mix it well.
  • Now Aloo Bhaji is ready to serve.
  • Serve with Pulao, Poori or Chapatis

  •   Don’t add more water than requires. The Korma should be thick

My other Aloo Bhaji Recipes, click here


Oct 1, 2022

Masala Kichadi/ Masala Bath

After a long and tiring day, what could rescue you but a bowl of Kichadi. Kichadi is the perfect comfort food for Indians. Easy to make a One Pot Meal. Breakfast, brunch or dinner, Kichadi is the epitome of convenience. Kichadi is usually made with combination of grains and dals , cooked till soft and mushy, just thicker than porridge.
Masala Kichadi/ Masala Bath is sumptuous meal of rice with vegetables and an appetizing dry masala powder made of simple spices. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve it with a  raita or plain curd.

Preparation Time :  10 Minutes
Cooking Time        :  20 Minutes
Soaking Time       :   30 Minutes
Servings               :   4 Nos.

Raw Rice                1 Cup
Tovar Dal                1 Tablespoon
Moong Dal              1 Tablespoon   
Tomatoes                2 Nos.
Green Chilies           2 Nos.
Grated Ginger          1 Tablespoon
Turmeric Powder      ½ Teaspoon
Salt                         To Taste

For Dry Masala Powder

Cinnamon sticks         2 nos.
Fennel Seeds              1 Tablespoon
Cloves                        5 nos.          
Green Cardamoms       7 nos.
Chutney Dal                1 Tablespoon
Red Chillies                 2 -3 nos.
Dhania Powder            ½ Teaspoon
Cumin Powder             ¼ Teaspoon
Garam Masala Powder     ½ Teaspoon


Oil/ Butter /Ghee              1 Tablespoon
Mustard Seeds                  1 Teaspoon

For Garnishing

Chopped Coriander Leaves


Wash and soak the rice with dals for 30 minutes. Chop the tomatoes and Green chillies and keep aside.

For Dry Masala Powder:

  • Heat a pan on medium heat. Dry roast the cinnamon, cloves, cardamoms, red chillies, chutney dal, fennel seeds for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Take the spices out, add Garam masala powder, cumin powder and dhania powder in it. Transfer to blender pot. Blend it into course powder. Keep aside.

For Masala Bhat

  • Heat a oil in Pressure cooker, add Mustard seeds and curry leaves, let them splutter.

  • Now add the chopped tomatoes, Grated ginger and Green chillies and fry for a minute.
  • Drain the rice and dals add into the tomato mix and sauté for minute.
  • Add two cups of hot water, Turmeric powder and  Ground Dry masala Powder and salt . Mix it well. Pressure cooker for 5 whistles . Turn off the heat

  • Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid.  Mix well the Kichadi.
  • While serving garnish with dollop of ghee, coriander leaves.
  • Serve with Pickle, Curd and Pappad

  • As khichdi cools will become little thick.
  • Re heat the Kichadi and eat.
  • Add vegetables of your choice like  cauliflower,  tindora or brinjal into kichadi

Enjoy Cooking!.


Yogurt Rice Tempered with Spices and. Pomegranate.   This moist, pleasantly seasoned rice and yogurt dish in the South Indian ...