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.

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