Yogurt Rice or Curd Rice

Yogurt rice, an easy summer recipe for days when you are too tired..

curd rice recipe

The sun in Florida is always shining way more than I can handle. I am definitely not a cold climate person but this heat is unbearable too. And, the summer is yet to begin. Every time I go out in the sun, I end up having headache which drains me off my energy for atleast 2 days. I then have to drink lots of water, buttermilk, coconut water and sometimes an electrolyte too.

Yogurt rice, is one such recipe I like to make on days when I have no energy to cook, yet I want to eat something cooling and comforting. It is a very easy recipe which can be made in 5 minutes if you have pre cooked rice.

Yogurt rice or ‘curd rice’ as called in India, tastes better when the rice is slightly over cooked and the yogurt is made from whole milk. Avoid using greek or low fat yogurt for this recipe. You can replace chana dal with cashew nuts. Curry leaves are found in Indian grocery store. Leave it out if you do not have at home.

Serve it as a main or as a side accompanied with lime or mango pickle.


1 cup rice, cooked
3/4 cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon milk (optional)
2 tablespoon water
1/4 bunch cilantro, finely chopped

For tempering:
2 tablespoon oil or ghee
1/2 teaspoon black mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon chana dal
1 tablespoon chopped curry leaves
1 teaspoon chopped ginger
2 green chillies, finely chopped or slit lengthwise
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder


  • In a bowl, add rice, yogurt, salt, milk and water. Mix well. Add more water or milk or yogurt to get the right consistency. It should not be too dry neither too watery. Combine the chopped cilantro and set aside.
  • In a small pan, heat oil or ghee on medium high flame. When the oil is hot, reduce the heat to medium setting, and add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, chana dal, curry leaves, ginger, green chillies and turmeric powder. Saute for a minute until the chana dal has slightly browned.
  • Pour the tempering over the rice and yogurt mix. Combine all together and serve with pickle of your choice.

TIPS: Add grated cucumber or carrot for a variation when mixing the rice with yogurt.

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Sauteed Cabbage sabzi with Peas Recipe

Cabbage sautéed with green peas and turmeric is a quick side dish made in less than 15 minutes!

sauteed cabbage

Give my mom a cabbage, and she will boil it. And, it is the odor that remains in my memory. Anytime, I prefer to eat it raw or this cabbage sabzi recipe. It is a simple stir fry with Indian seasoning ingredients like the mustard seeds, cumin seeds and chana dal for the nutty crunch. I simply pair it with roti or fry it with steamed rice.

There are various types of cabbage in the grocery store, and the green cabbage is the most popular and easily available. Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable and is known for protecting our bodies against cancer. It purifies blood and removes toxins, which is why it is often used as a detoxifier.

For this cabbage sabzi recipe, I like to slice it into thin strips. It gives the appearance of noodles and looks appetizing. The best part about this dish is that there is no onion/ginger/garlic which makes cooking super easy.

cabbage sabzi


1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon black mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon chana dal or bengal gram dal
2-3 red dried chillies or 1 teaspoon red chilli flakes
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
2 cups cabbage, thinly sliced
1/2 cup frozen green peas
1/2 teaspoon salt or as needed


  • In a wide skillet, heat oil on a medium flame.
  • Add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds and chana dal and saute for a minute until the seeds crackle and the chana dal is lightly browned but not burnt.
  • Now, add the broken red chillies or chilli flakes along with turmeric powder and give a quick saute. Immediately, add the cabbage and green peas and coat the cabbage well with the tempered oil.
  • Saute every few seconds for the next 5-7 minutes until the cabbage is cooked through and has slight crunch.
  • Serve it as a side with roti or rice dish.

stir fry Cabbage

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