Curd rice is an all-time favourite of those who have stayed for any length of time in the southern parts of India. It is prepared in households and in temples, alike, and is a popular festival fare. The classic Andhra version of this dish, where “Ava pettina" is Telugu for “infused with mustard", and “Daddojanam" means “Curd-Rice". Enjoyed by adults and babies alike, this dish is a simple one wok meal that is easy to digest and full of subtle flavours that make for the best possible quick lunch, and help beat the heat, especially during those hot summer months.
- Rice: 250 grams, boiled till properly cooked and slightly soft and mushy.
- Curd (fresh and thick): 2 and a ½ cups, whisked till smooth.
- Milk: boiled and brought down to room temperature, as per requirement.
- Ginger: 1 inch, grated
- Mustard seeds: 1 and a ½ teaspoons, soaked in a small amount of water for a few minutes.
- Cashews: 8-10 pieces, coarsely chopped and roasted in ghee till light brown.
- Salt to taste
- Coriander leaves: freshly chopped for garnishing.
- Oil: 2 teaspoons
- Mustard seeds: ½ teaspoon
- Split black gram dal: 1 teaspoon
- Dry red chillis: 2
- Green chillis: 2, slit
- 2 sprigs of curry leaves
- Asafetida: ½ teaspoon
- Boil rice in enough water till cooked. You can cook them even in a pressure cooker. Drain the water and mash the rice lightly with a ladle. Add 1/3 cup of warm milk to the rice while its still warm. Mix well and let this mixture cool to room temperature.
- Grind the soaked mustard into a coarse paste.
- Add this to the curd, and then add this flavoured curd to the rice when the rice has properly cooled. Mix properly.
- Prepare the tadka by heating oil in a pan. Add the mustard seeds and allow them to crackle. At this point, add the rest of the tadka ingredients to the pan and fry them for a few minutes.
- Add this tadka immediately to the rice. Mix thoroughly. If the mix is too thick, make it thin with a little more milk or water. Add salt as per requirement.
- Garnish with coriander leaves and roasted cashews.
- Serve chilled or at room temperature, with pickle or banana chips on the side.
Hope you enjoy this popular comfort food.