Thayir Saadam – Yogurt Rice

I am still in the hangover of my blog’s first birthday, I suppose. Thinking that I have completed one year of blogging and sharing recipes and have stepped into the second year is kind of giving me jitters. Or am I nervous whether I will be able to keep up the same pace and interest? I guess it must be… At times, when I feel my interest lacking some way or the other, I pull myself up and tell to myself – “Then why did you start the blog in first place? You should’ve just maintained a word document!” I am cooking but hardly cooking, I must say. Maybe it’s the way my days are moving, but then slowly I am finding my ground to come back to some hard core cooking. Till then, I know my drafts will help me out to float my blog, at least for the next two to three months. And yes, that does leave a smile on my face! πŸ™‚


One best thing about blogging is that I am trying my hands into food that I have never had before! Just like this Thayir Saadam… I am told that it is something so frequently eaten in Tamil Nadu and I am still wondering why we do not have much easy one-pot meals as such, which makes lunch time so relaxing! I was terribly craving for this meal of rice, so referred to several blogs and came up with my medley. And what’s more – I made it in Kerala style, with Palakkadan Matta rice! πŸ˜‰Β We devoured the rice along with potato stir fryΒ and it was delicious!


Thayir Saadam - Yogurt Rice

Course Rice
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 -3
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 cup matta rice
  • 2.5 cup of water
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 carrot finely chopped
  • 1 cucumber finely chopped
  • For tempering:
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 twigs curry leaves
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 green chilli chopped


  • Cook the rice, with water and salt till well cooked, so cooked that it becomes all mashed up.
  • Mix well and mash up with a ladle.
  • Add in the warm milk and mix well. Set aside to cool.
  • When cool, add in the yogurt, carrot and cucumber, and adjust the salt.
  • Heat oil into a saucepan, splutter mustard seeds.
  • Add in the remaining ingredients, saute for a couple of minutes.
  • Put into the rice and mix well.

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  1. What is matta rice? i have not heard it so far. When it comes curd rice, Potato is one of the apt combination

    1. It is the type of rice with the skin (fibres)…it is normally brown or red in is also known as palakkadan matta,which orginated in palakkad of southern kerala…This rice has more fibre when compared to other rice.
      South keralites were the largest consumer of this rice than northern keralites πŸ™‚

    2. Thank u so much Faheema 4 replying! There Aparna… there is the answer! πŸ™‚ Thanks a lot…

  2. In Karnataka they call it curd rice, I use to have it in office…..

    1. Thank u so much Razina…

  3. Salam, looks so good..

    1. Wasalaam… thank you so much!

  4. The yogurt rice looks yummy ..looks nice & colorful…perfect comfort food .

    1. Thank you so much Gloria…

    1. Thank you so much Humi…

  5. Really comforting ……looks perfectly mixed.

    1. Thank you so much Dipthi…

  6. My favoutire one. When i am running out of time in cooking the curd box kept in the fridge give hands. You made it so colourful and nutritious by adding veggies in it.

    1. Thank you so much Eliza…

  7. Though Potato is the best combination, I prefer to eat anything with thayir it.. looks too good.. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Laxmi… πŸ™‚

  8. The thought of shutting down my blog does occur but like you said, we started and we shall try to keep it going. Having said many times, rice makes me happy, always and forever. Been a long time since I've made thayir saadam and you reminded me with your delicious version. I need to check on what is mattar rice.

    1. Oh Nava… pls do not think of closing down ur blog!!! Thanks a lot dear…

  9. healthy and delicious curd rice. I love it in Summer days.

    1. Thank you so much Sanoli…

  10. first time seeing rice like this, what is matta rice?

    1. Hi Nammi… matta rice is a brown rice we eat in Kerala, a south state in India… thanks a lot dear…

  11. So comforting and delicious!

    1. Thank you so much…

  12. Our friends used to pack us the tomato rice, lemon rice and curd rice when we were in hostel. The home made food was comforting opposed to the hostel food. I never made the curd rice at home though. It sounds simple, easy and good for an upset tummy too.

    1. Even I used 2 think it is complicated! Shud try it, Shibi… thanks a lot…

  13. It is one comfort food that I always used to land up having at the cafeteria when the usual stuffs turn to be boring… It is so cool and light anyone would love it.. yours has come out so good…

    1. Thank u so much Anupa…

  14. First time heard about matta rice….this is very comforting and perfect for lazy day…

    1. We eat only matta rice at our home… thanks a lot Bhawna…

  15. I love curd very much…….I cant imagine of a meal without curd…….So delicious and lovely……. is ur thayir sadham…..

    1. Thank you so much Remya…

  16. wow… what a coincidence… i too posted curd rice in my blog… but slightly different recipe… yours looks delicious…

    1. Will check out ur version… thanks a lot, Amina…

  17. Curd rice with lemon pickle yum.. all time comfort food..

    1. Thank you so much Smitha…

  18. looks good and healthy curd rice…..

    1. Thank you so much Femi…

  19. Curd rice with some fried potatoes or pickle is an all time comfort rice. Simple and delicious!

    1. Thank you so much Sona…

    1. Thank you so much Pankthi ..

  20. I don't like yogurt with rice, but this looks so good that I want to taste it πŸ™‚

    1. Even I dont like yogurt in my rice! However this seems 2 be an exception, Ambreen… πŸ™‚

  21. never miss to eat this thayir sadam.. I always love to prepare it.. And at times if in any party if we have thayir sadam in menu, I would never miss eating that! πŸ™‚ Lovely click n nicely done dea

    1. Go 2 a party n eat only thayir saadam! Wow! πŸ™‚ Thanks a lit Sangee…

  22. All time fav , very comforting thayir sadam πŸ™‚ adding cucumber in curd rice is new to me πŸ™‚ looks super yumm dear !!

    1. Thank u so much Manju… πŸ™‚

  23. very innovative you are; shall try yogurt rice πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Monu… πŸ™‚

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