February 24, 2012

Dodyonam or Thayir Saadam | Tempered Curd Rice | Easy Lunchbox Recipes | Iyengar Recipes

Before the invasion of fast foods or ready-to-eat snacks into our kitchens, the healthiest lunchbox recipe for any self-respecting Tamilian would be Curd Rice or Thayir Saadam. Accompanied by pickle, this hearty meal made its way into thousands of people's tummies in the heat of the afternoon - for both office and school goers, and no one complained :) No tummy upsets, no reason for indigestion. The uber cool curd rice was the perfect antidote to the scorching sun, and it also made perfect sense for the probiotic bacteria from the yoghurt to soothe the tummy. How simple life was then ? Till we landed with unknown and foreign terms like lactose intolerance, nuts allergy, lacto-ovo-vegetarian !! Whew ... Wonder if our forefathers also suffered similar maladies but never had names to express.

Anyways, back to today's post. I have put together an authentic Iyengar recipe - Dodyonam (aka Curd Rice or Thayir Saadam). This is generally served at South Indian temples (esp Srivaishnava temples) as prasad, post the day's offerings to the Lord. I particularly remember S telling me, at the beginning of our married life to make "Anjaneyar Kovil Dodyonam". I am like what ?? When MIL visited us few months later, I was to learn about this one fascination S has about this semi hot, gooey concoction with simple ingredients and heavenly to taste. Of course in temples, the quantity one gets is limited and sans pickle too. But this tastes heavenly with lemon pickle & Orange Peel Gojju (both my fav!!)


Am already drooling about eating this today afternoon, while even posting this recipe :)


Sending this to:

Check my fellow Marathoners here

Prep time : 5 - 10 mins
Cook time : 15 mins
Serves : 3

Ingredients:
  • Rice - 2 cups (cook slightly mushy)
  • Milk - 1/2 cup (I used low fat)
  • Curd / yoghurt - 2 cups
  • Salt - to taste
  • White unsalted Butter - 1/2 tsp (optional)
  • Oil - 1 tsp
Tempering : 
  • Mustard seeds, Grated ginger (1 tsp), Urad Dal (1 tsp), Channa Dal (1/2 tsp), Broken dry red chillies (4 -5), Curry leaves (few), Asafoetida / Hing - a generous pinch.
  • Coriander leaves - for garnish
Notes:
1. You may use green chillies or even Molaga Vathal (dry pickled chillies) instead of red chillies 
2. Milk and butter are optional, but add to the creaminess of the dish
3. Use only short grained rice for best results.

Method:
1) Wash and cook rice till slightly mushy (4 -5 whistles - use only short grained rice)
2) Cool thoroughly and spread in a large plate (called Tambalam in Tamil). Prepare tempering and pour onto the rice
3) With your hands, mix in the tempering with salt nicely. Add yoghurt little by little and start incorporating it into the rice. You may use more or less yoghurt according to your liking
4) If not serving immediately, add the milk and butter and keep for 1 - 2 hours. 
5) Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with lime pickle !
6) If making this for an event / potluck, mix milk ahead and rerfreigerate slightly. You can also garnish with slices of green grapes or pomogranate pearls :) 

27 Foodie Comments:

The Pumpkin Farm on February 24, 2012 said...

Looks divine Kalyani, curd rice has such a calming effect anytime

Vardhini on February 24, 2012 said...

My favorite comfort food. Yummy.

Vardhini
Event: Sweet Luv
Event: Strawberries

Chandrani on February 24, 2012 said...

Yummy rice..

Cuisine Delights
My First Event - "COLOURFUL HOLI".

Anisha Ranjit on February 24, 2012 said...

Since I've been asked cut dairy from my diet this is one food I miss the most... Soy curd doesn't really make up for this authentic taste...

PriyaVaasu on February 24, 2012 said...

Real Comfort food kalyani!!!! Very Tempting bowl there!!!

Priya Sreeram on February 24, 2012 said...

agree with u- thayir sadam according to me is the panacea for all ills- slurp & very hearty bowl there

Meena on February 24, 2012 said...

your point about how our elders had no trouble in digestion etc i agree with that and now we come up with various terms and god knows what.

coming back to this dish it looks yummy from here and i m reminded of one dish my mom used to make with left over rice. mix rice in curd then add temperings and add a bit of besan to it. perfect for evening snack. i have actually forgotten this would ask mom again. she calls it khatta bhaat

veena krishnakumar on February 24, 2012 said...

Thair sadam anytine for a madrasi like me. Pics are too goo kalyani

Hema on February 24, 2012 said...

The best way to end a meal..

Srivalli on February 24, 2012 said...

Looks so inviting!

vaishali sabnani on February 24, 2012 said...

Kalyani if I would be in Mumbai...I wud definitely self invite myself for tese yum yum..rice..but tell me if you pack these dont they go sour...?I mean specially for kids...

Harini on February 24, 2012 said...

can't do without curd rice...I add raisins and/ or cut grapes which takes this simple curd rice onto another level!

Chef Mireille on February 24, 2012 said...

this is completely new to me...looks so creamy...like a savory rice pudding!

Aarthi on February 24, 2012 said...

This looks totally delicious..I would love to try this..Bookmarked.

Aarthi
http://www.yummytummyaarthi.com/

Sensible Vegetarian on February 24, 2012 said...

Favorite comfort food.

Smitha on February 25, 2012 said...

this is my ever favorite comfort food!....i think i am going to make myself some!

Anzz on February 25, 2012 said...

Comfort food at its best.. a must have recipe.. :)

Sravs on February 25, 2012 said...

Super delicious !!!

Ongoing Event - CC-Dish For Loved Ones

sangee vijay on February 25, 2012 said...

all time fav...looks more inviting!!
Spicy Treats
OnGoing Event:Show Me Your HITS~Healthy Delights

Suma Gandlur on February 25, 2012 said...

We love it too Kalyani.

Archana on February 25, 2012 said...

Love it Kalyani.

Gayathri Kumar on February 25, 2012 said...

Very delicious saadam. Looks absolutely divine...

A Kamalika Krishmy on February 25, 2012 said...

Anytime comfort food ...

Archana Vivek on February 26, 2012 said...

nice comfort food

Preeti Garg on February 26, 2012 said...

Awesome....

visit @my blog for my first event in ur free time :-)
Preeti
Ongoing Event--Color n Sweet-HOLI FEST
Preeti's Kitchen Life

Rujuta on February 29, 2012 said...

I love tempered curd rice... simple and comforting... nice click

PJ on March 05, 2012 said...

My fav too...

Post a Comment

Thanks for stopping by. Would love to hear what you thought of this post.. your support is invaluable for this blog..

Cheers
Kalyani

 

Sizzling Tastebuds Copyright © 2009 Cookiez is Designed by Ipietoon for Free Blogger Template