Curd rice also called yogurt rice is an easy to make dish of India. The word "curd" in Indian English refers to unsweetened probiotic yogurt.
Curd rice is very popular in the Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
Curd rice is often eaten accompanied by South Asian pickles such as those of mango or lime.
In a South Indian home, it is tradition to eat curd rice at the end of lunch and dinner, as this helps ease the effects of spicy food consumed prior. It is also said to aid digestion.
In some areas, curd rice is served in a unique style where steamed rice is mixed with mild curd, salted and then tempered with mustard seeds, curry leaves, dry chilies and urad dal (split black gram) and or chana dal (split bengal gram).
Garnishing varies with region, and range from grated carrots, pomegranate seeds, raisins, green and purple grapes, fried cashew nuts, grated raw mango and boondi.
It can be served lukewarm or chilled. Additional options include a pinch of powdered and roasted asafoetida.