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Dahi Bhaat - A Yummy Curd Rice Recipe

Updated on June 25, 2015
Dahi Bhaat
Dahi Bhaat

Dahi Bhaat

Dahi Bhaat is a Southern Indian dish which has become hugely popular all over and is loved by one and all. Essentially, this uses a mix of beaten curd and milk which is added and mixed with rice, and topped off by a wonderful tadka. Its so good in taste that occasionally, I do tend to overeat when I'm having this, and as its light on the stomach, its great.

I have used fresh dahi as stored dahi, due to the additional fermentation, is more sour in taste. I also add milk and it gives a lovely sweetness and richness to the mix. For the tadka, I've used, along with other ingredients, pepper corns, red chillies, chana and urad dal, and curry leaves - this gives an amazing flavor, while the dals give crunchiness to the finished dish.

So, check the recipe out below.

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: 4 people
Dahi (Curd)
Dahi (Curd)


  • 2 cups rice
  • 400 gms dahi (curd)
  • 8 to 10 curry leaves
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp chana dal (split Bengal Gram)
  • 1/4 tsp urad dal (split, pealed Black Gram)
  • 6 to 8 pepper corns
  • 2 red chillies
  • 2 green chillies (longitudinally split)
  • 2 or 3 pinches of asafoetida
  • 1/4 tsp chilli powder
  • 4 tbsp oil
  • 200 ml milk
  • 1 bay leaf


1. Beat the curd.

Instructions for cooking

1. Cook the rice till it gets tender.When it cools, mash it lightly with your spatula. Then, add the beaten dahi onto it, and add milk. Mix this well, then, add salt (according to your taste) and mix well. The consistency of this dahi bhaat should be slightly liquid-y, not too much and not dry either. Keep this aside for 30 minutes so that the milk turns a little into the dahi over this time, as well as the fact that the dahi bhaat turns out slightly sweet and sour.

2. For the tadka, heat the oil in a pan and on a slow to medium flame, add bay leaf, mustard and cumin seeds and when they splutter, add pepper corns, asafoetida, chana and urad dal, curry leaves, and red and green chillies. When the chana and urad dals turn a little golden in color, switch the flame off, then add chilli powder to it. This is the tadka for the dahi bhaat.

3. Now, add this tadka to the dahi bhaat and mix well.

4. Your yummy Dahi Bhaat is ready.

Dahi Bhaat is served
Dahi Bhaat is served

This is an awesome recipe not just because I've made this, but also due to the fact that its simply just too delicious, so much so that I had to share this with all of you. Its also quite easy to make as all you have to do is cook the rice, beat the curd and make the tadka - this is great for all who love quick and easy recipes that turn into great dishes, and of course, for curd fans as well. Its also easy to digest, so, another plus for this dish. This is usually served with fried or baked papads, as well as pickle of any sort.

So try it out and enjoy, I'm sure you'll love it.

Dahi Bhaat is usually served with papads and pickle
Dahi Bhaat is usually served with papads and pickle
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