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Indian Yogurt Rice (Thayir Sadam)

This Indian yogurt rice also known as thayir sadam is a recipe from our collaboration with Shri Repp. It is a creamy and comforting dish that mixes creamy Straus Organic Whole Milk Greek Yogurt Plain and rice and is topped with a spice-infused ghee tadka. It is so easy to make and can spruce up that leftover rice sitting in the back of your fridge.

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Serving Size: 4


  •  basmati rice uncooked or 1 1/2 cup cooked rice
  •   water
  •  Straus Organic Whole Milk Greek Yogurt Plain
  •   Straus Organic Cream-Top Whole Milk
  •  kosher salt, plus more to taste
  •  ghee or butter
  •  mustard seeds
  •  cumin seeds
  •  ginger, freshly grated
  •   fresno or Thai chili, finely chopped
  •   curry leaves
  •  Chopped cilantro, as garnish (Optional
  •  Toasted peanuts (Optional)


  • If you are starting with cooked rice skip this step and proceed to step 2! Rinse rice in a bowl. Use your hands to swish the rice around and help release the starches which will rise to the top of the water. Drain the starchy water and repeat this process until the water is nearly clear while rinsing. Add rice and water to an instant pot or rice cooker and cook on the rice setting for 10-12 minutes. We intentionally add excess water to yield a rice that is slightly “overcooked” and is easily mashable.

  • Transfer cooked rice to a bowl and allow it to cool. Add yogurt, whole milk, and salt to the rice and lightly mash and mix rice with other ingredients.

  • Make ghee tadka: In a small saucepan heat ghee on medium heat. Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds to the ghee and sauté for ~1 minute or until the seeds start sizzling and popping in the ghee. Add ginger and chopped chilies and sauté for another 30 seconds or until the ginger gives off its aromatic scent. Add the curry leaves which will pop in the oil and immediately turn off the heat.

  • Pour the tadka over the yogurt rice and thoroughly mix. Taste the yogurt rice and add additional salt to taste.

  • Garnish with finely chopped cilantro and toasted peanuts and enjoy.

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