Spiced Yogurts Rice. Spicy Curd Rice. Tamizhar Thayir Saadham.
Aaaah you got me there…being an atheist raving about Perumaal Kovil Thayir Saadham!!!
Thiruparkadal is a small village, about 100 km from Chennai. The place is famous for a Hindu temple. Sri Ranganathar…actually the beauty about the deity is ‘he is on sayana(sleeping)position’…Thirupaarkadal Aanandha Sayanam!
Anyways…the Gurukkal is our family friend(right from my childhood days). Whenever Pappa intends to make yognas at home…Nandha Kumar(Gurukkal)will come with his troop of 15-20 Hindu priests to perform it. Nandha, himself is a gifted cook…when he visits home(off his priestly duty)…I pull his leg a big time to fix something for me! He is one class of gem…never get offended, when I tease him for the big time. Mommy learnt several authentic temple style preparations through him.
Later when I moved to hostel, I started to miss my mother’s special food, especially Nandha tweaked ‘regular comfort food’. I used to call mommy and ask for the directions…she is smart enough to hold, one big secret from me, each time…until I really beg her. So today, here it is the famous ‘Perumaal Kovil Thayir Saadham’ quintessential part of ‘Tamizhar Food’!!
Short grain, Raw rice 1 cup
Sesame oil few spoons
Milk 2-4 cups
Yogurts 1 spoon.
Cashew nuts 1 fistful(no halving business)
Chana + Urad dal 1 fistful
Ginger 2″ chopped
Green chilies 3-5 chopped
Peppercorns 1/4 spoon
Cumin 1 pinch
Asafoetida 1/2 spoon
Mustard seeds 1 spoon
Curry leaves 3 twigs
Sesame oil few spoons.
Raw mango 1 small – chopped roughly
Cilantro leaves few.
Cook rice along with salt and sesame oil…till tender and really soft. While it is still warm…mash it using a spatula.
Meanwhile boil milk and cool down to room temperature.
Once the rice is also in lukewarm state…add lukewarm milk to it. Mix well. Further add 2 spoons of yogurts to it. Cover and allow it to curdle naturally.
Heat oil, in a separate pan. Add the tempering spices one by one and fry till fragrant and crisp.
Run this seasoning over the yogurts rice made above. Garnish with mangoes, fried nuts and cilantro leaves. Enjoy!