10 Mouth-watering Curd (Dahi) Recipes You Must Try at Home

mouth watering curd recipes you must try at home

Curd or dahi is a staple in almost all Indian households, especially during the summer months. While some of us like to relish plain curd without any flavours or additions, many of us also like to try curd in other ways. If you wish to learn some interesting curd recipes, take a quick look at this post for some mouth-watering dahi recipes that you must try at home!

10 Delicious Dishes You Can Make With Curd

Curd, or dahi as it is popularly known in India, is mostly known as yoghurt in most parts of the world. Power-packed with the goodness of many vitamins and minerals, curd is also loaded with good bacteria. You can add this yummy food to your everyday diet to avail maximum nutritional benefits. Here are some tasty curd recipes that can instantly pep-up your boring meals.

1. Spinach or Palak Raita

Usually this recipe is eaten as a side dish. It not only comes with numerous health benefits, but it also can be whipped up in no time!

Ingredients

  • 500 grams curd
  • 2 cups spinach leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 green chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper powder
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ cup of water

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Total Cooking Time: 15 to 20 minutes

Servings: Serves 3 to 4

Method

  • Take a microwave-safe dish, add water and spinach and cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until the spinach leaves become tender. Strain the leaves and let them cool.
  • Churn the curd with a hand blender, until no lumps remain.
  • Add green chilli, cumin powder, black pepper powder and salt. Mix well.
  • Add blanched spinach leaves and mix well.
  • Serve chilled with rice or parantha.

spinach raita

2. Dahi Vada

This classic dahi vada recipe can be enjoyed as a snack or a side dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 kg curd
  • 2 cups dhooli urad dal
  • 1 cup dhooli moong dal
  • ½ inch ginger, grated
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp roasted cumin powder
  • ½ tsp red chilli powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for deep frying
  • 4 cups of water

Preparation Time: 4 to 5 hours

Total Cooking Time: 6 hours

Servings: Serves 7 to 8

Method

  • Soak both the dals in water for 4 to 5 hours.
  • Take the dal and churn it into a thick batter consistency by adding a little water.
  • Add grated ginger, salt and baking powder. Whip the batter for a few minutes until it turns fluffy.
  • Heat oil in a wok.
  • Take the batter in small amounts and deep fry until they turn golden.
  • In another bowl, whisk curd with salt, cumin powder, chilli powder and black pepper powder.
  • Soak the vadas in water for a few minutes before adding in the curd.
  • Sprinkle some cumin powder on top. Serve chilled with imli and pudina chutney.

dahi vada

3. Mango Lassi

One of the best summer recipes made using curd is mango lassi.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups curd
  • 3 cups chopped mango pulp
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 to 4 tbsp sugar
  • Crushed ice
  • Rose syrup (optional)

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Total Cooking Time: 12 to 15 minutes

Servings: Serves 3 to 4

Method

  • Put chopped mango pulp in a blender jar; add a few spoons of curd to make a smooth paste (keep some mango chunks for garnishing)
  • Add honey, sugar, curd and crushed ice and churn it for a few seconds.
  • Serve chilled in a tall glasses. Garnish with rose syrup and mango chunks.

mango lassi

4. Curd Rice

This is one of the most popular south Indian curd recipes that can be made in a jiffy!

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup curd
  • 1 cup of rice
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 green chilli, chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger, grated
  • 2-3 dry red chillies
  • 1 tsp chana dal
  • 1 tsp urad dal
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2-3 tbsp curry leaves
  • ¼ tsp asafoetida
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tablespoon coriander leaves, chopped

Preparation Time: 15 to 20 minutes

Total Cooking Time: 25 minutes

Servings: Serves 3 to 4

Method

  • Pressure cook rice with water for one whistle.
  • Open the cooker, mash the rice.
  • Add curd and mix well.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and let them splutter.
  • Add curry leaves, asafoetida, red chillies, chana dal, urad dal, green chillies and ginger, and sauté for a minute or two.
  • Add tempering on the rice and mix well.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

curd rice

5. Lauki Raita

This is one of most relished Indian dishes with curd that you can make in no time!

Ingredients

  • /½ kg curd
  • 1 cup lauki, grated
  • 2 tablespoon mint leaves, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon pepper powder
  • ½ cup of water
  • Salt to taste

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Total Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes

Servings: Serves 3-4

Method

  • Cook lauki with water in a pan for 4 to 5 minutes or until it is cooked.
  • Strain the excess water and let it cool.
  • Put curd in a blender and churn for a few seconds.
  • Add the lauki, pepper powder and salt into the curd, and mix well.
  • Garnish with chopped mint leaves. Serve chilled.

lauki raita

6. Punjabi Kadi

Try this tangy Punjabi kadi recipe. You can also replace the pakodas in this recipe with boondi.

Ingredients

For the Pakodas:

  • 2 medium-sized potatoes, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup besan
  • 1-2 green chillies, finely chopped
  • ½ inch ginger, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ cup of water
  • Oil for frying

For the Kadi:

  • ½ kg curd
  • ¾ cup besan
  • 2 cups of water
  • 3-4 dried red chillies
  • ½ tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp curry leaves
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 5-6 garlic cloves, chopped
  • ¼ tsp hing
  • 2 tablespoon fresh coriander leaves, chopped
  • 2 tbsp oil

Preparation Time: 15 to 20 minutes

Total Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Servings: Serves 4 to 5

Method

  • Take besan in a bowl; add chopped potatoes, onions, green chillies, ginger, red chilli powder, baking powder and water to make a thick batter.
  • Heat oil in a wok. Put the batter in small quantities and fry until it turns golden and crispy. Keep the pakodas aside.
  • Heat 2 tbsp oil in a separate pan. Add some curry leaves, red chillies, and fenugreek seeds. Sauté for a few seconds.
  • Add garlic and onions, cook for a minute.
  • Add all the dry spices and cook for a minute.
  • Take curd and churn it. Add besan and whisk it well.
  • Add water and make a smooth mixture with no lumps.
  • Add the curd mixture into the pan and cook on low heat for 15 minutes.
  • Add pakodas and cook for another 10 minutes.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot with boiled rice.

punjabi kadhi

7. Tangy Bhindi With Curd

Curd lends a tangy and smooth texture to this bhindi recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups curd
  • 2 cups bhindi, chopped
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 tablespoons curry leaves
  • 2-3 green chillies, chopped
  • 4 tbsp oil
  • Salt to taste

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Total Cooking Time: 35-40 minutes

Servings: Serves 3-4

Method

  • Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan and sauté onions for a few minutes.
  • Add bhindi and cook on medium heat.
  • Add turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and salt. Mix well and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
  • Add curd and cook until curd coats the bhindi nicely.
  • In a separate pan, heat oil.
  • Add green chillies, curry leaves, and mustard seeds. Cook for a minute.
  • Add the tempering to the bhindi and mix well.
  • Serve hot with roti or parantha.

bhindi with curd

8. Dahi Tadka Raita

This simple yet delightful curd recipe can be an apt substitute for curries!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups curd
  • 2 boiled potatoes, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green chilli, chopped
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 3-4 dried red chillies
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ red chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves, chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp mustard oil

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Total Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 3 to 4

Method

  • Whisk the curd until smooth and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add some cumin seeds and mustard seeds. Cook for a minute.
  • Add the red chillies and chopped onions, and cook until the onion turns golden.
  • Add potatoes, turmeric powder, chilli powder and salt. Cook on high flame for a minute.
  • Turn off the heat. Add whisked curd while stirring continuously.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

dahi tadka raita

9. Chicken in Curd Gravy

Curd lends a distinctive tang and smooth texture to the chicken curry and is also one of the easiest chicken recipes to make.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups thick curd
  • 3 cups boneless chicken pieces
  • 2 medium-sized onions, chopped
  • 1 medium-sized tomato, chopped
  • 4-5 green chillies, slit
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • ½ tsp garam masala powder
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon ghee

Preparation Time: 15 to 20 minutes

Total Cooking Time: 40 to 45 minutes

Servings: Serves 3 to 4

Method

  • Beat the curd and add the chicken pieces to it.
  • Add salt, chilli powder, turmeric powder, garam masala and ginger-garlic paste to the chicken mix.
  • Let it marinate for 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Heat ghee in a pan.
  • Add green chillies and sauté for a few seconds.
  • Add onion and cook them till they’re golden brown.
  • Add the tomatoes and cook until they turn tender.
  • Add the chicken pieces and cook on medium flame until they are done.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot with rice or chapatti.

chicken in curd gravy

10. Masala Chaach

This recipe is a refreshing drink, and one of the healthiest ways of beating the scorching summer heat!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups curd
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • ½ tsp pepper powder
  • 2 tbsp mint leaves, finely chopped
  • Black salt to taste
  • Crushed ice, as required

Preparation Time: 7 to 10 minutes

Total Cooking Time: 10 to 12 minutes

Servings: Serves 3 to 4

Method

  • Gather all the ingredients except mint leaves and put them in a blender jar. Churn for a few seconds.
  • Transfer the contents into tall glasses and garnish with chopped mint leaves. Serve chilled.

masala buttermilk

Curd has a cooling effect on the body and is full of protein and calcium. It aids digestion, relieves stomach ailments, and enhances the beneficial gut bacteria. Try some of these interesting curd recipes and make your day-to-day meals more refreshing and yummy!

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