This is the most unlikely comfort food I have ever eaten, and by far my favorite. It's known for its calming, soothing taste served at room temperature. The ingredients may bely the actual comfort this food gives...though perhaps it suits certain people, too! You just have to try it.
Rinse rice and keep covered in 2 inches of water for 30 minutes.
Put 1 cup of plain yogurt in a bowl, add 3/4 teaspoon salt, and whisk until smooth and creamy.
Bring 12 cups water to boil, add rice and bring to boil again. Boil vigorously for 12 minutes. Drain and put this in a big bowl. Add yogurt while the rice is still hot and mix gently.
While the rice is boiling, mince up little green chili (discard the seeds) and mince up the cube of ginger.
Heat the oil in a pan. Throw in the black mustard seeds. When seeds begin to "pop," add the teaspoon of urad dal. When the dal turns reddish, add the curry leaves and 2 dried red chiles. When the red chiles turn dark, lift pan and pour all over the bowl of cooked rice-yogurt mixture. Sprinkle the fresh chopped cilantro (optional), minced green chili, and ginger over all and gently mix. Serve at room temperature and add salt to personal preference.
Chill the leftovers, which are splendid.
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