Savory, cool yogurt rice, or "curd rice," as it's referred to on the Indian subcontinent, is the ultimate comfort food. It's made from Indian household staples—it's really just yogurt, rice and salt, after all—with a variety of ingredients added as embellishments. This take on yogurt rice is seasoned with aromatic spices including asafetida powder, a pungent spice that comes from the roots of a plant that's a cousin to celery and takes on a flavor similar to onion when cooked.
Sometimes called "curd" in India, dahi is yogurt that's fermented at a lower temperature for longer than other yogurts, giving it a rich and silky mouthfeel. Look for it in well-stocked grocery stores.
Look for asafetida powder and white gram lentils at Indian grocery stores or online.
To make ahead
Refrigerate for up to 2 days.