Matta Curd Rice & Moongh Dal Diabetic Recipe


This is a diabetic friendly and a balanced, probiotic-rich meal, ideal for lunch box packing as well. Red rice is known for its cholesterol lowering effects and also for many other health benefits.

I have added vegetables in the moong dhal curry, so the protein and vegetable portion of the meal is also taken care of. I have also use less oil for the whole preparation. If needed, the moong dhal curry can also be made in a pressure cooker without any oil, like a one-pot curry. In that case, sauteeing the onions is not needed.

Red Rice - Moong dal recipe

Dish type

Lunch / Dinner

Preparation time 

15 min

Cooking time

30 min


Red rice is new to  most of us, But people from kerala know about this rice, this is also called as Matta rice, in which rice is boiled with the husk intact, outer layer of the husk creeps into the centre portion of the rice, giving the rice a reddish shade of colour.  see the picture besides to see how it looks like

Red rice is rich in fiber, magnesium and calcium.

​Fibre helps in weight loss and digestion.

Fibre helps in weight loss and digestion.​

Magnesium helps ​Magnesium helps to regulate the normal breathing pattern of the body. Many of the enzymatic reactions in the body require magnesium as an essential element. It also aids with the transmission of nervous signals through the body and helps with the prevention of heart diseases and osteoporosis.


  • Broken red rice, 1 cup.
  • Milk, ½ cup.
  • Thick sour curd, 1 cup.
  • Mustard seeds, ½ teaspoon.
  • Cumin seeds, ½ teaspoon.
  • Broken dried red chilies,
  • Crushed ginger, 1 tablespoon.
  • Slit green chilies, 1-2.
  • Salt, as per taste.
  • Curry leaves and chopped coriander for garnishing.
  • Asafetida, a pinch.
  • Moongh dal - 1 cup.
  • Small Onions peeled - 1 cup.
  • Tomatoes-2, pureed into pulp.
  • Carrots, green beans and cabbages cut into small pieces.
  • Chilli powder - 1 tsp.
  • Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp.
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp.
  • Salt as per taste.
  • Black Pepper.
  • Fennel seeds- 1 tsp.
  • Ginger- small piece
  • Garlic- 3 cloves
  • Green chillies-2
  • Shredded coconut-1/4 cup

Nutrition Data - Red Rice

Rich in Fiber, Magnesium, Good for digestion, weightloss and helpful in diabetic neuropathy

Matta Rice / Red rice

You can get this from Amazon, It is difficult to get in your locality. 

How to prepare curd rice

    Cook the rice the usual way either with rice cooker or pressure cooker.

    The rice should be mushy, so cook with an extra cup of water to get that consistency.

    Once the rice is cooled, add the yogurt, milk, and salt, mix well and keep aside. Heat a small pan with a tablespoon of oil.

    Once the oil is hot enough, add the mustard seeds and let it splutter. Then add the cumin seeds, broken red chilies and fry for a few seconds.

    Add the chopped ginger and green chilies now on very low flame and fry a few seconds.

    Add the hing and curry leaves now and turn off the stove. Pour this over the rice mixture and mix well. Garnish with chopped coriander and serve.

    Chopped roasted cashews or peanuts can also be added for garnishing.

    How to prepare curd rice

    Cook the moong dhal with a little turmeric and keep aside. Grind the ingredients under the “to grind” section and keep aside.

    Heat a pan with a tablespoon of oil. Once the oil is hot, add the mustard seeds and let it splutter.

    Now add the cumin seeds and fry for a few seconds.

    Add the peeled small onions and curry leaves now and saute for sometime until the onions are tender.

    Now add the tomatoes and keep sauteeting until everything turns into a pulp.

    Add the chili powder, salt, cooked moong dhal, the cut vegetables, and the ground paste and mix everything well with a cup of water.

    Let it simmer for 15 minutes until it reaches a semi-dry consistency. Garnish with chopped coriander and serve with rice, chapathis or bread.

Gita JaishankarSuper Mom & Passionate Cook

Cooking and trying out new recipes is my passion. I come from a family with where type 2 diabetes is very common and we have lost many loved ones due to complications of this disease.  I am on a mission to do my bit to fight diabetes and at my blog Gita's Kitchen my humble attempt is to create low-carb and healthy dishes.