Huli nuchu or katambli is a traditional food that is made using broken rice and buttermilk. It is a coolant food for summer.

Some recipes are  cherished since ages, they have stood the test of time and  are worth mentioning.  May be with time, where life is moving super fast these days, some dishes will be soon forgotten and face a silent death with time. Writing it here, for all the kannadiga fans who love these dishes, Huli nuchu or katambli is one such unique dish, it’s one of the heirloom recipes, passed on through generations.

It makes a good dish for lunch or breakfast. Huli nuchu is a kannada word, where “huli” means “sour” and ” nuchu ” is the term used for broken rice granules. Thus, the broken rice granules are cooked in sour buttermilk.   I hope many will continue to cook and enjoy this rare dish.

huli nuchu or katambli
huli nuchu or katambli

Broken rice granules are cooked in sour buttermilk with  seasoning and spices, it makes a comfort meal by itself. One can serve it for breakfast or lunch. A simple mango pickle tastes good with it.

One needs a little prior preparation here. Raw rice needs to be washed and dried on a cloth. It is then coarsely grinded in the mixie. You can make this a day earlier and keep it ready.



  • 1 cup broken rice
  • 2 cup sour curd
  • 4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida
  • 1 inch ginger cut into small bits
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon bengal gram
  • 1 teaspoon urad dal
  • 4 green chilly
  • a few curry leaves
  • coriander finely chopped
  • salt to taste


  • Whisk the curds and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a thick bottom pan, it is good to use a pressure cooker if you do not have a thick bottom vessel. Add mustard seeds, as it crackles, put bengal gram and urad dal to it. Add asafoetida, after a few seconds, put the green chilly and curry leaves to it. Mix water to the curds. Pour it into seasoning, add salt.
  • As it boils, mix the broken rice granules (akki tari) slowly to it. Keep stirring, lumps may be formed here.  Let cook on a slow heat for some time. Keep stirring in between.
  • Add fresh coriander to it.
  • Add more water, if the consistency is thick.
  • The rice granules should be soft, once it is done, remove and serve. Mango pickle tastes good with it.

Take a tip:

  • Sour curds is essential.
  • Adjust chilly as per your needs.
  • Ginger may be grated and put in the seasoning.
  • It needs time to prepare this dish.
huli nuchu or katambli
huli nuchu or katambli

Huli nuchu | Katambli | Karnataka recipe

Huli nuchu is one of the heirloom recipes that is prepared by me. Broken rice are simmered in buttermilk with a seasoning for a long time, it makes a tasty meal by itslef. 

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author jayashree


  • 1 cup broken rice, akki tari,
  • 2 cup sour yoghurt
  • 3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida
  • 1 teaspoon bengal gram
  • 1 teaspoon urad dal
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 4 green chilly
  • a few curry leaves
  • coriander leaves
  • salt to tatse


  1. Whisk the curds, add water to it and keep it aside. 

  2. Heat oil in a thick bottom pan, add mustard seeds, as it crackles, put asafoetida, bengal gram, urad dal, ginger pieces, green chilly and curry leaves. Let cook for a few seconds. Now, add the buttermilk (curds and water mixed) to it. 

  3. Once it boils, slowly add the broken rice to it, keep stirring in between. Add salt and let cook on a slow flame for half an hour. 

  4. Keep stirring in between. Add water if necessary, the consistency should be moderately thick.

  5. Add fresh chopped coriander to it while cooking. It imparts good smell. 

Recipe Notes

  • To make broken rice, wash the raw rice and put it to dry on a cloth. Later, coarsely grind it. 
  • Curds should be sour.
  • Adjust the consistency of water.
  • Grated ginger can be added.

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Huli nuchu | Katambli | Broken rice in buttermilk | Karnataka recipes
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  1. Wow..this can be a healthier version of curd rice as we are substituting rice with broken rice. Nice recipe

  2. This sounds like a really refreshing dish to serve in the hot weather , I have had curd rice which is similar in flavour but not this recipe.

  3. It’s a new recipe for me, Jaya and sounds very interesting! It must light on stomach and really good for digestion too .

  4. You are right, some old age recipes needs exposure and we bloggers can do that through our blogs. Loving this easy but healthy and delicious recipe that can be so useful in scorching summer.

  5. You’re right Jayashree. Some old traditional recipes are the best, easy, healthy and filling. We make a similar dish called khatti kanki in Gujarati. Its more like a khichdi consistency.

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