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29 May, 2014

Make Yoghurt (Dahi) at home

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Porikhha  bhalo  howk”,  Wish  your  exam  goes  well,  Ma  said  with  her  Yoghurt  dipped  finger  on  my  forehead. That’s  correct,  yoghurt  is  not  only  an essential  ingredient  in  Indian  food  but  also  in  Indian  traditions. Yoghurt  is  considered  auspicious,  in  fact  ” Panchamrita”,  a  concoction  of  honey,  sugar,  milk,  yoghurt  and  ghee  is  used  in  religious  cerermonies.

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What  would  food  be  without  this  key  ingredient?  Use  it  as  a  marinade,  base  for  sauces,  knead  it  in  the  dough  for  flatbreads,  mix  it  to  make  smoothies  or  savour it  as  is.  Making  yoghurt  at  home  is  so  simple  that  once  you  start   you’d  wonder  what  took  you  so  long.  You  do  not  need  any  “stabilisers”  or   other  chemicals.  If  you  use  it on  a  regular  basis  like  I  do,  making  yoghurt  at  home   can  save  you  a tidy  sum  too.

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With  the  days  getting  warmer  and  longer,  there  are  new  leaves  and  flowers  around.  “Chokh  meley  cheyeche  “,  Opened  their  eyes,  as  Ma  says.  In  the  hot  days  of  summer,  yoghurt  is  a  must  which  helps  cool  the  body.  Friends  do  you  feel  adventurous  to  try  this.  I’d  like  to  know  how  you  made  out.

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Recipe:

Ingredients;

Whole milk               One  litre

Starter  culture         One  tsp

Method;

Take  the  milk  in  a  deep  bottomed  pan  on  a  high  heat.  Keep  stirring  to  prevent it  sticking  to  the  bottom.  Bring  to  a boil  and  turn  the  gas  off.  Let  the  milk  cool  to  lukewarm.  Add  the  starter  culture,  mix  well.  Transfer  this  to  a  pot.   Cover  and  set  aside  in  a  warm  spot  overnight. Next  morning  refrigerate  until  use.

Inside  Scoop:

In  the  evening  I warm  the  oven  for  an  hour,  turn  it  off  and  keep  the   pot  inside  overnight.  It  has  worked  very  well.

You  can  strain  the  yoghurt  through  a  cheesecloth  to  make  it thicker.

The  starter  culture  can  be  borrowed  from  friends  or  neighbours.  The  store  bought  plain  yoghurt  has  produced  excellent  result  too.

By  Ratna

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2 thoughts on : Make Yoghurt (Dahi) at home

  • May 31, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Nothing like home made dahi ! looks so tempting

    • Ratna
      May 31, 2014 at 9:08 pm

      Thanks for visiting Simi. I looove your photographs!

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