Yogurt anyone? Weird Isn’t it? I’m beginning this post with a question. Yogurt is a must in all Indian homes and in most cultures around the world. Owing to the variety of foods that can be made with it, be it homemade or store bought. Making yogurt at home is very easy but must be planned ahead of time. It may seem daunting at first but fear not it is pretty easy. In South Indian households ending a meal with yogurt is a regular practice, Even in other parts of India, yogurt is used in making kadhi, lassi, raita, chaas/buttermilk and desserts. The list is endless.
To begin making yogurt first start with 2% or whole milk. I use whole milk as it yields rich and creamy yogurt.
Yields about 3 cups
4 cups whole milk or 2% milk
1-2 tsp yogurt or starter
Take a heavy bottom pan add milk and bring to a boil. Once the milk starts boiling reduce the flame to low-medium and let it continue to boil.
Keep stirring in between and move the layer of cream formed on top to the sides of the pan. After 15-20 minutes switch off the flame and keep aside. After about 20-30 minutes the milk would have cooled down. Check the temperature with your finger, should feel hotter than lukewarm. You can always use a food thermometer which should show 104 degrees.
Add the starter to the pan and mix well. I use a whisk to mix it well. Cover and keep in a warm place to set for until 6 hours, sometimes 8 hours. Do a simple jiggle test to see if the yogurt has set, it should not be runny
Notes: If the weather is warm the amount of starter could be reduced to 1 tsp as it will make the yogurt sour, whereas in winter you can use 2 tsp yogurt.
It is important to boil the milk well as the water content in the milk evaporates resulting in a creamier consistency.
In winters the yogurt takes couple of hours longer to set as compared to warmer months.
The famous proverb "you are what you eat” as quoted by the French author Anthelme Brillat-Savarin is very true. Food nourishes you from the inside out. Good health is of utmost importance to me. Vegetarianism and Veganism are gaining immense popularity these days. Natural, organic, healthy and homemade is my mantra.
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