A spoonful of yogurt

Monday 4 May 2009 | Posted by Kishi | Dips,Food

A spoonful of yogurtI am a yogurt admirer. I can’t imagine my meal devoid of it. I wonder where it originated…with the Turks Europeans or Asia??
To counteract its natural acidity, yoghurt can be made sweetened, flavoured, or in containers with fruit or fruit jam on the base. Swiss Style is a very common way to consume yogurt too in which the fruit has been stirred into it .I mean think of a cuisine and it’s at hand in some form. Be it savoury or sweet. I still consider I have not developed a feel for sweet yogurt that you get in India.
The taste of Greek style yogurt is similar to the Italian ricotta and which can be irresistible with honey occasionally.

I attended Ahaar exhibition for a second time this year and I realized how many companies have entered the Indian market with the sweet yogurt. From flavours like blueberry, litchi, pineapple, mixed berries, black currant etc. In western culture the concept of savoury yogurt is not big. I remember the days at school (in us) when I use to make “raita” and my roommates always had an unpleasant expression. I don’t think it was the yogurt per se I think it had more to do with the sulphur in the black salt. It always is reminiscent of eggs.
I habitually use Dahi (yogurt in Hindi) mixed with turmeric and honey as a face pack. Or use Khatta (sour) Dahi as hair conditioner.

These days I am hooked to chaach (butter milk) tempered with mustard seeds, mint and ginger. If you are travelling Rajasthan Saras chaach is something one shouldn’t miss. Another thing on my lunch menu is pineapple raita.

Here you go:

Yogurt 1 cup
Cumin Seeds 1 tsp
Fresh mint leaves (chopped) 2 tbsp
Cilantro leaves (chopped) 1 tsbp
Black salt ½ tsp
Chaat Masala ½ tsp
Salt and pepper t.t.
Pineapple (chopped) ½ cup
Red chilli ¼ tsp
Ginger (grated) ¼ tsp

Take the yogurt and whisk it till smooth and add all the ingredients. Serve chilled. Raita has a cooling effect on the palate making it a must in summers. It’s a great condiment be it with breads or with kebabs for some, with stews or vegetables. A spoonful of yogurt- first-class medicine, excellent probiotic!

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