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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Homemade Curd / Homemade plain yogurt / How to make Curd / Yogurt / Dahi at home .... Kitchen Basics


Yogurt / Curd is one of the mandatory item is lunch menu of Indians and its almost made in every house here. Making this is such an easy one and healthy too with no preservatives.







Ingredients for Homemade Curd / Homemade Yogurt :

Milk-1/2 litre
Starter / Curd / Plain yogurt - 2 tbsp
Setting time required : 6 hours or more depending on the weather. 

To prepare  Homemade Curd / Homemade Yogurt :

1. Boil the milk well and Cool till it is only slightly warm ( you must be able to comfortably insert your finger in it and stay like that for 15 seconds ). DO NOT USE HOT MILK.
2. Transfer the Curd / Plain Yogurt into the bowl in which you want to set the Curd / Yogurt and pour the warm milk over and mix well. Close the lid tightly and keep to set in a warm place for about 6-8 hrs or overnight. 
3.  If the Curd / Yogurt is still stringy or runny, keep for some more time until it is perfectly set . That's it your curd is set. Use this as the starter Yogurt for the next batch. 
4. U can use this Curd / Yogurt to make varieties of Raitas, Curd rice / Daddojanam, Masala Lassis, Sweet lassis, for curries preparation to give mild taste, for Biryanis and Bath preparations and even u can just mix Curd / Yogurt with plain rice and have it with favorite Pickles and so on....as per ur wish and place refrigerate the remaining. In summer the curd set faster and in winter it may take long time.

Tips / Notes :


  • Take care not to move / disturb the bowl of curd at the setting period.
  • The curd taste and quality depends on milk and Starter / Curd / Plain yogurt brand and type, temperature of the room and the milk, the amount of starter curd and setting time affect the process of curd making. 
  • So, when you fail to get that perfect bowl of curd, don't let that discourage you. Change in any one or more of the above factors might do the trick and you will be rewarded.
  • The best option to set the yogurt in cold country is to leave the bowl of curd  covered with a plate in the oven with the light turned on. Do not turn on the oven itself. The heat from the light is enough to give it that extra push.

FAQ’s about Yogurt / Curd :

1. Why did my curd not set properly?
Your milk might have been too hot or cold at the time of adding curd/culture.
Your quantity of curd/culture was not enough.

2. Why is my curd half-set (half of it is curd and the other half is milk)?
Once you add the curd, you should stir well such that curd and milk are blended well. Curd should mix with the milk uniformly.

3. Can I use sour curd as a culture instead of fresh one?
Always use fresh curd. Whenever you make a batch of curd, reserve a teaspoon of curd for the next batch. You can either freeze or refrigerate the culture. Before going to India myself put a cup of curd in the freezer. Once come back, i will make a new batch of curd with the frozen culture. If you are using the frozen culture, let it come to the room temperature, and then add it to the lukewarm milk. If you use sour curd, your new batch of curd will turn sour quickly.

4. Even after 5 to 6 hours, my curd has not yet set, what should I do?
Place the curd in a vessel of hot water and leave it aside for another 1.5 to 2 hours. If the curd does not set, then somewhere something has gone wrong. Do not worry. You will get it by practice and experience.

5. My curd is little watery. What should I do?
Try refrigerating it for 2-3 hours.

6. I live in a cold place. I see my curd is taking a long time to set up.
For a cup of milk, instead of adding 2 teaspoons of curd, add 3.5 teaspoons of curd. Also place the curd in a vessel of hot water and leave it aside for it to set. You can also preheat the oven for just 2 minutes at 180C. Switch off the oven. Keep the oven lights on and place the curd container inside the oven for 7 hours or let it stay overnight.

7. By mistake, I allowed the milk to cool down completely. What should I do now?
Its okay. Just heat the milk up and when it is lukewarm, add the curd culture.

8. When I boil milk, the bottom of my pan gets burnt and the milk has burnt flavor?
Keep stirring the milk on and off. or else use a non-stick pan.

9. Can I use the same container that I boiled milk to set up curd?
Do not make curd in the same container that you boiled milk. Set the curd in a different container.

10. Can I remove the cream that is formed on the milk?
It is your choice. With the cream, you will get a thick and creamy curd.

Health Benefits of Yogurt / Curd :

1. Yogurt comes from milk. So yogurt eaters will also get a dose of animal protein (about 9 grams per 6-ounce serving), plus several other nutrients found in dairy foods, like calcium, vitamin B-2, B-12, potassium, and magnesium.
2. Yogurt May Reduce the Risk of High Blood Pressure
3. Yogurt With Active Cultures May Discourage Vaginal Infections
4. Yogurt May Help You Feel Fuller

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Health Benefits of Yogurt or Curd


Yogurt / Curd is fermented milk and contains many of the good qualities of milk. Yogurt / Curd is eaten by people around the world today for its health benefits. Yogurt is loaded with healthy nutrients. It is a rich source of calcium, and yogurt with live active cultures aids the body’s absorption of calcium. Also, yogurt contains protein that is easy to digest. Other valuable nutrients in yogurt are riboflavin, B vitamins, folic acid, lactic acid, potassium, phosphorous, iodine and zinc. U can prepare Yogurt / Curd at home.  For tips and tricks for Home made Yogurt / Curd click this link.



Here are the Health Benefits of Yogurt / Curd 

1. Aids Digestion

Yogurt is an easily digestible food. In addition, the good bacteria or probiotics present in some types of yogurt help with digestion of other foods and promote regularity. Also, yogurt is highly recommended for those suffering from different gastrointestinal conditions like constipation, diarrhea and stomach aches.

Eat one cup of low-fat yogurt with live cultures daily to soothe your tummy and keep your digestive tract running smoothly.

2. Boosts Immune System

According to several studies, people who eat two cups of yogurt daily with live cultures for three months have higher levels of immunity boosting cells compared to those who do not eat yogurt.

The good bacteria in yogurt strengthen the intestine, help the body absorb nutrients properly and make the digestive system strong. All these factors in turn boost the immune system.

To boost your immune system, eat yogurt with active cultures daily.

3. Helps Weight Loss

Yogurt can help you lose weight at a faster speed. The good bacteria in probiotic yogurt help improve metabolism and digestion, and keep you feeling full longer.

Plus, the high amount of calcium in yogurt signals your fat cells to pump out less cortisol, making it easier for you to lose weight. Also, the amino acids in yogurt help burn fat.

To lose weight, avoid junk foods and start eating yogurt with berries instead.

4. Treats Vaginal Yeast Infections

Women who have diabetes are more likely to get yeast or candida overgrowth in the vagina. Yogurt is a rich probiotic food containing Lactobacillus acidophilus that helps kill yeast. Also, it helps balance the pH inside the vagina and thus reduces the risk of yeast infections.

Eating six ounces of unsweetened yogurt daily will reduce the risk of vaginal yeast infections to a great extent. If you have a vaginal yeast infection, dip a tampon in plain yogurt and insert it in the vagina for two hours daily for several weeks.

5. Prevents High Blood Pressure

Eating too much salt is one of the key reasons behind high blood pressure. The potassium present in yogurt helps absorb and flush out sodium from the body.

According to a study presented at the High Blood Pressure Research 2012 Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association, people who ate non-fat yogurt on a daily basis were 31 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure compared to others.

Eat at least one cup of low-fat yogurt every other day to reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure.

6. Lowers Cholesterol

Yogurt with live active cultures can be very effective for lowering your cholesterol level. The live active cultures decrease cholesterol synthesis in the liver. Plus, thew probiotics also binds bile acids, which in turn helps lower cholesterol.

It can be particularly helpful for reducing the chance of cardiovascular disease among people with type 2 diabetes.

A 2011 study published in the Journal of Dairy Science found that people with type 2 diabetes who ate 10.6 ounces of yogurt containing live active cultures each day had a greater decline in total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein levels compared to those who ate other types of yogurt.

Those who have high cholesterol must eat two cups of yogurt with live active cultures daily. Other types of yogurt are less effective in lowering cholesterol levels.

7. Prevents Colon Cancer

Yogurt is great for keeping your colon healthy. Lactobacillus bacteria are a kind of intestine-friendly bacteria present in yogurt that promote growth of healthy bacteria in the colon and thus reduces the risk of colon diseases.

These good bacteria kill the harmful microorganisms in the colon before they become carcinogenic. Plus, the high calcium content in the yogurt binds cancer-producing bile acids and keeps them away from the colon walls.

To keep your colon healthy, eat yogurt on an empty stomach in the morning. Avoid eating yogurt with dinner.

8. Supports Oral Health

Yogurt can also improve your oral health. Low-fat yogurt, whether sweetened or not, will protect against cavities, one of the leading gum problems. This is mainly due to the lactic acid in yogurt that protects your teeth as well as gums.

Plus, yogurt is an excellent source of calcium and protein, two important nutrients that promote oral health. Experts also believe that the good bacteria in yogurt help control the growth of “unfriendly” bacteria in the mouth that can cause bad breath.

Just two ounces of yogurt per day can lower your risk of periodontal disease and also satisfy your sweet tooth.

9. Prevents Osteoporosis

The calcium, vitamin D and live active cultures in yogurt strengthen bones and increase bone density. This in turn prevents osteoporosis, a progressive disease in which the bones gradually become weak and vulnerable to fractures.

To help make your bones strong, always look for yogurt that has the most vitamin D. Just look at the label on the back of the product to help you to buy the best one.

10. Makes Hair Healthy

If you have yogurt, there is no need for pricy treatments promising healthy and shiny hair. Yogurt is a rich source of zinc, lactic acid, protein, calcium, and other nutrients that are good for your hair.

Yogurt promotes hair growth, reduces dandruff and relieves scalp itchiness. Plus, yogurt acts as a great natural conditioner for dry and damaged hair and helps gain and retain moisture.

Blend one-half cup of plain yogurt, apply it on your hair, leave it on for 30 minutes, and then wash your hair with a mild shampoo. Use this hair treatment once a week to enjoy healthy and strong hair.

By eating yogurt daily, you can give your body a nourishing treat and help prevent many health problems.

Hope this information is useful for u. So be healthy by including Yogurt / Curd  intake in your daily diet.

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PAV BHAJI / HEALTHY PAV BHAJI FOR KIDS


Pav Bhaji is considered to be one of the healthy and favorite food of kids. It is mainly made up of potato, tomato, onion and vegetables like capsicum. But this is a recipe where all the possible vegetables (including green beans, cauliflower, brinjal, bottle gourd, spinach) can be boiled, mashed and put inside. The flavor and aroma of the spices and masalas used in it masks the taste, odor and flavor of the vegetables. And thus, it is one of the excellent recipes where all the vegetable in the dislike list can be put inside and great for fussy and picky eaters, or those who does not like eating vegetables




















Ingredients for PAV BHAJI / HEALTHY PAV BHAJI FOR KIDS:

4 Small Carrot
4 small Potatoes
1/2 cup Peas
2 med chopped Tomatoes
2 med chopped Onions
2 chopped Green Bell pepper(Capsicum)
2 tsp Pav Bhaji masala
1 tsp Coriander powder
1 tsp Red chilly powder
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
2 tsp Lemon juice
Salt to taste
Oil
Butter as needed
chopped coriander leaves for garnish

Whole wheat Bun – 8 to 10 buns (depends on size, I use hamburger bun from grocery store) or  Pav or Whole wheat bread 

U can add 
Chopped Green Beans - 1 cup
Cauliflower – 4 or 5 florets

To prepare PAV BHAJI / HEALTHY PAV BHAJI FOR KIDS:

1. Boil or pressure cook the vegetables with about 1 1/2 cup water. Let it cook for 3 to 5 whistles. Drain the water(save it for making bhaji) from the steamed vegetables and mash it well.
2. Chop 1/2 the onion into smaller pieces and set aside. Chop the capsicum and tomato separately and set aside.
Note: Step 2 done in parallel when the vegetables are being cooked.
4. Heat 2 tsp oil and butter in a kadai or pan and add the chopped onions and saute. When the onion becomes golden brown add the chopped capsicum and peas and saute for a minute.
5. Add the mashed vegetables puree along with the water that was used to cook the vegetables and cook for 2 min.
6. Add the finely chopped tomato, turmeric powder,  Coriander powder, Red chilli powder, pav bhaji masala and salt to taste and cook for 5 – 10 minutes.
7. At last add Coriander leaves and lemon juice to the bhaji and mix well. Add a spoon of butter and mix with the bhaji.
8. Bring a non stick dosa pan to low heat. Toast the pav (Whole wheat Bun ) after adding a thin layer of butter to it.
9. You can also toast whole wheat slices to eat along with bhaji.
10. Serve the hot and tasty Pav Bhaji with chopped onion and lemon and relish its taste.

Tips / Notes :


  • Adjust the Pav Bhaji masala, spices and salt level as per your taste.
  • U can prepare this recipe by just adding garlic paste or by adding Ginger garlic paste.
  • Along with capsicum, vegetables like Green beans, cauliflower, brinjal, bottle gourd, spinach can also be added in the recipe its up to individual choice.


Health benefits

1. Most vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories. None have cholesterol. 
2. Vegetables are important sources of many nutrients, including potassium, dietary fiber, folate (folic acid), vitamin A, and vitamin C.
3. Capsicum is rich in anti-oxidants and vitamin B and helps in body cell repair. 
4. Green beans and peas are rich in dietary fiber. The iron and vitamins in them boosts our immune system. 
5. Carrot with its high vitamin A content keeps you young and your skin glowing. 
6. Cauliflower with high fiber content not only helps in proper digestion but also protects the stomach lining cells.
7. The vitamin C in tomato, lemon and onion help in removing metallic toxins from the body. 
8.Potato and Pav(bun) have the carbohydrate good for a meal.

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