How to make Yogurt
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Yogurt is more commonly known as curds in India. In Hindi we call it दही (dahi). It is one of the best sources of calcium for vegetarians. It is also rich in protein.Yogurt is made by natural bacterial fermentation of milk. In this process the lactose of milk converts into lactic acid and this makes yogurt more easily digestible than milk.
Method of preparation
- Boil the milk.
- Let the milk cool down for a while.
- When milk is still lukewarm , mix in curd/ yogurt culture (jaman) in the warm milk. Mix the culture very well in the milk.
- Cover the bowl and keep it at a warm place for 3-4 hours.
- Keep the yogurt/ curd in the refrigerator for an hour to set before serving.
Curd/yogurt is ready to serve.
Tip: If you do not have homemade yogurt culture (jaman) ; start with the readymade one - i.e. take a little culture from organic yogurt of supermarkets. After two or three rounds of yogurt making you will have the right culture .
In winters, it takes a little longer to make yogurt than in summer.