Dairy products have a pivotal place in the kitchen and it plays the same role for the different recipes that are cooked inside the kitchen. But, like many other ingredients, cooking with dairy products gives better results when these are properly used & applied. The usage of milk is found mostly in North Indian recipes, which add richness to these different types of food items.
Milk, butter, yoghurt, cheese, clarified butter, cream are the primary and most widely used dairy products which are preferred by every chef. So their variety and varied distinctiveness make them the perfect options to use, for any cook. Milk, butter and cream are the most desired ingredients for any North Indian recipes – especially chicken. For example, it lets you cook delicious butter chicken which is a delight for gourmets all over the world.
Important facts about milk & other dairy products
Milk and dairy products are among the main sources of calcium and are rich in protein. That is why the doctors even prescribe to have a glass of milk everyday so that we all can have stronger bones. So the benefits of milk not only include strong bones but we can also have stronger teeth if we consume dairy products everyday without fail. Dairy foods are very essential because it builds and repair muscles and tissues for the growth of children. Milk is the primary source of calcium and contains high quality protein and fat that is very important for children under two years. Milk and yoghurt are one of the most important foods for the body due to its high nutrients content and improves the nutritional value of food. So make sure you consume a glass of milk everyday or can even substitute with low fat yoghurt.
Coming back to the usage of dairy products in Indian cooking, I will say that of all the dairy products, yoghurt is the most important ingredient. The best usage of yoghurt is met when it is used for marinating fish, chicken, mutton and other different types of meat and fish recipes. Chicken marinated with yoghurt brings out the strong aroma of the recipe in your cooking. Yogurt is also used for the preparation of sauces, desserts, and a very famous Asian condiment, Raita.
Having talked of milk and yoghurt, I should also add that butter is another important ingredient that adds a different flavor to every recipe. With its rich, savory and creamy taste, which no other product can match up to, butter is the most preferred fat which is widely used for many preparations.
Last but not the least, dairy products are high in protein and fat. Therefore the next time you cook a recipe requiring dairy products, go for low fat and high protein forms of dairy products. This will result in a tasty but a low fat healthy recipe.