Tagged as one of the most important ingredients of Indian Cooking, Yoghurt is being used in various ways for cooking different types of recipes. Yoghurt is a dairy product produced by bacterial fermentation of milk. The bacteria used to make yoghurt are known as “yoghurt cultures”. Universally, cow’s milk is most frequently used to make yoghurt, but milk from buffalo, goats, sheep, yaks and camels is also used in various parts of the world.
Yoghurt being used for centuries to treat digestive disorders and its forerunner, cultured milk, offer several possibilities in the preparation of food. Whether you like mixing flavored yoghurt in a fruit salad or using it for marinating your meat and fish, yoghurt is a very multipurpose ingredient to have in every kitchen.
Yoghurt has many other health benefits apart from curing the digestive ailments. Yoghurt is rich in calcium, potassium, protein and B vitamins. Research over the several years has proved that yoghurt strengthens and soothes the immune system. Yoghurt has strong medicinal properties, which stimulates the immune system and kills the bacteria in the human body. Though yoghurt is found in different forms in the stores but it is always advisable to buy low fat unflavored yoghurt. Frozen yoghurt is not the same compared to the fresh yoghurt available very rarely in the market. Frozen yoghurt doesn’t yield the same health benefits like fresh yoghurt but still if you keep the habit of consuming yoghurt everyday you can cure many ailments.
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. Yoghurt is also used for the preparation of sauces, desserts, and a very famous Asian condiment, Raita.
Some other handy yoghurt usage in Indian cooking
- Substitute yoghurt in recipes that call for vinegar or lime juice. Use the plain, unflavored yoghurt in cooking recipes.
- Low-fat yoghurt can be used in your salads blended with your favorite fruits and spices.
- You can apply unflavored yoghurt on your skin. This will improve your skin texture and give you a healthy skin. Besides, yoghurt adds enzymes and oils to the skin, which works as a natural moisturizer.
- Use yoghurt in drinks instead of the normal cold drinks. Lassi is a very healthy drink which has a cool and soothing effect on your stomach.
So you can see how important yoghurt is in our lives. Use it everyday to reap the total benefits of it in your cooking and in improving health hazards.