Setting the perfect Yogurt at home was a faraway dream for me as it’s so easily available in the market that you can easily buy and gorge! I love Yogurt (Dahi in Hindi and Doi as it is called in Assamese, synonymously used as Curd) be it in Lassi, Chaat, Curd Rice or even a bowl full as it is! Yogurt is the perfect tenderizer for meat so a spoonful is a must in almost all Indian Marinations. Precisely Yogurt is a dairy product made by bacterial fermentation of milk while curd is obtained by curdling the milk with lemon juice, citric acid or vinegar etc and then draining off the liquid portion. However you are free to use the term you like but here I’ll essentially refer to it as Yogurt!
My toddler was 10 months old and his paediatrician suggested us to slowly introduce homemade Yogurt in his regular diet and then the battle to set the perfect Yogurt began! After 3-4 failed attempts, the frustrated me finally asked his Paed how exactly to set the perfect Yogurt at home and then bang on! Here’s my perfect Yogurt recipe for all of you! You can introduce Yogurt to your 8-10 months old baby’s diet. Just serve with a little sugar or make a lassi and your baby is sure to relish it!
Preparation Time : 10 minutes
Setting Time : 20-24 hours
Full fat milk : 500 ml (*I use Amul Taza)
Yogurt : 1 teaspoon (I use Mother Dairy or Purabi yogurt available in Assam) *You can use any good packaged plain yogurt available in your city)
Heat milk in a pan and bring it to a boil. Simmer it on medium flame for about 5 minutes. Turn off flame and keep aside until lukewarm.
Transfer the milk to a ceramic pot or you can use the same yogurt cup to set the yogurt. Now add one teaspoon of yogurt.
Seal the pot with an aluminium foil or a plate and keep it in a warm dry place untouched until the Yogurt is completely set.
This will take about 18 to 20 hours.
Once set put the Yogurt in a freezer and consume within 24 hours.
Useful Tips :
*Make sure the temperature of the milk is lukewarm and not hot otherwise the Yogurt will not set.
*Summer’s are best for setting yogurt. In winters or rainy day it may take a little longer for setting. Another 6-7 hours say. Do not touch until then. If you reside in a cooler climate area it best to let the yogurt set for a day. I usually set the curd at the evening around 6-7 pm and then use it by 10am the next day.
*Do not keep checking whether the Yogurt is set or not otherwise the Yogurt will start leaving water.
*Make sure the pot you use to set Yogurt is dry. The water or moisture can hamper the quality of the Yogurt.
*You can use a teaspoon of this set Yogurt for your next i.e. second batch of Yogurt. However do not use the second batch yogurt in preparing the third batch as the quality of the Yogurt will be different. Instead use fresh store bought yogurt for the third batch.