Making yogurt ( traditionally called Dahi or Curd) at home is an ancient practice in India. Keeping yogurt culture is the same in India as sourdough bread culture in western countries. The original yogurt culture was started by adding red chili into milk. Nowadays, there are plenty of yogurts available in dairy aisles of supermarkets, so there is no need to start a yogurt culture from scratch. I have been making my yogurt at home for years and think I have mastered the technique and sharing it with you.
The secret of my perfect homemade yogurt is using Desi Dahi culture purchased from the Indian store. I also use full-fat milk to get the creamy thick yogurt.
This is how you make perfect yogurt at home:
Boil 8 cups of milk in a medium heavy-bottom saucepan. Turn off the heat and let it cool to a lukewarm temperature. Heat oven to warm temperature or 160–170-degree Fahrenheit. Turn off the oven after it is heated and leave the oven bulb on. Transfer the Lukewarm milk (temp should be around 110–120-degree F) into a pan that you want to make yogurt in and should be able to refrigerate after that. Mix yogurt culture into it with a spoon. Yogurt culture should be at room temperature. Cover the pan and put it in the oven under the light bulb (leaving on). Let it sit overnight for about 12 hours. Take a look at the yogurt in the morning; It should be nice creamy solid firm yogurt. If not, leave it for a couple of hours more. Take it out and chill in the refrigerator for about 4 hours; it becomes even more substantially solid in the fridge.
Enjoy it plain as a side dish, or you can also add a little sugar if you prefer it sweet. It will also make a healthy parfait breakfast by adding some fruits and granola. You can also use it for healthy smoothies. Enjoy the yogurt your way and eat with intention, responsibility, and confidence!
Note: Full-fat milk makes the best yogurt!
Tip: Rinse the pan with cold water first before pouring milk to be boiled to prevent it from scorching!
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Food Rating, Nutrition Profile, and Therapeutic Health Benefits of full-fat yogurt:
Yogurt has many therapeutic health benefits. Plain yogurt is moderate in calories per serving and a good balance of fat, carbohydrates, and protein. It also provides many health-promoting vitamins and minerals. It is an excellent source of calcium, vitamin D, Iodine (19% of the daily value per half cup ), and Vitamin B12. Calcium, vitamin D, and B12 play a crucial role in keeping our bones healthy and preventing osteoporosis. Iodine is an essential mineral for thyroid health. Vitamin B12 (16% daily value per half cup) also plays a critical role in healthy red blood cell formation and anemia prevention. Yogurt also provides probiotics that can restore beneficial gut bacteria’s natural balance and promote immune system and digestive health with many other health benefits.
However, this full-fat yogurt gets a red dot rating in our food rating system (Food Coach) due to its high saturated fat. And also, it doesn’t provide any fiber.
Dietitian Nutritionist Recommendations:
Yogurt should be a regular part of one’s daily diet due to its many therapeutic health benefits. The amount of dairy products you need depends upon your age, gender, and health conditions. MyPlate recommends 3 cups of dairy every day for adults on a generally healthy diet. Use low-fat yogurt if you are watching your saturated fat and calories to manage weight. Please note that plain yogurts are not a good source of fiber. Make a good breakfast yogurt parfait by adding some fresh fruits and granola to include some fibers in it.
Disclaimer: Please note that this page is not medical advice. This can only be used as general guidance to a healthy and balanced diet for your health and wellness. This food does not ensure an adequate or inadequate and safe level of intake for a single person. Please consult your health care provider and check out our Medical Nutrition Therapy services for the diet plan that is right for you!