Yogurt is a permanent food item present in every refrigerator. It is used as a marinade, next to spicy Indian food, and even in body creams. Natural yogurt has a snow-white color, a smooth creamy texture, and very healthy. It comes in various forms like fruit flavoured, greek, low-fat, and non-fat. Since it has probiotic properties, this makes it the only dairy product a lactose intolerant can have. Indian yogurt, also known as dahi is tangy and water heavy. You can have it with fruits, blend with green herbs or use it to cook marinated chicken or mutton. This makes it versatile. Here are 20 dishes from curd you must try:
1. Karela Dahiwala
Curd can go with everything, even with bitter gourd. The karelas are coated with salt and are dipped in yogurt, cumin seeds, red chili, and fried to perfection. Trust me and you will love having karelas now!
2. Kurkure Dahi Kebab
Kurkure Dahi Kebab is a tangy, spicy, and delicious kebab recipe which is made with hung curd, paneer, and other spices. It is easy to prepare for a party as the ingredients are simple. Pair it with mint chutney during the rainy season.
3. Flax Seed Raita
Flax Seeds are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids which helps to prevent heart ailments and build immunity. Combining it with curd, which is rich in calcium makes it a healthy dish. Adding grated bottle gourd and mint leaves give a fresh flavor.
4. Gatte ki Sabzi
Gatte ki Sabzi is an authentic dish from Rajasthan. It is very delicious to eat and can be cooked at home too. Gatte are cooked gram flour dumplings which are then added to the spicy curd gravy. You can’t resist this dish as it is full of flavors.
5. Dahi Tadka
Dahi Tadka is a twist given to the usual Dahi. This makes it more appetizing as ingredients like red chili, curry leaves, tomatoes, onions, and kasoori methi give it a wonderful flavor. You can have it with any dish prepared in lunch or dinner instead of the usual bowl of dahi.
6. Dahi Bhalla
Dahi Bhalla is the most loved street snack of North India. It can also be served as a starter during any event. Bhalla is a deep fried Urad Dal dumpling served in sweet yogurt with delicious tamarind and mint chutney. Sprinkled cumin powder and pomegranate make it more delicious.
7. Himachali Tawa Murgh
Himachali Tawa Murgh is chicken pieces marinated in curd, garam masala, and cream. It is topped with tempering of coriander and red chilies. You can serve this dish in parties or any events as a starter or a main course.
8. Curd Rice
Curd Rice is a simple dish prepared from plain curd and steamed rice. Sometimes tempering of Urad Dal, chilies, coriander leaves, and mustard seeds are added. It is a must prepared dish in a South Indian household. It is prepared within minutes and takes very little time and effort.
Lassi is a popular drink prepared from curd. Be it a namkeen lassi or a sweet lassi, it is loved by all. It is prepared within minutes and requires few ingredients. Add ice cubes, yogurt, salt or sugar, and water to a blender. Blend it for a minute and serve chilled. You can also add roasted cumin seeds and black salt to enhance the taste. It is a must-have during the summer season.
10. Chocolate Curd Cake
Chocolate Curd Cake is a really simple dish to prepare. Mix biscuits and butter in a bowl and chill. Beat hung curd with 75 grams sugar. Add chocolate, vanilla essence, and yolks. Keep it aside for a while. Whip the egg whites until they become stiff in 50 grams sugar. Fold the cream and whites into the chocolate mixture. Pour over the biscuit base and chill. Decorate with cream.
Shreekhand is a popular sweet dish prepared in India. It is easy to make and delicious in taste. Take a bowl and beat yogurt with sugar. Add saffron and beat again. Add other ingredients like almonds, sunflower seeds, and cardamom powder and serve.
12. Yogurt Lamb
Yogurt Lamb is an authentic Kashmiri dish filled with a variety of flavors. Pieces of lamb are cooked in yogurt and ghee until they become tender. This is then garnished with mint leaves.
13. Potato and Yogurt Salad
If you love salads, then you will love this dish. If you don’t, then you will become a salad lover after trying this. Add some boiled potatoes, fried cumin, and mustard seeds, and whipped yogurt to get a creamy salad.
14. Yogurt Dip
Yogurt Dip can be used with starters and even as a salad dressing. You need to add peanuts and onions to give yogurt the required crunchiness and a perfect blend of flavors of these two ingredients. You can also make flavored dips according to your taste and ingredients.
15. Kadhi Pakoda
Kadhi Pakoda is a Punjabi recipe filled with a lot of flavors. Pakoras are made from onions and then dipped in creamy and sour yogurt with lots of spices. It tastes best when paired with steamed rice or roti.
16. Thayir Dosa
Thayir Dosa is another version of dosa prepared using ingredients like lentils, curd, and rice. They are a softer version of sponge dosa and has a nice soft texture.
17. Coconut Curd Chutney
Curd added to the coconut chutney makes it slightly sour than its usual taste. It tastes delicious with dosa, idli, vada, and uttapam.
18. Curd Sandwich
Curd Sandwich is a simple and easy snack to have in evenings. It has a filling of vegetables mixed in the curd. You can also serve this dish with potato chips for extra munch.
19. Dahi Bhindi
Bhindi or Okra is sauteed in a smooth, creamy, and light sauce made from yogurt. It tastes delicious with hot Rotis. The crunchiness of okra along with the creamy taste of yogurt make it a perfect combination.
20. Buttermilk Rasam
Buttermilk Rasam is a variety of Rasam made from buttermilk. Usually, sour curd is added which gives it a nice taste along with the flavors of spices added.