Where is my dahi?
Dahi is the hindi/gujarati word for yogurt. When my kids were growing up, yogurt was a part of their meal every single day. Plain yogurt or made into lassi but mostly good old plain home made yogurt . Dollops of the thick creamy goodness was eaten with dals, rice, khichdi and vegetable curry.If anything was slightly chilli for the kids a dollop of yogurt took care of it. While the boys were not too fussed about yogurt or lassi, my daughter on the other hand would throw a tantrum if she didn’t have her bowl of yogurt for lunch.She’d cry out “where is my dahi?” if we didn’t serve it with her lunch.
As you may have guessed by now, the #FoodieMonday #Bloghop 92nd theme is yogurt. Preethi our group member requested us to make anything using yogurt.
Yogurt is known to have many health benefits.
- Its easier to digest than milk, its rich in calcium, it has high levels of Vitamin B especially Vitamin B12.
- It has your daily requirement of phosphorus, magnesium and potassium which all are good to regulate blood pressure, good for the bones and metabolism.
- Its high in protein so a good food item to include in your diet especially if you’re a vegetarian.
- Dietitians recommend eating a bowlful of plain yogurt to ward off hunger. The protein in the yogurt makes you feel full and has fewer calories.
- Yogurts contain good bacteria and probiotics which are very good for for the digestive system. Yogurt reduced bloating, helps reduce constipation and a bowlful of yogurt is recommended when one suffers from diarrhea.
- With all the minerals and calcium and protein present in the yogurt it improves your immune system and also helps to protect one against osteoporsis.
- If the cucumber skin is thin, then you don’t need to peel it. Cut it into half and remove the thick seeds if any. Its best to scoop it out using a spoon.
- Grate the cucumber.
- Sprinkle a generous pinch of salt and leave it for 10-15 minutes.
- Squeeze out the water from the cucumber.
- Add cucumber, oil, garlic, dill, salt, pepper, lemon juice to the thick yogurt. Mix well and the sauce or dip is ready.
- If you are using normal plain yogurt you may need about 2 cups of it. Take a thin cotton cloth (I find using a man’s hankerchief the best). Place the cloth over a strainer or sieve. Place the strainer over a bowl to catch the water. Pour the yogurt into the cloth. Cover it up with the cloth. Place a folded newspaper over it. Put some weight like a mortar and pestle or a small brick. This helps to remove the water from the yogurt faster.
- I strained the greek yogurt to remove water.
- You can use fresh mint or parsley instead of dill.
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