Low Fat Curds
by Tarla Dalal
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Curds are a nutritious addition to your diet. They are easier to digest than milk and when accompanied with dishes like parathas, biryanis etc., curds complement the protein present in cereals and make it a complete protein.
Use this low fat version of curds as an accompaniment to a main meal or in raita, salad dressings etc. to enjoy a delightful low calorie fare.
You can use this low fat curd recipe to make Healthy Raitas .
Enjoy how to make Low Fat Curds recipe with detailed step by step photos below.
- To make low fat curds, heat the milk in a deep non-stick pan on a medium flame for 6 to 8 minutes, while stirring occasionally. Allow it to cool slightly.
- Add the curd in a bowl and spread it evenly with the help of a spoon.
- Pour the luke warm milk over it and mix it very well using a whisk or a spoon.
- Cover with a lid and keep in a warm place for atleast 6 to 8 hours.
- Refrigerate the low fat curds for atleast 1 hour and serve chilled.
- 2 cups of low fat curds when hung in a muslin cloth for 1 hour yields approx. 1 cup of hung low fat curds.
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Low Fat Curds recipe with step by step photos
To make the low fat curd, heat a deep non-stick pan with 2 tbsp of water in it and simmer it for 2-3 minutes. This is generally done in stainless steel pans but, if you have an old non-stick pan it is advisable to make this extra effort so that the milk does not burn or stick to the bottom. If using a stainless steel patila, you can use the same vessel to set the curd.
Once the water is extremely hot, rotate the pan in a clockwise motion, so the water spreads evenly in the pan. This will prevent milk from scorching as the water forms a protective layer between the pan and milk.
Throw out the water and pour 5 cups of low fat milk in the pan.
Boil the milk on a medium flame for 6 to 8 minutes. Stir it occasionally to avoid the milk from sticking to the bottom of the pan or browning. Generally, for making dahi at home, you just need to warm the milk slightly. In hot climate, you will need to warm the milk very slightly but, if the weather is cold you need to warm it a little more. Only boil the milk if it is raw.
Switch off the flame and allow to cool slightly (lukewarm). Immerse your finger to check the temperature of the milk and then only add the starter. Do not think of putting the milk in refrigerator to cool it quickly. It is important to cool down the milk at room temperature only.
Add the low fat curd in a bowl or pan. This is called as jaman or a starter which helps in setting the curd. In winters, you would require more starter to set the curd so, adjust the quantity according to the season.You can also use clay bowls, glass or ceramic bowls to set the curd. My mother makes use of air-tight, lunch-box bottle container to set dahi for our office use.
Spread it evenly with the help of a spoon so that there are no lumps and the curd is smooth.
Pour the luke warm milk over it. If the milk is hot and then added to curd, it will curdle and it may not yield creamy and tasty homemade dahi. This is the same process for regualr curd as well.
Mix well using a spoon so, that the curd spreads evenly. Sour starter will yield sour curd so, ensure your low fat curd is fresh. You can even make use of a whisk to mix the curd in milk.
If you want to set the Low fat Curd in small containers, then transfer the mixture after the previous step of whisking. You can set the curd in a metal container, plastic or even tiny clat pots.
Cover with a lid.
Rest in a warm place for 5-6 hours. You can place the curd bowl in an oven or a casserole to set during cold climate. During summers, the curd will set very quickly (within 4-5 hours), so check it after 4 hours without fail.
After 5-6 hours, the milk will be set into curd.
After setting the low fat curd, keep it inside the refrigerator or else it can get sour taste. If you place the curd inside the refrigerator, it will get thicker and the taste will remain fresh.
Use a spoon to check if the low fat curd set nicely. Your fresh and creamy homemade curd is ready to use.
You can use this homemade low fat curd in making low-fat raita or any curry with gravy or low cal mayonnaise and so on. For those not on a diet, follow this how to make curd at home with full fat milk recipe.
You can make these healthy low fat raitas using our low fat curd recipe.
You can make some healthy Indian snacks using low fat curds.
Nutrient values per cup (200 ml)
|Amt|| 200 ml|
|Energy|| 71 kcal|
|Protein|| 7.6 gm|
|Cho|| 10.2 gm|
|Fat|| 0.0 gm|
|Vit A|| 0.0 mcg|
|Vit C|| 1.0 mg|
|Calcium|| 274.0 mg|
|Iron|| 0.3 mg|
|F. Acid|| 0.0 gm|
|Fibre|| 0.0 gm|
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