What is dry yeast?
Yeast is a single-celled fungus (a living organism) that exists in many forms. It converts sugar and starch into carbon dioxide bubbles and alcohol, which makes it useful in the production of bread, beer, and wine. In the context of baking, it produces carbon dioxide when mixed with warm water, flour, salt and/or sugar, which causes the dough to expand resulting in a soft and spongy product.
Instant dry yeast
Instant yeast is available in small granules and acts similar to dry yeast. Since, it is milled into finer particles, they dissolve faster and activate rapidly. There is no need to proof them and it can be directly added to the dry ingredients(flour). Store it in a cool dry place, or in the refrigerator once you have opened the package. Check the expiry date before using.
How to Select dry yeast
• Dry yeast is readily available in markets.
• It comes in envelopes, jars or bulk.
• It may be regular or quick rising.
• Quick rising will take only half the time for rising.
• Please note that when buying yeast, the date of expiry should be strictly followed.
• Fresh yeast is very perishable and it recommended only for experts – it will last only for one week.
Culinary Uses of dry yeast
Certain Indian recipes need dry yeast, to make the recipe soft. Here are few recipes which teaches you too make the recipes from scratch.
1. Whole Wheat Masala Bread Rolls a peppy mix of herbs, spice powders and onions, the Whole Wheat Masala Bread Roll is a super tasty accompaniment to tea .
2. Onion and Jeera Buns he softness and fresh aroma of buns out of the Oven are unbeatable. Secondly, you are also assured of the ingredients that go into it and the hygienic preparation.
3. Pudina Naan a delectable pudina paste made of mint, cumin and other ingredients, naan turns into an appetizingly coloured dish with an attractive flavour.
4. Kulchas one of the most popular breads in Northern India, just like naans, rotis and parathas. Made with a dough of whole wheat flour, yeast and curds, these Kulchas have a unique texture and mouth-feel.
5. Khamiri Green Peas Puris snack and a rather rich choice for that, since these puris have a scrumptious, semi-spicy green peas stuffing and are deep-fried in ghee.
6. Nawabi Naan scrumptious Nawabi Naan is an amazing creation of traditional tandoori naan studded with nuts.
7. Appam recipe is an easy-to-make, instant version of the otherwise tough-to-make dish.
Bread is made with baker's yeast, which creates lots of bubbles that become trapped in the dough, causing the bread to rise and become light and airy when baked.
• A small amount of alcohol is also produced, but this burns off as the bread bakes.
• Beer yeast and wine yeast are used to convert sugar into alcohol and, in the case of beer and champagne, bubbles too.
Indian breads using instant dry yeast
All-time favourites Indian breads are just amazing with any Indian curries and gravies. Try these recipes and serve.
1. Aloo Kulcha flavour-packed Indian bread , which is stuffed with a tasty, mildly-tangy potato mixture.
2. Goan Steamed Rice Bread a famous Goan delicacy, is a steamed rice cake that has a soft texture and pleasant flavour.
3. Whole Wheat Coriander and Sesame Seeds Naan peppy smell and flavour of coriander and sesame seeds make this whole wheat naan a brilliant choice for the main course .
Breads recipe using instant dry yeast
A must try homemade bread recipe, it’s a such an achievement to make your own bread and serve your family these breads with some soup or curry.
1. Whole Wheat Bread whole wheat flour is healthier than its refined flour counterpart, also has a rustic aroma and flavour, which are thoroughly enjoyable.
2. Ladi Pav feather-soft ladi pav is best had with a spicy bhaji or vegetable curry, but you can also serve it as a sandwich lined with chutney and packed with potato vadas.
How to Store dry yeast
• Always store in a cool, dry place, preferably the refrigerator (a must for fresh yeast), but bring to room temperature before using.
• Fresh yeast is extremely perishable and should be used within 1-2 weeks or date on package.