Yogurt's everywhere - it's saved itself a permanent seat in every refrigerator, it's found next to spicy Indian food, it's used as a marinade and can also be found in body creams.Natural yogurt is as it was meant to be, without sugar, fruit or flavour. It's got a snow white colour, a smooth creamy texture and is a true health-food superstar. It comes in many different varieties: low-fat, non-fat, fruit flavoured, greek or strained and whole milk yogurt. What's interesting is that its probiotic properties make it the only dairy product a lactose intolerant person can consume.While it's one of the most popular health foods in the world, it differs in consistency and flavor in some countries - European curd is extremely smooth, creamy and almost custard-like while Indian yogurt also known as dahi is slightly tangy and water heavy. Skyr, the traditional yogurt of Iceland made from skimmed milk is fat free and more like cheese than yogurt.It's a well-known fact that yogurt helps us stay slimmer, sexier and healthier. Then why is it that we tuck it away, label it as boring and fail to give it its fair due? Why is it that we shy from working with this glorious ingredient?
Recipe by Niru GuptaContrary to what the name suggests, Greek yogurt isn't actually from Greece. It's just a more exotic and tasty way of enjoying plain yogurt. Straining yogurt of all its water makes it creamy and in-turn a fantastic key ingredient in smoothies and summer dips.
Recipe by Seema ChandraThese unconventional kebabs use hung curd as base along with cottage cheese or paneer, raisins, oats, almonds and pepper. They're crispy outside and soft and creamy inside.
4.Potato and Yogurt Salad
Recipe by Roopa GulatiWe promise you'll be a salad convert after trying this! Throw in some boiled potatoes, whipped yogurt and fried mustard and cumin seeds to get a beautiful bowl of creamy salad that both the young and the old will devour.
Recipe by Waza BrothersBeautiful pieces of lamb are cooked in ghee and yogurt till tender and topped off with dry mint leaves, making this recipe a real winner. This hearty Kashmiri dish fills your house with an aroma you won't be able to forget.
Recipe by Kishore D ReddyYou can make it sweet or you can make it salty, either way it's a true Punjabi delicacy. Thick or runny, a tall glass of lassi will blend seamlessly before or after any meal.
Recipe by Chef Rajdeep KapoorThis might sound extremely simple but we promise you it packs a punch. All you need to do is whip us some Greek yogurt and mix it up with onions, tomatoes, red chilli, kastoori methi and curry leaves.
Recipe by Niru GuptaCurd goes with anything, even bitter gourd and this recipe is a true testament to the fact. Salt-coated karelas are dipped in yogurt, red chilli, cumin seeds and fried to perfection.