Ok, I admit when I first came to New York I was baffled how to set yogurt. Setting yogurt at home is the norm* in India – my family does it, everybody my family knows does it, and everyone that they know does it. Yes, really! It’s as simple as that. But, setting a fresh batch of yogurt with a tablespoon of the previous batch is the only way I know how to set yogurt.
So when I encountered this first world problem of setting curd without a tablespoon of the previous batch, I was stumped. Scouting the internet didn’t help. One recipe suggested using 6 tablespoons of vinegar or lemon juice, instead of the starter curd. This ended up curdling the milk, which did not set well. And, the taste was horrible, if I may add.
This is a recipe of homemade yogurt made using a tablespoon of yogurt, in the hope that someone will help me figure out the mystery – How to Set Yogurt Without Starter Curd. Making yogurt at home is so simple and budget friendly. When you’ve done it once you will never go back to store bought yogurt again. Yes, really.
4 Cups Milk (I use Tuscan Whole Milk. As per an article in The Worlds Healthiest Food’s website, higher milk fat content in the yogurt makes it smoother and creamier. You can also use low-fat or skim milk)
1 Tbsp Plain Yogurt (Yes, you will have to buy plain yogurt to set the first batch)
1. Preheat oven to 365 F (180 Celsius) for 2 minutes and turn it off.
2. Bring milk to a rolling boil in an open pan. Take it off the heat, and allow it to cool.
2. When the milk is lukewarm add 1 Tbsp of yogurt and mix well. Ensure that the yogurt blends in with the milk. (Note: If you add the yogurt to the milk when it is still hot, the yogurt bacteria will die and yogurt will not set.)
3. Transfer the milk yogurt mixture to a container with a lid, and place it in the pre-heated over for 5 hours.
4. After 5 hours place the container in the refrigerator for 2 hours to cool, and become firm.
Tada! Fresh homemade yogurt is set!
Eat plain yogurt with sugar or add fruits or cereal to it for breakfast. Check out innovative ways to dress up yogurt for breakfast at this website, or try Super Seedy Granola with Almonds, Cherries and Coconut with Homemade Yogurt and Fresh Berries recipe if you are up for a challenge.
Yogurt is delicious and healthy, and making it at home keeps a check on your budget too! How do you like to eat yogurt? Share your favourite yogurt recipes with us!
*Author’s Note: Not everyone makes yogurt at home in India. Although it is a vastly popular, people do purchase it from stores out of convenience.