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Fermented Milk Products from All Over the World. Chaas (India)

If you know what buttermilk is, then you will be able to imagine how chaas is. Chaas is a liquid, drinkable form of yogurt, prepared and enjoyed in India. It is made by churning plain yogurt, known as dahi, with cold water, in a pot. A special tool is used for this process, called “madhani” that can be translated as “whipper”, which helps with the manual churning of chaas. So, yogurt and water are the main ingredients of chaas, which is churned until it reaches a foamy consistency. It can be enjoyed plain, as it is, or spices may be added, according to personal preferences. While fresh yogurt can be used for the preparation of chaas, people in India prefer using yogurt that is several days o

Fermented Milk Products from All Over the World. Lassi (India)

Lassi is a refreshing yogurt-based beverage that is ideal for the warm weather of India. It can be served in a variety of ways, meaning that many ingredients can be added to add a new and enjoyable twitch to the beverage. The process of making lassi is rather simple. Plain yogurt is blended with water, and spices may be added as an optional note. Traditional lassi is consumed with a pinch of salt or by being flavored with roasted cumin that was ground into a fine powder. But, it is not uncommon to find lassi mixed with other spices as well, or with fruits, like mango, strawberry, or lemon. Thus, you can easily prepare lassi at home, with the help of a blender. For 1 and 1/3 cups of plain yog

Fermented Milk Products from All Over the World. Dahi (India)

Dahi is the Indian version of yogurt, having similar properties, although their preparation methods differ. The differences are not great, but they do influence the consistency and flavor of the final product. Thus, if yogurt is made with pasteurized milk, dahi is made with fresh milk that has been brought to a boiling point, left to cool at room temperature, and then adding the acidic curd coming from milk left to sit for a day. This will make the milk’s composition to coagulate and form curds as well, the result being a dairy product with a soft and creamy composition, and a slightly sour but also sweet flavor. The same types of bacteria will be present in the making of dahi, which are Lac

Fermented Milk Products from All Over the World. Paneer (India)

Have you ever wondered how cheese is in India? Well, paneer is a type of cheese that can be found throughout the south of Asia, although it is preponderant to India. It is a fresh type of cheese that can be made rather quickly, as it doesn’t require aging. It has a soft and chewy texture and can be enjoyed almost immediately after preparation, fresh or cooked, as Indians love to add it in a variety of dishes, such as kebabs or pakoras. This cheese became so famous that it even managed to go beyond India’s borders and it is today available in the supermarkets of other countries as well, such as in the UK. But the truth is that paneer can be easily prepared at home. You just need an acid food,

Fermented Milk Products from All Over the World. Súrmjólk (Iceland)

Súrmjólk is actually soured milk or, as called by others, yogurt made in the Icelandic way. Although the name of sour milk fits better than yogurt, as súrmjólk has a rather liquid consistency, in comparison with the thicker and more coagulated consistency we see in yogurt. It is quite acidic, so not everybody enjoys the flavor and taste of súrmjólk. In fact, it takes a while to get used to it, while some never get too fond of this particular product. It is usually served for breakfast, as a companion for cereal, bread, or cheese, but it can also be served with meat or even herring. This sour drinkable fermented milk product is rich in acidophilus and bifidus, two types of bacteria that are k

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