Ever wondered what the difference between regular curd and Greek yogurt is? The reason for its mass appeal? How you can use it? Read on for a quick and handy guide to this fabulous ingredient that’s definitely more than a passing fad.
Greek yogurt is regular cow's milk yogurt that has been strained three times over to remove its whey. This process results in a much thicker consistency, while preserving yogurt's distinctive, sour taste. This yogurt is softer, creamier and easy to spread. Once the liquid has been drained away, the resulting curds are significantly higher in protein and fat content.
Greek yogurt has become everyone’s go-to breakfast food with granola, fresh fruit or even just a drizzle of honey. The fruit-flavoured cups are a wonderful grab and go breakfast option. A wide range of delicious options like mango, pineapple, mulberry that are free from chemical additives or flavours are also available.
The unflavoured Greek yogurt can be used in many different ways. Spread a thick layer on toast with a sprinkling of toasted pistachios or hazelnuts with a spoonful of maple syrup for a delicious and satisfying breakfast. Whisk it into pancake batter in place of sour cream for a breakfast stack that is full of probiotic goodness and a lovely tart flavour. Another easy-to-make breakfast option is a smoothie of Greek yogurt with bananas, cinnamon powder, ice and a bit of honey. Full of protein and energy, this is an excellent way to kick start the day or indulge yourself after a session at the gym.
But you can use Greek yogurt as more than just breakfast food. The smooth, thick texture and tart flavour of Greek yogurt is also an excellent substitute for mayo and sour cream in sandwiches, salads and dips. Try adding bits of chopped and fried garlic into a bowl of whisked Greek yogurt for an addictive accompaniment to chips, nachos and even vegetable crudités.
When the whey is drained away, the acids that cause curdling is also separated, making Greek yogurt a bit more heat friendly than plain yogurt. This is particularly useful for marinating meat as the protein gets tenderised and the meat develops a lovely flavour. You can use it in making Mediterranean lamb chops or kebabs. You can even add it to soups, stews and curries right at the end. This wonderful ingredient can also be used in baking. It lends a wonderful tang to baked goods like cakes, scones and muffins.
Because of low moisture content, Greek yogurt freezes faster and smoother than regular yogurt. You can create innumerable flavour combinations using it as a base. Try adding a mix of cocoa powder and candied oranges or swirl Monin’s peach syrup into the yogurt before freezing. Throw in a handful of roasted nuts, crumbled cookies or fresh berries. It’s a great way to get the kids involved and have them gorge on the probiotic goodness of Greek yogurt.
With its mild flavour, luscious texture and nutritional goodness, Greek yogurt is an essential ingredient in any pantry. Its versatility will add newer dimensions to the possibilities on your plate. You can easily pick up Greek yogurt from any of our outlets or even shop for it online.
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