Friday, 29 April 2011

Tangy-Sweet Yogurt

Actually, this is supposed to be whipped with cold water till frothy, then poured over crushed ice in tall glasses and served with an optional mint leaf. But, we had some excellent sheu-bhaja left, and since my mother *loves* the tangy, sweet, sheu-garnished yogurt sauce they serve dahi-vada in, I decided to make the sauce instead.

Yes, I made this for my mum. I am so adorable.

Sheu-bhaja, btw, is lightly-spiced fried flour sticks, only tiny. You'll see them in a minute. First, take a little dollop of tamarind (3/4th teaspoon paste). Pour tap water into it, and mash the tamarind up. Leave the pulp in while you flavour the yogurt -- it'll make for a much richer flavour. But take care not to break or nick the seeds, they're dead bitter.

The dairy: quality of unsweetended curd varies massively from sweet shop to sweet shop, and in some places it's downright inedible with the amount of daalda or vegetable shortening they use to make the curd 'set'. But we're lucky to have one a few neighbourhoods away that make excellent, creamy, thick curd that looks, feels, and tastes like sour cream. 

Not that you should use sour cream for this. Please stick to Greek yogurt. Thank you.

Sour cream. I mean, the other thing.

Two pinches of cumin, half a teaspoon aamchur (dried mango powder), pinch of salt, two level teaspoons granular sugar.

Tamarind water. Beat it all together. At this point, with a little minced coriander or mint, or even roasted and crushed garlic, this makes an incredible dip or chutney.

Sheu bhaja!

It's moment in the sun :-)


sandman said...

Tamarind overdose.Just seeing it makes my molars tingle.

Ki Bangaal.

Rimi said...

True. Very Bangaal.

Dea-chan said...

I've recently gotten into mixing rolled oats into yogurt with some nuts and dried fruit and letting it become oatmeal textured but with yogurt! What's that called... muesli?

Rimi said...

I've no idea what it's called, but is it good? I only ever ate cereals as dessert -- god's honest truth! So delicious, hot milk and fancy sugary, nutty, crunchy goodness. Easiest dessert ever!

joy said...

Eating is really one of my hobby i mean part of my life. I love going to a place and at the same time taste their delicious and most wanted food.I want to taste something that is new to my palate.

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