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3 Indian-inspired recipes based on yoghurt and spices

2017-07-31 16:03 ChineseTime

 

Agreat cooling food for the summer, live yoghurt is extremely nutritious and helps keep your gut bacteria healthy. Recent research from Osteoporosis International has also concluded that the habitual consumption of yoghurt could lead to stronger bones. But if you want to try something besides eating directly out of the container, check out our Indian-inspired recipes for some tasty ideas.


Raita

This mint and cucumber raita recipe is a classic. Simply mix all the ingredients together; you can eat it on its own, or serve it with breads and various other dishes.

1 cup natural yoghurt

½ cup cucumber, grated or chopped

3 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro

2 teaspoons chopped green onions

¼ teaspoon ground cumin

Pinch of salt (season to taste)


Lassi

A blended drink of yoghurt, milk, fruit and some light spices, the mango cardamom lassi delivers natural sweetness. Mix all the ingredients with a spoon or in a blender to achieve a smoother texture.

1 cup natural yoghurt

1 cup chopped ripe mango

½ cup milk

Pinch of ground cardamom

1 to 2 teaspoons honey

Some ice (optional)


Chaas

Also known as "Indian buttermilk", this masala chaas has a stronger taste with various spices added; it’s also good for digestion due to the addition of kala namak (Himalayan black salt).

1 cup natural yoghurt

¾ teaspoon kala namak (black salt)

¾ teaspoon chaat masala(spice blend)

3 teaspoons fresh mint leaves

2 cups chilled water

1 small green chilli, chopped(optional)

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