Meethu dahi (mithu dahi) is a sweetened yogurt that is highly delicious to eat and can be made in a matter of minutes! It works really well with hot and spicy foods and can be a lovely dessert after food.
The inclusion of yogurt in cooking dates back to circa 500 B.C. in India, the Middle East and South East Asia. In India, yogurt and honey are considered as “the food of the Gods” and are a part of festivals and offerings across the country. The word ‘yogurt’ is comes the from the Turkish word, ‘yoğurt’, which is “to curdle or coagulated; to thicken”
It never ceases to amaze me how people in previous generations and our ancestors had a good grasp of which foods were to be eaten at what time, what foods can be used as natural medicine as well as the times of years that were for celebration while others were intended for quiet prayer, relaxation and contemplation.
In a Gujarati household no auspicious days are complete without shagun (meaning auspious in Gujarati) and to mark such an occasion, sweetened yogurt is given to all including as an offering to God. Sinfully delicious, mithu dahi is made in a number of ways depending on the consistancy and texture you are looking for. Some make use of full fat milk with the addition of sugar, cardamom and nutmeg powder with a few drops of vanilla as well.
The one I present below is a very simple yet is something that can be whippped up in a matter of minutes.
Meethu Dahi (Sweetened Yogurt)
250ml organic greek yogurt
20-30g of organic brown sugar (or white if prefered)
Organic milk (optional)
Cardamom powder (optional)
Nutmeg powder (optional)
Chopped coriander (optional)
- Ensure that your Greek yogurt is straight from the fridge.
- In a bowl, add the yogurt and gently whisk to remove any lumps and achieve a smooth runny consistency.
- Once you have achieved this, add the sugar and continue to whisk until the yogurt and sugar have combined well in the bowl.
- If the mixture is thick then add some milk and whisk to the required consistancy (optional).
- Garnish with nutmeg powder, cardamom powder and/or chopped coriander (optional)
Serve as required. It goes well with hot and spicy foods like aloo paratha and biryanis.
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