Desi Curd Hacks That Will Change Your Life

India loves dairy, and it is certainly difficult to imagine Indian kitchens without curd. Also known as Dahi, we need curd for a variety of dishes like chaas, raita, and our curries. So many of our Indian curries like Doi Maach and Kadhi rely on the quality and amount of curd used to turn out good. And since, cattle rearing is so common in India, many also prefer to use their fresh-home-made curd over the store-bought ones, for its flavour and texture. That is how particular we are about our curd, and yet, sometimes we are either not able to handle it well, or do not realise its true potential. Curd is an exceptionally versatile ingredient and here are three curd hacks by Slurrp Community member and Homechef Sonia Sarpal that may change your life.

Prevent curdling of curd in curries:

As mentioned above, curd is used in a variety of curries. It not only helps thicken the curries, but also lends a delicious tanginess to it that enhances the overall flavour of the preparation. Now the problem that arises while adding curd to curries is the curdling. The curry may contain acetic agents, or some ingredients, that often results in curdling of curd in the curry itself, which can hamper the overall taste, texture and appeal of the dish. What you can do here is, add some wheat flour to your bowl of curd and mix it well. Then add it to the masala or the curry and your curd would not curdle.  

Make soft paneer with left-over curd:

You can also use curd to make some soft, in-house paneer. Most of use different souring agents to curdle our milk like lemon or vinegar. In addition to that, you can also add a spoonful of sour curd, and you can make some soft and fresh paneer at home, just like they do in the market.  

Make softer parathas:

Why stop at paneer, you can also use curd to make some deliciously, soft and stretchy parathas. While making your dough, add a spoonful of sour curd to the atta and then knead the dough. Your dough will bind better and turn out smoother, additionally, your paratha would be softer too.

You can watch all the tips and tricks in this Slurrp’s YouTube video here and try it soon at home. Do let us know if you liked them.