Let’s not have a conversation about comparing weekends because I’m pretty sure mine aces yours. You know how? Because I spent the entire sunday making 15 litres (about 16 qt) of yogurt and prior to that, getting boxes and making labels.
Let’s back up a little – a few weeks ago, I wrote to the adorable Pooja Dhingra (owner of Le15 Patisserie) asking about Tasting Tuesday. Tasting Tuesday is an initiative set up by her which encourages entrepreneurs like myself to exhibit whatever we are retailing. She provides the space free of cost at her Bandra store and all you need to do is show up. Umm, how great is that? She also promotes the exhibitor via Twitter, blog and Facebook. I wrote asking if I could set up to sell homemade Greek Yogurt. After a few email exchanges, we met at her central kitchen where she sampled some Greek yogurt and I ate all of her macarons. It was the best exchange idea, ever. Tasting Tuesday was on!
Now in my house, Greek yogurt is a frequent visitor. It’s homemade, preservative free and healthy. We use it in place of cream for a lot of recipes. For example, if a salad dressing calls for mayonnaise, I just swap it with some Greek yogurt – same tang, less calories, less preservatives. I also got a nutritionist friend to figure out the nutritional value of homemade Greek yogurt (thanks Ankita!) that I’ll be sticking on the box, making it certifiably healthy! But there’s more…
So, here’s the downlow on Greek yogurt:SO WHAT IS GREEK YOGURT? Essentially, Greek yogurt is strained yogurt. Straining removes all the whey and makes it thicker and creamier. WHY IS IT GOOD FOR ME? Once the whey is drained, out goes the sugar and some carbohydrates. All you’re left with is lots of protein (as compared to regular yogurt). IS IT THE SAME AS LOW-FAT YOGURT? Not really – both contain a lot of calcium but Greek yogurt has lesser sugar and carbohydrates and contains more protein as compared to low-fat yogurt. Also, compared to homemade Greek yogurt, packaged low-fat yogurt contains a lot of sodium! SO GREEK YOGURT IS THE NEW ROCK STAR OF THE YOGURT WORLD THEN? Well, it depends on your dietary needs. Our Greek yogurt is made with skimmed milk and packs in the good stuff. We know this because we got a nutritionist to help us out. You’ll find the information on the box. It makes an excellent (and healthy) replacement for a midnight snack or dessert! HOW LONG CAN YOU STORE THIS FOR? Because all our yogurt is homemade, its preservative free. It keeps for about a week in the refrigerator from the time it’s made. CAN I PLAY AROUND WITH IT? Sure! We use it to make dips, smoothies and swap it for cream in a lot of things. My celery potato pesto salad is much lighter because of the Greek yogurt addition and more often than not, my milkshake fix usually includes 1 frozen banana and some greek yogurt blended together. It also makes an excellent dip base and it’s guilt-free too!
I hope you stop by on Tuesday, the 17th to say hi and sample some yogurt. I’ll be setting out 3 flavors – original, honey vanilla and salted caramel and I promise they’re loaded with flavor (and protein).
Where: Ground Floor, Siffin Apartment, Dr Ambedkar Road, Bandra West, Mumbai
When: 17th September, 5pm to 9pm