Lockdown Menu | What Can You Make With Curd?

Curd or dahi is available in every household and we usually don't use it beyond raitas and chaas. Let's have a look at some unusual dishes you can make with curd.

If there was ever a greater need to minimize food wastage and use all our resources to their optimum potential, it is now. To encourage us all to do this, and in ways that don’t need a whole lot of added effort, we have come up with simple ideas to use staple ingredients differently in your daily meals. Most of you may already have these as part of regular groceries. Through these posts, we hope you get fresh ideas to use your kitchen supplies wisely and in interesting ways.

Curd or dahi (दही) is packed with several health benefits and can be eaten in various forms. You can eat it as it is, turn it into buttermilk or lassi, a refreshing raita or even a creamy dessert. We believe setting the curd perfectly is an art and using the curd to cook dishes is exemplary. Here are 5 dishes you can make with the humble curd, that are easy to make and taste amazing!

1) Hung Curd Dip

It’s a given that all dips are a great way to start a party. Sure, the lockdown means no house parties, no get togethers. But who is stopping you from having your own party with a massive bowl of dip? You will require hung curd, chopped onions, cucumbers and capsicum. Mix all these in a bowl and add salt, pepper, a minced clove of garlic and a splash of vinegar. Refrigerate before serving. Add a dollop of mayonnaise if you wish to increase the creaminess. Add chopped coriander and green chillies to give it a desi touch. Serve with chips, lavash, pita or vegetable sticks.

 Lockdown Menu | What Can You Make With Curd?
A chips and dip party for one? Yes, please!

2) Curd Rice

Curd rice is a perfect summer lunch for when you need something light and refreshing yet filling for your meal. In a pan add a teaspoon of oil, asafoetida, mustard seeds, curry leaves and chopped ginger. Add peanuts, cook till they are roasted. Once done, add chopped onions, saute till pink and add a cup of dahi. Now add some turmeric (optional), red chilli powder and salt. Immediately add boiled rice. Cook for 30 seconds. You can chill them in the refrigerator before consuming or eat it right away.

 Lockdown Menu | What Can You Make With Curd?
Curd rice requires no efforts and guarantees full satisfaction.
Image for representational purpose only

3) Dahi Kebab

Dahi kebabs are succulent and mouth melting. They are shallow fried and have a mellow flavor. Dahi kebabs are made with hung curd and grated paneer. The masalas added to these are bare minimum and you can taste each and every ingredient distinctly. You can add chopped onions and dry fruits according to your preference. Serve dahi kebabs with lachcha onions and spicy green chutney. If you are deep-frying the kebabs, add some add besan or maida to bind them.

 Lockdown Menu | What Can You Make With Curd?
Succulent dahi kebabs have a beautifully mild taste.

4) Punjabi Kadi

Kadi Chawal Vs Rajma Chawal is a debate right out of a prime time news channel. It can go on for hours and in the end there is no conclusion. Punjabi Kadi is a hot favorite in the Northern belt and is made with khatti dahi or curd that is about to go sour. Mix besan, turmeric, and dahi in a bowl; whisk it so that there are no lumps. Add juliennes of ginger and cook this in a wok till it is thick and yellow. Season with salt and red chili powder. Add a tadka of oil, mustard seeds, jeera, dried red chilies, coriander seeds, and asafoetida (heeng). Add onion pakodas or spinach pakodas once the kadi has cooked completely. Serve with boiled rice.

 Lockdown Menu | What Can You Make With Curd?
Kadi Chawal are a true blue Punjabi meal.
Image Credit – Nishtha Sethi

5) Hung Curd Cheesecake

A cheesecake with hung curd? Are we kidding? Absolutely not. Making cheesecakes at home sound like a cumbersome and LONG process, but let us correct you right there. It’s not. In fact, with the limited resources you might have at home, you can make cheesecake with hung curd and no gelatin. Make sure the sweetness of your biscuit base and the sweetness in the main body of the cake is balanced well. Add fruits like mangoes, kiwis or strawberries on top. Serve chilled.

 Lockdown Menu | What Can You Make With Curd?
Your dream of eating a decadent cheesecake at home during the lockdown is about to get true!

Which is your favorite recipe which uses curd as a main ingredient. Let us know in the comment box below.

Struggling to cook with limited resources? There is a lot in our kitchens even during this lockdown, all we need is a set of fresh ideas and suggestions to keep our menus interesting! Read these posts to help you choose what to cook for the next meal using regular staples like attasujimoong dalrice and potatoes. We will also give you tips on how to use common condiments like mayonnaise and spices like jeera and turmeric in your diet to maximise the usage of everyday products.

About The Author

Nishtha Asrani Sethi, born and brought up in Delhi, is a content writer who has previously worked with NDTV and Resolver. Her roots are deep within the food industry, thanks to her family business and a keen interest in contemporary food products. Nishtha loves to serve her articles with a side of humor. Her Bachelor’s degree in Home Science comes in handy while researching the science behind the food. When she is not trying to win a battle of fries vs fruit with her daughter, she is busy experimenting with her huge joint family with crazy recipes.

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  1. Fascinating! Definitely going to try these amazing recipes- have all the time in the world. Thank you

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