Paras Lite Dahi Review – Why Did It Score Low On Taste?
Paras Lite Dahi has lesser calories as compared to regular dahi. While the consistency is just right, taste-wise it was a let-down.
Tried setting dahi at home, but somehow it just doesn’t turn out right? Packaged dahi is the way to go!
From fruit-flavored to unflavored, packaged dahi is offered in varying consistencies, fat percentage, type of packaging, etc. While dahi is usually set using full cream milk, these days there are skimmed milk-made dahi too that are lower in fat, and in turn in calories.
Paras is a brand that offers this ‘lite’ version of the probiotic. In our Paras Lite Dahi review, we address all factors that would impact one’s buying decision.
Our Review Factors
In our Paras Lite Dahi review, the prime focus was to find the type of milk used and how different is this ‘lite’ dahi in terms of fat percentage and calories.
Fresh, homemade dahi has a desirable slight sweet, slightly sour taste. It shouldn’t be too sweet that it tastes artificial or overwhelmingly sour that it seems like it’s gone bad.
As mentioned in one of our earlier reviews, the taste and texture of curd heavily depend on the bacteria present in the milk and the container in which the curd is set/fermented. Additionally, the temperature and quality of milk, climatic conditions, and the duration of fermentation all contribute to the final result.
Since this is ‘lite’ dahi, and made using skimmed milk, the benchmark for creaminess was lower than that of dahi made using toned milk.
That said, we were still expecting some creaminess. Even with homemade curd, lumps are a common occurrence. Was this dahi completely smooth, or did it have homestyle consistency?
3. Ingredients + Nutritional Information
The key distinguishing factor between regular dahi and the lite counterpart is the lower fat content which in turn reduces the overall calorie count.
Does the brand specify the type of milk used? Are there any undesirable additives used? Flavoring agents?
In addition to the macronutrients, we also check for changes in micronutrients like calcium.
Just like the taste, curd should have a refreshing aroma that is ever-so-slightly sour.
What was our experience with Paras Lite Dahi?
5. Other Parameters
Is the pouch packaging eco-friendly? Is it thick enough?
Is this lite dahi priced economically or competitively?
White? Off-white? Lumpy? Smooth? How did this dahi look?
Does the brand specify the shelf life/use by date? A surprisingly long shelf life or just a few days, how long does this dahi stay good for?
What is dahi good for? Learn more about its benefits here.
Paras Lite Dahi – Detailed Review
Price and Packaging- A pouch holds 165 grams of the lite dahi. It is priced at Rs 10-13 (varies geographically) It features a graphic of a bowl of curd and states ‘low fat’ and ‘calcium’
Ingredients- Pasteurized skimmed milk, milk solids, and active lactic culture are the ingredients used. It is devoid of colors, flavors, and additives.
Nutri Label- 100 grams of this lite dahi would offer 39 Kcal of which 0.5 grams is fat, 4.5 grams is carbohydrates, and 4.2 grams is protein. This offers 183 mg of calcium.
Compared to curd made of full cream milk (70 Kcal/100 grams) and toned milk (62 Kcal/100 grams), this has a lower fat content and is therefore lower in calories too. Similarly, the calcium content is higher in dahi made from full cream milk (420-450 mg/100 grams) and that in toned milk dahi is 167-170 mg.
Aroma- The aroma was quite sour. Definitely not fresh!
Consistency/Texture- There were small-medium-sized lumps. These weren’t undesirable or negatively impacting our experience. Moreover, there were no separated layers of water or whey observed. This lite dahi had a flowy consistency.
Taste- SOUR! Paras Lite Dahi tasted quite sour which signified that it was not fresh. To put it into perspective, this dahi would be ideal for preparing dishes like kadhi or dhokla.
- This dahi is truly lite as it is lower in fat and calories.
- This is prepared with skimmed milk.
- The consistency resembles that of homemade dahi.
- It is economically priced.
- The aroma and taste are extremely sour.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some interesting FAQs on Paras Lite Dahi.
Yes, dahi is a good source of probiotics that are known to benefit gut health.
Fat loss is largely dependent on the caloric balance (calories you consume via food and those you burn via exercise). Consuming or eliminating a particular food item will not help.
That said, since this has a lower fat content, it is lower in calories which may help achieve weight loss goals, when combined with a balanced diet and exercise.
No, this has no preservatives.
This must be stored under refrigeration and consumed before the specified ‘use by’ date.
Yes, this contains no added sugar.
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