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mdq 06-08-2013 04:27 PM

Indian food
 
Hi,

Does anyone have recipe (not cumin based) for Indian yogurt raita condiment that has a pleasant but more "sour" flavor that I seem to be missing.
Is there a herb that subtly intensifies the agreeable "sour" taste I am missing?
also, the mango lassi recipes I find are also missing this subtly sour taste...
anyone?

Andy M. 06-08-2013 04:34 PM

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Originally Posted by mdq (Post 1273223)
Hi,

Does anyone have recipe (not cumin based) for Indian yogurt raita condiment that has a pleasant but more "sour" flavor that I seem to be missing.
Is there a herb that subtly intensifies the agreeable "sour" taste I am missing?
also, the mango lassi recipes I find are also missing this subtly sour taste...
anyone?


A lot can depend on the yogurt. Yogurt can be tart or tend to sweeter flavor.

4meandthem 06-08-2013 05:27 PM

Ground Fenugreek maybe?

Kylie1969 06-08-2013 06:14 PM

Yes fenugreek leaves have a lovely flavour

acerbicacid 06-11-2013 05:39 AM

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Originally Posted by Andy M. (Post 1273225)
A lot can depend on the yogurt. Yogurt can be tart or tend to sweeter flavor.

I agree with Andy M. I find some yoghurts much more tart than others. I usually buy the Greek or Greek style ones - but that is in the U.K., don't know what they would be like in the U.S.A.

Ground sumac has a slightly (according to this blurb) tart, sour, lemony taste.Sumac - Greek Spices - Sumaki - Buying and Cooking Guide so maybe you could try that?

Steve Kroll 06-11-2013 03:41 PM

It could be the yogurt, but then again it could be something else. I'm wondering why you say "not cumin based". There are hundreds of variations of raita, but most of them contain small amounts of cumin or mustard seed, which definitely adds a sour/bitter component.

Kitchen Barbarian 08-28-2013 03:11 AM

Make your own yogurt - it is tarter than commercial yogurt, even the "organic" stuff. Commercial yogurt often has a bitter or sour taste that I do not prefer.

menumaker 08-28-2013 03:52 AM

I use the Greek style yoghurt as well because I prefer the extra creaminess of it, however, you could mix in a little tamarind paste that will give you the 'Tartness' you are after but it may change the colour a bit. Or, add a little pinch of salt to your yoghurt

Kitchen Barbarian 08-28-2013 04:30 AM

To each their own - but I wouldn't add tamarind paste to a raita.

Grocery store yogurt has a bitter aftertaste or some extra strong sour notes (as opposed to tart) that this wouldn't help with. For raita, I prefer a home made yogurt because you get a kind of sweet-tart product that I have never seen duplicated in any commercial product. Maybe I just buy cheap yogurt though, LOL!

But whatever works for you is what you should do. Not every body tastes things the same way.

tinlizzie 08-28-2013 01:27 PM

This suggestion is not from experience -- I haven't used this herb -- but you might try Googling "sorrel." It is said to lend a tang or tartness.


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