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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.

CharlieD 08-28-2013 01:40 PM

Of topic: sorrel is a relative of spinach and in fact is sour. I like sorrel soup, but if I cannot get it, I use spinach with the addition of lemon juice.

Highly educated cook 08-31-2013 03:25 PM

Raita can be some yogurt with grated fresh cucumber and garlic/salt / pepper. Or just dill chopped and yogurt or cilantro and yogurt.
I have even just served plain ( Greek) yogurt on the side.

radhuni 09-01-2013 05:21 AM

Home made yogurt is better for preparing raita. In india we usually don't add garlic in raita, it will destroy the 'sattwik' taste. We add cumin powder, dhania powder, black salt and sometime fenugreek powder.

CarolPa 09-06-2013 06:21 PM

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Originally Posted by radhuni (Post 1296563)
Home made yogurt is better for preparing raita. In india we usually don't add garlic in raita, it will destroy the 'sattwik' taste. We add cumin powder, dhania powder, black salt and sometime fenugreek powder.


How do you make your home made yogurt? I tried making it and it tasted good but I like it thicker. I drained it, but it still didn't get as thick as I like it. I buy plain greek yogurt and love the thickness. Sometimes I drain it to make it even thicker.

no mayonnaise 09-06-2013 11:06 PM

This may sound crazy but have you tried talking gently to your yogurt as it is being made, giving loving and encouraging support?
I talk nice to all my foods that I'm making to encourage good behavior.

CarolPa 09-07-2013 11:08 AM

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Originally Posted by no mayonnaise (Post 1298415)
This may sound crazy but have you tried talking gently to your yogurt as it is being made, giving loving and encouraging support?
I talk nice to all my foods that I'm making to encourage good behavior.


No, I have not tried that. I'm learning so many interesting techniques on this site!

Andy M. 09-07-2013 01:05 PM

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Originally Posted by CarolPa (Post 1298534)
No, I have not tried that. I'm learning so many interesting techniques on this site!

Carol, just so you know, no mayonnaise's yogurt talks back to him...

Dawgluver 09-07-2013 01:32 PM

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Originally Posted by Andy M. (Post 1298557)

Carol, just so you know, no mayonnaise's yogurt talks back to him...

:rofl:

Mad Cook 09-30-2013 11:49 AM

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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?

Lemon juice?

Andy M. 09-30-2013 12:15 PM

Home made and purchased yogurts can have variations in tartness. Consider another recipe or another brand.


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