Yogurt Cheese
Jun18

Yogurt Cheese

  Unlike some cultured milk products in this chapter, yogurt cheese is not yet sold commercially in America. I think it could become as popular as Neufchatel or cream cheese. It is a revelation in light cheese, with an intriguing flavor. If you like yogurt, you will love dehin. It is nothing more than whole milk yogurt, or even low-fat yogurt, drained of whey and thickened until solid. It requires little more than a colander in...

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Homemade Yogurt
Feb07

Homemade Yogurt

  When I refer to “plain yogurt” as an ingredient, I mean the kind that has been made for thousands of years in Vedic kitchens using whole milk, sometimes even thin cream or top milk, and a starter –nothing else. Most supermarket yogurt is made from low-fat milk, skimmed milk and even reconstituted powdered milk, and does not even resemble the custard-like smooth yogurt found in India, Greece and Middle East....

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Oven-method Ghee

This is the best method for making a stockpile of ghee. Because the heat surrounds the ghee, rather than contacting only the bottom of the oan, the cooking is slower but almost effortless. More of a crust will harden on the surface, and the solids at the bottom of the pan will remain soft and somewhat gelatinous. Adjust the pan size to the quantity of butter you are turning into ghee. Always allow 3 inches (7.5 cm) of pan above the...

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Maple Cream Simply Wonderfuls
Oct26

Maple Cream Simply Wonderfuls

   A friend introduced me to the wonder of maple sugar as a sweetener, and we never tire of exchanging new ways to showcase its delicate flavor. It is the closest counterpart to Bengal’s exquisite nalin gur, an ingredient rarely found outside of the west Bengal. The confection is equally delicious sweetened with date sugar or date puree, all of them available at health food stores or mail order suppliers.   ...

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Perfumed Sandalwood Crush
Oct25

Perfumed Sandalwood Crush

  Before Srila Prabhupada left India for America in 1965, he lived in Vrindavan, lord Krishna’s birthplace. When he visited the S.K. Joshi family in their Vrindavan home, Mrs. Joshi frequently served him this beverage in the late afternoon. She explained that this recipe originated from the famous Radha Ramana Temple of Gopal Bhatta Goswami in Vrindavan and was centuries old. This exotic beverage, known for its cooling...

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Ginger Ghee
Oct25

Ginger Ghee

  My friend Saragini Devi, whose cooking has always fascinated me, includes ginger in many of her dishes. The first time she deep-fried pastries in ginger ghee, I became aware of the nuances possible with this wonderful oil. It is, hands down, my favorite of all seasoned ghees.   Prepare ghee by either the stove-up or oven method, with the following addition for every 3 pounds (1.5 kg) of butter: Preparation 1. 2-inch (5 cm)...

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