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Fruit Yoghurt
Phal ki Dahi

Mamta Gupta

It is very easy to make fruit yoghurt at home with all kinds of seasonal fruits. Freshly made yoghurt taste much better than the ready-made, shop bought ones and they work out a lot cheaper. You can have as much or as little fruit as you like in it. For sugar free version, use a sweetener to taste. You can make it with full cream yoghurt or Greek style or thick yoghurt (as in Srikhand) and with skimmed milk yoghurt. It can even be made with Crème fraîche. Serves 4-6

Edited August 2010

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Ingredients

1 cup fresh fruit of choice. Here are a few examples of fruits that you can use; strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, pineapple, peach, pear, apple, banana, melon, mango, orange, Sharon fruit or persimmon, sapodilla or cheeku etc.
2 cups natural yoghurt (dahi) of choice. If using skimmed milk yoghurt, remove excess liquid by hanging it in thin muslin for 30 minutes or so.
1-1 1/2 tsp. corn flour, if required, depending upon your fruit choice
2-3 tbsp. sugar or 2 tbsp. honey or equivalent amount of sugar free sweetener
Optional flavouring like ground cardamoms, cinnamon, vanilla, saffron etc.

Instructions

1.Peel/prepare and chop fruit to desired sizes;
2.Strawberries can be just hulled and left whole, especially if small.
3.Soft fruits like banana, pineapple, orange, melon, mango, sapodilla/cheeku, can be used uncooked. If you wish, you can mash them slightly, using a spatula.
4.It is better to peel apples/pears, though they can be used with skin intact. Chop into desired sized pieces. For oranges, remove pips and membranes.
5.Firm fruits like apples, pears, peaches and berries should be softened by microwaving on full for 2-5 minutes. I cook for 3 minutes, check and then cook some more if required. If you do not have a microwave oven, cook them in a pan, with a couple of spoons of water, until a little soft but not mushy.
6.Drain off the liquid into a bowl and allow fruits to cool.
7.Stir in the corn flour into the drained liquid and cook in microwave on full for 1-2 minutes, until thickened. Allow to cool completely. Add it back to the fruit.
8.Place yoghurt and sugar/sweetener/honey in a bowl. Beat a little.
9.Add fruit to the yoghurt and mix gently, but well, folding it in.
10.Transfer to serving bowl or yoghurt pots.
11.Serve chilled.
12.You can add a little cinnamon powder to the apple yoghurt. Experiment with other, natural flavourings.

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