If you have decided to give veganism a try, we know it can be difficult to find alternatives to your favourite dairy products! But, don’t worry, we are here to help. Here is a very easy vegan yogurt recipe, that you can prepare with just one ingredient! This yogurt is high in protein that can be easily digested by the body. It is soy-free, nut-free and sets just like dairy yogurt! What are you waiting for? Scroll down to discover this ultimate recipe!
- 1 Cup Chickpeas (dry, not canned)
- Water (1 litre for soaking, 4 cups for making chickpea milk)
This will make around 1L of vegan yogurt, if you want to make less, kindly adjust the quantity accordingly.
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- Take 1 cup of chickpeas and soak it in one litre of water for about 12 hours. Alternatively, you can soak them in hot water for 8 hours.
Soaking time will vary on weather conditions. A good way to get this right is by looking for air bubbles in the soaking water. Once you see these, you are ready to go ahead to next step.
- This water with the bubbles can be used as the curd starter. Take about 2 tablespoons of this water and store it to be used later. Strain the rest of the water into another container. This can be used to water your plants, but do not consume it yourself.
- Take 4 cups of fresh drinking water. Add the soaked chickpeas to the blender along with 1 cup of water and blend. Then, add a little more water to it and blend again to form a smooth paste. Add the remaining water to it and mix with a spoon. We avoid adding all 4 cups water at the same time to make sure we get a smooth paste first. If you have a high-speed blender then you can add all the water at once.
- Take a cotton cloth or a nut milk bag and place a container below it. Add half the quantity of the chickpeas paste to the cloth/bag and squeeze it to extract the milk. Repeat this with the other half of the chickpeas paste. The pulp that is left behind can be added to chapathi flour, soups, dals, or other recipes. You can also mix it with boiled potato/sweet potato and other vegetables and herbs to make cutlets.
- Stir the milk, then, move it to a pan and place it on the stove. Stir it again to make sure it doesn’t settle at the bottom, before switching on the stove. If you don’t do this step, it will stick to the bottom and turn into a solid gel. Keep stirring the milk until it begins to boil and the consistency is thick like custard.
- You may notice foam building up during this process. You can remove it as and when required, but its not necessary as we will be fermenting this.
- Once the milk has boiled and you have the right consistency, switch off the stove and let it cool down. You can keep stirring to make sure it cools down evenly. Else it will cool from the top and still be hot underneath.
- Wait till the milk comes to a lukewarm temperature. You can check the temperature by adding a few drops of it on your finger. It shouldn’t burn your finger, but should feel comfortably warm.
- Transfer the milk to a non-metallic container. Glassware, stoneware and earthenware are good options. Avoid fermenting anything in metal or plastic as they leach into your food or the bacteria reacts with them.
- At this point, Add 2 tablespoons of the soaking water that you saved at the start of this recipe. This will act as a starter. If you start preparing this recipe on a regular basis, you can use 1 teaspoon of whey (water from the previous day’s yogurt) as the starter. This will make the fermentation process faster.
- Stir the starter thoroughly. You can also use your clean finger to stir to give additional bacteria from your skin. Cover the container with a loose lid and let it sit.
- The process can take anywhere between 6 to 12 hours depending on the weather. If the weather is very cold, you can cover the container with a blanket to keep it warm.
- Your dairy, soy and nut-free yogurt is ready!
When it is ready it will look just like dairy yogurt/curd and will have a thick consistency.
It has a beany taste, and I do not like it as it is. It works really well in savoury dishes like raita, kadhi and chaas! You can also use this for baking.
To use this vegan yogurt for sweet dishes, you can try these tips below that were suggested by my YouTube subscribers.
TIP 01: “While soaking the chickpeas, add a few dates in this water. Once soaking is done, remove the dates and few spoons of this soaking water to make date paste. Now use 2 tbsp of this date paste as a starter. Also add some lemon zest when you add the starter.”
TIP 02: Add some vanilla powder when you add the starter, this helps mask the beany taste a bit, and before consuming must add some lemon juice with your choice of sweetener to further reduce the beany taste. It will taste great.” by Emine Demir.
Enjoy your dairy-free, protein rich vegan yogurt/curd!
Note: Recipe transcribed by Rohini Ravee Ramanathan.