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Can I use yogurt in cooking?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 02, 2011 at 8:55 PM

Where I live, there are a lot of meat related recipes that require yogurt while cooking curry and marinating meat. I need to know if I can use it. I'm concerned with the insulin response.

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on June 03, 2011
at 02:52 AM

You will have to give up on the highly processed wheat naan, though..!

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on June 03, 2011
at 02:50 AM

use full fat, home made from fresh milk. Since you are using it in curry or in marinating, the quantity you will use in comparison to the meat will be small. N=1 Anecdote - I do it regularly with no adverse effect. I make Korma all the time.

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on June 03, 2011
at 01:00 AM

Never thought about coconut milk but definitely worth trying. Thanks!!!

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on June 02, 2011
at 10:02 PM

I'm from Pakistan and here Indian/Pakistani recipes use yogurt extensively. Though i will leave if the effects of yogurt will hinder my weight loss goals.

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on June 02, 2011
at 10:43 PM

I would substitute coconut milk for the curry dishes, the combo tastes fantastic. As far as marinating meat, I don't see much of a problem if the yogurt is discarded after the marination. My family does dairy so not much of an issue to me, but not much of the yogurt remains on the meat The main purpose as I understand is properties of the yogurt break down the meat and make it tender.

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on June 03, 2011
at 01:00 AM

Never thought about coconut milk but definitely worth trying. Thanks!!!

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on June 02, 2011
at 09:17 PM

If it's strained, not sweetened and long-fermented, you should be able to cook with it sometimes, in small amounts, without too much of an insulin response. Granted, you can't eat dairy products without some spike in insulin, but reducing the whey and sugar (using full fat yogurt) can decrease it.

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on June 04, 2011
at 11:50 PM

I have tried recipes that call for marinating or cooking with yogurt, and I just don't like the flavor. It sounds like a good idea to marinate meat in yogurt, but the only flavor that comes through is sour. I think you need to add sugar of some kind to give it good flavor (honey, fruit, etc), which you would want to avoid on a Paleo diet.

I agree with the other suggestion here that coconut milk is creamy, naturally slightly sweet (more from the fat than any sugar) and is a great addition to a lot of recipes.

I do eat some dairy (and tolerate it very well) and think that fermented foods are an essential part of any diet, and full-fat dairy products have a lot of health benefits. So I think full-fat unsweetened yogurt is a good thing in general, I just think it is tricky to cook with.

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on June 04, 2011
at 10:31 PM

Dairy and meat usually shouldn't be consumed together as it blocks iron absorbtion which is an issue for many women

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on June 02, 2011
at 09:32 PM

It would get really sour, not advised. I'm Turkish, yoghurt is our thing and there is only "one" dish cooked with it. It is used for baking but i doubt you'd make a cake.

8544465753d56e89bd1bb2c92e9cea7a

on June 02, 2011
at 10:02 PM

I'm from Pakistan and here Indian/Pakistani recipes use yogurt extensively. Though i will leave if the effects of yogurt will hinder my weight loss goals.

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