Category: Yogurt

Easy Instant Pot Ricotta

By , August 14, 2015

ricotta 300x225 Easy Instant Pot Ricotta

Submitted by Sharon R.
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The first thing I made was yogurt, which I then drain to make Greek yogurt. Searching for ways to use the whey (and my Instant Pot!)I thought of making homemade ricotta.

I combined the whey (about 3 cups, use whatever you have, 2 to 4 cups) with about the same amount of whole milk. Using the Instant Pot, hit the yogurt setting, and bring the whey and milk to a boil. (“yogt” will show up on the display.) Add some acid (I used the juice from one lemon, but you could use about 1/4 cup white vinegar) and 1 tsp salt. Let set until clumps start to form. I poured the whole thing into my yogurt drainer, but you can use cheesecloth to line a strainer and place over a bowl. Makes beautiful ricotta cheese!

The photo is of the resulting ricotta next to my Greek yogurt.

Spicy Indian Kadhi in Instant Pot

By , July 28, 2015

Kadhi an Indian dish which originated in Rajasthan. It is a spicy dish whose thick gravy is based on chickpea flour (besan), to which yogurt is added to lend a tart flavor. It may contain vegetable fritters called pakoras.

Submitted by Jaya N.
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Ingredients:

To put in blender:
1/2 cup gramflour (besan)
1 cup yogurt
5-6 cups water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp turmeric

For basic seasoning:
1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
1 tsp Ajwain seeds
4 dry red chilies

Steps:

1. Use a blender to blend together gramflour, yogurt, water, turmeric and salt.

2. Using “Saute” function in Instant pot, prepare a basic seasoning by heating 1 tsp oil/ghee and adding the fenugreenk seeds, ajwain seeds and the red chilies. When the aroma tells you they are ready (in a few seconds to a minute), add the blended mixture in to this.
You can also prepare basic seasoning in a saute pan and pour in to the yogurt blended mixture.

3. Cook this mixture using the “Slow cook” setting for 4 hours.

4. Add crunchy boondi to this mixture. Alternatively, add deep fried pakodas made by taking balls of this mixture and deep frying them —
1 chopped onion, 3/4th cup gramflour, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 chopped green chilly, 1/2 tsp red chilly powder.

Awesome tasting kadhi is ready!

NOTE: You may also make your own yogurt, dairy or non-dairy, using the Instant Pot DUO and Smart “Yogurt” program.

Fresh fruit Yogurt in the Instant Pot

By , July 27, 2015

Submitted by Floyd W.
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This makes an Excellent Fresh Fruit Yogurt
For Plain Yogurt just omit the Fruit!

You will need:
4 Wide mouth Pint Jars
5 2/3 Cups of Organic Milk whole or reduced fat.
4 TBSP of All Natural Sugar
4 TBSP of Non Fat Dry Milk Powder
2 Cups of Fresh Fruit Chopped

Directions:
1. Add 1 1/2 cup of water to the bottom of the Instant Pot and add Grate.
2. Put 1 1/3 Cup of Milk in each Jar place lids on loosely place into the instant pot.
3. Pressure Pressure Cycle on the instant pot and reduce time from 30 minutes to 2 minutes. This scalds the milk killing any pathogens that might be in the milk . Give you a fresh clean slate to start with.
4.After cycle is done release steam from the instant pot and safely with a jar lifter remove jars to cool.
5. I remove the lids carefully and place jars into cool water to speed up the cooling process.
6 Once the milk is below 100 degree you can add your Yogurt Culture safely to the milk.
( For A Yogurt Culture buy plain Cultured Yogurt from your grocery store.
7. Add 1 TBSP of Sugar to each jar
8. Add 1 TBSP of Non Fat Dry Milk to each jar.
9. Add 1 TBSP of Yogurt Culture to each jars and stir up the ingredients till mixed well.( to obtain your yogurt culture just buy plain Cultured Greek Yogurt or reg)
Note:After you make plain yogurt you will now have your own culture to keep your Yogurt making process going!)
10. Add 1/2 cup of fresh fruit to each jar. carefully not to over fill the jars.
Note: By using the jars this enables you to be able to make plain or different flavors all at the same time.
Leave at least 1/8″inch from the top of each jar. Replace lids and rings and place jars back into the Instant Pot . Make sure it still has the 1 1/2 up of water in the bottom the instant pot..
11. Press the Yogurt cycle on the Instant Pot then increase the time from 8 hours to 12 hours.
12. After the cycle is complete place them into the refrigerator cooling it down stops the cooking process by reducing the temperature.

Making Vegan Yogurt in Instant Pot

By , June 17, 2014

soy milk yogurt 300x225 Making Vegan Yogurt in Instant PotWe always thought that thickening ingredients would always be needed to make thick creamy vegan yogurt. I have tried using soy milk (made with a Joyoung soy milk maker) without adding thickener.  The result was rather thin and watery, OK as a yogurt drink.

Donna Haney figured out a much simpler way to make fairly thick and creamy soy milk yogurt.  The method is to use store purchased unsweetened soy milk, pour it into a pint mason jar, add vegan yogurt starter, place the jar in Instant Pot IP-DUO and start the Yogurt function. 9~10 hours later the vegan yogurt is made.  Chilling it in the fridge for further firmness and better taste.

You can read Donna’s original post on facebook.  If you’re interested in vegan cooking with Instant Pot, you should join the “Instant Pot user group G-BOMBS”. Chelsea has also reproduced the entire process with a video and detailed recipe. Check out Chelsea’s blog post here.

Update on Jun 18th, 2014.

Thinking that home made soy milk should produce good vegan milk too. I tried a double measure of the soy beans with the same amount of water in my Joyoung soy milk maker. The soy milk it produced this time was pretty dense. After letting it cool down, I used Donna’s simple method to make vegan yogurt. It was a success. The firmness is very close to dairy yogurt. The flavor is tangy, probably due to the yogurt starter (Bifidobacterium).