Yogurt is made and consumed by many different ethnic groups throughout the world. It is probably most popular in Europe, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Western Asia. It's popularity in the United States is quite recent and was due to the emigration to the U.S. from other countries.
As one of Armenian ancestry, I had heard stories of the difficulty in bringing in, through U.S. customs, the bacterial culture that is needed to make yogurt. As immigrants were processed at Ellis Island, the INS officers would look at the little jars of yogurt starter carried by the immigrants. they would have most certainly opened the jars and smelled the sour, acrid odor of the bacterial culture. It was of course immediately thrown into the trash. In correspondence to the old country, one Armenian immigrant bemoaned the fact that they could neither buy or make this diet staple they had enjoyed for centuries. An enterprising woman in Turkish-Armenia, who was shortly leaving for America, came up with a solution to the problem. She took clean white handkerchiefs and dipped them into a large bowl of yogurt and then hung them out to dry. She then carefully folded them with her other linen and packed them in her trunk. After she got to the U.S. she had no difficulty in going through customs with clean white hankies. Once settled, she dipped these hankies in warm milk and thus freed the bacteria to culture and make yogurt.
Yogurt is a very healthful milk product and is really the precursor to making cheese. You can drain Yogurt of the whey and have a very high quality cream cheese. It has for centuries been a cure for ulcers and just recently used in the replenishing of bacterial flora in the digestive tract after extensive antibiotic therapies which deplete the body of good bacteria as well as the bad.
MAKING YOUR OWN YOGURT FROM SCRATCH - The best way to enjoy yogurt is to make your own!
ARMENIAN YOGURT CHICKEN - A succulent chicken dish from Asia Minor!
COCONUT RAITA - A coconut-yogurt condiment!
CRAB AND YOGURT SOUP A cool and refreshing soup for that hot summer evening!
EGGPLANT-YOGURT DIP - Roasted Eggplant, Yogurt and Roasted Garlic dip
INDIAN YOGURT CHICKEN - Indian cooking and yogurt just go together!
JOOJUKH - A cold yogurt and cucumber soup. "Armenian Gaspacho".
LAMB, POTATO AND SPINACH CURRY WITH BANANA RAITA - A hearty hot yogurt soup!
MAHDZOON BREAD - An Armenian bread made with yogurt!
ONION AND TOMATO RAITA - East Indian yogurt salad!
SPICY YOGURT SAUCE - A sauce used from the Middle East to India!
STUFFED ZUCCHINI WTH A TANTALIZING YOGURT SAUCE - A hearty hot yogurt soup!
TAHN - An Armenian minted yogurt beverage
TANDOORI CHICKEN - Indian baked chiken!
THE QUEEN OF TARTS© - Buzz Baxter's original prize winning recipe!
TZAZIKI - A Greek and Middle Eastern dip!
YOGURT COATED RAISINS, FRUITS, NUTS AND PRETZELS - Snack time!
YOGURT CHEESE - MAKING YOUR OWN CHEESE IS LITERALLY A DROP IN THE BUCKET - A delcious cream cheese with a variety of uses!
YOGURT AND MACARONI SOUP - A hearty hot pasta and yogurt soup!
YOGURT AND MEATBALL SOUP - A hearty hot yogurt soup!
YOGURT SAUCE -
A sauce for saucing all kinds of Middle Eastern and Indian recipes!
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