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Difference Between Yoghurt and Curd

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With a lot of food blogs mushrooming on the Net, more and more people are exchanging recipes across geographies. The result ‘“ chaos and confusion over names of ingredients! One such pair that commonly fall victim to this syndrome is yogurt/yoghurt and curd.

Yogurt or yoghurt is a dairy product commonly used in the Americas, UK and Europe. Typically, yoghurt refers to culture of live bacteria – Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus – in liquid milk to metabolize the lactose or milk sugar present in the milk. This leads to production of lactic acid in the milk ‘“ the end product being yogurt.

In the US, UK and Europe, curd is a dairy product produced by transforming liquid milk into a solid, chunky mass by introducing rennet or edibles that are acidic such as lemon juice or vinegar. This process scientifically termed as coagulation and commonly referred to as ‘curdling’ in conversations. Because of an increase in acidity, the milk proteins or ‘caseins’ congeal into solids. The coagulation process also produces some liquid, known as ‘whey’, which is typically drained from the curd. The resulting product generally called curd is also known as paneer or cottage cheese in India.

Yogurt is an industrial product whereas curd can be prepared at home. Also, one can find flavored yogurts in stores whereas curd is generally not flavored.

Most often the above curd is confused with the Indian curds, locally known as dahi. This is different from the definition of the curd mentioned above. Here, warm liquid milk is allowed to ferment naturally by mixing a spoon of starter culture of yogurt in the milk. The milk is then set aside for a few hours until it becomes set. Typically, it gets done soon in warm climates and may take some more time during cold weather. If you are staying in a warm and sunny climate, ensure you do not keep the curds out for a long time as it may turn sour. This is pretty much a home made version of yogurt. In fact, in India, both the words curds/curd and yogurt are used interchangeably. However, this version of curds includes a little whey unlike yogurt. Also, this version of curds has more texture and tastes much tangier than normal yogurt available in stores. Another difference is that yogurt can be made from various milks whereas curds are made from buffalo milk.

1. Yogurt is an end product of introducing live culture of Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus in milk. On the other hand, in US, UK and Europe, curd refers to coagulating milk by adding acidic edibles like lime juice to milk.
2. One can find flavored yogurts in stores whereas curd is generally not flavored.
3. In India, curd and yogurt are used interchangeably. However, this version of yogurt is made at homes by allowing milk to naturally ferment using a starter culture of yogurt. Also, curds are made from buffalo milk whereas yogurt can be made from different kinds of milk.

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  1. Curd is not same as paneer in India.

  2. I find many flaws in the above info esp the cases in India

  3. You can also make curd from different milk.

  4. Yeah, sorry, but this entire article is flawed by the misconception that yogurt is different from curd, and that curd is the same as paneer.

    The Sanskrit word is dadhi, Hindi dahi, Bengali doy: means yogurt. Paneer is different again.

    In North India, they call yogurt curd; in Bengal, they call it doy (the Bengali pronunciation for dahi), and they call paneer “chana,” not to be confused with channa dahl.

    So yes there’s a difference, but you’ve got it all wrong and have only added to the confusion.

  5. actually you have tried to explain the difference, but somehow you manage to give some information but still its incomplete or your presentation is not perfect, article should be like everyone praise it, some how the previous comment also strength ed my view, so, read it, & try write it in more presentable with some additional information

  6. Whomsoever has written this blog please do your homework first many of the things written in this are not true specially indian parts.. no one call dahi as paneer n many thins firstly do homework nicely n then post d blog

  7. Dahi is same as yogyrt. Dahi means curd. It is made by adding lactobascillus bacteria to the milk. Paneer is different. Paneer is cottage cheese made by adding vinegar or lemon in hot milk and then draining the whey.

    • Dear nidhi, what you write is ok but can you explain why we make paneer, we can use butter instead of paneer

      • Hi Aftab,
        butter and panner are different, as butter is got by curd or buttermilk after some process, but panner is got directly from hot milk by adding little vinegar. panner never crosses a curd stage.

  8. Then yoghurt and curd is same

  9. what does yogurt actually mean ? Is it in bengali মিষ্টি দই or টক দই ??plz reply ..

  10. The difference between yoghurt and curd is not perfectly explained .
    What is meant by draining the whey?

  11. The terms yogurt,curd, doi, chhana are not well explained.It appears from the article that yogurt is more valuable for health, particularly.


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