Yogurt Vs Curd | What is the Difference Between Yogurt and Curd? This one question pops up in our minds every now n then. If this question bugs you too then this post is for you where you will find answers to most of your questions like:

 So, come, let’s have a look at the answers. And I am sure, the answers to these would surely take us through a maze of exciting facts, history, food traditions, and food technology.  

Since our childhood, all of us have been consuming Curd and Yogurts either directly or as part of some dish or the other. If I was to talk of India, Curd is one food which we all like and consume in different ways.

Yogurts are believed to be of west Asian origin and are largely consumed as health food forming part of the breakfast.

 

What is Your Opinion?

Before I proceed, tell me honestly, what is your opinion about these two products? Are these the same or different? By the way, you must have eaten both curd as well as yogurt. Now, forget the technicalities, based on your eating experience, what do you think? They taste the same or not? Also, what about the looks? Though both are white but is the texture the same? Just think about it before you scroll down.

Before we dig into their differences or similarities it is important to know about these products and understand some facts regarding them. Yes, it is a long post and I have tried to simplify the facts too. Go through these with a cool and open mind and do not forget to share your opinions too. 

 

 Yogurt and Curd 

Ok, let’s pause again! In addition to curd and yogurt, there is one more very familiar term, Dahi. What’s it?

 

Curd Or Dahi?

In this post, we are considering curd as Dahi only and hence trying to understand the yogurt and curd difference or say yogurt and Dahi.

 

What is Curd?

Curd is a very common part of Indian food and is therefore easily available everywhere. It is consumed directly or added to various preparations and is liked by people of all ages and ethnicity. 

 

Must Read: How To Set Curd Easily In Winters

 

Uses Of Curd

 

Health Benefits Of Curd (Dahi)

 

What is Yogurt?

Yogurt is mostly consumed in West and western Asia and is a popular part of the breakfast menu. It is also popular as a health food and helps in weight loss. 

 

Health Benefits of Yogurt

Naural yogurt is a low-calorie, high-nutrient food packed with protein. Avoid yogurts sweetened with sugar, artificial sweeteners, or other unhealthy ingredients to avail of its full benefits. The list of its benefits is quite long, but mentioning here just a few of them:

 

Different Regulations in Different Countries for Making Yogurt

Believe it or not but it’s true. Different countries have laid specific regulations as to how yogurt needs to be prepared. 

 

 

 Yogurt Vs Curd Difference 

Curd

Yogurt

Bacteria Contains only one bacteria, namely, lactobacillus Bulgariacus as the predominant strain, though more strains of bacteria may be added. Contains a minimum of 2 strains of bacteria, namely, Lactobacillus Delbrueckii and Streptococcus Thermophilus, though more may be added.
Consistency Generally thick Can be thick or relatively more liquidy.
Texture Firm but jiggly along with little separated whey. Very smooth and creamy without any separated whey.
Flavors Generally, unflavoured Sweeteners, fruits, stabilizers, etc are added.
Uses Varied uses in the culinary, therapeutic, spiritual, and beauty world Used only for eating that too preferably in breakfast or as health food.
Taste Normally constant and is slightly towards sourness. Varies as per the bacterial culture or fruits and flavors added to it. It is generally sweet.
Variants Remains standard. Greek yogurt, probiotic yogurts, high protein, and high or low-fat yogurts, fruit yogurts, and other such variants
Nutrients Protein content ranging from 9-10% Higher  protein content ranging about 13%
Norms And Regulations Just one universal process of making it. Specifications for making yogurt are different in different countries.
Weight loss Has no relation with weight loss. Aids in weight loss and is popularly known as health food.
Homemade Easily made in homes. It can also be made at home but since all the varieties cannot be made at home and thus is produced commercially too.
Ingredients Store-bought curd lists milk and active lactic culture as ingredients Store-bought yogurt lists milk, active lactic culture, and streptococcus Thermophilus both or even more as ingredients.

 

Read the Labels

A look at the ingredients will make it clear to you whether it’s curd or yogurt.

Difference Between Curd And Yogurt

 

Difference Between Curd And Yogurt

 

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FAQ’s 

Q) Is there any difference in setting yogurt or curd?

Curd and yogurt both are made in the same way. In both cases, milk is first boiled and cooled until it reaches the lukewarm stage. It is important that the milk is lukewarm. If the milk is too hot then the bacteria will die and if it is too cold then bacteria will not activate and will take too long in the setting. Once it is lukewarm, it is set by adding culture to it and allowed to rest for a few hours. And this is the point when the difference between the two comes.

 

Q) What is culture?

 

Q) What is meant by ‘Live Culture” or Active Culture?

 

Q) Can Yogurts be used in place of Curd in cooking or vice versa?

 

Q) Are there many different types of yogurt?

Yes, depending upon the types of bacteria cultures used, fermentation processes involved and sweeteners added to it, yogurt is of different and popular types like probiotic yogurt, low-fat yogurt, Greek yogurt, Australian yogurt and so on.

 

Q) What is Greek Yogurt?

Greek Yogurt is probably one of the most famous varieties in yogurts. It is thick yogurt from which all the whey (water) has been removed. Just like our desi hung curd. And because of this the protein content in Greek yogurt increases 2 to 3 times than regular yogurt. Also, it is rich in probiotics. Read more about it here.

 

Q) I am lactose intolerant. Can I consume yogurt or curd?

Yes. Both yogurts, as well as curd, can be easily consumed by lactose-intolerant people, as these do not contain lactose. While forming, the milk sugar lactose breaks down and is fermented to lactic acid by lactobacilli. Thus, people who can’t have milk can have curd or yogurt.

 

Q) Are yogurt and curd vegan?

A) If made from dairy milk then none of these are vegan. In order to make it vegan, use any plant-based milk for making either of these.

 

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