Yoghurt fail makes a mean curry

Here is my most recent yoghurt fail:

yoghurt fail makes mean curry

yoghurt fail makes mean curry

I tried not to be daunted. This was by far the worst yoghurt I have ever made. It was too tangy and super curdled. I couldn’t make pancakes out of this one. I had made some kind of cheese – yoghurt cheese. Incidentally, people apparently make something like this on purpose…

Before I knew there was such thing as yoghurt cheese, that is this afternoon, I decided that my ‘yoghurt’ looked enough like a cottage cheese to try and make some sort of pannier out of it for a curry. I was definitely not going to post this unless it worked. As it happens even my hubby gave this daring experiment the thumbs up. Yay for me.

A note to say – this is not a recipe for real pannier. It is a recipe to avoid throwing out failed yoghurt. Enjoy!

For the cheese balls/ MrsW pannier:

1.5 cups of curdled yoghurt
1 egg
2 tablespoons of flour
salt and pepper to taste

Mix it all together and it should look a little like this

yoghurt fail makes mean curry - cheese mixture

yoghurt fail makes mean curry – cheese mixture

Try to get any larger stringy lumps out. You should be able to make little cheese balls out of the mixture. If it is too dry add more egg or some yoghurt. If it is too wet, add more flour. Form the mixture into balls about 2-3cm (1in) in diameter. Leave these to the side for a moment. You might also like to put some rice on the boil now.

yoghurt fail makes mean curry - small cheese balls

yoghurt fail makes mean curry – small cheese balls

For the curry:

lots of oil (I think it is about half a cup, just make sure everything is well lubricated, especially when cooking the cheese)
1 teaspoon of ginger powder
2 teaspoons of turmeric powder
2 teaspoons of your favourite curry powder
1 teaspoon of coriander powder
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, crushed

1 teaspoon of chilli oil
an assortment of chopped veggies
  (I used left over steamed potato, peas and also fried fish)

Put some oil and all the spices into your non-stick pan and heat up while stirring until the aroma is delicious. Add oil, onion and garlic and saute for a few minutes.

yoghurt fail makes mean curry - spices, onion and garlic

yoghurt fail makes mean curry – spices, onion and garlic – yup I cut a corner

Now add more oil again, this time for the cheese balls. There has to be enough oil so that these will definitely not stick. Something like this:

yoghurt fail makes mean curry - cooking the cheese balls

yoghurt fail makes mean curry – cooking the cheese balls

As you can see, I moved the onion and garlic out of the way. Turn the cheese balls over once golden brown and once both sides are done take them out of the pan to add to the curry later.

Now add all your veggies and cook until soft. Place the cheese balls back into the pan to heat up and serve on rice with yoghurt on the side.

The cheese balls end up more like patties. Miss K stole a few before I could get them back into the pan, she thought them delicious. They make a pretty good toddler snack on their own. Maybe you want to take out the chilli oil out of the curry mix if you think it might be too much for your little one.

yoghurt fail makes mean curry - Miss K enjoying the curry and the cheese balls

yoghurt fail makes mean curry – Miss K enjoying the curry and the cheese balls

Has anyone else done something interesting with yoghurt cheese? Would love to hear if so.

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