Whether you make your own or buy it at the store, yogurt enhances a variety of dishes with its cool tang—try it as a marinade, in dressings, or as the base for refreshing drinks. We’ve gathered some of our favorite recipes using yogurt, from cold soups to spicy curries.
At her restaurant, Heather Carlucci-Rodriguez offers eight variations on lassi, the classic sweet-tart, creamy Indian yogurt drink, ranging from aam (mango) and nariyal (coconut) to gulab (rose) and nimbu (lemon). The elaichi (cardamom-flavored) variety is our favorite. See the recipe for Cardamom Lassi »
Okra in Yogurt
This vibrant okra stew is thickened with chickpea flour.
Chicken and Onion Curry
Sweet Walla Walla onions, which we profiled in the SAVEUR 100 list in our January/February 2010 issue, are ideal for this Indian dish.
These Indian-style salmon filets are marinated in a spice-infused yogurt sauce, then baked until perfectly crisp.
Cold Beet Yogurt Soup
Earthy beets, cooked and chilled, and blended with yogurt, dill, and lemon, make for a bright, perfectly balanced borscht-inspired bowl.
Kohlrabi and Watercress Salad
For a twist on the classic Waldorf salad, try tossing sweet apples with crisp watercress and nutty kohlrabi in a sumac-infused yogurt dressing.
Labneh, a thick strained yogurt, is the base for this vanilla-spiked tart.
This cooling yogurt mix can be served as relish, dip, salad, or side.