The Yoghurt Revolution
Today we’re going to be talking about food, yep, you guessed it, Epigamia, a new product that has hit most supermarkets including Nature’s Basket and Modern Bazaar.
It seems that yoghurt, or like I say it, menacingly, Dahi, has made it big. Apart from being in our trusty Tupperware boxes we carry to work, the SAIL steel dabbas used to freeze it everyday, yoghurt is bought in all its avataars. Be it beautiful yoghurt pops, yoghurt ice creams, cakes, (yes CAKES), yoghurt is good for parties, weddings, summers and a just a night alone in your PJs.
Frozen yoghurt or FroYo, flavoured or nutty yoghurts took over malls and dairy sections of the supermarket, comes Epigamia, or Greek Yoghurt.
About the Author
Let me start by saying that I’m one of those few Indians who don’t have a relationship with curd or the English version, yoghurt (it’s a long, boring story). But when my friend, Tanvi sent me a few cups of Greek Yoghurt, I was all up in it.
You see back in college, my inhibitions for hung curd lowered when I accidentally tried a Greek Yoghurt dip at a wannabe Tapas Bar. The dip was good though. Which is why, I think this can be a good time to try something healthier than the namkeen in my house.
What is Greek Yoghurt?
Well, basically, the process of making curd and hung curd is pretty much the same but what they tend to do is to drain out the water, leaving it milky, white and firmer than Indian curd.
What are the Health Benefits of Greek Yoghurt?
Greek yoghurt, including Epigamia has zero cholesterol, is very high on protein, calcium. Epigamia also claims to have Vitamin D and phosphorus (apart from the healthy bacteria that keeps your gut cool). It so happens that Epigamia is also low-fat, and contains no preservatives, making it, yes I’m going to say, natural. These are the reasons why it gets most of the ticks on your healthy checklist.
Epigamia comes in 7 flavours for now: natural (the plain one), Alphonso mango, Strawberry, Pineapple, Honey banana, Minty chaat, Blueberry and Mulberry. They’re also going to be launching snack packs that complement each of these flavours.
How much does it cost?
The natural flavour comes at Rs 35 for a cup of 90 grams whereas all the other flavours are priced at Rs 38. When you compare this to Danone Yoghurt which is priced at Rs 25 for 80 grams, it’s still higher. And there is a monumental difference with Mother Dairy Set Curd which has 400 grams priced at Rs 35.
However, if you end up attending Dessert Bazaar, or any other food festivals in Delhi, or just end up going to a FroYo outlet in GK 2, you’d pay nothing less than Rs 150.
What’s the best way to eat it?
The first thing that occured to me (probably because I’m so unimaginative) or because we run of Hummus really fast, was to use it as a dip, the easiest being a Greek Yoghurt and Feta Dip. You can also use french onions, garlic, spinach or avocado depending on your palette.
Mr Vir Sanghvi, takes his natural cup with a bit of honey. You can read his review here.
The other way to make the most of it is to use it as a part of your diet before or after your workout. Now there’s a lot of debate whether people should eat proteins before or after, and I honestly don’t care. Just eat the damn yoghurt.
I have seen a lot of greek yoghurt recipes on Pinterest, and you can browse them here.
Lastly, their fruity flavours can make for a good dessert at the office, or at home.
Epigamia is a product by DRUMS Food International Pvt. Ltd who also makes Hokey Pokey Ice Creams.