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How to make Starter curd with just Peanuts and Chillies

  • Namrata Edward
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If you love curd with your food, then you'll need this starter recipe, so that you can whip up a batch of fresh dairy-free curd whenever you like!


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1/3 cup Raw Peanuts

1 Cup Water (150 - 175ml)

1 small Fresh Green Chilli (or dried red one)

Planning to make soy curd but unable to get your hands on some starter curd to set it? Don’t worry! It’s so simple to make your own starter curd at home with easily available ingredients.




1. Soak the peanuts overnight. Drain and rinse well.

2. Grind the peanuts with the water till smooth. Strain to get thick peanut milk.

3. Bring the peanut milk to a boil. Lower the heat and let simmer for 2-3 minutes.

4. Let it cool until it’s slightly warm; you should be able to comfortably dip a finger into it.

5. Break the chilli into two and drop into the milk. Cover and keep aside for 6-7 hours.

6. It will set into a thick, almost jelly-like substance.

7. Discard the chilli pieces and blend the curd until smooth.

Your starter is ready!

Use 1 tablespoon of this starter curd to set about 500ml of vegan milk (works best for peanut/soy/soy-cashew milk) into curd.


Namrata Edward Kshitij

I am a minimalist vegan on a budget and I share simple and practical tips on how to live a happy and fulfilling life as a vegan in India--without drilling a hole in your wallet. I had my reservations earlier, but going vegan was the best decision I made.

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