7 Unexpected Ways To Cook With Yogurt

It’s not just for fruit and granola.

1. Rub it on chicken before roasting.

Roasted Butterflied Chicken with Cardamom and Yogurt
Serves 2-4

Seeds from 6 cardamom pods
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
2 teaspoons sea salt
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
3 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup whole milk yogurt
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 3-4 pound chicken, butterflied
Fresh cilantro leaves for garnish

Grind cardamom seeds and peppercorns in a mortar with pestle to a fine powder. Add salt, coriander, cumin and garlic, and smash the garlic. Add the olive oil to form a paste. Stir in yogurt, ginger and lemon juice.

Place chicken in a large bowl or pan. Rub yogurt between skin and breasts and thighs. Then smear remaining yogurt over the outside of the chicken, front and back. Refrigerate at least 3 hours or up to 24 hours. Remove chicken from refrigerator 30 minutes before roasting.

Preheat oven to 425 F. Place chicken breast-side up in a baking pan or cast iron pan. Bake in oven until thoroughly cooked, 45 minutes - 1 hour. Remove and let rest 15 minutes before carving. Serve garnished with cilantro leaves.

Print the recipe at Food52.

Hot Yogurt and Barley Soup: Get the recipe at Food52.

3. Tie together a rice dish.

Mujaddara with Spiced Yogurt: Get the recipe at Food52.

Blueberry smoothie: Get the recipe at Food52.

5. Mix it into a quick cake batter.

Grape, Almond, and Olive Oil Cake: Get the recipe at Food52.

6. Mix in some herbs and use it as a sandwich dip.

World’s Easiest Falafel and Tzatziki: Get the recipe at Food52.

Mango Srikhand: Get the recipe at Food52.

Food52 is a community for people who love food and cooking. Follow them at Food52.com and on Twitter @Food52. Or, get answers to your burning food questions with our new (free!) FOOD52 Hotline iPhone app.

Check out more articles on BuzzFeed.com!

Facebook Conversations
          
    Now Buzzing