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Feb 2, 2008 10:52 AM

Healthier Substitute for Heavy Cream?

I'm making Mattar Paneer this weekend and it calls for heavy cream. Is there anything I can substitute to make it healthier? I was thinking plain yogurt but I don't know?

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  1. I know a lot of people swear by fat free half & half. I'd probably use some plain greek yogurt, or just use much less cream. The paneer already makes it a dairy rich dish...

    1. I've been trying, with some success, to sub evaporated milk for heavy cream in lots of recipes lately, but, I don't know how it will work in the dish you're cooking. Also, I'm willing to sacrifice some taste and texture on occasion, to make my dishes healthier, but, and sometimes using evap milk turns out not to be much of a sacrifice, but, it really depends.


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      1. re: The Dairy Queen

        I think I'll give the evaporated milk a try. I thought of the fat free half & half but that sounds like an oxymoron!

        1. re: Rick

          Let us know how it turns out.

      2. Sure use yogurt. And don't feel you have to use as much as the recipe calls for. Add enough to get the consistency you want. Yogurt is more traditional than heavy cream.

        The mattar paneer in the venerable Indian Cookery book by D Singh (Penguin) does not have any cream or yogurt. It just has the peas, paneer, a bit of butter, and spices. It is dry, not creamy. In fact it ends with 'Uncover, raise heat very high to dry off any remaining moisture.'

        1. just be careful because milk and yogurt can break were cream will not.

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          1. re: scubadoo97

            You can stabillize yoghurt with cornstarch or egg whites - or so Claudia Roden says.

          2. you can definitely use yogurt or evaporated fat free milk. just be sure to stir it in toward the end of the cooking process, and reduce the heat to a low simmer.

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            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              Well my local store didn't have any ginger so I didn't make the dish this weekend. I'll report back when I do.

              Thanks all.

              1. re: Rick

                I used the Vitamin D condensed milk in the dish and I was very pleased. I've never made it with the heavy cream instead, so I can't compare the two, but I'll be using the condensed milk again. Next time I'll try the 2% and see if I taste a noticeable difference.