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?
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...
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.
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.'