Sandwiches and home made yogurt using chilli stems

I had a busy day with meetings during the day and networking with a Community group this evening.  Both the events had various finger foods so I did not want a huge meal when I got home.  Tonight I made some spicy sandwiches using a sandwich maker.  I used potatoes, mixed vegetables, onions and spices to create a samosa type of a filling for my toasted sandwiches 

I also wanted to share with you an experiment I tried this week. I usually make home made yogurt every other day.  I read in Harini’s blog about making yogurt from cashews and using chilli stems as a starter for making yogurt.  She explains that chilli stems release hormones which when added to warm milk can help to make yogurt.  In her blog, she uses the chilli stems  to make yogurt using cashew milk.  I suggest you read her interesting article. I used the chilli stems to add to warm milk,  It took slightly longer than normal for the yogurt to set but I was pleased to see that the milk did set and form a lovely yogurt.  So if ever you run out of the starter yogurt to make yogurt…try using chilli stems.


  • Super filling sandwich, and love that idea of making yogurt with chilly stem,thats really wonderful;

  • healthy breakfast…yum!!!

  • Sandwiches are my all time favourite snacks. Wonderfully prepared.


  • Looks so yummy and inviting.

  • Thats a new idea.. Made a mental note 🙂

  • nice piece of advice!

  • looks very tempting. Irresistible.

  • wanting to make homemade curd for long,thanks for sharing will try it.

  • does it give nice spicy kick in dahi with that? if yes theni have to try it.

    • Kitchen Queen – It tasted just like normal yogurt.

  • Shruti J

    Loved the trick! Read it a few months back on one of the foodie-groups, but never dared to try it out… I think, now-on wards it has to be done this way only 🙂

  • Nayna Kanabar

    Does adding chilli stems make the yoghurt spicy?

    • Nayna – as you are only using the stems – it doesn’t really flavour the yogurt.

  • Jennifer Marquess

    It’s not releasing a hormone. Like grape skins have a bloom of yeast that allows grapes to ferment into wine, so chili stems have lactobacillus that ferment milk. If it were a hormone or chemical, you would not be able to use the curd as a starter for future generations of curd. Since you can, the only possibility is that the microorganisms are reproducing. When you eat this yogurt, though, you don’t kill the bacteria. It joins the beneficial bacteria in your digestive tract. It’s good for you. You’re good for it.

    • Jennifer- Thanks a lot for your comments. It makes a lot of sense.

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