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Fermented indigenous Indian dairy products: standards, nutrition, technological significance and opportunities for its processing.

Fermentation is an economical and affordable technology which protects the food, enhances its nutritional value and helps in upgrading its sensory properties. It also assists the detoxification and elimination of objectionable factors present in unprocessed foods such as phytates, tannins and polyphenols (Gadaga et al, 1999). Fermented milk products were initially developed by nomadic Asian cattle breeders. These products are manufactured by following the fermentation of milk by particular group of microorganisms, resulting in a decrease in pH and in successive coagulation of milk proteins along with the microorganism which remains active as long as they do not experience heat treatment (Kabak and Dobson, 2011). Most of the fermented dairy products contain lactic acid bacteria (naturally present in milk), other bacteria as yeast and moulds are also included as well. In the procedure of making, starter cultures for fermented dairy products have been flourished (Wouters et al, 2002). These products are the vital components of human diet in many parts of the world in the form of curd, buttermilk,yogurt (Yoghurt), leben, cheese and acidophilus milk (Nair and Prajapati, 2003). Fermented milk products are known for their great nutritional and health related properties including prevention of gastrointestinal infections, reduction of serum cholesterol levels and antimutagenic activity. These are also beneficial for ingestion by lactose intolerant human beings and the patients experiencing atherosclerosis (Shiby and Mishra, 2013). It can diminish the symptoms of atopy (Cross et al., 2001). In India, fermented products such as Dahi (curd), Mishti Doi (sweetened curd), Shrikhand, Lassi and Chhach or Mohi (buttermilk), Chhurpi, Somar, Philu and Shyow are the known ethenic fermented products (Dewan and Tamang, 2007). This paper provides an insight into production, development and technological advances in manufacturing of the traditional fermented products of India.


Dahi is the local name of the curd (Dewan and Tamang, 2007). It is considered as traditional fermented milk product and also a functional food as it is nutritionally and therapeutically beneficial for human beings (Yadav et al., 2007). It is consumed as such and also used as an intermediate product for many other products based on milk, such as buttermilk (Chhach) which is largely used as thirst quencher in summer? In eastern part of India Dahi is used as Mishti Doi/Dahi by adding sweetener such as jaggery, caramelized flavor and color to the Dahi. Dahi is prepared traditionally in almost every kitchen in India (Harun-Ur-Rashid et al, 2006).

Dahi have live cultures that nurture therapeutic and health promoting properties along with nutritional benefits. The lactose in the milk is converted to lactic acid by the action of starter cultures and the lactic acid act as preservative for the milk and the low pH (4.5- 5.0) also inhibit the growth of harmful micro-organism, thus increasing the shelf life of the product (Sodini et al, 2002).

The therapeutic value of Dahi is due to the fact that the concentration of lactic acid bacteria in the intestine obtained by the ingestion helps in digestion of food (Nahar et al., 2007). Also, during fermentation the milk protein can be partially degraded by the action of bacterial proteases into peptides, possessing various health benefits. The availability of calcium is also increased from milk and thus increases the nutritional value of Dahi. In this process proteins are broken down into biopeptides, possessing various health benefits (Neilsen et al., 2009).

Dahi is manufactured using single or mixed cultures of Lactococcus lactis, Lactococcus cremoris, Lactococcus diacetylactis, along with Leuconostoc species, a combination of acid and flavor producing bacteria. These bacteria are responsible for imparting firm body, sweetness and a mild acidic flavor to the Dahi increasing its acceptability to the consumer. Flavour compounds such as diacetyl, imparts buttery flavor to Dahi, and is generated by some bacteria viz. Leuconostoc (Vinderola et al., 2002).

Dahi produced on domestic levels has undefined cultures, thus, difference in texture and taste is often observed. With standardization of culture and production conditions a defined product of consistent quality (sensory and textural) can be achieved. Probiotic Dahi has also been manufactured by including secondary organism like Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus acidophilus. It is also influenced by the quality of milk, temperature, time and storage conditions (Garg and Jain, 1980; Coggins et al., 2010).

The Prevention of Food Adultration (PFA) Act defines Dahi as 'a semi solid product', obtained from pasteurized or boiled milk by souring using harmless lactic acid or other bacterial cultures. Dahi may contain additional cane sugar. It should have the same minimum percentage of fat and solid-not-fat (SNF) as the milk from which it has been prepared (De, 1980; Kumar and Mishra, 2004).

The Bureau of Indian standards (BIS) specification for fermented milk products are based on the types of culture used in their preparation (Anon, 1990). Mild Dahi is made from mesophilic lactococci. Leuconostoc may be used to adjust the flavor to the buttery flavor. Sour Dahi contains additional cultures from thermophillic group of bacteria. For manufacturing of Dahi different kinds of milk (i.e. cow, buffalo, goat) can be used. The composition of milk used to produce cultured dairy products is given in Table 1.

Dahi made from buffalo milk is thick in consistency due to high content of SNF in the buffalo milk. In traditional method of Dahi manufacturing, milk is first boiled in open kettle prior to fermentation that results in evaporation of moisture from milk making it more concentrated. In most of the cases increase in 10-15 percent in solids is observed, leading to thick body and desirable texture. It is recommended to make Dahi from a mixture containing 11-13 percent SNF. SNF of milk could be increased by addition of skim milk powder (SMP) or condensed skim milk. This resulting increase in protein content keeps the product from wheying off and provides a custard-like consistency (De, 1980).

Fat content in Dahi can be standardized as per demand of the consumer ranging from full fat to no fat. Post fermentation heat treatment to Dahi can be helpful in extension of shelf life of the product but it destroys the bacterial cultures thus reduces the health beneficial properties. Thus, the codex mandates differentiate the labeling standards by live microorganisms and the heat treated products. Such products should be labeled such as "contains no active culture" for the consumer to make informed choice.

Starter culture used in preparation of Dahi

Milk is the natural habitat of numerous lactic acid bacteria causing the natural souring of milk, held at bacterial growth temperature and appropriate length of time. Lactic acid bacteria can enter the milk from various sources such as air, utensils, milking equipment, milchers, cow feed etc. The soured milk gets undesirable texture and flavor, reducing its acceptability and contamination of the product from extrinsic factors can cause serious health hazards. However during the commercialization, starters containing specific genes, species and strains of cultures are used to generate desired flavor, body and texture characteristics (Chandan and Shahani, 1995).

A starter culture contains food grade microorganisms that on culturing in milk produce predictable attributes. Bacteria that grow at ambient temperature are called mesophilic bacteria whereas those grow at higher temperature are termed as thermophillic bacteria. Usually, mesophilic bacteria are used to prepare Dahi. Table 2 lists lactic acid bacteria used as starter cultures in the industries for manufacturing of various Indian dairy products

For commercial success of Dahi, the culture should meet the rapid acid development, typical Dahi flavor, body and texture, exopolysachharide secreting strains to enhance viscosity of the product, scale up possibilities in various production conditions, including compatibility with variety and levels of ingredients used, fermentation time and temperatures, survival of culture viability during shelf life of Dahi, possessing desirable health and probiotic properties and exhibiting survival in the human gastrointestinal tract for certain health attributes, minimum acid production during distribution and storage at 5 [degrees]C-10 [degrees]C until Dahi is consumed. Table 3 shows the characteristics of mesophilic cultures used in manufacturing of Dahi.

Microbiological specifications of these cultures suggests that counts of mesophilic lactic, yeast and moulds, coliform, anaerobic spore formers and salt tolerant micrococci should not exceed 10 cfu/g. E. coli, S. faecium and coagulase positive staphylococci should be less than 1 cfu/g. Culture should be free from pathogenic microorganism.

Technology of Dahi manufacture

Dahi is made from fat standardized milk. All ingredients should be of high quality and should be maintained the quality standard. While manufacturing Dahi at commercial level it is necessary to standardize and control the day to day product to meet consumer expectations and regulatory obligations. Since the total solids in cows and buffaloes milk ranges from 11 to 17 percent, therefore the cultured products from these milks vary in consistency from fluid to custard like. Casein also plays an important role in determining the texture of Dahi, casein coagulates on souring at isoelectric pH 4.6. The whey proteins are considerably denatured by heat treatment prior to culturing_and as the denatured whey protein reacts with kappa casein (k-casein) as well as with other whey proteins, this ensures a better network formation and a firmer gel.

Equipment used in Dahi manufacture

A cultured milk plant should be specially designed to minimize the contamination of product with pathogenic micro-organisms. Even air is filtered in this regard. This type of plant has separate receiving section to receive, weigh and store the raw material. The culture room with control laboratory is completely separated from the processing section. In addition a dry storage area, a refrigerated storage area, a mix processing room, a fermentation room and a packaging room are maintained in the plant. A mix processing room containing equipments for standardization, milk separation, pasteurizing, incubation, heating and homogenization along with necessary pipelines, fittings, valves and controls is established (Bhattacharya et al, 1972; De and De, 1999; Soukoilis et al, 2007).

Milk is generally stored in silos. The inner layers of silos are made up of good quality of stainless steel (Grade AISI 304) to avoid corrosion. The stainless steel is then covered with 125 mm of insulated materials which in turn is surrounded by outer shell of stainless steel or aluminum. In processing of Dahi and other fermented products the mixture is heat treated more severely (between 80 to 85 [degrees]C) than the conventional pasteurization methods. There are many beneficial effects of these heat treatments such as: (a) development of sterile medium that inhibit the growth of any undesirable microorganism; (b) removal of air from the medium to produce a more conductive medium for the growth of microaerophilic lactic cultures; (c) effecting thermal breakdown of milk constituents especially proteins that release peptones and sulfhydryl groups which provide nutrition and anaerobic conditions of the starter culture (d) it denatures and coagulate the milk protein which enhance the viscosity of the product (Bhattacharya et al., 1972).


The homogenizer is a high pressure pump forcing the mix through extremely small orifice. Homogenization is generally conducted by applying pressure in two stages. The pressure in the first stage is of approximately 210 kg/ [cm.sup.2] that reduce the average particle size of fat to approximately 4 microns of diameter. The second stage uses 35 kg/[cm.sup.2] pressure, used to break the clusters of fat globules separately. After homogenization all the fat globules of the milk has an average size below 1 micron. Homogenization of milk reduces the surface creaming in Dahi and ensures a better texture due to the fact that the increase in total surface area of the fat globules resulting from homogenization results in milk proteins (primarily casein) absorbing onto the surface of the fat globules. The homogenized fat globules thus act as active components of the protein network in the final Dahi (Bhattacharya et al., 1972; Wu et al, 2000).


Fermentation starts with the addition of culture in the milk. Addition of culture is done after cooling the milk to 37 [degrees]C. The inoculated milk is then packaged in separate cups with lids. After that cups are arranged in crates which are then transferred to hot room (37 UC) while the fermentation process proceeds. The pH of the milk in the cups should be regularly checked and when it reaches 4.4-4.5, these crates are transferred to room with temperature 3-4 [degrees]C for proper setting. Figure 1 Shows the process flowchart for manufacture of Dahi.

Dahi normally contains no added sugar or flavor. Consumers can add sugar and flavor in Dahi according to their choice. Dahi can also be used for dressing of salads of fresh fruits and grated vegetables (De, 1980; Rautray and Mishra, 2011).

Packaging and storage of Dahi

Dahi is generally packaged in polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene packaging material and plastic cups (Saint-Eve et al., 2008) and it is recommended to store the packaged Dahi in between 1-4 [degrees]C to extend the shelf life. At 7 [degrees]C the shelf life of Dahi is estimated to be two to three weeks.

Quality control for Dahi manufacture

To make a product with the_most desirable attributes the standards of fats, solids, viscosity, pH and organoleptic characteristics should be strictly followed. In the case of Dahi yeast is more potent contaminant than moulds or bacteria. Yeast and mould contamination may arise by contaminated starter cultures, packaging materials, and equipments. This could be avoided by following good sanitation processes. Organoleptic examination and microscopic examination of the starter could be helpful in eliminating the fungal contamination. Contaminated cultures should be avoided for product manufacturing. Lactic acid and some other metabolic products that are formed due to fermentation process inhibit the growth of most of the gram negative psychotropic bacteria (Anon, 1990).

Mishti Doi

Mishti Doi is also called as payodhi or lal Dahi and is a popular product in the eastern parts of India, mostly West Bengal, where it is served with meal as a dessert. Mishti Doi is consumed on festive occasions and is considered auspicious item to serve while starting for journey or any important work. It is generally packaged in earthen pots (Tomasik, 1993; Tamang, 2016).

Traditionally, Mishti Doi is prepared from thickened milk with addition of palm jaggery, cane jaggery or sugar and then allowed to set by adding culture as in the case of Dahi. Cane sugar is the most common sweetener used in Mishti Doi. The process is usually carried out in earthen pot which finally imparts a characteristic earthy flavor to the product and also absorbs the extra whey. It is served chilled (Ghosh and Rajorhia, 1990).

Mishti Doi is a fermented milk product with yellowish or creamish color with firm consistency, smooth texture and pleasant aroma (Raju and Pal, 2009). There were no available PFA standards for Mishti Doi . There are different grades of Mishti Doi available in the market such as low fat, medium fat and high fat.

Industrial production of Mishti Doi

Majority of the Mishti Doi prepared is produced on cottage scale. Due to lack of mechanization and standardization in the composition and quality of the raw materials and manufacturing techniques the market quality of the product varies considerably. However, attempts made to commercialize this product have met with little success (Goel, 1998; Raju and Pal, 2009).

A technology has been developed for manufacturing of Mishti Doi by the organized sectors. A wide range of sources (Table 4) of milk solids can be used in production of Mishti Doi. By combining all the ingredients in proper amount a well set Mishti Doi can be manufactured keeping in view the final composition and texture of the final product. Fresh, wholesome and good microbial and sensory quality ingredients are used, as the quality of raw material directly influences the quality of the final product. The acidity of Mishti Doi should not exceed 0.16%LA. The pH should be in the range of 5.2-5.4. It should be clot on boiling negative and free from off flavors (Goel, 1998).

Selection of starter culture is the most critical step in manufacturing of the product since it is responsible for flavor and texture development. Mixed cultures of Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus spp. are generally used since it gives superior quality of product and performs more reliably under variable conditions. Optimum performance of the Mishti Doi culture is expected to be at 42[degrees]C. A good culture develops at 0.7 percent acidity within 6-8 hours with 1 percent inoculums (Chandan, 1982; Mandal, 2014).

Mishti Doi is colored and flavored with caramel. Caramel is produced by heating the sugar or also available commercially in viscous form. The pH of the caramel should be equal to the pH of the product that is around 5.0. Other ingredients like vanilla, cardamom and rose is used with or without nuts to make a wide range of Mishti Doi (Goel, 1998). Milk fat is the most important constituent of Mishti Doi (Table 5). It gives a characteristic top layer and a creamy rich flavor. SNF is responsible for giving smooth texture to the product (Ghosh and Rajorhia, 1990).

For industrial production of Mishti Doi milk and cream is heated in a vat with addition of SMP to increase the total solid. Sugar is also dry blended at this stage. Caramel is added at the rate 0.1 to 0.12 percent before heating of the mix. The mix is heated to 80-90[degrees]C in a vat. It is necessary to have a filter in the process line to filter all suspended matters and the lumps. It has been observed that heating the mixture at 85 [degrees]C for 15 minutes gives the product better characteristics. After that the mix is cooled to 40-45 [degrees]C in plate heat exchanger or circulating cold water around the vat (Ghosh and Rajorhia, 1990).

The culture is added with constant stirring at the rate 1 percent of the mixture. Inoculation is done at 43[degrees]C so that it could be transferred to earthen cups easily. Lids are used onto the cups to make the cups airtight and prevent leakage of the product. Then the cups are arranged in crates in such a way that it causes minimum shaking and enough space is provided in between each cups and crates so that air could pass through them.

The mixture is then incubated at 42 [+ or -] 1 [degrees]C for about 6-8 hours till the acidity develops to about 0.7 to 0.8 percent of lactic acid (Chandan, 1982; Mandal, 2014). Product is stored for incubation. The crates or trolleys used for arranging the cups are left undisturbed in the incubation room to prevent mechanical damage. Once the desired level of texture and acidity is obtained the product is shifted to cold store room of about 4[degrees]C with minimum disturbance. The products at this stage are weak in body and texture. The storage temperature should be in between 3-5[degrees]C if the product is required to be stored for longer period of time. But there may be problem of freezing at this temperature and cause hardness of the product and make the product more floppy. Thus special care should be taken during storage of the Mishti Doi to prevent freezing (Ghosh and Rajorhia, 1990).

Mishti Doi is arranged in crates and is transported in insulated box with cooling pads inside to maintain the temperature. The shelf life of Mishti Doi will be stored at 10[degrees]C is 3 days, 5days at 4[degrees]C.

Several types of Mishti Doi are available such as with added flavors (cardamom, vanilla, and butter scotch), fruits (mango, bananas, cherry) or grains and nuts (almond and pistachio). Mishti Doi manufactured without cream layer on the top reduces the tendency of wheying off and also gives the product smooth body texture. The effect of different bulking agents viz. maltodextrin, sorbitol and polydextrose, on the physico-chemical, sensory and textural properties of artificially sweetened mishti Dahi with aspartame and acesulfame K was studied by (Raju and Pal, 2011). Standard method with slight modification was followed for manufacturing Mishti Doi. It was found that maltodextrin is the best bulking agent as compared to others. Maltodextrin increases the acidity, water activity, viscosity, hardness, adhesiveness and gumminess of the mishti Dahi.


Shrikhand is a semi soft, sweetish sour, whole milk product prepared from fermented curd (Kulkarni et al, 2006).The curd (Dahi) is partially strained through a cloth to remove the whey to produce a solid mass called Chakka (the basic ingredient for Shrikhand). Chakka is mixed with the required amount of sugar to yield Shrikhand (Aneja et al., 1977). The product thus obtained is garnished with nuts and condiments. Shrikhand is a very popular product and forms the part of meal on special and festive occasions particularly in the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra (Jain et al., 1998). Like Dahi, it is also very refreshing product particularly in summer seasons.

Addition of artificial coloring or flavoring substances in Shrikhand is discouraged (Patel and Chakraborty, 1988). According to PFA, Shrikhand is the product obtained from whole or skimmed milk Chakka to which milk fat is added (Upadhyay and Dave, 1977). It may contain fruit, nuts, sugar, cardamom, saffron and other condiments. It shall not contain any added coloring and artificial flavoring substances. It shall confirm to the specifications given in table 6.The specified standards of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) for Shrikhand, under the Prevention of Food Adulteration (PFA) and under Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) are given in Table 6.

Technology of manufacture of Shrikhand

The manufacturing of Shrikhand consists of preparation of curd by adding starter culture to milk, preparation of Chhaka by draining the whey and mixing of additional ingredients such as sugar and condiments to obtain desired product.

Traditional method of Shrikhand production

Traditionally cow or buffalo milk is heated to near boiling temperature and then cooled to 30-35 [degrees]C. It is then inoculated with lactic acid bacteria culture at the rate 0.5 to 1 percent of milk. Milk is then left at room temperature (30-35[degrees]C) for 5-7 hours for setting of curd (Patel and Chakraborty, 1985a). When Dahi is firmly set, it is hung in muslin cloth overnight for drainage of whey. After 10-12 hours Chakka is obtained. It has been observed that there is 65 percent recovery of Chakka from milk depending on the composition of milk (Patel and Chakraborty, 1985b). Then the Chakka is mixed with required amount of sugar (usually 50-100 percent of Chakka weight), condiments and other herbs. Commonly used spices or condiments are cardamom, saffron, cream, Charoli, (Buchanania lanzan is a tree which produces the seeds known as Charoli also called Chironji. These seeds are used as a cooking spice primarily in India. Charoli are tiny almond-flavoured dried seeds of a bush. After the hard shell is cracked, the stubby seed within is as soft as a pine nut, almonds, nutmeg, cashew nut, mango pulp, raisins and seasonal fruits (Bhattacharya et al., 1971). About 1.5-2 kg of Shrikhand is obtained from 1 kg of Chakka (Sharma, 1998). Shrikhand is served chilled. The flowchart for manufacture of shirkhand is shown in Figure 2. In Gujarat, people prefer sweetened Shrikhand while in Maharashtra, salty or sour Shrikhand is preferred (Jain et al., 1998).

Mechanization of manufacturing of Shrikhand

A fully mechanized and continuous process has been developed for manufacturing of Shrikhand (Patel, 1997). The first modern plant for manufacturing of Shrikhand was established at Baroda District Cooperative Milk producers Union Ltd. (Sagun unit) in Gujarat in 1980s under the brand name of Sagun and Amul. The industrial production involves the following steps:

Preparation of curd: Skim milk with 9% SNF, 0.05% fat is heated to near about its boiling temperature and then cooled to 30-35[degrees]C (Patel and Chakraborty, 1985c; Singh et al., 2014). Then Dahi culture at the rate 0.5-1% is added with constant stirring. After 8 hours of incubation the required acidity (0.8-1%) is achieved. The well set curd can be used for Chakka manufacturing. The Dahi used for preparation of Shrikhand is inoculated with mixed culture containing Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis, Lactococcus lactis subsp. diaacetylactis/ Leuconostoc, Lactococcus lactis subsp. ccremoris in equal amounts (Chandan, 1982; Jagannath et al., 2000)

Chakka is manufactured by draining the whey from curd. Drainage of whey from curd is done mechanically, using either a basket centrifuge at 1100 rpm or a quarg separator.

To mix the ingredients, planetary mixers of capacity of only 40 kg/batch were earlier used. However, now scraped surface heat exchangers are preferred over traditional mixers since this have the capacity of mixing of more than 500 kg per minute. These types of mixers in combination of two or three can be used in a_continuous production system (Aneja and Vyas, 1983a).

Shrikhand is prepared by adding sugar and other desired ingredients with Chakka (Aneja and Vyas, 1983b). Sugar is added at the rate 50100% of Chakka weight and mixed in scraped surface heat exchanger (SSHE). Some amount of cream is also added to attain the final fat in the product to 8.5% on dry matter basis (Patel, 1997). The titratable acidity should be in the range of 1.10 to 1.40% LA. Herbal Shrikhand has been manufactured by adding water extract of Brahmi and Ashwagandha (Brahmi and Ashwagandha are Indian origin herbs that have large amount of antioxidant and polyphenolic components. Brahmi have memory enhancing properties while Ashwagandha have immunomodulatory, anticancerous and health promoting benefits) in Chakka with other ingredients that posses many antioxidant properties and different medicinal properties such as immunostimulatory, memory enhancing and anti hypertensive properties (Prasad, 2011). Guava pulp enriched Shrikhand has been manufactured by Kumar (2011), to increase the amount of vitamin C in the Shrikhand. This product has been found to be organoleptically acceptable. The product was slightly creamy in color than the conventional Shrikhand. For packaging of Shrikhand generally preformed polystyrene cups are used (Patel and Chakraborty, 1985b).

The shelf life of Shrikhand depends on the temperature and initial microbial load of the raw materials (Sharma and Zariwala, 1980). At ambient temperature i.e. at 30[degrees]C it gets spoiled within 2-3 days. But under refrigerated condition (4[degrees]C) it may be kept for 40 days. Shrikhand is stored at -18 to -20[degrees]C that enhances the shelf life of the product for six months (Aneja and Vyas, 1987).

Physico-chemical properties of Shrikhand

Different manufacturers make Shrikhand according to the desire of their consumers. There is a little bit variation in the chemical and physical properties of Shrikhand that is manufactured in Gujarat and Maharashtra (Jain et al., 1998). Variations have been found in Shrikhand that is available in the market under different brand

Chakka powder

For preparation of Chakka powder (Figure 3), whey is first of all removed from Dahi and then Dahi is ground in a colloid mill to obtain slurry with smooth and uniform consistency. The slurry is then heated to 38[degrees]C followed by homogenization at a pressure of 100 kg/[cm.sup.2]. Finally, the slurry is passed through a spray drier with inlet temperature 185[degrees]C and outlet temperature 85[degrees]C to obtain Chakka powder (De and Patel, 1989). Chakk taken from wholemilk is considered as the superior powder according to its consistency and aroma for incorporation in Shrikhand. The proximate composition of Chakka and Shrikhand powder is given in Table 5.


Lassi is the local name of buttermilk. Lassi also called stirred Dahi, is a refreshing summer beverage, mainly popular in north India. Lassi is white to creamy white in color, liquid viscous, with sweet taste, rich aroma to and slightly acidic. Depending upon the consumer preference Lassi can be either flavored with salt or sugar and other condiments or spices. Lassi is manufactured using pasteurized milk cultured with flavor producing culture microorganisms (Aneja et al., 1989).

The phospholipids rich fraction obtained as by-product during churning of Dahi while making of makkhan (fresh butter), may also be termed as Lassi. Lassi is originally a product of rural India and was earlier was only produced at cottage scale. However, commercial production of this product is now established. Salted Lassi is marketed in many parts of the country. Commercially available Lassi can be aseptically packaged in milk cartons/ sachets/UHT cartons (Ramana, 1994; Antunes et al., 2007).

Technology for manufacture of Lassi

Newer technologies have been incorporated in the manufacturing of Lassi. Pasteurization, homogenization and culturing system are the steps that are taken into the manufacturing processes (Tiwari, 1998). Traditionally Lassi was manufactured by stirring Dahi with small amount of water. Other additives in Lassi are dependent on the local areas and individual preferences. In northern part of India Lassi is mixed with sugar while in southern part of the country salt along with other condiments such as crushed ginger, green chillies and curry leaves can be admixed in Lassi. In the southern states of India Lassi is preferred less viscous as compared to northern parts and have a pleasant aroma. Commercially Lassi is prepared by churning Dahi mechanically and then adding sugar in the form of syrup. Syrup is added to improve the thickening of the Lassi and also eliminate the addition of water. To improve the texture, homogenization is applied. Lassi can be flavored with rose or Kewara (It is a shrub with fragrant flowers. They are used to extract perfume, aromatic oil (Kewara oil) and fragrant distillations. These are stimulant and antispasmodic and are used against headache and rheumatism. The flowers are also used to flavour food; Kewara essence is used in numerous Indian sweets like rasogolla, petha (candied gourd or winter squash), rasmalai and burfi, (especially in Rajasthan). Essence and then packaged in bottles or pouches and stored at refrigerated temperature. The process flowchart for manufacturing of Lassi is shown in Figure 4.

Under refrigerated condition the shelf life of Lassi can be enhanced. Further extension can be achieved by UHT processing after fermentation and aseptic packaging (Ramana, 1994). Industrial production of Lassi had made significant advancements through application of UHT processing. Standardized milk (9-10% SNF, 0.5-1.0% milk fat) is heated at 85[degrees]C for 30 minutes or 91[degrees]C for 2.5-5 minutes and then suitable lactic acid culture is inoculated at 31[degrees]C (Chandan and Shahani, 1995). It is then allowed to ferment by keeping the milk at 22[degrees]C till its pH reduces to 4.5. Then the set curd is stirred broken with mechanical stirrer along with mixing of sugar syrup (30%). This gives 8-12% sugar concentration in the blend. For proper texture Lassi is homogenized at 13.7 Kpa and UHT processed at 135-145[degrees]C for 1-5 seconds and then packaged aseptically employing suitable equipments (Ladkani et al., 1993). The defects in the quality of Lassi are very much similar to that of Dahi. The approximate composition of Lassi is given in Table 5.


Matha or Chhach are the synonyms of buttermilk, which is consumed in all parts of the country. It is a consumed as refreshing summer beverage. Mattha or Chhach is a byproduct obtained during manufacturing of Makkhan from Dahi during its churning. It is famous for its aroma and mildy sour taste which is developed during fermentation by mixed microflora preferably lactic acid bacteria (Anantakrishnan and Srinivasan, 1964). The curd is churned into thick buttermilk which is called Moru in Kerala. Moru is diluted with water to reduce the acidity and then flavored with salt. When crushed ginger, green chillies and curry leaves are sometimes added to buttermilk, called Sambharaam which is popular in southern part of the country (Achaya, 1998).

Technology for manufacture of Chhach

Initially, milk is boiled and then cooled to 37[degrees]C and then inoculum is added at the rate 1.0-1.5% of the milk. It is then allowed to set for overnight at 22[degrees]C. When milk is set, small amount of water is added and is stirred with small wooden stirrer with wooden impellers locally called "Mathanf' driven circularly by a rope in 'to and fro' motion. The Makkhan thus obtained is collected as a result of regular beating at the top layer which is removed from time to time. When all the Makkhan is removed from the mixture, the residue could be consumed as Mattha or Chhach (Anantakrishnan and Srinivasan, 1964).

Mattha is a liquid product that is highly flavorful and highly acidic. It contains 6-7% milk solids and 1-2% fat. Mattha is also rich in protein and lactose. The quality defects of Mattha are very similar to Dahi and Lassi (Achaya, 1998).


Fermented dairy products have a special place in Indian diet. No meal in India is complete without a bowl of Dahi. Products such as Dahi, Lassi, Shrikhand, Chhach are consumed throughout the country on regular basis. Not much information of the quantity of production of these indigenous fermented products is available as these are produced in highly unorganized manner. Mechanized production of these products has been recently attempted and is successful to some extent. However, far most these products are still manufactured on household or cottage scale. It is necessary to utilize the surplus milk produce of India in a sensible manner and converting it into its fermented products is a possible solution.


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Prasad Rasane (1), Rekha Kailey (1) and Shailesh Kumar Singh (2)

(1) Department of Food Technology and Nutrition, Lovely Professional University, Phagwara, Punjab, India.

(2) Department of Horticulture, Lovely Professional University, Phagwara, Punjab, India. 10.22207/JPAM.11.2.68

(Received: 11 May 2017; accepted: 20 June 2017)

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Caption: Fig. 1. Flowchart for the manufacture of Dahi

Caption: Fig. 2. Flowchart for manufacture of Shrikhand

Caption: Fig. 3. Flowchart for the manufacture of standardized milk Chakka powder

Caption: Fig. 4. Flowchart for mechanized production of Lassi
Table 1. Composition of milk used in the preparation of cultured
dairy foods (g/100gm)

Mammals   Fat        Caseins     Whey proteins   Lactose    Ash

Cow       3.7-4.48   2.8-82.65   0.6-44.35       4.47-4.8   0.68-0.7

Buffalo   6.58-7.4   3.2-82.65   0.6             4.11-4.8   0.67-0.8

Goat      4.5-5.23   2.5-82.70   0.4-17.30       4.1        0.8

Sheep     4.9-7.4    4.6         0.9             4.8        0.94-1.0

Mare      1.9        1.3         1.2             6.2        0.5
Sow       6.8        2.8         2.0             5.5        --

Mammals   Total solids   Refernces

Cow       11.36-12.7     Longwah et al. (2017);
                         Aneja et al. (2002)
Buffalo   11.2-17.2      Longwah et al. (2017);
                         Ceballos et al. (2009);
                         Aneja et al. (2002)
Goat      13.2-13.57     Ceballos et al. (2009);
                         Aneja et al.(2002)
Sheep     16.22-19.3     Ceballos et al. (2009);
                         Aneja et al. (2002);
                         Hadipanayiotou (1995)
Mare      11.2           Aneja et al. (2002)
Sow       18.8           Aneja et al. (2002)

Table 2. Starter culture used in manufacture of fermented milk products

Product           Primary microorganism (s)

Dahi,             Lactococcus lactis subsp. Lactis,
mishti doi,
buttermilk        Lactococcus lactis subsp. Cremoris,

                  Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis var diacetylactis,
                  Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. Bulgaricus
Yoghurt           Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsps. bulgaricus
                  Streptococcus thermophilus

Product           Secondary/optional

Dahi,             Leuconostoc lactis
mishti doi,
buttermilk        Leuconostoc mesenteroides
                  subsp. Cremoris

Yoghurt           Lactobacillus acidophilus
                  Lactibacilus casei/lactis/

Product           Incubation temperatures          Major functions
                  and time                         of culture

Dahi,             22[degrees]C for 12-14 Hours     Acidity, flavour,
shrikhand,                                         aroma
mishti doi,
buttermilk        or 37[degrees]C for 5-8 hours

Yoghurt           43-45[degrees]C/2.5 hours        Acidity, texture,
                                                   aroma, flavour,

Product           References

Dahi,             Aneja et al (2002);
mishti doi,
buttermilk        Anon, (1990);

                  Coggins et al. (2010)

Yoghurt           Aneja et al (2002);
                  Anon. (1990);

                  Coggins et al. (2010)

Table 3. Attributes of typical mesophillic starters (lactic acid
bactria) used in Dahi, Lassi, Shrikhand and Misti doi

Characteristics                          Lactococcus      Lactococcus
                                        lactis subsp.    lactis subsp.
                                           Lactis          Cremoris

Cell-shape and configuration               Cocci,           Cocci,
                                           pairs,           pairs,
                                            short         short/long
                                           chains           chains
Catalase reaction                             -                -
Growth temperature                         28-311             22
  ([degrees]C) Optimum
Minimum                                     8-10             8-10
Maximum                                      40              37-39
Incubation temperature ([degrees]C)         21-30            22-30
Heat tolerance (60[degrees]C/             [+ or -]         [+ or -]
  30 Ominutes)
Lactic acid isomers                         L(+)             L(+)
Lactic acid produced in milk (%)           0.8-1.0          0.8-1.0
Acetic acid production (%)                    -                -
Gas (CO2) production                          -                -
Proteolytic activity                          +                +
Lypolytic activity                        [+ or -]         [+ or -]
Citrate fermentation                          -                -
Flavour/aroma                                 +                +
Muco polysaccharide production            [+ or -]         [+ or -]

Hydrogen peroxide production                  +                +
Alcohol production                        [+ or -]         [+ or -]
Salt tolerance (% max)                      4-6.5              4

Characteristics                         Lactococcus     Leuconostoc
                                       lactis subsp.   mesenteroides
                                       Lactis biovar      subsp.
                                       diacetylactis     Cremoris

Cell-shape and configuration              Cocci,          Cocci,
                                          pairs,          pairs,
                                           short        short/long
                                          chains          chains
Catalase reaction                            -               -
Growth temperature                          28             20.25
  ([degrees]C) Optimum
Minimum                                    8-10            4-10
Maximum                                     40              37
Incubation temperature ([degrees]C)        22.28            22
Heat tolerance (60[degrees]C/            [+ or -]            -
  30 Ominutes)
Lactic acid isomers                        L(+)            D(-)
Lactic acid produced in milk (%)          0.8-1.0         0.1-0.3
Acetic acid production (%)                   -            0.2-0.4
Gas (CO2) production                         +           [+ or -]
Proteolytic activity                         +           [+ or -]
Lypolytic activity                       [+ or -]        [+ or -]
Citrate fermentation                         +               +
Flavour/aroma                               +++             +++
Muco polysaccharide production           [+ or -]       No dextran
                                                       from sucrose
Hydrogen peroxide production                 +           [+ or -]
Alcohol production                       [+ or -]        [+ or -]
Salt tolerance (% max)                     4-6.5            6.5

Characteristics                          Leuconostoc

Cell-shape and configuration               Cocci,

Catalase reaction                             -
Growth temperature                          20.25
  ([degrees]C) Optimum
Minimum                                     4-10
Maximum                                      37
Incubation temperature ([degrees]C)          22
Heat tolerance (60[degrees]C/                 -
  30 Ominutes)
Lactic acid isomers                         D(-)
Lactic acid produced in milk (%)           0.1-0.3
Acetic acid production (%)                 0.2-0.4
Gas (CO2) production                      [+ or -]
Proteolytic activity                      [+ or -]
Lypolytic activity                        [+ or -]
Citrate fermentation                          +
Flavour/aroma                                +++
Muco polysaccharide production             Dextran
                                        from sucrose
Hydrogen peroxide production              [+ or -]
Alcohol production                        [+ or -]
Salt tolerance (% max)                       6.5

Source: (Aneja et al., 2002); (Coggins et al., 2010); (Ceballos et
al., 2009)

Table 4. Sources of milk solids for Mishti doi

Ingredients                Milk fat (%)   Milk SNF (%)

Fresh cow/buffalo milk         4-6          8.5-9.5
Cream                         30-40         5.4-6.3
Skimmed milk powder            0.5            95.5
Whole milk powder               26             70
Evaporated whole milk           8              18
Sweetened condensed milk       9.1             22
White butter                    80             1

Ingredients                Sugar (Sucrose) (%)

Fresh cow/buffalo milk             --
Cream                              --
Skimmed milk powder                --
Whole milk powder                  --
Evaporated whole milk              --
Sweetened condensed milk          40-42
White butter                       --

Source: Aneja et al. (2002)

Table 5. Approximate composition of Misti doi, standardized milk
Chakka powder, standardized milk Shrikhand powder and Lassi

Characteristics In (%)     Low     Mishit doi    High
                         fat (%)     Medium     fat (%)
                                    fat (%)

Milk Total solids         32-35      32-36       35-38
Milk SNF                  13-14      11-13       10-11
Milk Fat                   2-3        4.5         8-9
Protein                    --        44.96       d" 30
Reducing sugar             --        11.53        --
Sugars or Sucrose         17-19      17-18       17-18
Ash                        --         3.21      e" 3.5
Acidity (%LA)              --         6.58      e" 2.5

Sodium di hydrogen         --          --         --
Low methoxy pectin         --          --         --

Characteristics In (%)   Standardized       Fssai
                             milk         standards
                         Chakka powder

Milk Total solids            96.18          d" 30
Milk SNF                                     --
Milk Fat                     36.48          d" 33
Protein                      24.12           --
Reducing sugar               6.64            --
Sugars or Sucrose             --             --
Ash                          2.06            --
Acidity (%LA)                4.94          0.7 as
                                         lactic acid
Sodium di hydrogen            --             0.5
Low methoxy pectin            --             0.5

Characteristics In (%)   Standardized milk    Lassi

Milk Total solids              96.08            9
Milk SNF                        --             --
Milk Fat                       19.82         1.5-3.8
Reducing sugar
Sugars or Sucrose              43.44          13-20
Acidity (%LA)

Sodium di hydrogen
Low methoxy pectin

Source: (Aneja et al., 2002); (FSSAI, 2010)

Table 6. Specific standards for Shrikhand given by BIS, PFA and

Constituent                       BIS    PFA         FSSAI

Total solids (percent, by         58.0   58.0    [less than or
mass), minimum                                    equal to] 58

Milk fat (in dry matter,          8.5    8.5     [less than or
percent by mass), minimum                        equal to] 8.5

Milk protein (in dry matter,      10.5   10.5    [less than or
percent by mass), minimum                         equal to] 9

Titratable acidity (percent       1.4    1.4    [greater than or
lactic acid)                                     equal to] 1.4

Sucrose (in dry matter percent    72.5   72.5    [less than or
by mass), maximum                                equal to] 8.5

Total ash (in dry matter          0.9    0.9    [greater than or
percent by mass), maximum                        equal to] 0.9

Coliform count, cfu/g, maximum     --    10.0          --

Yeats and mould count, cfu/g,      --    50.0          --

Source: (Aneja et al, 2002); (FSSAI, 2010)
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