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They taste almost same. Are they different?

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I feel I'm on the receiving end of a cross-cultural dialect issue :) What geographic location is this relevant to? – Adam Shiemke Jul 20 '10 at 2:37
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A curd is a transitional element obtained, once milk starts to coagulate, the other being a water substance called whey. These are separated and cheese can later be made from the curd, via the addition of other ingredients, such as rennet. Or in the case of cottage cheese and paneer, an acid.

Yoghurt is a finished product, produced by by heating milk, then adding a live 'starter' culture. It's then kept at a stable warm temperature for a number of hours, followed by cooling.

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This answer is relevant to the USA. In many other countries, what USA calls "yogurt" is referred to as "curd". (e.g. India. and, I am guessing UK) – joyjit Aug 9 '10 at 20:03
@joyjit "Yoghurt" would be the UK term; Curds would either be the solids used to make cheese from, or fruit curds which are dairy free (made from egg yolks, sugar, citrus juice) – Rowland Shaw Aug 16 '10 at 11:52
@RowlandShaw Yes, 'curd' is what its called on the sub-continent. – 5arx Feb 15 '11 at 23:09

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