Basics of Cooking, Condiments

How to make Sour Cream at home | Easy condiments

This is the final in the condiment series this week. Although not much of a recipe, I would like to record this for posterity and also to encourage to make most store-bought condiments at home. Similar ones I have made is Pulikaachal, Tomato Thokku, Arrabiata Sauce, Schezwan Sauce, Papaya Ginger Jam,  Muhammara & Baba Ghanoush (yes thats also available commercially these days!). 

During my short visit to the US, I saw that people really dont have the time to cook and prefer to pick up ready made stuff and assemble them at home for a quick meal. 


This is one condiment that can be made with readily available ingredients at home – Sour Cream is used as a dip with crudites, fries or most finger food. I find the store bought ones synthetic in taste, so prefer to make this at home. My girls love this with some fries (of course!) and even with tandoor kebabs. 

Do give it a try and let me know how you liked it. Greek yoghurt is preferred for this, but I strained homemade yoghurt in the fridge over 24 hours and got a thick bowl of creamy curd which I used. 


Prep time : 5 mins, Zero Cook., Makes: approx 100 ml 


Greek yoghurt – 1 cup

Lemon juice  – 1/2 tsp

Vinegar – 1/4 tsp (more if you like)

Salt and pepper – to taste

How to:

Mix the yoghurt into a thick and creamy consistency with lemon juice and vinegar, If you like it a little more runny, add few more drops of either lemon juice or vinegar. 

Add salt and pepper to taste and mix well. 

Keeps for upto 5 days under refrigeration. 


Add ons : You may add pickled olives, gherkins or even red chilli flakes. 



  1. Jyoti Babel

    I love sour cream dips for kebabs, tikkas and of course any thing Mexican I make at home. I make it differently though.

  2. Yes I always prefer the homemade ones…your platter looks sinful!

  3. vaishali sabnani

    Your recipe for sour cream is quite different from what I make , will try this one too .

  4. Sharmila kingsly

    Perfect .. Will try your recipe soon.. Homemade is always the best!!

  5. Mayuri Patel

    Kalyani, I have to make a lot of sauces and other condiments at home as we don't get them ready made. I love your idea of making sour cream at home. Looks yummy.

  6. Beautiful. Love it.

  7. Priya Suresh

    Homemade sour cream, thats awesome. Now i dont bother to make myself at home, lovely share Kalyani.

  8. oh wow never knew sour cream is this simple. Love it.

  9. Chef Mireille

    I'm afraid the convenience of store bought versions for basics like this hardly seems the effort to make this at home..I don't taste the synthetic quality you refer to but if you have the time, I am sure the home made version is delicious!

  10. Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen

    Looks like an easy recipe kalyani! But as Mir says we find it here at every grocery shop, so never thought of making it at home! Must give it a try sometimes! 🙂

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