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Monday, May 7, 2012

Bengali Mishti Doi /Lal Doi/Red Sweetened Yogurt



Misti Doi ( literally means sweetened curd) is the most popular dessert in Bengali cuisine. Mostly prepared during summer season , this dessert is the finale of a delicious lunch. Traditionally, doi is prepared in an earthen pot to obtain right temperature and preventing any metallic contact with it. The best part is that not only it is delicious to taste but it is easy on the stomach as well. 




Not to mention that it acts as a catalyst to digest the lunch that one had. However, I like it best during evening time with puffed rice.If you aks me I would say everybody should have it once, and its thick luscious taste will make you have it again ! Trust me friends, it tastes great. So here goes....


Ingredients:
1 ltr Full cream milk
3 tbsp Sugar
3 tbsp DemeraraSugar
2 tbsp plain Yogurt (should have Active Bacterial Culture)
4 Earthen pots


Method:
Heat milk in a heavy bottomed pan, stir continiously. After the first boil, add sugar and keep stirring, boil until the amount is reduced to half. By this time milk will be thick and light brown in color. Remove from pan and let it cool down for 5-10 minutes. In another pan melt 3 tbsp demerara sugar with 1 tbsp water and keep stirring. Keep an eagle's eye on this, allow it to turn light brown in color,caramel is ready to be added in milk for light brown color of sweetened curd. Add this caramel to the milk and mix thoroughly. Keep this back on heat for 5 more minutes. Now let this cool down to room temperature, add curd and stir just once. Pour this liquid into the earthen pots, cover and keep them in warm place to set. In between do not move the pots while the fermenting process, it is done to to prevent the breaking up of curd. Leave these pots for overnight (minimum 10 hours) and then you can keep them in fridge to enjoy chilled lal doi.






User Comments & Tips:

  • It is said that Buffalo's milk is best for this mishti doi as it is heavier.
  • Before adding yogurt to the milk, make sure milk is just warm, hot milk will kill the active bacteria and you will end up with a watery milk !! So to set the doi check the milk temperature on the back of your palm. 
  • Patience is the key for this lal doi as it has sugar in it so it takes longer time to set the curd. 
  • I have used demerara sugar mainly for the color mainly, you can easily replace it with normal sugar.
  • If you don't have earthen pots, ceramic pots are also good option but certainly not in an aluminium vessel !!

48 comments:

  1. Very gorgeous looking recipe...looks drool worthy.....i love dahi in earthen pots...this is quite tempting...

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  2. wow...lovly tempting clicks...........yum......

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  3. wonderful. i always wondered about this misti dhoi and yes u r right patience is the key and how have u been, missing totally. do chek out my blog where i have tagged u

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  4. I simply love this creamy and delicious doi...always make it point to have it when I visit Calacutta. Thanks for sharing the recipe will try at home

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  5. Mishti doi is in my to do list since a long, super irresistible dessert, Lovely presentation.

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  6. I love it :) pics are lovely Jagruti

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  7. Yum ...am yet to try mishti doi ....surprising rite !! and nice pics dear

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  8. Perfect dessert for this hot summer..looks very very very delicious

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  9. mishti doi is our favorite too...looks awesome...
    Super Yummy Recipes

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  10. Luv it. the earthern pot smell diffusing in the yoghurt will be awesome

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  11. Perfect Bengali treat..loved your presentation..beautiful clicks.
    http://cookingupsomethingnice.blogspot.com

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  12. This sounds very new to me. Nicely done and very useful tips too

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  13. I am not a sweet curd lover, but here hubby and daughter loves sweet curd.

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  14. Wow.beautifull dessert.Feel like making it immediately.lovely pics.

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  15. Wow we had this the other day. Wish I had preserved the containers.

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  16. Heard about this and thought it is quite difficult to make.Recipe sounds simple will surely give it a try

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  17. darun darun darun!
    amio ebhabei banai. tabe jakhon dudhtate finally doi meshabe tar age khub kore fena kore nile doita top heavy hay. oi je bole doi er matha akdom dokaner moto habe. ar oi na naranota sab theke bhalo. naralei kamon jol jol doi hay. abar Leela majumdar er boi e ache doi ta naki kambol ba toale die dhaka die rakhle khub jamat doi hay. amar ajkal doi bisesh basano hayna. ekhane to besh bhalo doi paoya jay. tabe kali ak reader bolchilo post korte ar kal abar ak guest asche, ei sujoge amio aj doi bosiechi. tabe tumi banabe janle ar banatam na, tomar link tai oke die ditam.

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  18. Great desert,perfect for this weather..yum

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  19. wish i could taste it now, cute pots n looks so yummy :)

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  20. Love mishti doi. Should make this sometime.

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  21. One small pot of this delicious treat would never satisfy me- I would need at least 6 (smile). I love it. A perfect end to a good meal.

    Velva

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  22. Sounds new to me, looks very delicious drink...

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  23. Love those Pots Deepa! I am in search for such small size Pots, Where did you get those Pots? I have tried in some earthen places on the street in BLR, but no luck :-(

    -Mythreyi
    Yum! Yum! Yum!

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  24. I was waiting for the recipe in your blog. Looks perfect.

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  25. Looks so delicious and yummy. Cute pots too !!

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  26. Great recipe !! looks so wonderful and lovely pots !!

    Ongoing event
    CC:Mom's Recipe

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  27. Looks so cool and delicious.

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  28. awww those matkas are so so cute. i have 2 pick some up the next time im in india.Its still super cold here, so im just gonna gawk at this for the time being :)

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  29. Very refreshing! Love the presentation too!

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  30. So delicious and famous Bengali dessert...very well explained with awesome and perfect clicks..loved the cute little matkis

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  31. wow..super presentation Deepa..Must try..

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  32. Yummy Misti doi and such cute earthen bowl.

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  33. innovative & unique recipe..cant wait to giv a try now..
    amazing cliks again deepa..love it..:)
    Tasty Appetite

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  35. Wow! misti doi looks super.. nice presentation ....perfect for summer.
    http://www.mycookingdiarys.blogspot.com/

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  36. Never heard of this before, but looka so tempting

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  37. jibhe ekebare jol ese gelo....one of my favorites...ekhane khub miss kori!!!!

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  38. delicious mishti,grt clicks.trying it soon dear.

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  39. Fabulous dessert and fabulous presentation! Always LOVED this - I am certainly going to try this - except in ramekins since I will not be able to get these cute mudkas - enjoyable post dear :)

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  40. New dish to me...beautiful pictures, perfect summer treat!

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  41. Mai assaggiato, ma a vedere le tue immagini deve essere buono! felice giornata...ciao

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  42. Hi...excellent images... love it!

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  43. Wow..My fav.I used to have them regularly in a bengali eatout...Perfect click.

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  44. Dear Deepa
    I have never tried making misti doi so far. Thinking of giving a try. Also checking if I can post from Chrome! ;-)
    Bhalo theko
    kaku

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