Monday, March 25, 2013

Mishti Doi- a Bengali delicacy



This year I wanted to make something different for Holi... the festival of colors. A very good friend of mine  gifted me this kulad set (small earthenware cups), she carried this from India, in her handbag ...since they are breakable. I know, she's amazing... and just too sweet.

I was almost startled with the ease with which I churned out this bengali delicacy. I was pretty certain I had missed a major step and was subconsciously thinking of way to rework the recipe so the doi does not see itself going down the garbage disposal. The next morning, I rushed to see if the doi had set and was nice and firm...and I could not help myself, tasting a spoonful. I must add that my other half thought I was a bit crazy to taste mishti doi at 6 am... even before my morning cup of coffee (and morning coffee is sacrosanct for me), my repeated plea to have him taste it at am being ignored. I hate being ignored, so I threatened to eat it up myself... still no reaction. Well, I did not eat it all up...and the other half loved it... two thumbs up! Most times I like my food to have its own identity and  ask my family if it tasted different, but this time I was obsessive and I did NOT want it to taste different:
"Is it like misti doi? Is it how misti doi tastes? Did you know it was mishti doi?"
the response:  "YES, simi I know it is misti doi and it tastes awesome." :)))) hehe!

Well, not everything is rocket science and just because it is simple, it does not meant it is not exotic. Happy Holi !!






3 cups whole milk or half n half
2 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup plus a couple of tbs jaggery ( if you like it sweeter, add more)
1/4 cup kafir fullfat yogurt or homemade yogurt.

saffron strands for garnish (optional)

Pour the milk and cream into a pan and heat over a low flame....for about an hour or more, till the milk is reduced to around 1/2 to 3/4th of its original volume. Add the jaggery and bring to a boil.

Take  a piece of cheese cloth, pour the yogurt and tie it, so the excess water from the yogurt is drained, this should take about a couple of hours.

By the time the thick milk will cool to about lukewarm temperature, add the thick yogurt and whisk well.

Now pour into individual containers, cover and let it set, preferably overnight, or at least 5-6 hours.

Refrigerate, served chilled, garnished with saffron strands.































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31 comments:

  1. I want me some Misti Doi! I want all of it, actually.
    I love misti doi and fondly remember the few weeks I spent in Kolkatta, stuffing myself with this delicacy everyday.
    The matkas are adorable, I want those too ;)

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  2. this is new to me..never heard this recipe before...but it looks creamy and delicious

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  3. Love Mishti Doi.. It looks so rich and delicious.. The earthernware cups are beautiful..Holi wishes to you too.

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  4. Lovely earth ware :-) very new dessert love the combinations

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  5. lovely and simple dessert....could not take my eyes off it....lovely clicks.....
    South Indian Cooking - Mar 20th to May 20th

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  6. very delicious n tempting misti doi...love those pots tooo

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  7. Who is that lucky person to have devoured all the mishti doi Simi? Love the kullads by the way!

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  8. beautiful presentation of this classic dish. wonderful recipe

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  9. wow... this is making me drool...

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  10. The mishti doi looks awesome in those kulhar. Your pics are fabulous my friend :)

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  11. Cant take my eyes from ur clicks, drooworth and very tempting mishti doi,love those cute serving pots.

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  12. Simi Mishti doi and Bongs are made for each other so you better pass 2 matkis to me :-) stunning pics and love your procedure

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  13. Lovely! made me nostalgic about my trips with dad to KC das in bangalore just for the mishti dois.
    lovely kulads too and presentation too..

    my own party is drawing closer, keping my fingers crossed!

    ~deepa

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  14. Awesome clicks.. And makes me feel like prepare this right away !!!

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  15. liked your props and clicks.. thanks for sharing the recipe..

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  16. Beautiful pictures. I can feel how excited you were to see if the doi has set or not. I get very impatient and excited about things when I try it for the first time. Loved the pots.

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  17. Simi, Mishti doi looks so beautiful. You friend's clay pot is made for it and I love the interesting ingredients that you have added to create the mishti dpi. Will book mark and try it soon. You know to make food look like a super model. Nice photos.

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  18. Wow perfect clicks

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  19. love mishti doi. loved your presentation.

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  20. Such stunning pics, makes me want to grab a kulhad and lick it :)
    Your friend is really sweet.. I mean really!

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  21. omg..u r killing me with ur clicks..love ur cute lil whatever that is, pot /tumbler..Loved ur presentation to the core..YUM

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  22. Love the khullars and the way u placed them on the bed of ice cubes,looks so very very tempting!you have such a lovely blog here.I am your newest follower,do drop a while at mine.

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  23. Ohh! i have dyeing to make this for ages...and they looks absolutely wonderful lady loved the styling!!

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  24. Very delicious and traditional mishi doi.. looks simply inviting.. gorgeous pictures too.. love it :)

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  25. awesome photography...love your blog...

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  26. Thanks to each one of you for the lovely comments, unfortunately I do not have embedded reply in my comment section - i need to work on it. Thanks for the emails about the photography and the kulad - i told my friend too :) hugs and happy weekend !!

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  27. oh forgot to mention.... some of you asked me who ate the last one ( empty pix of the kulad ) ha ! that was me !! :))

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