Mishti Doi

Mishti Doi is a traditional Bengali dessert of sweetened yoghurt. The sweetness comes from lightly-caramelised sugar. Traditionally, the curd is set in earthen pots.

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Setting: 10 – 11 hours

Cooking Time: 35 minutes

Serves 4



  • Full Cream Milk – 1 litre
  • Sugar – 8 tbsp
  • Yoghurt – 1 tbsp
  • Earthen Pot – optional



  1. Pour the milk in a thick bottom vessel and heat over low flame.
  2. When it starts boiling, add 4 tablespoons of sugar. Keep milk on simmer till volume is reduced to little less than half.
  3. Mix remaining sugar with 2 tablespoons of water. Heat water till the sugar dissolves and gets a golden brown colour.
  4. Add browned sugar syrup slowly over the milk and boil for another 15 minutes over low flame.
  5. Remove the vessel from heat and allow milk to become lukewarm.
  6. Pour the lukewarm milk into the earthen pot and add the yoghurt.
  7. Keep the pot in a cool dry place so that the yoghurt sets. This is generally done an overnight process.
  8. Refrigerate the set mishti doi for the next morning and serve as a dessert.

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