Mishti Doi

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“De doi, de doi paate| ore beta haari haate||”

The above quote is from a poem I read long time back, but can’t exactly remember the poet now. It says, give me the sweet yogurt the one who carries the pot with him.

Mishti Doi

A few days back when I saw Dolon write about Mishti doi on her blog, the sweet greedy Bong awoke within me. Mishti doi reminds me, and probably all Bengalis an earthen pot filled with a brownish mass of sweet curd. Misti doi is an inseparable part of all festivals in Bengal- be that a tika (a dot on the forehead) for Bhai phota (festival to mark the well being of brother), or the charanamitro (offering made to God during worship), or just a dessert to end the meal for a feast.  While we were searching for links on Mishti doi, K found an interesting one. I never knew this; SJ prepared it in an oven. That is really a nice and quick way to prepare misti doi, I believe. The post even wrote about the mention of curds in Vedas as the “Food of God”, and probably that explains why it’s offered during all rituals.

I have tried out mishti dahi in Bangalore too, but here it’s sold in plastic containers. The smell of the wet earthen pot holding the misti doi gives the actual feel of this dessert. So, when I came back to Kolkata yesterday I just couldn’t wait to devour some misti doi. Earthen pots are easily available here, and mom had some handy in her kitchen, so that was not a problem at all. While the color of the yogurt helps all to remind them of this dessert, there are some sweet shops in Kolkata too where mishti dahi looks white similar to the set sour curd.

Mishti doi though a very popular dessert throughout Bengal, it is rarely prepared at home. This may probably because it’s readily available in the market (sweet shops in Bengal are more frequent than light posts on the streets) and also preparing it takes a long time almost over night and even more. So a time taking recipe, but still is worth all the labor. Here, it is all for you to grab.

Cooking time: 35min
Preparation time: 5min
Incubation: Overnight (10-11hr)
Makes half-litre of yogurt

Ingredients:

  • Full Cream Milk (Dudh): 1ltr
  • Sugar (Chini): 8 tablespoon
  • Yogurt (Dahi): 1 tablespoon
  • 1 Earthen pot (optional)

Preparation:

  • Pour the milk in a thick bottom vessel and start heating over low flame
  • As it starts boiling add 4 tablespoons of sugar and keep on simmering till the volume is reduced to little less than half
  • Take the remaining sugar with 2 tablespoons of water and heat till the sugar melts and attains a golden brown color
  • Gradually add the molten sugar over the milk and boil for another 15 minutes over low flame
  • Take out of flame and let it become lukewarm
  • Pour the milk over the earthen pot and add the yogurt
  • Keep the pot in a cool dry place, and let the yogurt set over night
  • Refrigerate the set dahi and serve as a dessert

Mishti Doi

Hot tips – Instead of using yogurt to set the dahi, freeze-dried bacteria can also be used for the same purpose.

Further readings – Bengali sweetsYogurt in ten steps, List of misti doi

Linda is celebrating the World Breast Feeding Week on her blog with the event Got Milk?. Mishti doi is on way to the event.

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Doi Rui – Rohu in Yogurt

Serves 6

After a chicken dish and then a veggie delight here I am to tell you about the Bengal’s favorite platter – a fish curry. Fish had always been my favorite, though here in Bangalore you can’t find such good and fresh variety of fish, so I miss that “fish market” back in Kolkata, those shouts and the fishy smell. O lets not talk about that, it makes me home sick. So, Doi Rui is my mom’s special dish. She is a superb cook, and her specialty is this Doi Rui.

Ingredients for Doi Rui

  • Rohu ( rui maach) : 1kg , cut into medium sized pieces, de-shelled and cleaned
  • Curd (doi): 200 gm
  • Green Chilli (kacha lanka): 3/4
  • Turmeric powder (haluder guro): 1 ½ tsp
  • Ginger paste ( aada baata): 1tbsp
  • Chilli powder (sukhno lankar guro): 1 ½ tsp
  • Onions (peyaj): 2
  • Salt to taste

Preparation steps for Doi Rui

  • Mix curd, onion juice of 1onion, ½ tsp ginger, ½ tsp of turmeric and ½ chilli powder in a bowl, add the fish pieces to them and marinate for 15mins.
  • Heat mustard oil in a pan. Add the left out onions when the oil becomes hot. Sauté till the onions become golden brown. Add 1 tsp of ginger paste and fry little.
  • Add the marinated fish to the pan add salt, turmeric powder, chilli powder, 3 green chillis and let it cook for sometime. Take care that the pieces do not break, so don’t disturb it much, let it just cook. Use a lid for fast cooking.
  • Check after 5/7 mins whether the fish has become tender, if not then add little bit of water to it.
  • A great smell from the kitchen tells you that your Doi Rui is done.

Serve it with hot rice and enjoy that feeling of being at home, anywhere in this world .Happy cooking and happy eating.

Ready to serve Doi Rui

Ready to serve Doi Rui

Hot Tip

If you are really interested in having that Mom cooked taste then add just fry some potato pieces cut in like the French fry style and add them to the curry.

Alternate way

If you are in real hurry and don’t have time to marinate the fish, then no problem at all. First fry the pieces and keep aside. Fry the onions and ginger paste as mentioned before. Add curd, turmeric powder, chilli powder, salt, ¾ green chilli and little bit of water. Allow it to boil for 3 mins and then add the fried fish pieces. Cook for 7 mins more and your doi rui is ready to serve.

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