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 Mishti Doi is a Bengali dessert.  Bengal is a part of East India and Bengalis are very famous for their sweet preparation.  Mishti Doi is among their well known dessert, I have enjoyed having them from my childhood days.  Whenever my dad visits Bangalore he will never miss to have them, similarly whenever he takes us to Bangalore we used to enjoy them in a cute earthen pot in a famous Bengali sweet shop.

Mishti Doi is a sweet yogurt.  It is made with milk and sugar.  A part of sugar is caramelized to give lovely caramel flavor.  This is a very popular dessert. Earthenware is always used as the container for making this because the gradual evaporation of water through its porous walls not only further thickens the yogurt, but also produces the right temperature for the growth of the culture. Very often the yogurt is delicately seasoned with a hint of elaichi (cardamoms) for fragrance, but this is absolutely optional.  I some times make with Saffron, elaichi or just with caramelized sugar.  You can prepare the way you like.

I am giving you two ways of preparing this delicious and flavorful yogurt.  If you have evaporated milk and condensed milk handy then go for ver I else you can do the ver II.   I did a guest post of Mishti Doi for Sala of Veggiebelly. I wanted to keep my childhood favorite in my journal too so I am posting this again.

Mishti Doi - ver I


Yields - 3 1/2 to 4cups of yogurt

Evaporated Milk - 1 can (12 oz)
Whole Milk - 1 cup (Boiled)
Condensed Milk - 1/2 can (7 oz)
Sugar - 2 tbsp
Water - 1 tbsp
Yogurt (curd) - 1/3 cup

Preheat the oven to 175 degree Fahrenheit and switch off the oven. 


1. Pour the evaporated milk and boiled whole milk in a vessel.
2. Heat them until it is above the body temperature.
3. To this add the condensed milk.
4. In the mean time heat 2 tbsp of sugar in a pan (low flame) until the sugar is caramelized to nice golden brown.  Put off the flame. Now to that add 1 tbsp of water and stir with a spoon.
5. Add this caramelized sugar to the milk mixture.
6. When the milk mixture is nicely warm(Make sure the milk mixture is hot enough but not burning hot. If you touch you should be able to bare the heat).  Now add the yogurt until well blended.
7. Pour them in the individual serving containers.
8. Close with the lid or foil.  Let the yogurt set overnight in the preheated oven.
9. Refrigerate them for at least few hours and serve!!!

Mishti Doi - ver II

If you don't have the condensed milk, evaporated milk  handy, no worries here is the recipe.

Ingredients :

Full cream milk - 3 cups
Sugar - 3/4 cup
Plain Yogurt - 1/3 tbsp (whisk and keep it aside)
Water - 1 tbsp

Method :

1. Heat the milk in the heavy bottom pan.  Add the sugar just reserving 1/3 cups for caramelizing.  Let them boil and reduce to half the quantity.
2. In the mean time heat 1/3 cup of sugar in a pan (low flame) until the sugar is caramelized to nice golden brown.  Put off the flame. Now to that add 1 tbsp of water and stir with a spoon.
3. Add this caramelized sugar to the milk and stir until well blended.
4. Once the milk is nicely warm(
(Make sure the milk mixture is hot enough but not burning hot. If you touch you should be able to bare the heat).  Add the yogurt and give even mixing.
5. Pour them in the serving containers/ pots and let them set overnight.
6. Once they are firm, put it in the refrigerator for few hours.

Enjoy them leisurely!!!


1. As I said it taste's best when served in earthen pot but it’s optional.  But we love making them in earthen pot it really comes out very creamy its my personal experience.
2. Using oven is optional, if the weather is really hot just put the pot in a cool dry place and let them set overnight. If the weather is very cool then opt for oven method to set the yogurt.
3. If you want to flavor the yogurt using cardamom or saffron, just omit the caramelization part of sugar.  Instead add less then 1/4 tsp of cardamom powder or Saffron (mixed with hot water) to the milk mixture before the yogurt is added.

Hope you all enjoy the dessert virtually!!!

Prathima Rao  – (November 16, 2011 at 10:49 PM)  

Luscious & so yummmmm!!!!! Thanks Pavi for 2 delish versions of this authentic sweet dish...Bookmarking this :)
Prathima Rao
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Tina  – (November 16, 2011 at 11:20 PM)  

so tempting nd mouthwatering ...

chef and her kitchen  – (November 16, 2011 at 11:31 PM)  

I was wondering that I saw this post already..hmm..good 2 maintain d record in our blog this dessert 2 d core

Saraswathy Balakrishnan  – (November 17, 2011 at 12:03 AM)  

Deliciously mouth-watering dessert...should give a try sometime:)

Unknown  – (November 17, 2011 at 12:06 AM)  

I havent tasted this dessert but have heard lots about it and I luv the name :) Beautiful clicks and yummy sweet

Anonymous –   – (November 17, 2011 at 12:36 AM)  

I love learning about deserts in other parts of the world.Looks really delicious

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Nandita SS  – (November 17, 2011 at 12:45 AM)  

The mishti doi looks so wonderful. To me this is an ideal accompaniment to pooris :)

Shanthi Krishnakumar  – (November 17, 2011 at 2:55 AM)  

Delicious and tempting versions of mishti doi. The clicks and combination of pot and curd are too good

Faseela  – (November 17, 2011 at 3:03 AM)  

Tempting and luks delicious................nice looking pot...

Hamaree Rasoi  – (November 17, 2011 at 8:30 AM)  

Slurping over here. Irresistible looking misti doi. Wonderfully prepared.

Hamaree Rasoi

Priya Suresh  – (November 17, 2011 at 8:51 AM)  

Yum yum, mouthwatering here, irresistible misti doi..

Chitra  – (November 17, 2011 at 11:02 AM)  

Have heard this name but donno anything abt it. This sounds simple and easy to make. will try :)

Unknown  – (November 17, 2011 at 7:30 PM)  

Yummy dish..It looks very delicious..

Poornima Nair  – (November 17, 2011 at 11:59 PM)  

Delicious! One of the best bengali desserts!

DV  – (November 19, 2011 at 9:33 PM)  

Mmm...Tempting:) Look delicious! :)

Zareena  – (November 21, 2011 at 2:50 AM)  

mmm... perfect dessert. My favorite. Nice matka in the first snap.

Magic of Spice  – (November 22, 2011 at 11:29 PM)  

What a beautiful treat this is...I love these earthen pots as well and will have to search for them. I am a huge cardamom lover, so I go for the option :) Truly lovely and beautiful photos as well :)

Anonymous –   – (August 12, 2012 at 8:13 PM)  

Hi Pavitra. You have a really wonderful blog. I used inspiration from your recipe to make my own version. I just wanted to thank you and let you know. You can find my recipe here:


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