Mishti Doi – Bengali Sweet Baked Yogurt – Guest Post by Abida From The Red Lychee

Hello, readers! My name is Abida and I usually blog at The Red Lychee. Today I’m bringing you A quick and easy traditional Bengali dessert that is good enough to serve to company. In Bengali, we call this mishti doi or sweet yoghurt. Flavoured with cardamom and pistachio, it’s kind of like a rasmalai flavoured youghurt.

Mishti Doi - Bengali Sweet Baked Yogurt

I was so over the moon when Fatima invited me to guest blog here at Fatima Cooks. I have admired Fatima’s delectable cooking for a long while now and I am honoured to be able to share my own recipe here on the blog. Mishti doi is a very traditional Bengali dessert. I love it because it has just a slight hint of tartness rather than being overwhelmingly sweet. You can of course serve this on its own, in fact it looks positively regal topped with emerald like pistachios and any other fruits that catch your fancy. A lot of Bengalis also enjoy pairing mishti doi with rice and milk to make almost a hot rice pudding dish. My preference is for it on its own.

Mishti Doi - Bengali Sweet Baked Yogurt - Guest Post by Abida From The Red Lychee

I’ve kept things as simple as possible with this recipe because as many readers of my blog know, I like to take as many shortcuts as possible in the kitchen without sacrificing on flavour. I used brown sugar to add a slight caramel flavour and then baked the yoghurt in a bain marie slowly on a low heat to hasten the setting of the yoghurt. If like me, you don’t have the traditional earthenware used to make mishti doi in, then you can just use any oven safe dish.

What’s great about this recipes is the fact that you can prepare it the night before, leave it in the fridge and then serve it the next day if you are having guests over. It’s also a great dessert for special occasions such as Eid.

Mishti Doi - Bengali Sweet Baked Yogurt - Guest Post by Abida From The Red Lychee

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Mishti Doi - Bengali Sweet Baked Yogurt - Guest Post by Abida From The Red Lychee

Mishti Doi - Bengali Sweet Baked Yogurt
Mishti Doi - Bengali Sweet Baked Yogurt - Guest Post by Abida From The Red Lychee
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Servings Prep Time
3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Mishti Doi - Bengali Sweet Baked Yogurt
Mishti Doi - Bengali Sweet Baked Yogurt - Guest Post by Abida From The Red Lychee
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Ingredients
  • 5 cups milk
  • 5 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp yogurt
  • 2 green cardamom pods
  • 1 tbsp rosewater
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a stove add milk and cardamom and let it simmer to a gentle boil on a low flame. Once it comes to a boil, add sugar and rosewater.
  2. Let it continue to cook on a low heat slowly for about 30 minutes until the milk has thickened and reduced by half. Make sure to keep stirring milk otherwise it will stick to bottom of pan.
  3. Next remove the milk from the heat and let it cool to room temperature. Then then whisk in yoghurt until it is smooth and well combined. Pour the mixture into an oven safe dish or ramekins. Let it sit for about 10 minutes whilst you preheat the oven to 180C / 350F.
  4. Fill a baking and roasting try with about 1 cup of cold water. Place the dishes with the yoghurt mixture onto the tray with water in a bain marie style and then bake in the oven for 40-60 minutes until yoghurt has set.
  5. Once baked, let it cool and come to room temperature and then leave to refrigerate for a few hours, preferably overnight. When serving, garnish with chopped pistachio nuts and any other toppings.
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