Bhapa Doi or Steamed Yogurt is a traditional Bengali dessert dish which as the name suggests, is steamed yogurt pudding. This super smooth and silky dessert is made with thick curd or hung curd, sweetened condensed milk and lots of nuts rich creamy texture that is devoid of any whey. Bhapa Doi is not only very delicious and easy to prepare dish but also a very flexible in its form and variations. We can include a variety of ingredients of our choice and make this a divinely delicious and exotic dessert. Today I would like to share the recipe of the basic ‘bhapa doi’ where I have just used cardamom powder and chopped nuts and raisins. We can always incorporate variations as per our desire. So here it is, our traditional Bengali version of ‘cheesecake’ but sans any gelatin or agar agar.
Bhapa Doi - Steamed Yogurt Pudding Recipe
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 - 25 minutes
Yield: 4 - 5 servings
Marinating time: 3 hours or more (Chilling time)
- Thick Curd/ Hung Curd/ Greek Yogurt: 1 cup
- Sweetened Condensed Milk: 1 cup
- Milk: 1 cup
- Cardamom Powder: 1 teaspoon
- Chopped Nuts and Raisins: 2 tablespoon
- Butter: 1 teaspoon
- Take yogurt in a bowl and whisk it to get a smooth consistency.
- To this add sweetened condensed milk and whisk it again.
- Now add milk and mix well.
- Add cardamom powder and chopped nuts (pistachios, almonds, cashew, raisins etc).
- Lightly grease the bowls/ ramekins or pans used for steaming with butter and pour the mix in them. The mould needs to be covered with aluminum foil so that it is free of any water.
- If using a pressure, fill the cooker with adequate water, remove the weight, cover and switch on the heat for steam formation. Put the covered bowls into a vessel, cover and steam for at least 20-25 minutes. If using a steamer, keep the bowls or moulds on the steamer and steam similarly.
- Once done, take out the moulds, let them cool down to room temperature and then refrigerate for at least 3 hours or more. Sprinkle some chopped nuts and raisins and serve chilled bhapa doi.Once done, take out the moulds, let them cool down to room temperature and then refrigerate for at least 3 hours or more. Sprinkle some chopped nuts and raisins and serve chilled bhapa doi.