Bhapa Doi: A Divine Bengali Steamed Yogurt Dessert

Bhapa Doi: A Divine Bengali Steamed Yogurt Dessert

Recipe for Bhapa Doi:


- 2 cups thick yogurt (Greek yogurt or hung curd)
- 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/4 cup sugar (adjust to taste)
- 1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder
- A pinch of saffron strands (optional)
- Chopped pistachios or almonds for garnish (optional)


1. Prepare the Yogurt Base:
- In a mixing bowl, combine the thick yogurt and sweetened condensed milk.
- Mix them together until you get a smooth and creamy consistency.

2. Add Milk and Sugar:
- In a separate saucepan, heat the milk until it's warm but not boiling.
- Add sugar to the warm milk and stir until the sugar dissolves completely.
- Allow the sweetened milk to cool slightly.

3. Combine the Ingredients:
- Gradually add the sweetened milk to the yogurt-condensed milk mixture and whisk until well combined.
- Add cardamom powder and saffron strands (if using) to enhance the flavor and aroma.

4. Prepare for Steaming:
- Grease a heatproof dish or a set of small individual serving cups with a little ghee or cooking spray.
- Pour the prepared Bhapa Doi mixture into the greased dish or cups.

5. Steam the Bhapa Doi:
- Cover the dish or cups tightly with aluminum foil or a lid.
- Prepare a steamer by adding water to the bottom pot and placing a steaming rack inside.
- Place the covered dish or cups on the steaming rack.

6. Steam the Dessert:
- Steam the Bhapa Doi on low to medium heat for about 25-30 minutes. The exact time may vary depending on the size of your dish or cups.
- To check if it's done, insert a toothpick into the Bhapa Doi. If it comes out clean, it's ready.

7. Cool and Chill:
- Remove the Bhapa Doi from the steamer and allow it to cool to room temperature.
- Once cooled, refrigerate it for at least 3-4 hours or until it's well chilled.

8. Garnish and Serve:
- Before serving, garnish with chopped pistachios or almonds (if desired) for a delightful crunch and added flavor.
- Bhapa Doi is traditionally served chilled in individual cups or as a larger dessert portion.

9. Enjoy the Creamy Bliss:
- Bhapa Doi is a creamy, luscious, and delicately sweet dessert that's sure to satisfy your sweet cravings.
- Its simplicity and the luxurious taste of yogurt make it a beloved dessert in Bengali cuisine.

Bhapa Doi is not just a dessert; it's a taste of Bengali indulgence. Enjoy the velvety texture and rich flavors of this steamed yogurt delight!

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