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method to make curd or dahi at home from milk.

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how to make curd or dahi or yogurt at home with tips and step by step photos. a couple of requests on how to make curd/dahi at home and how to make paneer…. and thus this post on making curd at home.

curd recipe, dahi recipe, yogurt recipe

summers are the best time to have curd (yogurt) just plain or sweetened or in biryanikadhi, lassi, shrikhandpaneer tikka, aloo tikka or a simple raita. yogurt based dishes are cooling and ideal for summers.

i won’t be going into the food science of making curd and the fermentation process. will just keep it simple with a few tips to keep in mind whilst making curd at home.

tips to make thick curd or dahi at home

  • use a good quality milk. full cream milk yields a luscious and thick curd.
  • always boil the milk before making the curd. this ensures that the milk does not spoil during the fermentation process.
  • the milk should not be hot. if its very hot the milk may coagulate and you might end up getting a grainy curd.
  • if its little hot then the curd does not become thick and is a bit runny with some whey in the curd.
  • if the milk is cold, then the curd won’t be set at all.
  • the milk must be warm. just dip your little finger in the milk and you should feel warm not hot.
  • it is very important to dissolve the curd culture uniformly in the milk. whisk very well with a spoon or a whisker.
  • if you stay in a cold place or have cold temperatures, then cover the bowl or pan in which the curd mixture is with a warm towel or warm blanket and keep it in a warm place in your kitchen.
  • also you could place the bowl in a big large jar of wheat flour and then cover the jar. this is how my mom-in-law would make curd in the delhi winters.
  • in summers the curd will set faster than in the winters. so remember this point.
  • you could use any quantity of milk you want to make the thick curd.
  • for half a litre milk, 1 to 2 teaspoons of curd culture works fine. increase proportionally for larger quantities of milk.
  • once the curd is set, refrigerate the curd.

homemade curd recipe

you can use curd to make simple raitas or use it in va ariety of dishes like:

you can also serve it plain with aloo paratha, plain paratha or other stuffed paratha varieties.

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curd recipe

method to make curd or dahi at home from milk.
course side dish
cuisine indian
prep time 7 hours
cook time 10 minutes
total time 7 hours 10 minutes
servings 1 medium size bowl of curd
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • ½ litre of milk or 500 ml milk
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons curd (dahi or yogurt)

how to make curd recipe

  1. boil the milk first.
  2. let the milk become warm.
  3. in the same pan that you have boiled the milk, add 1 tsp of curd and mix well.
  4. cover and keep the pan for 5-6 hours or till the curd has set.

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stepwise process of making curd or dahi or yogurt at home

1:.first step is to take a thick bottomed pan and rinse it water.

how to make curd

2. then add ½ litre of milk – about 2 cups milk. keep the pan on the stove top and begin to heat milk on a low to medium-low flame.

how to make curd

3. when the milk is getting heated, stir once or twice, so that the milk does not get browned from the bottom.

how to make curd

4. let the milk come to a boil. milk will froth and bubble when it comes to boil.

how to make curd

5. you can even heat milk to a temperature between 85 to 96 degrees celsius.

how to make curd

6. switch off the flame. remove the pan and keep it aside on the kitchen counter for the milk to cool at room temperature. we just need to the temperature of milk to reduce till the milk becomes warm.

how to make curd

a few ways to check if the milk has become warm

7. you can check if the milk has become warm with your fingers (touch method) or with a thermometer. dip your little finger in the milk and you should feel warm and not hot. another way is to touch the pan. when you touch the pan, it should feel warm and not hot.

how to make curd

8. you can even use a food thermometer to check the temperature. the temperature of the warm milk should be between 39 to 44 degrees celsius.

how to make curd

9. now take 1 to 2 teaspoons of the curd starter and add in the warm milk. in winters you can add 2 teaspoons. whereas in summers 1 teaspoon works fine.

how to make curd

10. with a small wired whisk or a spoon mix very well. a small wired whisk makes the job of mixing the curd starter very well in the milk.

how to make curd

setting curd

11. then pour this mixture in a bowl or a pan.

how to make curd

12. you can use terracotta or clay bowls, steel bowls and even glass or ceramic bowls for the curd to set. for less washing work, you can set the curd in the same pan in which the milk was boiled.

how to make curd

13. cover the pan or bowl with a lid. then keep at room temperature for 4 to 5 hours or till the curd is set. you can also keep overnight also. i kept overnight. the time taken for the milk to get converted to curd largely depends on the temperature. in a warm, hot and humid climate, the time taken for the curd to set will be 4 to 7 hours. whereas in a cool or cold climate, the time taken can be 8 to 12 hours.

how to make curd

14. next day you will have a nice well set homemade curd.

how to make curd

15. you can see in the picture its a properly set thick and creamy curd.

how to make curd

16. curd or dahi can be had plain or sweetened or can be made into a dessert, drink or any dish of your choice.

how to make curd

few popular recipes made from curd are:

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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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  1. Dear Dassana

    This is Arusha again….I have tried nearly 10 to 15 times but my milk does not set at al to turn into Dahi….I boiled milk in micro, on electric stove top and in different vessels also, like for micro I used pyrex bowl and for stove top I used steel vessel..but never I succeeded….In india my dahi sets in few hours but here, in the US it never happens..I have used full fat, 2 percent, whole milk…but did not get good dahi.can u give temperature in degrees, so I can try… do u think vessles make any difference in setting dahi??

    • arusha, i will update in a two days the temperature settings on this post. i just made dahi yesterday. i use steel pan for heating. i even use clay pot at times for heating milk. keep the bowl or pan in a warm place. also the outside temperature has to be warm or hot. in cold seasons setting dahi can be tricky. usually i cover the pan with a warm napkin or a towel and keep it in a warm corner of the kitchen. do not keep in a place where there is cold draft of air coming through. my mother in law keeps the pan in a large container (dabba) of atta. atta is warm and it helps in setting dahi easily.

  2. Can you please tell us what yogurt this is most like? I’m trying to buy some yogurt starter for a better batch. Also could you explain how you use the yogurt to make paneer? No one sells a kit like that but I feel it would Sell Well! Thank you

    • what is sold in the west as yogurt is different than what we make in india as curd. curd has a pleasant sour taste and is not very thick. of course one has to taste curd made with the right strain of bacteria. what is sold even in indian markets as curd has a different taste as compared to the ones made in homes.

      without a culture also you can make curd, but you need to have a nice warm climate. what i do is, i heat milk till its slightly hot. just a bit above being warm. then remove the crowns of green chilies, about 10 to 12 crowns. place the crowns on the milk. cover and keep. this method needs a warm room temperature and won’t work in a cool or cold climate. it takes 7 to 9 hours for the curd to set. you can also use dry red chili crowns. once the curd is set, then keep a few teaspoons of it in the fridge or freezer and then use this culture to make the second batch of curd with the method mentioned in this recipe post.

      for paneer, once the milk comes to a boil, add 3 to 4 tablespoons of curd. stir well and the milk will split. you may need to add more if the milk does not split.

  3. Hi Dassana,I have been making curd for quite some time now, but I follow a slightly different process. The glass bowl in which I intend to set the dahi, i smear the curd culture in that nicely like a coating, and then I pour the warm milk in it, and let it dry overnight in a corner of my kitchen. The curd comes out fine. I have never done it your way, but would try it and let you kNow. By the way, why is it that after repetitively using the curd culture from the same store bought curd cup, on the 4th or 5th time , the curd eventually doesn’t set as well as the 1st time?? Also have you ever prepared Greek yogurt??
    Thanks

    • chayanika, thanks a lot for sharing this suggestion. i have always stirred the curd culture in the milk. i liked your method. i also sometimes just add green chili or red chili crowns in warm milk and let the curd set. this i do, when i do not have curd culture.

      i have never faced this issue. in fact as time progresses, the curd sets very well. thats whats i have seen with the store brought curd.

      i do make hung yogurt. its basically greek yogurt only but with a different name. you can check the method here – https://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/hung-curd-how-to-make-hung-curd/

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