Posted tagged ‘Home cooking’

A Bengali meal and mishti doi recipe

May 24, 2010

A spread at Rekha-di's in Lexington, MA

We Bengalees love our food and our courses. Thank heavens I have relatives here who feed me the kidn of meals that make me homesick. Here is a traditional weekend spread that I recently devoured.

Clockwise from top left there was fried rice, boiled rice, daal – spiced boiled lentils, chicken with peppers, mango chutney, fish curry, vegetable curry and fish chops.

Mishti Doi

But my favorite was the moutwatering mishti doi (homemade sweet yogurt/curds), served in a clay pot just like they do in stores in Kolkata.

Want to make some? Here’s an easy recipe:

– 1 can (14 oz) Sweetened Condensed Milk
– 1 can (12 oz) Evaporated Milk
– 1 cup plain white yogurt

Mix all ingredients well and pour into a flat oven-safe container (or a clay earten pot if you have one. Bake at 200 degrees F for about 1 hr 15 mins. or till it sets. Cool and refrigerate before serving.
Apparently, even ancient Vedic texts refer to these curds and as “food of the Gods.” Mmmm.

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