Homemade curd, How to make curd or dahi at home

Homemade curd, How to make curd or dahi at home

Curd or Dahi or yogurt is a diary product prepared from milk obtained from a process called curdling. Okay so anyone and everyone know it and I just had to say that because it’s the introduction😂 curd is an essential part of Indian meal and we cannot boycott that for any reason right? Hands up for that🙌 Though we can easily buy curd at stores the actual joy of tasting curd that is homemade is something that cannot be put in words. Well making curd is also not a TDS job but still the traditional practice of making it is just fading away I feel, at least in my case mi have seen my grandmother or mom get curd outside and may be that’s why we relished it so much I guess. When I was newly married I used to make curd every single time but it slowly dropped and I have started failing at it after reaching to cold country. But after all these years I have finally found some tricks to get it right all the time so shared as much as tips below which I hopefully help. So now get few details about it, always use only full cream/ full fat milk while making curd and never add water to your while boiling if it is meant for making curd. Though the process might sound really simple there are few tips and tricks that we should always follow to get it right. But as I always say its completely fine if you don’t get it right the very first time. So I have added all the required points along with directions which I hopefully think will be helpful. So lets get to the making!

Homemade curd, How to make curd or dahi at home
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Prep Time
6 hr
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
6 hr 5 min
Prep Time
6 hr
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
6 hr 5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1. Milk – 250 ml
  2. 2. Curd – 1 tsp
Instructions
  1. Boil milk really well till cream form on top.
  2. Allow the milk to attain a temperature that is warm. Not too hot, not cold not even room temperature. This step is very important for setting curd. So make sure to get the temperature right!
  3. So how to know if you have attained right temperature? After minutes of boiling milk try to insert your finger in the milk and if you can hold for 5 seconds or more then you got it right. You just have to believe in your intuition at this point. Remember not too hot, not cold between that WARM. Because only warm temperature can activate the bacteria and result it desired quality of curd.
  4. Now add a teaspoon of curd from your earlier batch or store bought ones. Mix it really well until it is fully combined. Now allow it for 3 – 4 hours outside for it to set. If not try keeping it out for 5 to 6 hours and your curd will be ready.
  5. During hot climate curd will be ready in 4 hours during winter it will take long time.
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How to make curd at home with step by step images


Boil milk and allow it become warm

  1. Boil milk really well till cream forms on top as in the picture. Pour the milk onto a bowl in which you are going to make curd. Allow the milk to attain a temperature that is warm. Not too hot, not cold not even room temperature. This step is very important for setting curd. So make sure to get the temperature right!So how to know if you have attained right temperature? After minutes of boiling milk try to insert your finger in the milk and if you can hold for 5 seconds or more then you got it right. You just have to believe in your intuition at this point. Remember not too hot, not cold between that WARM. Because only warm temperature can activate the bacteria and result it desired quality of curd.
    Mix little curd to warm milk
  2. Now add a teaspoon of curd from your earlier batch or store bought ones. Mix it really well until it is fully combined. Now allow it for 3 – 4 hours outside for it to set. If not try keeping it out for 5 to 6 hours and your curd will be ready. During hot climate curd will be ready in 4 hours during winter it will take long time.
    Homemade curd is ready
  3. I kept in the oven with lights on after preheating it for 1 minute and the curd was ready in 4 hours.

Tips for people living in cold countries:

  1. Try adding more curd to the milk mixture say about 2 tsp for better results.
  2. Try adding green chilli or red chilli with stem to hot milk as it also works best. I used to do it earlier but now I don’t follow that method.
  3. Try placing the bowl with milk curd mixture in preheated oven like preheat for 2 minutes at 350C/ 180F. Then place it inside the oven with oven light on.
  4. Try heating a microwave for 1 minute on high then place the better inside for better results.
  5. If you feel your pantry is not cold you try placing it there.
  6. Some people suggest heating the milk bowl for 20 seconds before placing it anywhere but I don’t think it will give thick curd.
  7. Finally now there is INSTANT POT that comes with yogurt settings which will yield perfect curd.

 

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