Dear Dahi

by Sanjeev Kapoor

Curd (yogurt) or dahi is a very fascinating ingredient which has been a part of our pantries since ages. The health benefits of curd are not lesser-known either. We are using this superfood to the best of its ability to create some tasty recipes since long. A kadhi with rice, a raita with pulao, a hung yogurt filling for a sandwich, a refreshing glass of lassi or chaas with a meal are just some basic and most common ways we include this wonderful ingredient in our day-to-day life. Of course, who can forget the dahi-cheeni from our childhood days that Maa used to feed before going for any examination! But, today we have more than just that, some amazing dahi wale recipes for the dahi lover in you. So, go ahead and experience curd in its new avatar with these delicious recipes


To begin with, here’s how you can make the perfect batch of dahi at your home.

Heat a litre of whole full cream milk, bring it to a boil and reduce to around 4 cups. Remove from heat and cool till it comes to a temperature of 45° C. Add 1 tablespoon of thick curd and mix evenly with a spoon or churner/whisker. Transfer the mixture into an earthenware pot and allow to set in a warm place (at 43°C) for 4 hours (in summer, otherwise may take longer). In winter or in places at higher altitudes, one can always wrap the pot in which the curd is set with a warm wrapping. Always remove a small quantity aside for setting the curd for the following day before you consume the rest. Refrigerate once set.


Now, time for some amazing recipes:

Dahi ke Sholay

The name of the recipe in itself is so interesting that it makes you want to try it right away. Hung yogurt and cheese mixed with vegetables, wrapped in bread slices and fried till crispy golden. How about you try this when you crave some fried food next time? We bet you won’t be disappointed!


Dahi Wala Mutton

Mutton lovers, here’s a recipe to start a new love affair with dahi. The delectable mutton curry cooked in dahi alongwith spicesmakes for a combination to die for. Pair it with some steamed rice or any flatbread of your choice for the best experience.

Dahi Quinoa

This is the perfect example of the fact that you can mix dahi with literally anything, and it turns out to be great. Also, this recipe is a celebration of superfoods! Quinoa, curd, ghee, peanuts and more coming together to give perfect dish for you to enjoy both taste and nutrition. Prepared in a typical South Indian style for you to try at home for a comforting lunch.

Dahiwala cake

Dahi aur cake ka ajeeb, but tasty combination! For most of you, it would be a no! But, let us tell you about the amazing flavour dahi adds to this ordinary cake. You’ve got to give it a shot and we are sure you will be left wanting for more!

Dahi Baingan

Fried brinjals cooked in a dahi gravy with aromatic masalas makes this mazedar Dahi Baingan. You won’t believe when we say that this dish has its versions pan India. Why don’t you try one of our versions and find out why it has so many fans?

For more dahi wale recipes, follow the link:


website of the year 2013
website of the year 2014
website of the year 2016
MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.