Anu's Bhapa Doi - A Traditional Bengali Steamed Yogurt Dessert

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Anu's Bhapa Doi - A Traditional Bengali Steamed Yogurt Dessert
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
Recipe by Administrator
Published on November 20, 2023

Anu's Bhapa Doi is a delicious and creamy traditional Bengali dessert made by steaming sweetened yogurt. It is a popular dessert in Bengali households, often prepared during festive occasions. This recipe combines the richness of condensed milk, the tanginess of yogurt, and the aromatic flavor of cardamom to create a mouthwatering dessert that is sure to impress your friends and family.


  • 2 cups yogurt
  • 1 cup condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 1 tablespoon sliced almonds
  • 1 tablespoon sliced pistachios
  • 1 tablespoon raisins
  • 1 tablespoon grated coconut (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon ghee (clarified butter)


  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk the yogurt until smooth.
  2. Add condensed milk, milk, and cardamom powder to the yogurt. Mix well to ensure all the ingredients are incorporated.
  3. Grease a heatproof dish with ghee.
  4. Pour the yogurt mixture into the dish and spread it evenly.
  5. Garnish the surface with sliced almonds, pistachios, raisins, and grated coconut (if using).
  6. Place the dish in a steamer or a large pot with a steamer rack.
  7. Cover the dish with aluminum foil to prevent water from entering.
  8. Steam the yogurt mixture for about 25-30 minutes on medium heat. Insert a toothpick or knife to check if the Bhapa Doi is set.
  9. Once the Bhapa Doi is set, remove it from the steamer and let it cool to room temperature.
  10. Refrigerate the Bhapa Doi for at least 2 hours to chill before serving.
  11. Serve chilled Bhapa Doi as a refreshing dessert.

Interesting Facts

  • Bhapa Doi is a popular dessert in Bengal and is often served during festivals like Durga Puja.
  • The word 'Bhapa' means steamed and 'Doi' means yogurt in Bengali.
  • In traditional Bengali cuisine, Bhapa Doi is made by steaming the mixture in earthen pots called 'Shondesh Battis.'
  • Bhapa Doi is a healthier alternative to baked or fried desserts, as it is steamed and does not require excessive oil or butter.