Mishti Doi l Bhapa Doi
If you know any Bengali or happen to visit Kolkata, Orissa or Bangladesh you will come across this special dessert which I think just exists only in that part of India. Mishti Doi translates in Bengali as Sweet Yoghurt and Bhapa Doi translates as Steamed Yoghurt. So now you get the logic that it is nothing but Sweet steamed yoghurt. A very quintessential dessert that governs the dessert industry of Bengal along with the millions of other sweets.
Be it summer, monsoon or winter, no one can deny having a portion of mishti doi after their meal. The addition of jaggery or sugar molasses or palm sugar makes it not very sweet but at the same time gives that enough tinge of sweetness after a heavy meal.
Nolen Gur or Patali Gur or Khejur Gur is a winter season delicacy jaggery that comes from the Date Palm. This jaggery is healthy (seasonal and locally eaten), is a purely natural sugar that’s good for you, and is versatile to be eaten just as it is or made into desserts. It is unrefined palm sugar which is anyday better than refined white sugar, isnt it? If you don’t have an access to this specifc jaggery, you can use the regular jaggery that is made out of sugarcane or palm sugar (the Thai version or The Indonesian – Gula Jawa)
History of Bhapa Doi
There are many stories behind how this dessert was originated but it is said that the inventor is Kali Ghosh. Kali Ghosh and Hari Ghosh were two brothers from Nabadwip (an island in Bengal), they used to make mostly curd and whey. This sweet also holds huge significance during Durga Pujo especially on the last day of Sindur Choya (bidding Maa Durga off till next year) for mishti mukh.
Well the history could be a lot of things, I know it is a favorite dessert of my mum and I thought of giving it a try so that I can perfect it till I see her next year in the Netherlands and can surprise her with this here 🙂
The traditional recipe ofcourse is very long and it starts with seting the yoghurt and burning the jaggery and the earthen pots blah blah, but we live in the modern world, so why complicate ourselves and not use modern technology. Which is what I did, used the favorite baking mode in my oven and made this dessert.
Traditionally it doesn’t come with any toppings, but these days you can find several sweet and confectioneries in Bengal selling various versions and flavors of Mishti Doi and I thought of adding a little color with the garnishing.
Give this recipe a try this Diwali or anytime later and I am sure you are never settling for a store bought Doi anymore.