Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Bhapa Doi: Traditional Bengali Dessert in 2 exotic flavours: Masala Chai and Chocolate Orange

Bhapa Doi is a very traditional Bengali delicacy, and means, literally translated, steamed yogurt. Also known as Indian cheesecake due to its texture and taste. 



Though I have spent a good number of years in Kolkata and have tasted a load of Bengali sweets, I must admit that I had never tasted Bhapa Doi. I have seen this recipe on a number of blogs but seeing this recipe at Jyoti's blog actually rang a bell. I wondered why haven't I tried out this recipe yet. The simplicity of this Bengal delicacy is it's highlight.


I have (matter of bad habit) played with the recipe a little and tried out 2 new flavours to the steamed yogurt. One of course has to be my all time favourite Chocolate and this time around I have combined it with orange and almonds. And, the second flavour is Chai Masala (Indian Tea spice powder).



This one is especially for my dear sister - enjoy, and go out and get a bowl from the neighborhood sweet shop!

Ingredients

160 grams - sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup - greek yogurt 10% fat
1/2 cup - milk
30 grams - dark orange almond chocolate, melted and cooled
1/4 tsp - zest of an orange + to garnish
1/2 tbsp - blanched almond slivers, roasted, to garnish
1/8 tsp  - cardamom powder
1/8 tsp - clove powder
1/8 tsp - dried ginger powder (saunth)
1/8 tsp - cinnamon powder
a generous pinch of nutmeg powder
a generous pinch of balck pepper powder
a couple of cinnamon sticks, green cardamom and cloves to garnish (optional)
a couple of fresh orange pieces to garnish (optional)




Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 190C
  2. Mix the yogurt, milk and condensed milk together until smooth.Divide it equally into bowls.
  3. Add the melted and cooled chocolate and orange zest into one bowl and mix well. Fill this mixture into 2 oven proof bowls/ramekins.
  4. Add the powdered spices to the another bowl and mix well. I sieved the mixture and filled it into 2 oven proof bowls/ramekins.
  5. Place the bowls/ramekins in a large baking tray. Fill the tray with enough water to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins or dish.Place the tray in the centre of the oven and bake for 35 minutes.(If you are using a large baking dish, it may take longer)
  6. I switched off the oven after 35 minutes and left the yogurt in the oven until the oven was cool. Take the bowls out of the oven and cool to room temperature and then let it chill in the fridge. 
  7. Garnish the chocolate yogurt with fresh orange pieces, orange rind and roasted almond slivers and the Chai Yogurt with the cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods and cloves and serve.

Note

  1. Do not cover the bowls/ramekins/baking dish while baking the yogurt.
  2. Traditionally this yogurt is steamed. One can also steam it in a double boiler or a pressure cooker. 
  3. Instead of greek yogurt one can also use thick yogurt or, traditionally, hung plain yogurt.
  4. Of course, one can add any flavour to this yogurt- fruits, exotic spices, coffee... it's upto your imagination. 
Serves - 4



Cheers!

54 comments:

  1. These look supra yummy, and it is great that they can set even without eggs! I must try!

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  2. Beautiful Rachna; you need not even add those fake flowers/berries. The food shot is beautiful! :-)

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  3. Interesting recipe, looks very yumm...esp chocolate one.. and very beautiful clicks...

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  4. Bhapa doi looks delicious Rachana. Love the flavors you selected.

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  5. Looks awesome, wish there was some way I could just devour from the pic :):)

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  6. Love the rich looking b doi !! Never tasted it but wld love to. Thxs for introducing a new dessert :))))

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  7. I don't remember eating this dessert, but by the look of it why do I feel it's resembling creme brulee more than cheesecake? :D
    Pretty pictures and great choice of flavors, Rachana!

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  8. very delicious dessert,loved ur variation wid interesting flavors...yummm

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  9. luks delicious dear....nice click!!

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  10. delicious treat dear...love ur presentation..awesome!

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  11. Mindblowing and seriously attractive..Well done.Lovely flavours.

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  12. what to say???this is the best. love those cute glasses of yours. very unique shape.

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  13. the cute glasses and yummy dessert
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  14. looks beautiful. never tasted it before but have heard of it.

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  15. Mind blowing pics,interesting and delicious.

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  17. Sounds new to me...looks delicious!!

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  18. This looks so delicious rach, i love bengali sweets too..need to ask you a Q about you disappearing often..but wont post it here..can you shoot me a mail at ruchikacooks@gmail.com and I want to mail you as I don't have yours :)

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  19. Goodness me..these are awesome!

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  20. SImply irresistible dessert, nicely done...beautifully presented!!

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  21. Looks incredible and super tempting..

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  22. This sounds like a lovely dessert. The ingredient list tells me that I would enjoy this very much. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

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  23. first time here....looks so delicious..
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  24. looks delicious and lovely presentation.. like ur clicks..first time here..happy to follow u dear..pls visit and join my space in ur free time:)
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  25. Dear Rachana,
    Love your innovation, always bring a smile on my face. Neat clicks.

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  26. ohhh dear !!!misti doi in two flavors !!!!ekebare darun !!!!n very innovative dear !!

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  27. Delectable & delicious,Rachana..Loved both flavors,Great clicks!!

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  28. Dear Rachana, absolutely lovely idea! Brilliant, as usual. I envy your husband :-)
    Keep up the good work!

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  29. Un dessert magnifique. A tester très vite.
    A bientôt

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  30. This dessert looks heavenly!! I adore your pictures...

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  31. Never heard this recipe name....very nice and innovative...beautifully presented, super like the pictures...will definitely try it very soon...happy to follow you...
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  32. this is so so unique and looking yum yum....Never seen or heard of this kind of dessert..but must try this one..looking very nice....

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  33. You have lifted the traditional bhapa doi recipe with new exotic flavours ...just imagining the aroma it must have ..hugs and smiles

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  35. OMG...Love them both !!! Falling in love with your super yummy exotic dessert and your awesome clicks.

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  36. A type of cheesecake that I've never tried?!?!? Obviously I need to change that. This looks delicious!

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  37. Thats a yummy dessert, would lov to try them...gr8 recipe

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  38. j'y plongerais volontiers ma cuillère
    bonne journée

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  39. hats off to your creativity.. These desserts look fit for the king.. Beautiful presentation!

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  40. Looks very delicious. Love your presentation. Nice photography. Thanks very much for sharing.

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  41. Mouthwatering here, what a terrific and super tempting....
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  42. How ingenious and absolutely gorgeous clicks!

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  43. Wow rachna,

    this dish looks very delectable...very simple yet versatile and tasty!

    Shobha

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  44. ohh myyy!!!...that looks so perfect and tempting...yum!!

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  45. Very nice presentation ! Thanks for submitting your photo to DMBLGiT July

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  46. Hi, was looking for the recipe of Bhapa Doi and I'm amazed by what i got here. Thanks for sharing these kind of unique and tempting recipes.

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