I love dancing…apart from being a trained Odissi dancer, who
took her first classical baby steps at the young age of 3, I love dance. In all
forms. Period. I am currently doing all kinds of contemporary classic dancing
that I can…Obviously I do free style..and which self respecting Indian doesn’t do
Bollywood?? ;) But the best thing I have learnt through my years of practice is
to let go and dance….
Dance like no one’s watching!!
My love affair with dance began much earlier than my love
affair with books..Cooking and clicking is a much recent addition.. After
having blazed my way through all kinds of dance portals in my school and
college years, I took a break from it..for no other reason than the fact that I
didn’t have time anymore..But you can never take dance out of a person…
I hear a beat…any beat…my feet starts its own dance….I can
sway to any rhythm…I can dance non stop for hours and watch dancing for hours…I
have danced nights away with my hubby(then bf)..I twirl Dishu around the house,
dancing to whatever tune might be playing in the background… I love dancing is
what I am saying.
And if you are an Oriya(like me)or a Bong, chances are you
are a trained Odissi dancer too…that or classically trained singer like my
mom!! God..is there anything she doesn’t do??? J
And if you belong to these two very very artistically
inclined regions, chances are you were bought up on the delicious staple of
Mishti doi or sweet curd like me.
Till date, there is quite nothing like the Mishti doi one
gets back home..though the baked version I made was almost as good as you get
at any sweet shop..
I served it up rather proudly and Oh so happily….Nostalgia
hits just thinking of the mishti doi we used to devour at home from small
matkas…the yumminess , the creaminess of simple sweetened curd..the guiltless pleasure of indulging your senses…the love with which
mum used to divide it between the three of us(I hv an elder sis and a younger
bro) …the unfailing love with which dad always got it for us…Its simply the
most perfect ending to a nice homely meal.
Its cool, creamy and has just the perfect sweetness to
offset the curd…Its baked with the goodness of condensed milk and evaporated
milk, and need I say how yumm they make any dessert??
Yes, Its my one Nostalgic
Occasional Indulgence…just like me revisiting the classical dance I learnt decades back…It’s a journey that never
ends..the love for which never stops…the longing for which is always present…and when you do
indulge in it, it is as guiltless as the freedom I derive from dancing!
Celebrating my 50th blog post with this rather
- 1 can evaporated milk
1 can condensed milk
1 ½ cup of thick
1 ½ cup of milk
Method: (Using the oven)
Preheat the oven to 180 C.
Boil the milk &
then let it cool for some time. Bring it to room temperature.
Take a big bowl. Beat
the curd well so that there will be no lumps.
- Then add condensed
milk, evaporated milk & milk. Mix well & beat it for 1-2 min.
cardamom powder & again mix well. Transfer it to an oven
- Now reduce the oven
temperature to 90C..
- Then place the doi bowl inside the oven for 40-45
mins.After 40 mins it should be bit thick in consistency.
- Then let it cool down for some
time , Chill in the refrigerator over night...
Your mishti dohi is
ready to serve now...Enjoy the chilled mouthwatering doi....
If you dont want to use an oven, this is how you can go about making it...
Take a vessel/ large saucepan, add 1 ½ litre milk & 6 tblsp of sugar
to it. Let it boil on low flame till the volume is almost reduced to half.
Take 3-4 tblsp of sugar with 3tblsp of water. Heat it till sugar melts &
turn to dark brown in colour. Then add this sugar mixture to the boiling milk
& again boil it for 10-15min on low flame. After 5 mins. Pour the
milk to a bowl. Add 2tblsp of yogurt & 1tblsp cardamom powder.
Mix it &
Cover & keep it over night in a warm place. Then refrigerate it for another
3-4 hours & serve chilled. If you want u can add some chopped nuts to it.I garnished with some Gulkand for a completely different flavour...
Much much Love