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How to make thick Curd at home

Photos and video updated on 15 April 2021

How to make thick Curd at home with step step photos recipe. Curd is an important accompaniment to Indian food and no meal is complete without Dahi/curd at our home whether we used as it is simple with meal or variation of lassi's or in the form of raita's too. Homemade curd or yogurt is pretty easy to make at home.

Curd or Dahi is a dairy product made by milk and sample of curd which curdling, we can make curd at home on a regular basis. We love to have homemade dahi as compared to market ones. The procedure is very simple, all you need to follow proper procedure and method and you can make thick curd at home.

I prepare homemade curd nearly everyday, not only it’s easy - it thick, rich in protein and taste's good too. 
Homemade Dahi Recipe

Summers are the best time to have curd (yogurt) just plain or sweetened or in kadhi, lassi, or a simple raita.

Yogurt based dishes are cooling and ideal for summers. I learn this process from my mom, she usually prepare homemade curd in this way only. 

The best part of the curd is very easy and simple to make at home, it's inexpensive too. Some dishes like paratha's, thepla and khichdi seem incomplete with yogurt, if they are not served with dahi. With dahi, you can make end number of wonderful dishes like kadhi pakoda, raita, and lassi.

This is pure homemade style curd no preservatives included, I always prefer to prepare homemade curd as compare to buy it from market one.
You can make end number of recipes from curd like
Homemade Yogurt

Check out the video recipe of Make Dahi or Curd at home

Let's start to make this easy and quick recipe with simple step-by-step process with photos. 

COURSE: Side dish
PREP TIME: 2 minutes
COOK TIME:10 minutes
RESTING TIME: 8 hours (overnight)
TOTAL TIME:12 minutes
AUTHOR: Jolly Makkar

Ingredients :

Full fat milk - 1 litre
Leftover sample of curd/yogurt/dahi - 1 tbsp(1 day or 2 day old)


pan to heat milk
hot pan

Preparation Method :

1. Keep the milk to boil, let the milk come to a boil, simmer for a minute or two and then close the burner.

2. Cool the milk at room temperature till it becomes warm, Immerse your finger and check.

3. I have used the different pan to make curd, add a teaspoon of curd (yogurt) culture to the milk and mix well. 
Repeat the above same step for 2 times. So the milk and curd mixed well.

4. Your curd is all ready to set. Cover and keep at room temperature for 6-8 hours or till the curd is set. You could also keep it overnight also. 

(this below pic for those who stays in a cold temperatures, then cover the bowl or pan in which the curd mixture is with a warm towel or warm blanket and keep it in a warm place in your kitchen. In Bangalore, the night temp. is always cold, I am preparing homemade curd in this process only.)

5. So now you have a nice well thick-creamy homemade curd. Keep it in a fridge to cool it.

6. Curd or dahi can be had plain or sweetened or can be made into a dessert, drink or any dish of your choice.
Dahi Jamane ka Sahi Tareeka Halwai Jaisa

Important Notes :
  • Do not add dahi in hot milk, if its very hot the milk gets coagulates and you might end up getting a grainy curd.
  • Using sour starter will yield a sour curd or dahi
  • If you stay in a cold place or have cold temperatures, then cover the bowl or pan in which the curd mixture is with a warm towel or warm blanket and keep it in a warm place in your kitchen.
  • In summers the curd will be set faster than in the winters. so keep an eye as we are in the peak of summers in India now…

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  1. I too prefer making yogurt at home. I read somewhere that the ready made yogurts available in the market lack probiotics which is good for our tummy.

  2. We have always been making yogurt at home. An integral part of the diet. The yogurt looks so creamy. You have mentioned all the tips and tricks . Very useful for newbies.

  3. I too believe that homemade is the best. Your’s looks so creamy and so well set.. wonderful share with all the detailed tips and tricks to set well curd at home

  4. Homemade recipes are always good especially home made curd because the market one is not good. This is of perfect texture. Nice share

  5. Definitely homemade dahi is the best! Yum and creamy curds. I was taken back in time when I say your wrapped up dahi culture.

  6. Homemade Dahi is the best way to get probiotics into the system. Lovely post for newbies and beginners with easy tips.

  7. homemade are always best. and when it comes to dahi I always prefer to set the curd at home only instead of buying from outside. Your curd is set pretty well. love all the tips you shared here