A day before my birthday, recently, I decided to try my hands at making Bhapa Doi, the famed Bengali curd-based cheesecake, at home. I found a recipe that sounded too simple to be true. I had all the ingredients at hand, too. I gave it a shot, and the end result was so, so, so very gorgeous! A great birthday gift to myself, me thinks.
I used the OPOS (One Pot One Shot) method to make the bhapa doi, using a pressure cooker. It needed just two ingredients, and was so easy to put together that even a child could do it. It unmoulded beautifully, and the taste was so lovely we couldn’t keep our hands off it. What more could you ask out of a dessert?!
This recipe is surely a keeper, I say. It is a life-saver when you have guests coming over and you need to whip up a quick dessert, or when you need a sweet pick-me-up yourself and are in no mood to labour for hours over the stove. You need to try this recipe out to believe it, honestly!
Here’s how I made it.
Ingredients (makes 5-6 servings):
- 400 grams sweetened condensed milk (I used Amul Mithai Mate)
- 1 cup fresh curd (Use curd that isn’t too sour or too watery)
- Ghee/ unsalted butter to grease the vessel you will make the bhapa doi in
- Pour the sweetened condensed milk in a large mixing bowl.
- Add the curd to the mixing bowl. If you want to add any flavouring – like mango puree or cardamon powder or saffron – you must do so just after you add the curd. I didn’t use any flavouring agents, and yet, the bhapa doi tasted just awesome.
- Whisk the two ingredients well, until they are thoroughly combined.
- Grease a bowl with ghee or unsalted butter, and pour the mixture into it.
- Add about 1.5 cups water to a pressure cooker bottom, and set it on the gas. Put in the bowl. You could use a stand below the bowl to avoid water getting into it, or even cover the bowl. I left the bowl open.
- Close the pressure cooker and put the whistle on. Turn the flame down to medium.
- Let it cook for 15 minutes exactly, and then switch off the gas.
- Let the pressure release naturally, and then open the cooker. Gently drain out any water that might have entered the bowl.
- Slide the bhapa doi onto a serving plate. Turn the bowl upside down over a large serving plate, and the bhapa doi will slide onto it. (See the video that I have linked to, above, to understand this step better).
- Let cool slightly and then cut into pieces. You can serve it warm, cold or chilled in the refrigerator.
You like? I hope you will try this out at home, and that you will love it just as much as we did!
The term OPOS and One Pot One Shot are registered trademarks owned by Mr.Rama Krishna. This recipe has been obtained from the United By Food FB page.
Want to read about my other experiments with the OPOS way of cooking? Here you go: