How to make curd at home

How to make curd at home

Homemade curd or yogurt is pretty easy to make at home. Curd is an important accompaniment to Indian food and no Indian meal is complete without Dahi/curd whether used as is or in the form of raitas. I prepare homemade curd nearly everyday, not only it’s easy -it tastes good too. Below is a step-by-step pictorial guide to navigate you through the whole process. Enjoy the sweet taste of homemade Curd. It’s simple to make, super easy and addictive!!

Milk is boiled and cooled before cultures are added in. Now the question is when to add the culture OR jaman? For clues see the picture below – Firstly, exterior part of the pan should be comfortable to touch and secondly the protein layer which forms on top of hot milk – MALAI, will all wrinkle up and appears to be dry. That’s the correct moment, using a spoon remove the protein layer and stir in the culture. Allow it to sit for 6-8 hours and your homemade dahi/curd is ready.


1 Litre Milk OR 4 cups Milk

2 tablespoon curd culture


1. Heat milk in a heavy bottom pan. Allow it to boil by stirring occasionally so that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. Once fully boiled, take it off the flame and allow it to cool down.

How to make curd at home

2. Here is a tip- Notice how the protein on top of milk has wrinkled up and looks dry – that’s the clue that milk is ready. At this moment you can also touch the exterior of the pan and it should feel lukewarm. Remove the milk protein or malai.

How to make dahi at home

3. Transfer the milk to a different bowl or may use the same pan to set the curd. Once the milk protein is removed stir in the curd culture and mix it well. Cover the milk and place it in a warm place for 6-8 hours or overnight depending on the weather. 

How to make curd at home

4. In winters curd takes longer time to set 6-8 hours approximately but in summers it sets faster -within 4-5 hours. I use my oven to set curd, my Mom used to wrap a towel around the bowl and set it in a casserole and placed it over the fridge. Once curd is set,place it in the refrigerator and enjoy once cooled.

Homemade curd or dahi

5. Curd is all set. Place it in the refrigerator to cool down for 2- 3 hours, and enjoy !!

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How to make curd or dahi or yogurt. Homemade curd or yogurt recipe.


How to make curd at home

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6 Responses

  1. Peace says:

    You have a beautiful site Ruchi. Your passion for cooking is displayed in your blog.

    By Amul brand curd culture you mean Amul Mast Dahi? … Thanks

    • Ruchi says:

      Thanks for your kind words Peace. Glad you liked the blog! Yes, the Amul full cream or whole milk thick dahi is best for culture.

  2. Shagun says:

    Finally mastered the art of making curd at home. All credit to you Ruchi.Thank you for making this recipe so easy to follow with lovely photography.Very good site and nice presentation of recipes. The easy language and pictures is what draws me back t your site everyday.

  3. Sari says:

    What brand yogurt culture is good?

    • RK says:

      If you live in India I find Amul brand the best and if you are in US Desi dahi brand is the closet one. Hope that helps! Thanks for stopping by!

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