Jan 10, 2013

Homemade Curd / Homemade Yogurt (Yoghurt) / How to make Thair (Curd) / Dahi

If you ask me, what is your first necessary stuff in a kitchen. My answer would be fridge, i know you all will agree to this. I cannot live without a fridge in my kitchen. It keeps all our foods and stuff fresh and prevent them from getting spoiled. I would strongly suggest you to invest a good amount of money in a good proper fridge.

Now getting back to the recipe. Are you bored of tasting the store bought gelatined stuff. Make some fresh yogurt at home and you will love it. They taste so refreshing and cool, i make my own yogurt each time. This is a basic stuff which i should have in my fridge always. Make sure you read the notes section carefully,because i have consolidated all your question in there.

How it works.

When you mix your starter curd into warm milk, the bacteria in the curd reacts with the warm milk and turn the entire milk into curd.


Full Fat Milk - 1/2 liter ( See notes )
Curd / Yogurt - 1 tblspn ( This is a starter)


Take your milk in a sauce pan or in a microwave safe bowl. Boil it. If you are using microwave, boil it for 6 to 7 mins. Keep a eye over the milk.

Remove this from the pan and pour it into another bowl and allow it to come to luke warm temperature.

Now take a clean container. Add your curd in that and beat it till it gets creamy and smooth.

Now pour over the luke warm milk and whisk it till combined. You should mix this very good. You can use a hand blender to mix it well.

Cover the container with a lid and leave it in a warm place(in my house everywhere is warm, so i leave it over the counter top) for around 6 to 8 hours, it even takes 10 hours.

Once it has had it time. Place them in the fridge for a good couple of hours.

Now your yogurt is done.

You can serve as it is or add some sugar and serve as lassi.

How fresh curd can be consumed:

Add some sugar into the thick curd and beat it well, have it as lassi.

Add some salt, ginger & chilli juice, water and beat it well till it forms a liquid. This is what we call as sambaram.


1)About Starter
Try to use a good starter to make your first batch of curd. It can be storebought or it can be from your previous batch of curd. The starter should be at room temperature.

2)About Milk
If you want thick, creamy curd just like mine, Use a full fat milk. I always use "Arokya milk" when i make curd. If you use skimmed or low fat milk then the curd will not set thick, It will be runny.

3)About Temperature:
The temperature of the milk should be luke warm, just as the water which you add yeast in while making bread. If you add starter curd to hot milk, then the milk will curdle. If you add starter curd to cold milk, then the curd wont set. So make sure your milk is warm when you add the starter curd in. Another way to find the temperature of the milk is. If you dip your finger into the milk, it should be like a very warm bath, if it is too hot then you should allow the milk to cool completely.

If you live in cold place then, you want to leave the container in a warm oven for 8 to 10 hours. Turn the oven light on, so that it creates a warm temperature inside the oven.

4)About Vessels:
You can use stainless steel utensil, air tight plastic containers, tupperwares, glass containers.

You will need some full fat milk and a tblspn of curd
Take a clean container in which you are gonna set curd
add a tblspn of curd in it
and whisk it till smooth
I use microwave to heat milk...
Boil milk and allow them to cool till they are luke warm
Now take the milk and pour it in
Pour the warm milk in the curd
use a whisk to mix the mixture
mix it well
clamp a lid and set it in a warm place
I did a double batch
Now the yogurt is set..Transfer it to fridge
Now when you touch it it will be like a set pudding
Grab a spoon and take your first bite

You can add some sugar and have it as lassi too..


  1. Curd is a necessity and a favorite...nice post and tutorial..

  2. I love it! can you show how to make home made butter too? my aunt makes it and ghee too but i do not know how to achieve that perfection

  3. luks so lovely and the presciption is good...

  4. Looks like you read my mind... I was about to pm you to show the recipe for curd.. Many thanks

  5. Hi arthi
    realy usegul for beginners

  6. Hi arthi
    Really useful for beginners

  7. Thanks Arthi . Now I see clearly how to make yogurt.

  8. Hi arthi,

    Nice post. I used to buy curd from outside only. I tried few times at home. Not come out perfect.

    Also, i had one doubt. If u pour in plastic container, how it will convert. Plastic cointainer la uuthivachaa thayir convert aaguma. Clarify my doubt please.

  9. @ramyayes u can use good plastic container

  10. Hi, I would like to what are the recipes there to make specially gravy or kolambu using spoilt milk? Thank you.

  11. Helpful post :)
    Dear Aarthi setting curd during winters takes time any which way cud I make d procedure easier?

  12. @shayan asifu can set them in oven with light on. Or put it near heater or inside a microwave with lights on.

  13. How do we know the curd has gotten its time to set? As in how do we determine whether 6hours or 8hours is enough before we can refrigerate it?

  14. @Anonymouswhen u look at the curd it wil look set.if it is not that set then leave it for few more hours.

    1. Hi one doubt.I tried ur curd recipe.it came out so thick and creamy but there is little water in it
      What might be the reason.

  15. @abinayaif your milk has extra water in it, then it will separate.

  16. For how many days can i give this

  17. @Shebaif you are asking how many days you can store this, then you can keep it in fridge for a week or even more

  18. Sorry..i meant keeping arathi. .thanks for the reply

  19. It is sooooo tasty arthi...my 2yr kid enjoying it with sugar....

  20. It is soooooo tasty arthi... My 2 yr kid enjoying it with sugar...

  21. hey i stay in usa where we have for milk and curd of store brought expiry date
    so can we use it for starter and use it

  22. Hi,

    Thanks for posting the recipe.
    Can you suggest if I can make it in an air tight container, with the lid closed?

    Jasbir Kaur

  23. Hi Aarthi,

    I work on a rig and I have only milk but don't have a teaspoon of yogurt so how can I prepare yogurt without having even a little yogurt. Please advise.


  24. @Anonymousadd little lemon juice to milk, mix and set aside undisturbed for 30 mins.

  25. Pls guide on making curd from milk powder as no fresh milk available here.thanks


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