By Rita Jamshed Kapadia 10 comments

by Rita Jamshed Kapadia

Homemade Yogurt / Indian Dahi is very good for indigestion, heart burn and good health. For example when you are taking antibiotics for a Virus or Flu, the good bacteria in your body are wiped out by the antibiotic. Yogurt culture replaces the good bacteria and your immunity increases.

2 pints half and half cream (optional for creamy yogurt, else use 2 pints regular milk)
3 cups milk (4%)
1 cup whole milk yogurt as a starter (organic is better)


Boil cream and milk to a full boil. Bring to full rolling boil again for 15 times.

Cool till lukewarm to a finger dipped in. This might take 4 hours to cool. Do NOT put in refrigerator to cool.

Add yogurt starter and mix with electric mixer or by hand till completely blended.

Pour into a glass (heat proof) vessel. Cover with foil loosely.

Ferment for 12 to 15 hours overnight in a warm place. 

In the morning store in refrigerator to chill. Serve cold.


1. I usually start the whole process in the morning and finish at night. Then the trick is to have the yogurt to ferment overnight in a warm environment. Hot summer temperatures of 90 degrees and above are ideal for yogurt making. In winters cover with blankets, use yogurt makers, keep in warm oven of 100 degrees or whatever area of house is the warmest. Yogurt should be formed in 12 to 15 hours. Store in refrigerator for use.

2. Instant Pot has a yogurt setting and it works well. 

3. Put oven on for 100 degrees and then shut off. Place the yogurt to ferment / set overnight.

4. Make it in the hot, hot summer! High heat of 95 degrees in the summer months, makes the yogurt making process easier. Of course not in a air-conditioned room!


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Rita Jamshed Kapadia

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Jul 7, 2019, 3:44 pm

Navaaz, any yogurt will do.


May 5, 2019, 8:16 am

Hi Cyrus,
Thanks – I try to help with these health tips.
We consume dahi every day and feel better.
What is a pull?

Cyrus Rupa

May 5, 2019, 7:23 pm

Love such inspiring health tips & post.
Dahi I make regularly. Used to give one vati daily to mother & many pulls stopped.


May 5, 2019, 10:11 am

Hi Navaz, Yes you can use any whole milk yogurt from supermarkets. I have found the cheapest yogurt like from “Market Basket” works just as well as the pricey Whole Foods. Greek yogurt – will have to try. I like the greek yogurt so much it disappears before I make anymore 🙂


May 5, 2019, 10:08 am

thanks Megala :))


May 5, 2019, 1:38 am

Wonderful post!


May 5, 2019, 11:11 pm

Hi Rita, Can you use any whole milk yoghurt from supermarket (even if it is not organic)? is there anything in particular you should look for eg. Greek yoghurt, pot set yoghurt,