Panihati is the name of a village located in the state of West Bengal, India on the banks of River Ganges. The festival of Panihati is known as a festival of sweet loving punishment which is exchanged between the Lord and His devotees.
Dahi Chida is the most famous sweet dish prepared in this festival. It is a combination of milk, chipped rice, yogurt and lots of fruits. The recipe has many variations and I like to make this one the most.
2-1/2 cups of Chipped rice (Poha, washed and drain)
1 cup of Sugar
2 cups of milk
2 cups of yogurt
1 cup of freshly prepared thick sweet condensed milk
2-3 teaspoons of cardamom powder
Please check (Measurements)
Fruits for flavoring – Mangoes, cherries, apples, bananas and dry fruits. (Use the Fruits which you prefer except oranges and lime) 😀
Process: Heat the milk on low till it rises to the surface. Add the chipped rice, sugar, Cardamom powder, mix well and cover with a lid. Let the chipped rice soak till the entire mixture reaches room temperature.
Beat the yogurt nicely and add to the mixture which has cooled down along with sweet condensed milk. Mix well and then add the fruits and dry fruits.
refrigerate it for 30 minutes to 1 hour and the Dahi Chida is ready to serve 🙂
Note***: (I made fresh condensed milk by letting 2 cups of milk mixed with 1/4 cup yellow sugar, cook on low and occasional stirring. after the color started to turn cream, I mixed 1/4 cup of water with 2 tbsp of cornstarch and added to the milk. Then kept on occasionally stirring it till the milk reduced to half. So if you are using two cups of milk, then the condensed milk should be around 1 to 3/4 cup approx.)