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Making yoghurt at home is very easy and is much cheaper than buying from the market. Having yoghurt at home is really handy for various purposes. For making yoghurt, you need a starter. If this is your first time making yoghurt, buy a small tub of "thick" plain yoghurt to use as a starter.

Once your yoghurt is ready, keep about 2-3 tablespoons of yoghurt in a fridge to use as a starter for your next batch.

This recipe makes about a litre of thick and creamy yoghurt.

  • 900ml warm water
  • About 6-7 tablespoon sugar or according to taste
  • 10 tablespoon full-cream powder milk
  • 2 tablespoon fresh "thick" plain yoghurt. I use Greek-style yoghurt. (this is used as a starter). I once used a different style plain yoghurt as a starter and it didn't form the yoghurt well. So it is very important you choose a right type of yoghurt as a starter.


  • Get an air-tight container about 1 litre capacity. Wash it well with hot water. Keep it aside to dry.
  • Put warm water in a saucepan. Add sugar, milk powder and mix them well until they dissolve.
  • Before moving on to the next step, make sure the milk is finger-dip-warm. Pour the milk into the air-tight container.
  • Smooth out the starter yoghurt with a spoon. Mix it with the milk in the air-tight container.
  • Cover the container. Wrap the container with a plastic bag and a towel and keep it in a warm place overnight or for 8-10 hours until the yoghurt is formed. I wrapped the container with a foam wrap and placed it inside a foam box with a cover to keep it warm.
  • Put the yoghurt in the fridge to set it properly.
Also check out this Homemade Yoghurt Recipe using Milk Reduction Method.


        Taša said...
        Mmmmm, nice :)
      1. ... on September 17, 2010 at 10:24 PM  
      2. Jenn said...
        I never actually thought of making my own is just so convienent to get it from the store. I'll have to give this a make it look easy enough :)
      3. ... on September 17, 2010 at 11:18 PM  
      4. Susi said...
        Great tutorial! I will have to try this out :o)
      5. ... on September 18, 2010 at 1:57 AM  
      6. blackbookkitchendiaries said...
        thank you for sharing this post. i've always wanted to make my own homemade yogurt:)
      7. ... on September 18, 2010 at 3:08 AM  
      8. Bridgett said...
        I am impressed you made your own yogurt. It always seems to daunting to me but you make it look and sound so much easier. I will have to give it a try.
      9. ... on September 18, 2010 at 11:53 AM  
      10. Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...
        I may just have to try this. I used to make good yogurt just from low-fat milk but in recent years it never sets up anymore so I need to try a new recipe. Thanks for your comment on my blog. I answered your question there but will paste it here also for your convenience: I've never heard of molasses blocks. The kind of molasses I use is liquid and available at most American supermarkets and also on Amazon If you live somewhere that doesn't sell it, you could also substitute with 2/3 cup (160ml) black treacle + 1/3 cup (80ml) golden syrup.
      11. ... on September 19, 2010 at 8:46 AM  
      12. Jenn said...
        My mom had a yogurt maker when I was a kid... it always looked kind of weird to me... kind of like an egg incubator but with milk in it. Personally I've never made it myself, but your tutorial is excellent and I'd like to try it.
      13. ... on September 19, 2010 at 12:29 PM  
      14. Spoon and Chopsticks said...
        @Taša: Mmmmmmm, thanks :)

        @Jenn (Jenn's Food Journey): Now you can say goodbye to the store-bought yoghurt :)

        @Susi: I'd love to hear how you went. Let us know.

        @blackbookkitchendiaries: As you have seen, it's quite easy to make yoghurt at home. Give it a go and feel free to share your experience.

        @Bridgett: I'd love to hear from you again on how you went. It's not daunting at all, is it?

        @Xiaolu: I used to make yoghurt in another way too (by reducing milk). Like you said, it was sometimes hard to set but with a right amount of warmth, it gave very good results. I think the texture was slightly different too, with that other method. I will write another post about it in the future.

        ... and thanks for your reply about the molasses. I haven't seen molasses in the market. I live in Sydney. Perhaps I need to try harder. Thanks for suggesting a substitute. I will see if this goes well with the recipe I have in mind.

        @Jenn (worth a fig): I have never tried a yoghurt maker. I have also replied to your comment on BlogFrog. I'd love to hear about how you went with yoghurt-making.
      15. ... on September 19, 2010 at 4:04 PM  
      16. Indie.Tea said...
        I've been longing to make my own yogurt, as I eat quite a bit of yogurt. Thanks for the recipe!
      17. ... on September 19, 2010 at 5:38 PM  
      18. Cooking Gallery said...
        Thanks for the recipe! I never knew that making yoghurt could be so easy...!!
      19. ... on September 19, 2010 at 6:12 PM  
      20. Angie's Recipes said...
        Made some yogurt some time ago...great with some fruit compote! Thanks for such a detailed tutorial.
      21. ... on September 19, 2010 at 8:23 PM  
      22. Mari said...
        I am impressed with how delicious this homemade yogurt looks. Wonderful step by step.
      23. ... on September 20, 2010 at 4:48 AM  
      24. Karen said...
        I had no idea it was so easy! Great tips.
      25. ... on September 23, 2010 at 9:09 AM  
      26. Spoon and Chopsticks said...
        @Indie.Tea: Nothing beats making your own yoghurt. Good luck!

        @Cooking Gallery: Yes making yoghurt is in fact very easy.

        @Angie: Thanks Angie!

        @Mari: Thanks.... and the steps are very easy too...

        @Karen: Thanks!
      27. ... on September 25, 2010 at 1:30 PM  
      28. mignonesia said...
        I must try your recipe at home! I loooooooooooooooooooooove yoghurt. Thank you for sharing.^^
      29. ... on September 26, 2010 at 8:52 PM  
      30. Spoon and Chopsticks said...
        @mignonesia: Hi Dita, Thanks for visiting my blog. Let me know your progress with the yoghurt.
      31. ... on September 26, 2010 at 10:41 PM  
      32. Rachel C. said...
        I've made my own sourdough starter before, and even made cheese from yoghurt, but I had never made the connection that I could create my own yoghurt from a good starter until I read your article. Thank you, this is a keeper!
      33. ... on October 31, 2010 at 11:07 AM  
      34. Yesim said...
        my mum do yoghurt sometimes at home ,i like homemade yoghurt.. it s so tasty but my mum do it with just milk . i think with powder milk it can be less expensive, dont know the taste, .. also she doesnt add sugar..
      35. ... on October 31, 2010 at 10:03 PM  

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