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Instant Pot Yogurt (Pot in Pot Method, with and without yogurt button)

Learn how to make thick, rich, and creamy Instant pot yogurt using the pot in pot method in individual jars or in a big oven-safe bowl.
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Course: Side Dish, Snacks
Cuisine: Indian, International
Keyword: Greek Yogurt, Instant Pot Recipes, Yogurt
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Yogurt Setting Time: 8 hours
Servings: 1 Ltr
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre

Ingredients

Instant Pot Yogurt with Yogurt Button

  • 1 Ltr Milk -Approximately 4 Cups
  • 3 tablespoon Yogurt starter culture -If in a hot environment, use just 1 tablespoon of culture
  • 1 Cup Water -For Instant Pot

Instant Pot Yogurt without Yogurt Button

  • 1 Ltr Milk -Approximately 4 Cups
  • 3 tablespoon Yogurt starter culture -If in a hot environment, use just 1 tablespoon of culture
  • 2 Cups Hot Boiling Water -For Instant Pot

Instructions

  • Remove the yogurt culture and bring it to room temperature. (Not necessary, but I prefer doing this)

Boiling and cooling milk

  • In a heavy bottom pot, add the milk.
    1 Ltr Milk
    Milk ready to be boiled
  • Boil the milk and switch it off.
    Boiled Milk
  • Let the milk come to a lukewarm temperature. (The milk should be warm to touch but not hot. I.e. when you dip your finger you should be able to hold it. If you are using a thermometer, the temperature of the milk is around 39 Deg C / 102.2 Deg F.)

Adding the yogurt Culture

  • Now in a clean pot add the yogurt culture and around ½ cup milk and mix.
    3 tablespoon Yogurt starter culture
  • One can add the yogurt culture directly too in the same pot as the milk is added. I do it separately as the culture then mixes properly.

Frothing milk (Optional - But helps in setting thick yogurt)

  • Pour the milk from one pot to another from a little height.
  • Continue the above step 3-4 times. This helps in breaking down any cream or fat formed in the milk. This also helps in the even distribution of the yogurt culture.
  • Frothing helps to set the yogurt thick and with that perfect creamy texture.
  • Add milk in individual jars or in a bowl.
    Milk ready to be set

Setting the yogurt in Instant Pot

  • Place a trivet in the bottom of the inner of your Instant Pot.
  • Add 1 cup water.
    1 Cup Water
  • Place the pot inside and lightly cover with a plate. (One can even leave it uncovered)
  • If using jars, just lightly top the lid. Do not close it tight. (One can even leave it open)
    Milk ready to be set in jars
  • Now close the Instant pot, and switch off the Instant Pot to Yogurt Mode.
  • This automatically sets to 8 hours. ( I set mine for 6 hours and it works).
  • Once the timer beeps and you when instant pot reads "yogt", yogurt is ready.
    Yogurt is done
  • You can enjoy this as is or for best results keep it refrigerated for 2-3 hours.

Instant Pot Yogurt without Yogurt Button

  • Follow the same procedure for boiling, cooling, adding of yogurt culture and frothing of milk
  • Place a rack in the bottom of the inner of your Instant Pot.
  • Add 2 Cups boiling water.
  • It will work without boiling water too, as I have tried that, but just to be on the safer side.
  • Place the pot inside and lightly cover with a plate. (One can even leave it uncovered)
  • If using jars, just lightly top the lid. Do not close it tight. (One can even leave it open)
  • Immediately close the instant pot Lid and leave it untouched for 12 hours.
    Instant pot is switched off for no yogurt button
  • After 12 hours open the lid. Your yogurt should be set.

Greek Style yogurt

  • Keep a strainer on top of a pot. One can add a muslin cloth to this, or can directly add yogurt in the strainer if you have a fine mesh in the strainer.
  • Add the yogurt to this. You should have the strainer on top of the pot so that the water gets collected down.
  • Water will be collected down in the pot and you would be left with thick yogurt in the strainer.
  • The leftover water can be enjoyed as is or with some salt and cumin powder to make cooling buttermilk.
  • Keep this refrigerated for 5-6 hours.

Notes

  • If living in a hot climate it is best to use only 1 tablespoon of yogurt culture. As the more culture, you use it will be sour or get sour faster.
  • Frothing is an optional step.
  • Using full-fat milk is advisable for making yogurt.
  • One can adjust the timings after you know how much time it takes for you.
  • Adjust the yogurt culture. If it gets sourer for you reduce the culture and vice versa. Read above in detail.
  • Timing can vary depending on the climate you are in. For me it sets in 6 hours with the yogurt function, for others, it might take up to 12 hours.
  • Once the yogurt is allowed to set, it should be left undisturbed. Do not move or shake it. You will not get the desired results. 
 
 
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