Shrikhand is a traditional Gujarati and Maharashtrain i.e; a classic dessert of Western India style made of curd and additional flavors as per liking of an individual.
It is a perfect delicacy prepared during festivals, especially Diwali.
- 4 cups of yogurt or curd.
- ¾ cup of sugar as needed
- Few strands of saffron
- 1 tablespoon warm milk
- About ¼ teaspoon crushed cardamom
- 1 tablespoon sliced almonds
- 1 tablespoon sliced pistachios
- Put curd in a thin ans soft piece of cloth also known as muslin or cheese cloth over a strainer or hang it same where. Place a bowl underneath the strainer to collect the excess water.
- Next gently squeeze the excess water from yogurt.
- Move the yogurt with strainer and bowl into the refrigerator for at least six hours to drain excess water.
- Yogurt will become thick in consistency.
- Dissolve the saffron in warm milk. Milk will take on the saffron color, yellowish orange.
- Add sugar, cardamom powder and saffron milk to yogurt and beat well till sugar dissolves.
- Mix in most of the almonds and pistachios to the yogurt and the remaining nuts will be used for garnish.
- Chill the shrikhand before serving.
One can use fruits or/and like mango, strawberry, badam, pista, kesar, etc as added individual flavour of Shrikhand. This dessert is generally served with puri.