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Saffron Shrikhand

Written By Srimathi Mani on Sunday, May 30, 2010 | 3:24 PM

The first time I tasted Shrikhand I was 7 years old. My cousins friends came home one day and made us Gujarati food. I was so used to my comfort food of paruppu sadham(lentil with rice) and Rasam ( soup) that I was surprised to taste sugar in everything they prepared. Shrikhand was sour and sweet to me, which was very strange to my young palate. But all that changed by the time I finished my high school. Vandhu's  ( my friend) mom always made it and I thought it was delicious. Though it is usually served with puri's I just like to scoop some in my table spoon and slowly lick them to enjoy the smooth texture of the Shrikhand melting in my mouth. 

The very mention of the dessert shrikhand makes me think of my sister (affectionately called Jiji ma by my daughter) who loves to have it anytime. She always created her version of Shrikhand taste by adding yogurt to any payasam. To her if anything was too sweet, by adding some yogurt it mellows it down. The day she tasted Shrikhand she knew it was something she would always enjoy. I made them for her yesterday to thank her for all the support and help with my food event for the Yoga and Meditation Center Retreat last week at La Jolla, Ca.


Gadgets:

Paper Towel (Viva Brand) or Cheese cloth
Bowls
Spoon
Measuring Cups and Spoons
Colander

Ingredients:

Greek Yogurt - 12 oz
Sugar - 3 to 4 tbsp 
Cardamom - 2 pods
Saffron - a few strands
Milk -1 tbsp
Camphor - a tiny pinch



Preparation:

1. Place the yogurt in a cloth or towel and hang it as shown below or drain through the colander.

( I had a lot of fun preparing this. It is kind of hard if you want to hang the yogurt in the paper towel or cloth. Where do you hang it? Not sure that I have a great spot to hang the yogurt bundle I had to get creative. As they say "Necessity is the mother of invention". I used the microwaves door as shown on the right. It worked. I then remembered that I had a colander and tried using that and it turned out to be very effective.)


2. About 1/3 cup water would drain out of the yogurt. Remove the yogurt from the cloth/paper towel and add sugar, powdered cardamom, camphor and mix well.

3. Warm 1 tbsp of milk and add saffron to it. Soak for 10 minutes and then add it to the yogurt. Mix well and transfer into a container and place it in the fridge for it to set.

4. Serve it cold with puri's or as dessert.

23 comments:

  1. my favourite dessert too..long time I had this..

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  2. This is indeed a lovely recipe with innovating tricks (the microwave one :) ) and tips. Glad that you enjoy meditation and yoga, I love them both too,although I don't get time to do yoga.

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  3. I love thick yoghurt cheeses prepared this way. The spices are new to me though. Do you really use camphor. I only know this to be something to rub for colds. I never imagined putting it in food. Maybe I am thinking of the wrong thing?

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  4. sounds n looks delicious.

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  5. Mmmmmmmmmmmm yummy I love shrikand and omg seeing this I feel like having right away.. But I am lazy to do anything now .. Atleast I will go and grab some flavored yogurt from my fridge...yummy!!!

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  6. Yummy..am yet to try my hands on shrikand..and this looks so gud..

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  7. Yumm!!tempting shrikhand..

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  8. Very beautifully prepared shrikand,loved it. Enjoyed the way the yoghurt bundle was hanging from the microwave door :):)Nicely illustrated and thanks for sharing.

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  9. I loved the decoration and the texture of the shrikand. My friend once mentioned to me that her hubby likes to eat with puri but I have never tried it. Tastes acquired during childhood lingers longer :)

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  10. Srimathi, that is one rich and creamy looking srikhand :)

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  11. sri rally delicious shrikhand..i tated it from my frnds place liked the taste..
    very nicely presented..the hanging curd really funny one..

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  12. Love shrikhand.. will try this out soon!!

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  13. Shrikand looks very delicious.

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  14. seeing lot of shrikhand recipes today. Gotta give it a try sometime. Nice recipe srimathi, looks soo tempting.

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  15. Quick and easy sweet. Thanks!

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  16. I love it too.
    Usually I put the yogurt in a cotton cloth, place it in a colander, keep a bowl underneath to catch the drips and place it in the refrigerator so that yogurt doesn't go sour. This works. :)

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  17. mmmmm mouth watering and delicious shrikhand recipe.......Love this step by step presentation.
    Do drop in sometime

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  18. yumm... delicious.. slrupp..i am hungry

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  19. this is really yummy and tempting! :) i have tried mango shrikhand before, but not the saffron version - must try this out sometime soon :)

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  20. Wow looks so so creamy and yummy!

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  21. Tried this recipe just now and enjoyed it thoroughly.
    Keep the yummy recipes coming

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