Shrikhand {Thickened Yogurt with Saffron & Cardamom}

by Kiran on September 18, 2015 · 10 comments

in Desserts, Indian, Vegetarian

Hung yogurt or thickened yogurt – call it however you want, its a revelation. Alas, my family is divided when it comes to yogurt. Which is silly by the way and I can’t do anything about it.

Well, at least I can get things done my way. Allow me to elaborate.

Shrikhand {Thickened Yogurt with Saffron & Cardamom} | @KiranTarun
My siblings cringe at the mere thought of yogurt. On the other hand, dad, mom and I love yogurt to the moon and back. It’s a divided family when it comes to yogurt, but I won’t have it any other way.

I’ve threatened my siblings with yogurt many a times too, just to get things done my way. Sneaky, I know 😀

Ah, memories of childhood. Threatening using yogurt only worked in those cute days, not anymore.

Shrikhand {Thickened Yogurt with Saffron & Cardamom} | @KiranTarun
Unlike the tediousness of making frozen yogurt and compromising with the texture, there’s no trace of ice crystals here. Just pure thick and creamy goodness. It’s almost custard like with a bonus point of being healthy!

Mmm…mmm… Make it, pronto.

Shrikhand {Thickened Yogurt with Saffron & Cardamom} | @KiranTarun

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Serves 4


  • 2 lbs / 907 gm of organic, fresh low fat plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp warm milk
  • tiny pinch of saffron threads, crushed
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
  • garnish: chopped pistachios & almonds


  1. Double-line a large cheese cloth over a strainer and a deep bowl. Make sure the bowl is deep enough to collect whey while draining the yogurt.
  2. Add yogurt into the large cheese cloth. Gather the sides into a knot and place it over the strainer and deep bowl. Place a can of beans or anything heavy over the yogurt to add pressure to help release whey or moisture from yogurt. Refrigerate this setup overnight.
  3. On the next day, spoon out the thickened yogurt into a clean bowl. Add powdered sugar and thoroughly stir to combine.
  4. Add 1 tbsp warm milk into a smaller bowl. Sprinkle in crushed saffron and stir. Set aside for a few minutes to allow saffron to bleed.
  5. Drizzle in cooled saffron milk and cardamom powder onto thickened and sweetened yogurt. Thoroughly stir and keep refrigerated until its time to serve.
  6. Sprinkle on some garnish before serving.


Shrikhand {Thickened Yogurt with Saffron & Cardamom} | @KiranTarun
To those celebrating Indian festivals (from Janmasthami to Diwali, and beyond), have a happy and safe time with your family. Eat a ton too – the only natural thing to do, right?

Shrikhand {Thickened Yogurt with Saffron & Cardamom} | @KiranTarun

Have you tried thickened yogurt or shrikhand before? Any childhood memories associated to yogurt?


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1 dixya | food, pleasure, and health September 18, 2015 at 11:39 AM

one of my aunt used to make this during diwali and i love it absolutely.
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2 Kiran October 23, 2015 at 5:01 PM

aaah, food memories are just the best! it’s so hot here in Florida and shrikhand is something we usually crave. Late October, I know. It’s unexplainable 😀


3 Angie@Angie's Recipes September 18, 2015 at 2:31 PM

Must be very delicious with saffron and cardamom!
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4 Kiran October 23, 2015 at 5:02 PM

It was! Very floral and earthy 🙂


5 Rosa September 19, 2015 at 1:16 PM

Delicious! A wonderful dessert.




6 Kiran October 23, 2015 at 5:14 PM

Thanks Rosa!


7 Asha October 4, 2015 at 12:18 AM

Beautiful Kiran. Love shrikhand anytime of the day. It’s so good.
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8 Kiran October 23, 2015 at 5:15 PM

Thanks so much, Asha. So simple and yet very delicious 🙂


9 MyKabulKitchen November 22, 2015 at 2:55 PM

Beautiful pictures!! We call this Chakkah and use it often in our cooking, usually as a sauce on fried vegetables or pastas 🙂
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