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Shrikhand {Thickened Yogurt with Saffron & Cardamom}

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  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 http://kirantarun.com/food
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 http://kirantarun.com/food

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