Thursday, April 5, 2012

Srikhand~Indian Dessert

Traditional Indian dessert , made from strained yogurt and sugar added for sweetness. You can add pistachios,almonds and other nuts for that added richness.A little pinch of saffron gives it that lovely color. Also if one likes different flavors, one can add mangoes and make Mango shrikhand or strawberries to make strawberry shrikhand. This desert is effortless, yet so tasty and a sure winner with your guest. It's a perfect dessert after  a hot spicy Indian meal.Its special because its made by my mother in law,Mrs Nivedita Sheth.




Kesar Shrikhand 


Ingredients
2 cup's plain yogurt 
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp powdered small cardamom
5 to 6 strands of saffron
1 tsp Rose flavor extract ( available at Indian store)
1/4 cup unsalted pistachios
1 tsp corn flour (optional, if the curd is watery ,corn starch will help thicken it)


Method:
1.Place yogurt in a cheese cloth,tie together and hang over the kitchen sink to drain out the water from the yogurt.
Keep it hung for about an hour till all the water is out.
2.Place the yogurt into a mixing bowl,whisk to make the curd smooth and fluffy.
3.Add the sugar and continue mixing. Now add the cardamom,rose extract and saffron. Mix again and allow to cool for about an hour before serving.
4. Serve cold topped with pistachios or small cardamom powder. 
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