Shrikhand

By DK on Aug 31, 2010
Shrikhand Recipe (Indian Sweet Greek Yogurt Dessert)
While on one hand you have immensely labor intensive yet traditional Indian sweets like Gulab Jamun , on the other hand you have ridiculously simple ones, which don't feel like sweets/desserts though they are!  Take this Shrikhand for instance. Rich and creamy yogurt sweetened with aromatic spices added and saffron lending its golden hues to it. It looks and tastes like a total winner yet its effortless to make. Throw in Greek style yogurt, it becomes even more of a child play to make this.  Why Greek Yogurt? 'Cos its already thickened. You just need to throw it in a  bowl and add the rest of the flavoring to make it. Otherwise, there is a slight lengthy process of straining out any water/whey out of yogurt to thicken it. It is not hard, but it does take time.
Shrikhand Recipe (Indian Sweet Greek Yogurt Dessert)
I used fat free Greek Yogurt making this low calorie yet nutritious dessert.  This Indian dessert Shrikhand is a gift from the Gujarati and Maharashtrian cuisine. There are quite a few variations (with many more cropping up nowadays), but one of its most popular variations is Amrakhand - where mango puree is added to this dessert. I have already posted Amrakhand recipe here. A friend recently told me that this dessert is made during Janmashtami festival. Anyways, wishing you all a happy celebration with this sweet whose name "Shrikhand" is supposed to mean "Ambrosia of the Gods". Sure tastes like one to me :)
Basic Information
Prep Time: Under 15 min
Serves: 2 people
Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 to 2 cups Greek Yogurt (No Greek style yogurt? See Note)
  • 2 tbsp milk, warmed
  • generous pinch of saffron threads
  • 1/4-1/2 cups sugar (or as per taste)
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch of cardamom powder or as per taste
  • about 1 tbsp charoli nuts to garnish
Tips
Note:If you don't have Greek styled yogurt, take plain yogurt, hang up in a clean muslin cloth for at least 4-5 hours (preferably overnight). Discard the whey. Use this thick yogurt for the recipe below.
Method
1
Take the warmed milk in a small bowl. You can heat it for few seconds in your m/w. Add the saffron to it, give it a quick stir and let it sit for about 5 minutes.
Shrikhand Recipe (Indian Sweet Greek Yogurt Dessert)
2
In another bowl, take the Greek Yogurt.
Shrikhand Recipe (Indian Sweet Greek Yogurt Dessert)
3
See how thick the yogurt is? The benefits are awesome - 1 cup of fat free Greek yogurt has about 20 gms protein. The thick yogurt is essential for this recipe.
Shrikhand Recipe (Indian Sweet Greek Yogurt Dessert)
4
Add sugar to it and mix.
Shrikhand Recipe (Indian Sweet Greek Yogurt Dessert)
5
I beat it well until well blended and smooth. It takes on a creamy consistency - about 5 minutes worth of making those muscles work!.
Shrikhand Recipe (Indian Sweet Greek Yogurt Dessert)
6
Now add the saffron milk along with the spices. You can add more cardamom powder if you like. Since everyone has different idea of how "strong" cardamom powder is, I recommend starting with little and adding more if needed. But keep the nutmeg bare minimum since it has strong flavor and little goes a long way.
Shrikhand Recipe (Indian Sweet Greek Yogurt Dessert)
7
Give them all a mix until well blended. You can chill this at this point since it helps to fuse the flavors well together. And this is traditionally a dessert which is served chilled.
Shrikhand Recipe (Indian Sweet Greek Yogurt Dessert)
Pour into glasses and top with charoli nuts along with saffron threads (optional of course). Simple, quick and a yummy low calorie dessert at your disposal :) Shrikhand Recipe (Indian Sweet Greek Yogurt Dessert)
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24 Responses to “Shrikhand”
  1. Kam

    Actually, I recently learned that most carbohydrates are also drained away with the water in this process. The creamy paste is ideal for those who are trying to lower carbohydrate intake. And it becomes so much more tastier when made from fresh, home made hung yogurt. Ciao!

  2. I used this recipe for this year’s Janmashtami and it was a great success! However, I used Bulgarian yoghurt instead of Greek, which turned out fine after settling in the fridge after all that beating! Also, I added almond bits to the mixture which gave it a nice texture! Thanks for the great recipe!

  3. Deb

    Tried this the 1st time and came out so well :-D
    I guess the nutmeg enhanced the already extravagant taste. Thanks for this recipe :!: :!:

  4. Cooky

    I made last night for my girls with hot pooris….. Finger licking recipe. Easy n quick. Kids loved it.

  5. Sharmin

    The amazing thing about this recipe is that most of the lactose (90%) is removed with whey liquid. So most lactose intolerant people can also eat this! Wow.

  6. Grace

    I made this with the Greek Yogurt, was a little sour but turned out well. My husband likes it a little sour. So it helped. Thanks for sharing.

  7. kavita

    hi ,
    I am an avid follower of ur blog…and Ive just started cooking , thanks to your amazing dishes ive come up with some fabulous cooking!
    Just wanted to ask you , have u used normal sugar(granula) or caster?

    Regular Kavita. Thanks for the kind word :)

  8. Hi!
    I used to make Shrikhand before according to a slightly different recipe, and it made an awesome result. I would like to share it here. The difference was that you drain the youghurt as much as possible – to make it almost like cream cheese. And then mix the sugar and saffron with just little water and heat that all up into a thick syrup. Pour the warm sugar syrup into the yoghurt and whisk it quickly. (Shouldn’t wait for the syrup to cool down because it crystallizes). Then let it sit in the refrigerator for some time.
    This variation I found absolutely delicious. Because the sugar syrup also thickens the yoghurt a bit. And it makes it slightly transparent. But it won’t work if there is any whey left in the yoghurt. Then the shrikhand will be just more liquid.
    By the way, all your recipes I read here are awesome, I knew some of them, but it is great that finally I found some really traditional Indian sweet recipes too!
    Keep up the good work!
    Best wishes from Serbia! :-D

  9. Slurpp.. I just realized that I have been missing quite a few posts in your blog.

  10. Gayatri

    Hi..
    Tried the recipe.. Shrikhand came out great in taste but bit too runny.. I guess the ‘greek’ yougurt I bought wasn’t ‘greek’ enought :) .. Is there any way I can make it thick ?

    Thanks in advance..

    You can follow the tip I gave in the Note section (in the ingredient list) – that might help. :)

  11. thats my fav yogurt recipe. love its creamy texture and wonderful aroma.

  12. Absolutely divine, lovely shrikhand..

  13. Looks delicious..Gr8 clicks !!

  14. Gayatri

    Hey.. that looks so easy !!!! It’s my hubby’s favourite dessert.. Will try today itself for sure.. Thanks for posting..

  15. Siri

    awesome…will try it soon..my husband just loves this dish!

  16. Shrikhand is one of my favorite desserts!!! It looks so yum

  17. Delicious…. and healthy dessert!!

  18. That looks like a lovely dessert!

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