Monday, May 9, 2011

Quick 2 minute Shrikhand (Sweetened strained yogurt)

Shrikhand is a sweet dish that originates from the western region of India. It is made with strained yogurt and most commonly flavored with saffron and cardamom. It is served both as a dessert and also as a side dish to go with Indian breads like puris and phulkas. When making shrikhand from scratch, the most time consuming part of the process is  making the strained yogurt. Just the thought of having to spend so much time baby sitting yogurt is enough to put me off the process :-)

Since last year, my solution to avoid straining yogurt has been to make shrikhand with Greek yogurt.  It's super fast, takes just a couple of minutes to make and tastes just like the shrikhand I used to have back home. The only big difference I see is that the consistency of shrikhand when made with Greek yogurt is not as thick as the ones back home, it is a tad bit thinner. This is a very acceptable trade off for me when I consider the time saved. So if making a quick shrikhand sounds appealing to you , give this shrikhand a try and enjoy it with your dinner or as a dessert :-)

 Quick 2 minute shrikhand-Sweetened strained yogurt

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Ingredients and Method to make Quick shrikhand
1 cup plain greek yogurt
1/3 cup sugar (or to taste) (see notes)
1/4 tsp cardamom seed powder (elaichi/ elakkai)

2 pinches good quality saffron dissolved in 1 to 1 1/2 tsp warm milk
2 heaped tbsp unsalted pistachio slivers for garnish

Mix the saffron in warm milk and keep aside for a few minutes.

Add sugar to the greek yogurt and whisk until the sugar dissolves. Add cardamom seed powder, saffron +warm milk and mix again. Finally add the pistachio slivers for garnish.
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Chill and serve chilled with puris, or phulkas or as a desert.
With this quantity of sugar, the shrikhand is mildly sweet. If you like your shrikhand more sweet, increase the quantity of sugar according to taste.
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