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Classic Indian Shrikhand

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Shrikhand is a classic dessert of Western India. Plain yogurt is transformed into an aromatic delicacy flavored with saffron and cardamom.
Ingredients
  Yogurt 4 Cup (64 tbs)
  Sugar 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs) (As Needed)
  Saffron strand 3
  Warm milk 1 Tablespoon
  Crushed cardamom 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Sliced almonds 1 Tablespoon
  Sliced pistachios 1 Tablespoon
Directions

Drain the yogurt – Put a muslin or cheese cloth over a strainer. Now pour the yogurt over muslin cloth to drain. Place a bowl underneath the strainer to collect the excess water.
Next gently squeeze the excess water from yogurt. Make sure not to squeeze out the yogurt.
Move the yogurt with strainer and bowl into the refrigerator for at least six hours to drain excess water.
Yogurt will become thick in consistency.
Dissolve the saffron in warm milk. Milk will take on the saffron color, yellowish orange.
Add sugar, cardamom powder, and saffron milk to yogurt and beat well till sugar dissolves. You may use a mixer.
Mix in most of the almonds and pistachios to the yogurt mix and the remaining nuts will be used for garnish.
Chill the shrikhand before serving.
Traditionally shrikhand is served with puri (fried flat bread).

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Maharashtrian
Course: 
Dessert
Taste: 
Sweet
Method: 
Chilling
Ingredient: 
Yogurt
The moment I think of Shrikhand, my mouth waters. This is a sinful West Indian delicacy that comes subtly flavored with saffron and cardamom. It would be ideal to serve this as dessert after an Indian meal. Learn how to make this recipe at home by watching this video.

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