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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.
  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

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

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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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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 1315 Calories from Fat 381

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 44 g67.7%

Saturated Fat 20.6 g103.1%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 119 mg39.7%

Sodium 422.3 mg17.6%

Total Carbohydrates 201 g67.1%

Dietary Fiber 3.7 g14.9%

Sugars 194.5 g

Protein 38 g76.5%

Vitamin A 19.9% Vitamin C 9.2%

Calcium 117.3% Iron 10.2%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Classic Indian Shrikhand Recipe Video