Shrikhand – Gujarati Style

January 9, 2012mayurisjikoni
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What is Shrikhand – Gujarati Style?

Shrikhand – Gujarati Style, is a yogurt based sweet or dessert that is very popular especially in the Gujarati Cuisine. Whenever you’re served a Gujarati meal, the sweet dish is served with the main meal. Shrikhand is best served with puri (wheat based fried flatbread). Excess water or whey is removed from plain yogurt to make it thick and creamy. Sugar and spices like cardamom, nutmeg and saffron are added along with chopped nuts which usually are almonds, pistachios and charoli if you get some. Charoli is Buchanania lanzan, a seed that tastes a bit like almonds. Fresh chopped fruits or their puree can be added for different flavored shrikhand. The most popular is Mango Shrikhand.

 

Memories

It seems Neel is missing home cooked food as he has been requesting me time and again to give him the exact recipe for shrikhand. “Exact recipe, how is that possible?” I thought.  I learnt how to make shrikhand from Nunu my mother in law but I never bothered to ask her for the exact measurements.  In order to fulfill Neel’s wishes, over the weekend, I  made the shrikhand and measured all the ingredients. It now is very easy to make Shrikhand, no guess work required as to how sugar and spices are required.

 

Making Shrikhand – Gujarati Style in Montreal

During our first visit to Montreal, my son requested that I make Shrikhand, and some extra so he can freeze it for later. I tried making shrikhand for the first time using Greek Yogurt and wow, the whole Shrikahnd making process was a breeze. I added Greek Yogurt to a muslin cloth and allowed any excess liquid to drain out. Within 15 minutes it was ready as hardly any water came out. Mixing in the powdered sugar using a hand blender and within minutes Shrikhand was ready. Ever since my first trial with Greek Yogurt, I prefer using that whenever possible.

I use Bio Plain Yogurt or Plain Greek Yogurt whenever I’m in Kenya and Epigamia in India.

*I’ve not been paid by Bio or Epigamia to advertise their brands. The preference for those brands is my personal choice.

Shrikhand Variations

Make fruit based Shrikhand – either add chopped fresh fruit of your choice or a fruit puree. The most popular one is Mango Shrikhand or Amrakhand as it popularly called.

Nut based Shrikhand – you can add extra nuts of your choice. Even walnut shrikhand tastes delicious.

Plain Shrikhand – by that I mean without saffron. Just add cardamom and a bit of nutmeg powder and it tastes awesome.

A popular Shrikhand in our home when I was growing up was Gulab Shrikhand. My aunt would add rose essence and rose petals to the Shrikhand.

Have you tried Shrikhand in Chocolate Cups? I have and let me tell you, its heavenly for chocolate lovers. Making the chocolate cups at home is so easy. Brush melted chocolate in silicon or foil cup cakes and chill it for 10 -15 minutes. Repeat the process twice or thrice.

Try adding dried fruit of your choice to make Dried Fruit Shrikhand – tutti fruity, cranberries, date puree, dried mixed berries, etc. In fact using date puree to add to strained yogurt makes an excellent sugar free option and healthy too.

 

Some other Gujarati Sweets You May Want to Check Out:

Magas – a chickpea based fudge

Lapsi – a sweet dish made from broken wheat and water with some spices.

Shiro – semolina and milk based sweet dish

Doodh Pak – a milk based sweet in which just a little rice is added

Basundi – milk along with milk solid (khoya) is boiled till it becomes thick and creamy

Mohanthal – a chickpea flour and milk solid based sweet dish

Gur na ladwa – made from wheat flour, nuts, jaggery and spices

 

Ingredients Required For Shrikhand – Gujarati Style:

  • Plain Yogurt – can use Greek Yogurt. Before you add other ingredients, its a must to drain out the excess water or whey from the yogurt. To do so put the yogurt in a clean muslin cloth in a colander. Cover the yogurt with the sides of the cloth. Place a wad of newspaper on it. Put some weight on top like a stone, heavy pan, mortar pestle. This helps to remove the water faster.
  • Powdered Sugar – I prefer to use home ground sugar as icing sugar or confectioner’s sugar contains cornflour or corn starch.
  • Cardamom Powder – elachi
  • Saffron – kesar
  • Hot Milk – to soak the saffron
  • Nutmeg Powder – jaiphal
  • Almonds – chopped into slivers or finely chopped
  • Pistachios – chopped into slivers or finely chopped

Dietary Tips:

  • Gluten Free
  • Best eaten in moderation as it contains sugar

Shrikhand 2
add some fresh fruits of your choice

 

enjoy shrikhand in chocolate cups

 

SHRIKHAND - GUJARATI STYLE

mayurisjikoni
Shrikhand is a creamy, delicious yogurt based Gujarati sweet dish. Nuts and spices add an exotic flavour. It is usually served with hot puris.
5 from 14 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dessert, Indian Sweet
Cuisine Gujarati

Ingredients
  

  • 1 litre plain Greek yogurt
  • ¾ -1 cup powdered sugar
  • 5-6 ­­­ strands of saffron
  • ½ -1 tsp cardamom powder
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg powder
  • 10-12 almonds sliced or roughly chopped
  • 10-12 pistachios sliced or roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp milk

Instructions
 

  • Put the yogurt on a clean muslin or cotton cloth which you have draped over a sieve or a colander. Cover the yogurt with the cloth.
  • Place a wad of newspaper on the cloth. Place some heavy object on it, like a clean stone, brick, mortar and pestle, etc whatever you have in the house.
  • Leave it for about 15 minutes. All the water from the yogurt will drain out to give you a nice thick curd cheese.
  • Heat about a teaspoon of milk and soak the saffron in it.
  • Remove the curd cheese from the cloth and put it into a bowl. Add sugar to the curd cheese or strained yogurt. Mix well with a hand blender till the mixture is smooth.
  • Add the cardamom, nutmeg and saffron milk. Mix well.
  • The mixture will catch the saffron colour after a while. Can either sprinkle the nuts on top or mix it into the shrikhand. Whichever you prefer.
  • Chill for at least 30 minutes before serving.
  • Tastes best when it is cold, just out of the fridge.

Notes

  • To serve as a dessert, can mix in fresh fruits like mangoes, grapes, pomegranate, tangerine, strawberries. Basically any fruit of our choice. Add these fruits just before serving.
  • For diabetics or calorie conscious people, you can add artificial sweeteners or stevia. I’ve used erythritol and it does not leave any bitter after taste.
  • You can adjust the amount of sugar and spices according to your taste.
  • If you don’t get Greek Yogurt, use plain yogurt. Usually from 2 litres of plain yogurt we get approximately 4 cups of curd cheese.
  • If you want to serve Shrikhand for Ekadashi or any fasting day, don't use ready made icing sugar or confectioners' sugar as it contains cornflour or corn starch.
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36 Comments

  • Shubee

    January 10, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Looks amazing…am definitely going to try this. If mine looks anything like this, Chet will be shocked!

  • Meera Girdhar

    November 22, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    This look Amazing …

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 22, 2020 at 8:49 pm

      Thank you Meera.

  • Rafeeda – The Big Sweet Tooth

    November 23, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    5 stars
    I love how rich your shrikhand looks like! It has been ages since I have made some… Always love them with saffron and cardamom with loads of nuts, just like yours…

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 23, 2020 at 6:49 pm

      Thank you so much Rafeeda. Use plain Greek Yogurt, its so much easier to make Shrikhand with it.

  • Renu

    November 23, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    5 stars
    Very nicely done and so well captured…The simple and humble Shrikhand got a new avataar….I am just loving it and would love to enjoy it with the cup…yum yum

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 24, 2020 at 9:36 pm

      Thank you so much Renu.

  • Seema Sriram

    November 24, 2020 at 12:59 am

    5 stars
    This is desserts ultimate!! the colour of the shrikhand and the deep dark chocolate looks so festive perfect and surely loved by anyone who tries it.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 24, 2020 at 9:35 pm

      Thank you so much Seema. Shrikhand with chocolate is so yummy.

  • Pavani

    November 24, 2020 at 4:08 am

    5 stars
    Wow, Shrikhand looks so creamy, luscious and delicious. Love the addition of nuts and saffron. Perfect make ahead dessert for the holidays.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 24, 2020 at 9:35 pm

      Thanks Pavani and yes its perfect to make ahead. In fact it freezes well too.

  • Super duper kitchen

    November 24, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    5 stars
    I love Shrikand and this is a classic dessert. But I have not seen anywhere serving it in chocolate cups. I just loved this innovative idea. The pics are so tempting and I wish to have one cup.

    Also nice to know that your son is in Montreal. My brother relocated to India just a month back.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 30, 2020 at 9:51 pm

      Thank you so much Niranjana. Just a different and fun way to serve classic shrikhand.

  • Azlin Bloor

    November 24, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    5 stars
    Every time I’ve seen these images in the last week or so, I’ve sighed. They look so good, and the fact that I can eat it without guilt makes it even better!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 24, 2020 at 9:33 pm

      Thank you so much Azlin.

      1. Hem lata srivastava

        November 25, 2020 at 5:27 pm

        What an amazing preparation. saffron , cardamom flavoured with lots of nuts, this shreekhand looks so creamy , rich and delicious. I wish I could have it 😋😋

      2. mayurisjikoni

        November 25, 2020 at 9:06 pm

        Thank you so much Hem Lata.

  • Jayashree T.Rao

    November 25, 2020 at 10:30 am

    5 stars
    Love this Shrikhand, it is a good, make ahead dessert. It pairs well with puri. Nice clicks.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 25, 2020 at 9:07 pm

      Thank you so much Jayashree.

  • Hem lata srivastava

    November 25, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    What an amazing preparation. saffron , cardamom flavoured with lots of nuts, this shreekhand looks so creamy , rich and delicious. I wish I could have it 😋😋

  • Amrita

    November 25, 2020 at 5:59 pm

    5 stars
    Shrikhand looks so creamy and delectable. With simple ingredients we can make this exotic dessert. Also you have explained the recipe so well, anyone can make it

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 25, 2020 at 9:06 pm

      Thank you so much Amrita. Making Shrikhand is very easy.

  • Swati

    November 25, 2020 at 8:14 pm

    5 stars
    Shrikhand served in chocolate cups looks so inviting.. kids will happily finish off within sec.. love this way of serving the traditional dessert..

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 25, 2020 at 9:05 pm

      Thank you so much Swati, the adults too loved it when I served it for Diwali.

  • Sasmita Sahoo

    November 25, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    This shrikhand looks so creamy and delicious here. and yes a lovely presentation in chocolate cups too.
    Just pick few simple ingredients and this exotic looking dessert is ready

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 26, 2020 at 4:03 pm

      Thank you so much Sasmita, it makes a unique dessert option.

      1. Lata Lala

        November 26, 2020 at 8:45 pm

        5 stars
        Being from Gujarat I love including shrikhand in my meals. It’s much loved recipe at my place too. I loved how you served these in chocolate cups.
        Your shrikhand has tuned out perfect and creamy.

      2. mayurisjikoni

        November 27, 2020 at 5:02 pm

        Thank you so much Lata.Usually I like to serve it with the main meal with hot puri. However, thought of doing something different for Diwali. Served it both ways.

  • Preethicuisine

    November 26, 2020 at 7:48 am

    5 stars
    Shrikhand served in chocolate cups is captivating. I love shrikhand especially kesar and mango flavoured. Will try other flavours too . Home made is always the best. This looks Super creamy and rich.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 26, 2020 at 3:57 pm

      Thank you so much Preethi. I always make it at home as I find the readymade ones just too sweet.

  • Archana

    November 26, 2020 at 10:21 am

    5 stars
    Wow looks so very delicious ! Even I want to grab a glass of shrikhand.
    I did not know it was so easy to make shrikhand with greek yogurt. Thanks.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 26, 2020 at 3:55 pm

      Thank you so much Archana, its the easiest. Last year when I was in India for Diwali, used Greek yogurt to make Shrikhand. Try it.

  • JollyHomemadeRecipes

    November 26, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    5 stars
    Shrikhand looks so rich, creamy and delish. I loved the way you have explained the recipe so well, anyone can make it. Great idea of serving into cute chocolate cups.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 26, 2020 at 5:17 pm

      Thank you so much Jolly. Now that Greek yogurt is available easily, its so easy to make Shrikhand.

  • Uma Raghupathi

    November 30, 2020 at 9:35 pm

    5 stars
    This looks amazing! I think I can try this with vegan yogurt too right? With a side of flatbread sounds amazing!!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 30, 2020 at 9:48 pm

      I’ve not tasted vegan yogurt, but I guess you can try the recipe.

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