Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Kesar Pista Flavored Shrikhand.

Shrikhand is a creamy and delicious healthy dessert from Maharashtra/Gujrat. I made this Kesar and Pista flavored Shrikhand for Dussehra.

Ingredients :-
  • 32 Ounce (2 pound) Yogurt.
  • 1 Cup confectioners sugar (adjust as per taste).
  • 3 pinches of Saffron strands (Soak in 1Tb.spoon hot milk for 2 hours).
  • 8-10 cardamom - make fine powder.
  • 1/4 Cup Pistachio - Pick only bright green colored pistachio and remove skin. Make 1Tb. spoon fine powder and finely slice remaining pistachios.
  • 1 piece cheese cloth or muslin cloth ( For cheese cloth make three layers).

Preparation Method:-
  1. Take one medium deep bowl and place cloth over bowl, spread edges of cloth equally over bowl. Slowly add 32 Oz. yogurt into the bowl. Hold all four edges of cloth and merge together and make tight knot. Tightly secure all yogurt. Don't leave any gaps while making knot. Hang this over sink or any other suitable place in kitchen. Use same bowl to collect dipping liquid from yogurt. Give at least 15-20 hours to drain out all liquid. You may reduce hanging time by gently pressing yogurt at regular intervals and speed up the process of extracting liquid from yogurt. After 15 hours open the knot and take out strained yogurt ball (Chakka). Scrap all yogurt from cloth.
  2. Take 2-3 quart glass or steel bowl and place strained yogurt ball (Chakka). Add 1 cup confectioners sugar, saffron milk and half soaked saffron strands, powdered cardamom, powdered pistachio and half the quantity of sliced pistachio. Mix all with spatula. You may use hand blender and give one quick swirl to mix all ingredients in the bowl. Do not over run hand blender. Adjust level of sugar as per taste.
  3. Add remaining soaked saffron strands and sliced pistachio. Mix all well with spatula and refrigerate for at least two hours before serving.
  4. Serve with puri, chapati or enjoy in bowl.

Note :- You may add some sour cream for more creamy and rich taste also this will help to increase the quantity. 32 Oz. Yogurt gives you one full cup of Chakka and 1 1/2 cup of strained liquid (Whey).


Shikhar said...

Let me first wish you happy deepavali. May omnipresent and omnipotent power of this world bless you all colours of happiness in your life and you thereafter shower all those colours in the form of variant dishes to us.

I never tried and tasted this dish. However, I heard about this earlier. Quite easy to make and I think all ingredients are available in my home. Today is deepavali and let me try it today itself on this auspicious day.


Shikhar said...

Now, Shrikhand is not new for me and my family.

Tried it on Deepavali. I had very short time (I think, I had read it at around 2 PM on that day)but zeal was at upper most layer. Put curd at around 3 and at around 8, I started extracting some left water by pressing the cloth gently. Around 10, Shrikhand was ready. Result was really amazing. It is not from me but from my frnds too. Because, I put the platter first from Luxmi Ganesha and after performing pooja put it on Centre table. My frnds (around 20-25) who came to wish us, took one spoon of it and appreciated.

Usha said...

Shikhar...I am so glad that you tried Shrikhand and it was appreciated by your family and friends...Next time give flavor twist to Shrikhand by adding your favorite fruit..First I recommend is MANGO.

Happy Diwali...:)

JK said...

Looks really good.