Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Homemade Shrikhand

Shrinkhand is an indian sweet made from hung yogurt. Here we make it from sourcream and hung yogurt. Many times my mom makes it during indian festivals, but since I don't like sweets, I never bothered to learn from her.

I had some leftover sour cream from last weekend, so I decided to make shrikhand out of it. It turned out just like you get at any Indian store here.

Here is the recipe for home made shrikhand.
2 cups sour cream (full fat version works the best)
1/2 cup full fat yogurt
1/4 cup sugar (adjust the quantity per your taste)
1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
1/2 teaspoon cardamom seeds
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg powder
6-7 strands saffron (Kesar), (Optional for color)
2 teaspoon water
1/4 Cup Chopped almonds

Combine the sour cream, yogurt and sugar in bowl and mix well. Transfer into a muslin cloth, and hang for at least 5-6 hours so that all the water drains out. Once all the water drains out, transfer to a bowl and add the cardamom seeds, cardamom powder and nutmeg powder.

Heat water in a microwave safe bowl or on stove. Grind the saffron strands into fine powder. Dissolve in hot water. Let it stand for five minutes and add to the sour cream, yogurt mixture. Now add the chopped almonds, and save some for garnishing. Mix well. The shrinkhand is ready!!

Refrigerate for 5-6 hours. Garnish with chopped almonds and serve in individual bowls.

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