Shrikhand is an Indian yogurt dessert made with strained yogurt, sugar and sweet spices such as cardamom, saffron and rose essence. its a refreshing dessert served in the Western region of India in the state of Gujarat.
About the recipe
Flavored with the wonderful aroma of saffron, cardamom and rose essence this is a quick and easy dessert that is light and flavorful, all with an exotic twist.
For this summery yogurt parfait I made my shrikhand with Greek yogurt that is already strained and thick, saving me the extra effort to strain regular yogurt overnight.
Traditionally shrikhand is served by itself or with fresh mango or sometimes mango pulp is mixed into the yogurt for a mango flavored shrikhand. Shrikhand also tastes wonderful served with a side of fresh fruit.
Dinner in the courtyard
I made this yogurt dessert for a small dinner I had recently which was enjoyed by all. It’s especially perfect after an especially heavy meal. For this summer dinner I had made an Indian meal for which a chilled yogurt dessert was the perfect sweet ending.
On the Menu
Cheese and crackers
Chole – chickpeas cooked in tomatoes
Eggplant cooked in peanut sauce (Shalini)
Shrikhand – Indian Greek yogurt with saffron and cardamom
Fresh peaches and dates
Sweet Greek Yogurt with Cardamom, Saffron and Rose
2 cups Greek yogurt
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tp saffron
1 tbsp warm milk
2 tsp cardamom powder
1/2 tsp rose essence or 1 tsp rose water
few fresh rose petals for garnish
4 tbsp roasted pistachios finely chopped for garnish
Cook’s Notes: Honestly, this is the easiest dessert to make! Just mix all the ingredients together until well incorporated. Chill for at least an hour, preferably overnight. Then garnish with fresh rose petals and pistachios.
Serve with fresh peaches or berries for a summertime treat.