Joyful Holi to all my pals who have a good time! The times are lastly longer and indicators of spring are across the nook—all a positive trigger for celebration. For me, meaning turning to my favourite springtime recipes to kick off the season. In gentle of Holi celebrations, I wished to experiment with a recipe that ticks numerous containers for me in relation to dishes I really like. This shrikhand recipe is no-bake (similar to my favourite hit recipe, this mango icebox cake), make-ahead, and takes solely 5 elements. Sure, you learn that proper. Primarily, this straightforward deal with has all of the makings of a straightforward and flavor-packed dessert!
Wait, What Is Shrikhand?
Shrikhand is an Indian dessert with roots in Gujarati and Maharashtrian delicacies. It’s made from hung curd, which is strained yogurt with the whey eliminated. Conventional variations are made with cardamom and saffron, however I’ve seen totally different takes with rose, fruits, spices, and nuts. I’ve even seen chocolate shrikhand making the rounds on the web! Whereas I didn’t develop up consuming it commonly, I’ve had it many occasions throughout gatherings and love its simplicity and taste. My model could be a bit totally different from others as I’ve layered mine right into a parfait. However each particular person makes their very own tweaks and taste changes, so be happy to experiment and customise to your coronary heart’s content material.
It’s All Concerning the Yogurt
I grew up in a home the place two massive tubs of yogurt have been at all times on our weekly grocery listing. It was usually used to make boondi, kadhi, or my private favourite, yogurt rice, and even served by itself as a facet dish to dinner. Regardless of the prep, not a day glided by that we weren’t consuming yogurt. This additionally signifies that I’m used to having a number of leftover yogurt round. Consequently, I really like getting artistic and attempting new methods to make use of it.
First issues first: You MUST use full-fat yogurt right here. It’s a non-negotiable. For those who’re utilizing a plain yogurt, I like to recommend straining for longer for a thicker consequence. For those who’re utilizing Greek yogurt, whereas it’s already thick, I pressure it in a single day to make it much more luscious and creamy. I actually lust after the thick and whipped texture that may solely be achieved should you’ve strained as a lot of the liquid out as doable. (And I can’t be the one one who loves their yogurt that manner.) You would possibly even be capable to get away with utilizing a dairy-free different with the identical methodology, although I haven’t tried it myself.
How you can Pressure the Yogurt
I lay a cheesecloth over a handheld strainer. This makes it simpler to set the strainer on prime of a big bowl. I then spoon the yogurt into the strainer and canopy with the perimeters of the cheesecloth. I didn’t weight my yogurt down, however you possibly can definitely stack a heavy plate or bowl on prime of the yogurt to assist press out the liquid. Hetal from Milk and Cardamom has a very good visible of the set-up right here.
How you can Taste Your Shrikhand
The Sweetener: I desire utilizing powdered sugar on this recipe, as I discover it dissolves simpler into the yogurt, although you should use granulated sugar as properly. You possibly can additionally use honey or maple syrup should you wished, although I discover that it generally thins the strained yogurt out a bit. Don’t thoughts it? Don’t fear! Go proper forward with both of those sweeteners. The totally different variations of shrikhand I’ve tried over the yeas have assorted in sweetness ranges. I’ve had some which might be intensely candy and others which might be barely sweetened. I do like a bit bit extra sugar on this as a result of I don’t need it to only style like yogurt. However style as you go and alter as you want!
The Spices: I might write a love letter to cardamom. The floral and candy taste is the epitome of nostalgia for me. On this recipe, it provides a pleasant heat to the flavour whereas nonetheless being delicate. The opposite star? Saffron. Sure it’s an costly spice, however a bit goes a great distance. I’ve this small jar and discover the flavour to be unimaginable. And sure, should you actually need to go away it out, you possibly can. To prime all the pieces off, I used some rose petals and biscuits. However you would additionally use recent fruits, pistachios, granola, or no matter you favor. Comply with your bliss.
Can I Make This Recipe Forward of Time?
Sure! You’ll must plan forward in relation to straining the yogurt. However as soon as that’s finished, all you need to do is whip all the pieces collectively in a bowl with a spatula. To retailer, cowl with plastic wrap and hold within the fridge. I like to recommend consuming inside a couple of days. That’s, after all, if there’s any left over.