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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Aamrakhand / Mango Shrikhand


For the uninitiated, shrikhand is a simple, no fuss dessert that is mostly popular in the Indian states of Gujarat and Maharashtra. The thick, creamy yogurt (obtained after straining) is sweetened with sugar and flavored with cardamom / saffron. It is then chilled and garnished with nuts before serving. A simple delight on a hot summer day. :) Apart from this plain Jane kind, there are fruity versions that are more flavorful, colorful and delicious like this aamrakhand aka mango shrikhand, where mango pulp is added to shrikhand.
I used homemade yogurt to make this aamrakhand. If you are in a hurry, use Greek yogurt instead which makes the preparation further simpler. And for people who are wondering how to prepare hung yogurt, this is how we go. Line a colander / sieve with a cheesecloth or a very thin cotton cloth. Place it over a bowl to catch the dripping whey. Pour the set yogurt into it and bring the ends of the cloth together and form a knot. Put the colander along with the bowl underneath, in the refrigerator overnight or until all the whey has been removed. This is the hung yogurt or the strained one that we are going to use to make shrikhand. Or skip this step and use Greek yogurt instead as I mentioned earlier.
Feel free to use your favorite fruits and  create new shrikhand versions as this peach shrikhand.

Ingredients: (for 2 servings)
1 cup hung yogurt / Greek yogurt
1/2 to 3/4 cup mango pulp (I used Kesar mango pulp.)
Powdered sugar to taste (The quantity depends upon the sweetness of the mango pulp. It is not mandatory to use powdered sugar but I use it since it melts quicker.)
1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder / saffron 
Crushed pistachios / sliced almonds to garnish 

Note: 
If using saffron, just soak 1/4 tsp saffron in a tsp of milk for about 15 minutes and add. I omitted the cardamom since I had to use 5 ingredients and just sprinkled some saffron for the photographic purpose.

Method:
Place all the ingredients except the pistachios / almonds in a bowl and whisk them together until a creamy texture is attained and everything is well combined. Chill for an hour or two before serving. Serve the chilled aamrakhand in individual bowls and garnish with pistachios / almonds. This can be served as a dessert or along with hot puris (or parathas) as they do in Gujarat.

This is my 3rd day BM#8 entry with the theme "cooking with five ingredients or less". Check what my fellow marathoners are cooking today.

Comment

21 comments:

Aarthi said...

I love this..Perfect looking one..Thanks for the recipe

Vardhini said...

Love the picture and presentation. Yummy dessert.

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Kalpana Sareesh said...

so yummy dish for BM with 5 ingrd..

Sharmilee! :) said...

Wow this looks so yum..with those pistachios it looks so tempting

Priya said...

I dont need anything to relish this delectable rich looking aamrakhand..

Rajani said...

Looks very yummy

Nirmala's kitchen said...

Looks yummy!!!!I love shrikand which was very famous in Mumbai.

The Pumpkin Farm said...

some dishes are like ghar ki murgi dal barabar- we make this so often that never thought of it under the no fire cooking theme :-) Thanks for sharing this. Love your pictures

jayasree said...

Gorgeous click...i want to eat it right away.

Srivalli said...

I love shrikhand, esp with mango it is simply awesome..lovely pictures..

Harini said...

Looks good Suma. I tried the Greek yogurt version but somehow we felt there was an after taste. I seem to like this version better!

Kurryleaves said...

looks yumm...really tempting..

Reva said...

Lovely dessert... the yellow colour is so vibrant... very pleasing to the eye..:)
Reva

Kalyani said...

a real treat - to the eyes and the palate ! JUST LOVED the pic Suma.. awesome !!

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Nitha said...

yummy yummy dessert..

Nupur said...

Oh wow the amrakhand looks just divine. I have some frozen mango pulp and might have to make this very soon.

I'm enjoying your few-ingredient dishes, Suma.

Pavani said...

Yummy looking shrikhand.. Gorgeous click.

munchmunchcrunchcrunch said...

wow!looks perfect...love the picture too

Smitha said...

i have to make this soon!...its too tempting and the click too!

soujanya said...

Ur click made me drooling...of course shrikhand...
love it!

Usha said...

This is such an easy dessert to make. Lovely color!