Tuesday, December 06, 2005

How to make shrikhand at home

Who knew that making shrikhand at home was so simple! I found out how to make this simple Indian dessert last week when my Maharashtrian sister-in-law brought a full tub of homemade shrikhand to our cousins' reunion in Chicago.

To keep it super simple, start with any amount of yogurt (does not matter if it is full fat or fat free either) you have in the fridge. Tie up the yogurt in a cheesecloth or even dupatta and leave to hang over the kitchen sink faucet. After about three hours (or till all the liquid has drained), remove from the faucet and transfer the thickened yogurt to a nice bowl. Use your judgement to add the right amount of sugar, a few pinches of saffron dipped in a bit of warm milk and several pods of cardammom. You can also add any type of nuts you fancy like pistachio, walnuts, almonds etc. If you love the taste of mangoes, try adding mango pulp to make aamkhand. If you want to make this dessert a bit tangy, add sour cream and stir well before adding the nuts.

I can eat shrikhand by the spoonful without anything else but my sister-in-law loves to eat her shrikhand with puris. How about you - what is your favourite way to enjoy shrikhand?


Blogger maya said...

Lulu- Sounds simple and looks delicious! I'll gladly eat any shrikhand you make :) Nice photo too!

1:36 AM  
Blogger gs said...

i have passed on necessary instrns to gb.i am sure she will turn out something super.
and,i love to eat shrikand with puri.that is the way it is done.though i can eat stand alone shrikands as well.

12:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lulu- i have been dropping by at your blog for quite some time now.
Whenever i read your blog, i feel that we have a lot of similar interests.. you have a passion for travelling around the world, a keen interest in trying out new things, cooking(mostly vegetarian), tennis, you like San Francisco, Sydney, and are currently living in Manhattan, i almost see myself in a mirror..

My current job and life do not permit me to travel, but one day, if God wills, i wish to travel to all the exotic places in the world.

You must be having a great job that takes you around the world and also to India.

1:58 PM  
Blogger Lulu said...

hi there!
nice to meet you through my blog. thanks for such a warm note. i do feel very lucky to have an awesome job that i love and that gives me opportunities to travel.
i'm dying to know your name and where you live and what you do and everything about you given how similar we seem to be. but you are probably a more private person than i am given how much i broadcast different aspects of my life through my blog and you haven't even signed on with a name :) but i totally respect your anonymity. it's just exciting to know of someone else with exactly the same interests. wish you the very best. sorry to get a bit senti (mental) but just remember - if you can dream it, you can do it.

8:15 PM  
Blogger rums said...

i like mine solo, no puris. i don't like puris very much.

4:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

good to hear back from you..
as you guessed, i am very private or a better word would be shy.
i currently live in the land of Mustangs and Longhorns.. but i am very much from India.
I tried to start my own blog, but i don't even seem to be able to come up with the name for a blog. I find reading blogs more interesting. It gives me a perspective of different people's views/ideas. I feel it helps me understand something better because i get the whole picture as i get to view something from different angles.
Maybe very soon i'll be able to get over the initial starting trouble and come out into the blogworld.

I have been to San Francisco and New York, but San Francisco is one city i love the most..
Standing on Golden Gate Bridge has been and will be one of the most ecstatic moments of my life.. I would love to go back to that city any time.
The other places on my "To Be Seen" List are Syndey, Hawaii and Bahamas.

I also keep experimenting with recipes from around the world. I am a vegetarian and keep trying out different stuff, especially Mediteranean.

My job is an IT job. I would like to get out of it soon and would want to get into a more dynamic profession. I am more interested in analysing a situation and coming up with strategies.. Let us see how it goes.. Thank you very much for your good wishes. I wish the same to you.

ShyGirl ... :))

11:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Lulu,
Bumped into ur post while googling.
U have some awesome recipes and I love ur enthusiasm towards food. I love good food and love to cook so its complete bliss to go thru ur site....good job, keep it up :)
Shrikands been on my mind for a while but was sceptical to try it as my recent attempt to make Phirni miserably failed....but u seem to have got a success and am tempted to try :)
Abt me, am an Indian who jus moved out of the big apple. Miss it even more while I read ur posts on the restraunts & stores...
Keep the blog flowing rather cooking.

11:21 AM  
Anonymous Ami said...

Thanks!! My hubby loves shrikhand. Was hoping to find some recipe Will try it out for diwali:)

4:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

arun read what Lulu says Does it tally with your amma's method ' If both these methods are not as good as mine I will post you the recipe better still make it for you when you are back at Hyderabad..In any case feed that fencing daughter of yours with as much Srikahand as you can..

1:00 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

Hi Lulu,
Thanks for ur recipe. Will try it tomm.Do keep in touch..

10:24 PM  
Blogger prach said...

Hi Lulu,

Firstly a big thanks for ur shrikhand' at home recipe. IT worked wonders :), my first try at actually making shrikhand on "Gudhi Padwa" day.It being my 1st ever away from home.

all thanks to u it went really well :)

Love the way u write up ur blog.


5:22 PM  
Anonymous priyjil said...

i try but it get sticky tell me what to do

11:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just tried this out...I'm simply amazed at how easy it was
thanks for the recipe =)
do u think I could use Greek yogurt instead to eliminate the straining process?!?

11:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its better to use drained turkish yogurt.It should be sold in ethnic markets

8:10 AM  

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