Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Instant Mango Shrikhand Recipe

We were served the most delicious Shrikhand for dessert at a friend's house recently. Traditionally, this dish is made by straining yogurt overnight through cheesecloth, then adding sugar and other flavors. My friend's mother told me that there is a quick way to make this heavenly, and healthy, dessert using Greek-style yogurt (thanks Auntie from England for this tip!) I experimented with ingredients and made the dish in 5 minutes and loved it!
This was my first attempt at making 'instant Shrikhand' :

Instant Mango Shrikhand

17 oz container Greek-style yogurt (I used Oikos brand, 0% fat, organic yogurt)
7 oz sweetened condensed milk (about 1/2 can, depending on how sweet you'd like it)
1/2 tsp crushed cardamom
3 tablespoons sweetened mango pulp (I used Ratna brand, optional)
sliced almonds or pistachios for garnish

Mix everything together and chill before serving.
Variations: you can leave out the mango pulp, and mix in some saffron threads dissolved in 1 TBS of warm milk. Be careful not to add too much liquid as you want the consistency to remain thick and creamy. If you want to make it thicker, try dissolving a few tablespoons of powdered milk with the mango pulp before adding to yogurt. This recipe can be easily multiplied for larger gatherings. Enjoy!