Shrikhand

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The coupons for Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt arrived last week and I could not wait to try out different recipes by using the yogurt. Different ideas ran through my head and I finally settled for our family favorite Shrikhand.

Shrikhand is an Indian sweet dish made of strained yogurt. It is one of the main desserts in Gujarati cuisine and Maharashtrian cuisine. The yogurt is tied and hung until all the water has drained off, the result being a thick and creamy yogurt. Other ingredients include sugar, cardamom powder, and saffron. (Source:Wiki). As a substitute for this thick strained yogurt I used the Greek Yogurt.I went to the store and got a tub of the Fat Free Oikos Yogurt. I was initially leery to try with the fat free version as traditionally Shrikhand is made using full fat yogurt. But never the less decided to give it a try and boy was I surprised!

 Stonyfield Farm makes Oikos Organic Greek yogurt which can be used in a variety of ways while cooking – in baking, as a substitute for sour cream, and mayonnaise, and to create tasty low-fat dishes.

Greek yogurt is strained, making it thicker and more versatile in recipes than regular yogurt. I have been told that Oikos is organic, which means it’s made without artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners, and it’s made from organic milk produced without the use of toxic persistent pesticides, chemical fertilizers, antibiotics, or artificial growth hormones (rBST).

Much to our surprise even the fat free version was super thick with almost no water in it. It did not have that sour taste either and it made one delicious, organic, guilt free Indian dessert. Thank You very much for the treat StonyField Farm, our family enjoyed and relished it! We would gladly recommend this to anybody to try.

 

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Oikos Organic Greek yogurt (fat free)
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  • Saffron few strands
  • 2/3 cup sugar (increase based on the sourness of yogurt)
  • Coarsely chopped pistachios for garnish
  • 1/2 Tbsp warm milk

 

Method:

  • Add the saffron strands to the warm milk and keep aside. This dissolves the saffron and imparts yellow color and mild flavor to the milk.
  • Mix all the remaining ingredients thoroughly along with the saffron milk. Refrigerate. Take out an hour later and mix well again. Garnish with more pistachios before serving.

 

Serve chilled with warm Rotis/Chapathis or Pooris.

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32 comments

  1. Madhuram says:

    I love stoneyfields yogurt, especially the whole milk one. It’s very creamy, but never tried the greek yogurt. Will look for it.

  2. Aparna says:

    I Love Shrikand nd before my mom used to make it later i started getting Amul……u made me tempt so i shud give a first try……It looks yyummmmm

  3. Lakshmi says:

    RC, I was looking for shrikhand recipes and came across your blog. I have never made shrikhand before and never knew it was so simple to make too. thx for the recipe…will be making it soon.
    btw, u have an amazing blog. me 2 from Bangalore.

  4. Arch says:

    Fat free shrikhand..life doesnt get better than that, does it..looks lovely RC…A friend of mine makes fresh fruit shrikhand, which is simply heavenly…

  5. Vani says:

    Looks so good, RC! No draining of yogurt for this shrikhand? Nice! I think I’ll try this with the Greek yogurt too (yet to use the coupons).

  6. Shri says:

    Shrikhand looks gorgeous and it is picture perfect.I have never tried Greek Yogurt but we do use Stonyfield on a regular basis.I wonder if you can make out of it!

  7. Lakshmi says:

    RC, I made this Shrikhand yday with Greek yogurt and it came out very good. Not too sweet and very good with Puris. Thx for the recipe!

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