Strawberry Shrikhand

Shrikhand is a sweetened yogurt dish made with hung yogurt. It is often the sweet dish found in Maharashtrian thalis and not only is it a sweet component, but a very healthy one too. Shrikhand is often served flavored with saffron, and at times fruit flavored variations of shrikhand are also enjoyed. The most popular flavor being mango when its season. Its called amarkhand. I have flavored my shrikhand with some strawberries, which gave it a pretty pink color.

Ingredients:
1 cup yogurt
6 strawberries
1 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tbsp confectioners sugar
1/4 tsp cardamom powder
1 tbsp sliced almonds for garnish

Method:

Place the yogurt on a tea sieve or on a cheese cloth and drain it over a bowl, overnight. If using the tea sieve place a layer of plastic wrap over the yogurt to prevent it from drying out. When ready to make the shrikhand, wash, hull and slice the strawberries. Sprinkle the strawberries with 1 tbsp of granulated sugar. Set aside to macerate for about 20 minutes.

At the end of 20 minutes, the strawberries would have lent all their juice. Drain the juice and puree the strawberries. Fold the strawberries with the strained yogurt along with the cardamom powder. Sweeten with confectioners sugar as needed, it depends on how sweet your strawberries are. Pour into serving glasses/cups and let sit in the fridge to set. Again line the tops with plastic wrap. When ready to serve, sprinkle with almonds and garnish with strawberries. Enjoy!

Verdict: Sweet, thick and creamy. This is a simple yet guilt free dessert that you can enjoy any time of day. The strawberries added a great fruity touch to the shrikhand.

Sending this to ‘Fruit/Veggie of the Month – Strawberry’, event series by Priya Mitharwal and to ‘Flavors of Maharashtra’ event series by Nayna and to ‘Cooking with Fruits’ event.

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