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Saffron-scented Strained Yogurt Dessert (Shrikhand)

Mridula Baljekar - Shrikhand
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The famous 'Shrikhand' is Maharashtra's signature dish. The people of Gujarat in Western India, make this during Diwali. I have added some fruits to make it more interesting and it Is perfect for your Diwali dessert trolly.
- Mridula Baljekar



Preparation Time:

20 Minutes + Chill for 6 hours.

Cooking Time:

0 Minutes + 2 hours further chill time


3 x 425g/15 oz cartons of Whole Milk Plain Yogurt
Pinch of Saffron Threads, pounded
1 tbsp hot Milk
75g/3oz Caster Sugar
¼ tsp Ground Cardamom

To garnish:

Fresh mint

To serve:

Fresh fruits such as Mango, Strawberries, Pomegranate Seeds


1. Pour the Yogurt onto a clean muslin cloth; bring together the four corners of the cloth and tie up into a knot. Hang the muslin over the sink or in a sieve over a bowl until all the water content has been removed. This takes up to 6 hours; so you can safely leave it overnight.

2. Soak the pounded Saffron in the hot Milk for 10 minutes.

3. Next, untie the muslin cloth and empty the strained Yogurt into a mixing bowl, then beat it until smooth. Add the Sugar, Cardamom and Saffron Milk along with all the strands. Mix well and chill for at least two hours. Serve in stemmed glasses; either in alternate layers of Yogurt and Fruit or top with the Fruit of your choice.

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