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Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Of all the desserts I have cooked in my life, there’s been nothing as effortless as the Shrikhand. Other than the time that it takes to drain the liquid off the yogurt, Shrikhand can be made in no time at all. I call it the “no cooking” dessert as it is indeed assembled and not cooked. But do not underestimate its flavor based on the simplicity. It is not only the easiest but also one of the most delicious desserts I have cooked.

Greek Yogurt – 2 cups
Sour cream – ½ cup (optional)
Sugar – 1.5 cups
Cardamom powder – ½ tsp
Chopped almonds – 4 tsp
Saffron – couple of strands

Hand the yogurt wrapped in a thin cloth and tightly bound. Alternatively empty the yogurt in a soup strainer, cover and let the liquid drip. Whatever method you use, make sure all the water from the yogurt drains and what remains is the rich, creamy leftovers. This may take anywhere between 8 to 12 hours. Drain the sour cream and keep aside.

In a mixing bowl take the rich and thick yogurt. Add all the remaining ingredients except the almonds and blend in slowly. Do not use a hand blender or any kind of whisker. Use a big spoon and go about mixing slowly. Once all the ingredients come together finely, sprinkle the crushed almonds and refrigerate covered for 2 hours before serving.

Serving suggestions
·         With Puri, as dessert.

·         You can use any kind of yogurt; feel free to experiment with flavors.
·         You may also use any nuts of your choice - walnuts, pistachio,  cashews etc.,
·      Many variations of the Shrikhand can be made by adding fruits like mango, strawberry or  even mixed fruits.

Interesting fact
·         Shrikhand is a prominent dessert in Gujarati and Maharashtrian cuisines.


  1. Shrikhand looks creamy and yummy...

  2. Beautiful looking and yummy dessert hv not tried this.. wat a mistake ..

  3. Omg, wat a stunning and super tempting dessert, looks absolutely divine..

  4. An all time classic & light dessert!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  5. This recipe is so good...Mouthwatering Dear..


  6. I LUV Shrikhand. I even add a teaspoon of rose water, it gives it a kind of freshness. I liked your idea of no cook dessert.
    Love Ash.

  7. have been waiting for this..thanx much :)

  8. Those pics are tempting me to make it asap :) Lovely Shrikhand recipe..

  9. Great easy and quick desert!
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  10. Would love to have a bowl of that goodness now :) looks perfectly delicious!

  11. Fabulous pics Gauri!FOr a minute, I thought they were white chocolate chips on top of the Shrikhand! :) Thanks so much for linking your dish to Kid's Delight - Something Sweet. Would love to have more entries from you :)
    Kavi (Edible Entertainment)

  12. ooh this is delectable- u r absolutely right this very simple dessert can be assembled in no time but tastes fab. YUM

  13. Simple but delicious. I remember the Shrikhand you made for a Diwali? party. Mouthwatering.