Mixed fruit shrikhand with cardamom

shrikhand

 

Get your spoons ready for that no-cook, Indian dessert that is a classic for summer. Upgrade your shrikand recipe to make this mixed fruit shrikand, infused with cardamom and saffron leaving you looking forward to a bit more each time.

What is Shrikand?

Shrikhand is a dessert classic in Maharashtrian and Gujarathi cuisine. Made with hung yogurt that has been sweetened, this creamy dessert is a cooling summer treat. With the flavours of cardamom and saffron, the shrikhand is a pleaser for all ages.

How to make traditional hung yogurt?

The yogurt that is preferred to make shrikhand is a natural setting. Fresh set natural yogurt has a slightly tangy flavour that perks up the dessert. This yogurt is strained through a cheese cloth for 2 to three hours to remove the whey. This is hung yogurt that is then mixed with the sweetness and flavours for this spoon-licking good dessert.

Can I use Greek yogurt to make shrikhand?

Greek yogurt does whip up a decent shrikhand in just 5 minutes. However, it has a bit of flavour and texture difference. Greek yogurt is certainly creamy and strained, however, it lacks the tangy flavour of the natural set yogurt. I would recommend the use of plain Greek yogurt if you are adding any fruit with a bit of acidity to it, like strawberry, cherry, passion fruit or oranges. Greek yogurt certainly cuts down the making time for the shrikhand.

What fruits are best for Shrikand?

There are a great many flavours you can seasonally add to classic shrikand. Our first choices are mango, cherry, pomegranate blueberries, grapes, peaches, persimmon etc. Depending on the fruity or flowery aroma you prefer, you can go for saffron or a bit of rose syrup to flavour.

Why used mixed fruit to make shrikand?

Mixed fruit shrikhand is my cheerful way of making a dessert with minimal effort. It is not a dessert I make for myself as I am not a natural fan of yogurt, but tolerate it as it is nutritious. My children do love yogurt so these desserts are easy on them. As an attempt to show them how easy it is to make these treats, I used a can of fruit cocktail mix one day to mix into the shrikhand. From that day forward the dessert they look forward to when I say shrikand in the fridge is this mixed fruit shrikand.

How to serve Shrikand?

Shrikhand with poori is the most classic way of having this dessert. However, shrikhand on its own makes a delightful summer dessert. With mixed fruit shrikand, you can have it at breakfast or as a dessert. Mixed fruit shrikhand is one I add to my brunch menu too. 
shrikand no sugar added

Mixed fruit shrikhand

Get your spoons ready for that no-cook, Indian dessert that is a classic for summer. Upgrade your shrikand recipe to make this mixed fruit shrikand, infused with cardamom and saffron leaving you looking forward to a bit more each time.
Prep Time 10 minutes
for the hung yogurt 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Course Desserts, Snacks, Sweets and savories
Cuisine Baby toddler food, diabetic friendly, Fusion, gluten free, Indian, Kids choice, Medicinal, One pot, Summer, Vegetarian, Winter
Servings 4 people

Equipment

  • Strainer
  • measuring cups and spoons

Ingredients
  

main ingredient

  • 3 cups yogurt fresh, natural set.

spices to flavour

  • 1 pinch nutmeg grated
  • 1/2 tsp green cardamom crushed or powdered
  • 1-2 strands saffron
  • 1 tsp rosewater

fruits to sweeten

  • 1 small fruit cocktail make your own mix or a can will do.
  • 4-5 grapes (optional)
  • 1-2 pieces orange (optional)
  • 2 tsp powdered sugar

Instructions
 

  • Soak the saffron in a tablespoon or two of warm milk and set aside.
  • Into a bowl place a large cheesecloth and measure out the three cups of yogurt.
  • Now tie the ends of the cloth so as to allow it to form a knot and hand it somewhere cold so the whey can drain off. Place a bowl at the base to collect the whey and use in other preparations.
  • After about two hours remove this suspension, untie the knot and scoop out the creamy thick hung yogurt into a bowl.
  • Into the bowl of hung yogurt add, nutmeg, rosewater, cardamom and mix well.
  • Open the can of fruit cocktail and drain the extra syrup.
  • Mix this fruit mix into the spiced hung yoghurt, along with the sugar powder and set to chill till serving
  • Scoop into small bowls add chopped graped and sliced oranges and serve immediately.
    shrikhand

Notes

The citrus fruits should be mixed at the last moment to avoid any bitterness. 
Keyword Fermented foods, festival offerings, Indian desserts, no cook recipes,
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About 5 years ago while adding this recipe here, I had no clue of how the recipe will be useful to a reader. At that point, it was only a means of sharing my thoughts. Fast forwarding, it is time to be more useful with the recipes providing the context and answering the genuine doubts you will have when making this dessert. Thanks to the consistent reminders from Renu through the Foodies redoing old posts group, the prompt to make things better is on. As we celebrate the 100th session of these make overseas, there is this mixed fruit Shrikhand recipe that I felt needed the necessary change. So here it is, the updated version.

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Mayuri Patel
1 year ago
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Love shrikhand especially the fruit ones. I usually add mango but like your mixed fruit version. Will be making it for this weekend as my son is coming to visit us.

Jayashree T.Rao
1 year ago
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A good idea of using mixed fruits in the shrikhand. It looks a perfect summer treat for children.

Renu
1 year ago
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I love the addition of fruits in this Shrikhand. I tried this Seema and it turned out fantastic.

Kalyani
1 year ago
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my elder one is a fan of shrikhand, esp the mango one. this mixed fruit deseert would surely please everyone at home

Priya Vj
11 months ago
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Shrikand is any variant is loved by me and dad . Mixed fruit shrikand has already made me salivate . I had prepared hung curd to make kesar pista Shrikand..but now I will make fruit shrikand .

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