Thursday, 19 June 2014

Mango Shrikhand

Its the season of mangoes and we can't let it go without making 'Aam-rakhand". Aamrakhand is basically shrikhand with aam ( Mangoes ). Shrikhand is one classic Maharashtrian sweet dish made from strained curd. On some auspicious occasions or during a special function, nothing beats the menu of Shrikhand, Batata bhaaji ( potato sabzi ) and puris. It is also offered as "prasad" ( offering ) to the Lord during pooja or festivals. It is semi-soft and you can literally lick it with your finger, rather than having it with spoon ( i still feel it tastes better this way, hehehe )


Making shrikhand takes some time as the curd has to be hung in a cotton cloth and drained of all the water inside. We also get ready made Chakka ( hung curd ) in market, but finding it here in Delhi is a task. So i preferred setting up the curd overnight with full cream milk and then making the chakka myself at home. Yes it does take some time, but the effort is all worth it... especially since it's my hubby's favourite :)

Shrikhand can be eaten as it is with dry fruits, or addition of mango pulp makes it aamrakhand which is very popular in Maharashtra. You can add any fruit pulp or even chunks of fruit and make shrikhand, the taste just gets better :) In thane, there is a shop which sells fresh fruit shrikhand, and they put pieces of grapes and apples..the taste is so unbelievably flavourful, that you would want a second helping for sure.When i make a visit to Mumbai, next week, i will go to that shop and click a picture for you guys :)


Ingredients :

Curd - 1 n half cup ( I made homemade curd in my regular curd bowl, so it should be about 1 n half cup. 
Mango - 1
Sugar - 1/2 cup ( adjust to taste )
Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
Pistachios - 5-6
Almonds - 5-6 ( You can also put raisins or cashews or even anjeer if you like )
Cotton cloth/muslin cloth 

Recipe : 

Take out all the curd in the muslin cloth and tie it tightly. Hang the cloth for around 3 hours so that all water drips down. Tie it over the sink or keep some vessel below it, so the water doesn't drip making a mess. If you don't have a place to hang, just put it in a big vessel on the side, tilt it, and cover the vessel with a lid tightly. Squeeze out all the extra water from it after 3 hours.

Remove it in a clean bowl.

Remove all the pulp from the mango and put it in a blender to make a smooth pulp. Add sugar and blend again.

Now add this pulp to the curd. Mix in cardamom powder.

Add in chopped almonds and pistachios. Mix it all well and garnish with some pistachios or almonds when serving in a bowl.

I like the shrikhand/aamrakhand cold. So normally i let it be in the refrigerator for around an hour before eating.  

Note : My Mom's tip : If you find it too thick, add some full cream milk or some cream. It adds to the taste of Shrikhand :)


Now make some hot puris and you are ready to have a scrumptious meal :))

Happy Cooking :)

 

10 comments:

  1. Wow, this looks delicious. I'm going to try it soon. Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Zeba, do try it and let me know how it turns out for you. Thanks for visiting :)

      Delete
  2. I've never heard of this but the ingredients make it sound yummy.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Stephanie, Its a regional dish famous in parts of India, mainly Gujrat and Maharashtra. This surely tastes yummy :) Thanks for visiting :)

      Delete
  3. love mangoes in any form,this is one of my favorites..yummmy!!
    Thanx for dropping by my space,happily following you too..Happy Blogging!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Julie, me too am a mango-fanatic :) Feelings are mutual...Thanks for visiting :)

      Delete
  4. lovely shrikhand with mango.....happy to follow u....

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi there, I love your recipes too :) Thank you for dropping in...

      Delete
  5. Mango shrikhand is palatable. Thanks for sharing

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Welcome :) Thanks for dropping by :)

      Delete

Appreciate your comments, Thank you so much for for dropping by :)!!!