Saturday, 13 June 2015

Cherry Avocado Shrikhand !



Shrikhand is an yummy and creamy Indian dessert from the Gujarati and Maharashtrian Cuisines. It is made of hung yogurt and the whole process absolutely needs no cooking. It is a very simple dessert except for the time that it takes to process the yogurt.
Generally shrikhand is flavored with  saffron and cardamom and the most renowned form is Mango shrikhand aka Amrakhand.  Why not give a different flavor to this Indian dessert with some cherries and Avocados. IT turned out super yummy and my personal favorite was the cherry shrikhand with the vanilla flavor. For a moment I felt I was gulping some ice cream :)
Serve this for your guests or best dessert for a party at home as it involves minimum labor.




INGREDIENTS

500 gms yogurt (Greek yogurt works best)
(after hanging will yield only 300 gms approx hung yogurt)
Normal yogurt / curd - hang overnight
Greek Yogurt  - hang 1 to 2 hours

For layer 1 (cherry shrikhand flavored with vanilla)

  • 150 gms hung yogurt
  • 8 ripe cherries
  • 3 drops of vanilla essence
  • 2 - 3 tbsp icing sugar (adjust as per sweetness needed, cherries are already sweet)

For Layer 2 (avocado shrikhand flavored with Cardamom)

  • 150 gms hung yogurt
  • 1/2 ripe avocado 
  • a pinch of cardamom
  • 3 - 4 tbsp icing sugar (avocados are less sweet, so a lil more sugar needed )

STEPS

  • Take the yogurt in a clean cotton /muslin cloth and tie it well. Hang it inside the fridge with a bowl below it to collect the whey water.
  • I hung it for nearly 12 hours and the results were amazing. The hung yogurt was so thick and creamy in texture. 
  • Divide them equally in two bowls.


  • Take fresh and ripe cherries, slit them with a knife and squeeze the seed out. 
  • When doing this keep the bowl underneath to collect the fresh juice oozing out.
  • Grind the deseeded cherries to a fine puree.


  • To the hung yogurt in the bowl, add icing sugar and vanilla essence.
  • Strain the cherry puree in a metal strainer and collect only the fresh juice.
  • Now just mix everything together.


  • Initially the color may look a little dark pink, use a whisk and mix well to make it smooth and creamy as shown in second pic.The color turns pale pink.
  • Spoon them into a glass and flatten it neatly.


  • Now, remove the skin of avocado and chop into fine pieces. 
  • Make into a smooth paste in a mixie, and add icing sugar, cardamom to the mixie itself and give a run for easy mixing.

  • Add this ground paste to the hung yogurt in the second bowl and again use a whisk and mix well until creamy.
  • Carefully spoon this on top of the cherry shrikhand without disturbing it.
  • Keep them in the fridge for 4 - 5 hours so that they set well. You can also consume it immediately but refrigerating for few hours gives best results as the texture tightens a bit.
  • When I invert the glass, the shrikhand was intact without falling out. Thats the perfect consistency to serve. 


Place a cherry on top and serve chilled.



Enjoy this yummy and creamy dessert !

With Love,

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