Amrakhand or Mango Shrikhand

Amrakhand or Mango shrikhand is a very simple and straightforward recipe that requires very few ingredients. There are many different versions of Shrikhand, the most popular being the good old Cardamom Saffron (or Elaichi Shrikhand) and Mango Shrikhand (this one is my favorite!). You can make your very own version of this recipe, by adding any nuts or fruits of your choice. It is a popular Maharashtrian dessert that is traditionally had with hot puris (fried Indian bread) but can also be had all by itself as a dessert.

Ingredients:

1 cup greek yogurt, with 2% fat
1/2 cup mango puree
2 Tbsp. Sugar
3-4 cardamom pods
Some Pistachios, for garnishing

Recipe:

  • Chop mangoes and puree them in a blender. Fresh mango are best for this, but mango pulp can also be used, if you are using sweetened mango pulp you can avoid adding sugar or adjust it accordingly.
  • Crush cardamom seeds using mortar and pestle, set aside.
  • In a bowl put together greek yogurt, mango puree, sugar and cardamom powder. You could also use hung curd instead of greek yogurt. To prepare hung curd, tie curd in muslin or cheese cloth for at least 4-5 hours or overnight.
  • Mix everything till sugar is dissolved and everything is well combined.
  • Chill and garnish with chopped pistachios before serving.
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