piyush recipe

Piyush is a smooth and creamy beverage popular in the Maharashtrian and Gujarati cuisine of western India.

To make piyush, shrikhand (a thick yogurt based dessert) and Buttermilk are whisked with the flavorings of nutmeg and cardamom. The nutmeg especially imparts a great deal of flavor and aroma to piyush.

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piyush recipe

Piyush is a bit similar to the popular beverage Lassi. But in comparison, it is thick, creamy and sweeter than lassi. Obviously, as shrikhand is added. Shrikhand itself is thick, creamy and sweet.

piyush recipe

My recipe does not use buttermilk but homemade yogurt and milk. I used ready store brought shrikhand. With ready made shrikhand this cooling drink is quick and easy to make. Either buy cardamom shrikhand, saffron shrikhand or cardamom-saffron shrikhand. You can also make the shrikhand at home. Here is shrikhand recipe.

Piyush makes for an excellent summer cooler. good for both kids and adults alike. You actually have to drink piyush to know how good it is.

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piyush recipe

5 from 6 votes
Piyush recipe is a thick, creamy sweet beverage made with shrikhand, yogurt and milk. Summer cooling drink.
piyush recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:5 mins
Total Time:5 mins
Course:beverages & drinks,desserts
Cuisine:gujarati,maharashtrian
Servings (change the number to scale):2 to 3
(1 CUP = 250 ML)

Ingredients

  • 200 grams shrikhand - about 1 cup, (cardamom, saffron or cardamom-saffron flavored shrikhand)
  • 1.5 cups yogurt (curd)
  • 3/4 to 1 cup milk
  • 2 to 3 tablespoon sugar or as required
  • 2-3 green cardamom, powdered in a mortar-pestle to a fine powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg or nutmeg powder
  • 6 to 7 pistachios, sliced
  • 1 to 2 pinches of saffron

Instructions

  • First take the shrikhand, yogurt, milk, sugar, cardamom powder, nutmeg powder in a mixing bowl.
  • With a hand held blender or a wired whisk or a madani (traditional hand held indian churner), just blend everything well till smooth and creamy. You can also blend in a jar in an electric blender. Keep the piyush in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours for it to get chilled.
  • A suggestion is to add 2 tbsp sugar first. If the sweetness is less, then you can add 1 tbsp sugar later.
  • Pour the chilled piyush in glasses, and top with pistachio or almond slices and saffron.
  • Serve immediately. You can also keep the piyush for a day in the refrigerator.
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Two steps showing the making of piyush

1. First take the shrikhand, yogurt, milk, sugar, cardamom powder, nutmeg powder in a mixing bowl.

mix piyush ingredients

2. With a hand held blender or a wired whisk or a madani (traditional Indian wooden churner), just blend everything well till smooth and creamy. You can also blend in a jar in an electric blender. Keep the piyush in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours for it to get chilled. For a light yellow colored piyush drink, you can also add some crushed saffron while blending.

blend piyush ingredients

3. Pour the chilled piyush in glasses, and top with pistachio or almond slices and saffron. Serve piyush immediately. You can also keep it for a day in the refrigerator.

piyush recipe

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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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  1. Hii , delicious recipe , could you please contact me on my e-mail i would like to ask you something about your facebook page and advertisement ? PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE5 stars

  2. I made it it was awesome.I used homemade Shrikhand .
    Thank you so much for the recipe.5 stars

    • with homemade shrikhand the taste is much better 🙂 most welcome beena.

  3. I loving it Yaaar..
    Everything is easyly made.5 stars

  4. Your recipe are awesome

    • thanks amol

  5. its a good taste and yummy i like it

    • thanks washim

  6. Superb Recipes. Totally loved it. It seems like cooking is fun with learn n serve with Love. As I m newly married. I love to try out extreme things.5 stars

    • thanks

  7. I really like your recipes–I started out looking for a Lassi recipe, as I tasted my first one today. Loved it! I live in the U.S., and while we have a small Indian community here where I live, we do not have an Indian grocery store. I will have to come to India and eat/drink my way across your continent!5 stars

    • thanks alexandra

  8. Nagori of Saraf Bazar of Indore sells Milk Shikanji having similar ingredients.In rest of India,Shikanji refers to lemon based drink.But in Indore,it is made of Milk+Curd+Shrikhand

    • thanks bharat for the info. i didn’t knew about it. sounds interesting.

    • oops…It is SARAFA BAZAR(market for gold silver aka Zaveri/Bazar in Gujarat) not saraf bazar

      • fine 🙂

  9. what is dis nutmeg powdr????

    • nutmeg is jaiphal or javitri powder.

      • Can we make it without nutmeg powder5 stars

        • rhythm, yes you can make but the nutmeg flavor will be missing.

  10. though im from Maharashtra, but i never got thus recipe from any of my maharashtrian friends. looked too tempting. i tried it yesterday., though i made half quantity, as my hubby dosent like shrikhand, but i regretted. i should have made a larger quantity!! thanks a lot for this share!

    • welcome farzana. good to know that you liked the piyush.

  11. I had read this recipe in a famous cookbook ‘Ruchira’ that belonged to my Grandmom. Never tasted it. Your pictures look so good, they have brought life to my memories 🙂 I shall try this once i am off my weight loss diet.

    • i have the english version of ruchira. i just checked it and it does not have the piyush recipe. but most marathi cookbooks will have the piyush recipe. thanks tanvi. when your weight loss diet is over, you can try piyush.

  12. seems interesting
    will surely try it

    • thanks mahek

  13. Ma’am i really lov your recipes a lot..i wanted to know how can we use soya milk?

    • i did not understand your query. do you want to veganize this recipe?

  14. Hi Dassana, this is one of my favorite childhood drink. So you moved to Genesis from thesis. This makeover looks really nice and classy.

  15. Hi Dassana, Saw your recipe today. And I knew I just had to make it asap ! I made it today and it was simply awesome. Thanks for this awesome recipe 🙂

    • welcome radhika. thanks for sharing your positive feedback.

  16. perfect cooler … So refreshing too

  17. Did you read my mind? It was just last night that I was telling my husband it’s been so long I haven’t had piyush. I’m from Bombay and the piyush served at Prakash hotel in Dadar is still haunting me 🙂

    I will be trying this today itself.

    • coincidence preeti 🙂 do try. at home we are a fan of piyush drink.