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shrikhand is a traditional indian sweet made with hung curd and flavored with saffron and cardamom.

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shrikhand recipe with step by step pics – shrikhand is a traditional indian sweet from the western indian states of maharashtra and gujarat.

shrikhand recipe

in both maharashtrian and gujarati weddings, shrikhand is served in the thali meal. you will also see shrikhand being served in the thali meals in restaurants.

shrikhand is made from hung curd which is also known as ‘chakka‘ in marathi language. hung curd is curd where all its whey has been drained.

its very easy to make shrikhand provided you follow the steps of preparing hung curd properly. in the step by step pics below, i have shown the method of preparing hung curd with some pics. for a detailed step-wise method, you can read this post – how to make hung curd 

in many maharashtrian homes, shrikhand is made by blending and sieving the hung curd through puran yantra. a juice strainer can also be used instead of a puran yantra. to make things easy and quick, i have used an electric beater. you can also beat with a wired whisk, but it takes a lot of time and too much of hand work.

whenever i make shrikhand, it always has to be kesar elaichi or mango shrikhand. i love both these flavors and have never tried making any other variation. the fragrance of cardamom and saffron in the shrikhand is something you have to taste and experience. the trio of hung curd, saffron and cardamom complement so well in this creamy sweet dessert. if you do not have kesar or saffron, then just add elaichi or green cardamoms. the shrikhand will taste great.

hung yogurt is like a blank canvas and you can paint it with the flavors you want. for a fruit based shrikhand, just add the puree or the pulp of the fruit after blending the hung curd and then again blend. if you have the hung curd ready, then it just takes about 15 minutes or even less to prepare shrikhand.

this shrikhand recipe is enough for 4 to 5 servings. but if want to reduce the servings, then just prepare less amount of hung curd. later add sugar and the flavorings accordingly.

shrikhand can be served plain or accompanied with pooris. if pooris are a concern for your health, then accompany them with chapatis.

if you are looking for more curd based recipes then do check:

kesar elaichi shrikhand recipe below:

shrikhand recipe, kesar elaichi shrikhand recipe
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shrikhand recipe

shrikhand is a traditional indian sweet made with hung curd and flavored with saffron and cardamom.
course desserts, sweets
cuisine maharashtrian
prep time 5 hours 15 minutes
total time 5 hours 15 minutes
servings 4 to 5
rough calories per serving 276 kcal
author dassana

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for hung curd:

  • 4.5 cups fresh full fat dahi (curd or yogurt) or about 1.125 kg or 1.125 litres curd - made from 1 litre milk

for shrikhand:

  • 8 to 9 tablespoon sugar or powdered sugar - add as per taste
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom powder (choti elaichi powder) Or 4 to 5 green cardamoms - crushed finely in a mortar-pestle
  • 2 pinch saffron strands (kesar)
  • ½ tablespoon warm milk
  • 7 to 8 crushed or chopped pistachios for garnish. you can use any dry fruit of your choice

how to make shrikhand recipe

how to make hung curd or yogurt:

  1. first line the strainer on a deep bowl. then line a muslin cheesecloth or kitchen cotton towel on the strainer.
  2. pour the fresh curd. i added 4.5 cups of curd (made from 1 litre of full fat milk, about 1.125 kgs). do use fresh curd and not sour one.
  3. bring the four edges of the muslin together and tie one edge tightly around the rest.
  4. gently press and you will see the whey dripping.
  5. now place a heavy bowl or lid or tray on the tied muslin. if you have a hook, you can also hung the muslin in your refrigerator. now keep the whole thing in the fridge for 4 to 5 hours or overnight. i kept for 24 hours. do use a deep bowl below, so that there is some distance between the curd in the strainer and the collected whey. otherwise the whey will touch the strainer as well as the curd. thus there will be some whey in the curd.
  6. next day the whey will be drained and the hung curd will be ready. use the collected nutrient rich greenish whey in your everyday food like preparing chapatis, gravies, rice dishes, dals etc.
  7. with a silicon spatula, collect the hung curd in a container or lidded bowl if not using it. cover with its lid and then refrigerate. with the hung curd you can now proceed to make the shrikhand.

how to make shrikhand recipe:

  1. take 1/2 tbsp warm milk in a small bowl. add 2 pinch of saffron strands. stir and keep aside.
  2. in a mortar powder 4 to 5 green cardamoms. keep aside.
  3. take the chakka or hung curd in a bowl.
  4. add fine sugar. lightly stir with a spatula or spoon. you can also use powdered sugar.
  5. then add the saffron dissolved milk and powdered saffron.
  6. using an electric beater, begin to whip the hung curd. you can also beat the hung yogurt in a blender.
  7. whip till smooth. the sugar should also dissolve. check the taste and add more sugar if required.
  8. with a silicon spatula scrape the beaters' sides and edges of the hung curd and add to the bowl.
  9. you can chill the shrikhand in fridge and later serve. while serving shrikhand, top with some sliced dry fruits. you can also top shrikhand with crushed dry fruits. i added some crushed pistachios for garnish.

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how to make shrikhand recipe:

preparing hung curd:

1. first line a strainer on a deep bowl. then line a muslin/cheesecloth/kitchen cotton towel on the strainer.

muslin cloth for hung curd

2. pour the fresh curd. i added 4.5 cups of curd (made from 1 litre of full fat milk, about 1.125 kgs). do use fresh curd and not sour one.

curd for hung curd recipe

3. bring the four edges of the muslin together and tie one edge tightly around the rest.

making hung curd

4. gently press and you will see the whey dripping.

press to make hung curd

5. now place a heavy bowl or lid or tray on the tied muslin. if you have a hook, you can also hung the muslin in your refrigerator. now keep the whole thing in the fridge for 4 to 5 hours or overnight. i kept for 24 hours. do use a deep bowl below, so that there is some distance between the curd in the strainer and the collected whey. otherwise the whey will touch the strainer as well as the curd. thus there will be some whey in the curd.

making hung curd

6. next day, the whey has been drained off and here’s the hung curd. use the collected nutrient rich greenish whey in your everyday indian food like preparing chapatis, gravies, rice dishes, dals etc.

hung curd without whey

7. this hung curd or chakka is very creamy and smooth. the texture is similar to like that of cream cheese. from 1.125 kgs, the yield was 425 grams of hung curd. with a silicon spatula, collect the hung curd in a container or lidded bowl if not using it immediately. cover with its lid and then refrigerate. with the hung curd you can now proceed to make the shrikhand.

creamy hung curd

making shrikhand recipe:

1. take ½ tbsp warm milk in a small bowl. add 2 pinch of saffron strands/kesar. stir and keep aside.

warm milk for shrikhand recipe

2. in a mortar powder 4 to 5 green cardamoms. keep aside.

cardamom for shrikhand recipe

3. take the chakka or hung curd in a bowl.

hung curd for shrikhand recipe

4. add fine sugar. lightly stir with a spatula or spoon. you can also use powdered sugar.

sugar for shrikhand recipe

5. then add the saffron dissolved milk and powdered saffron.

saffron for shrikhand recipe

6. using an electric beater, begin to whip the hung curd. you can also beat the hung yogurt in a blender.

beating hung curd for shrikhand recipe

7. whip till smooth. the sugar should also dissolve. check the taste and add more sugar if required.

making kesar elaichi shrikhand recipe

8. with a silicon spatula scrape the beaters’ sides as well edges to remove the shrikhand and then add it to the bowl.

preparing kesar elaichi shrikhand recipe

9. you can chill the shrikhand in fridge and serve later. while serving shrikhand top with some sliced dry fruits or charoli/chironji. you can also top with crushed dry fruits. i added some crushed pistachios for garnish.

kesar elaichi shrikhand

dassana
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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having 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 trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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43 comments/reviews

  1. I made this recipe substituting honey for sugar- result delicious.

    • yes of course, honey can be substituted for sugar and it works very well in a shrikhand recipe. thanks for sharing.

  2. How many grams Shrikhand can be made from 4 liter milk?

    • you will get about 1.6 to 1.7 kg shrikhand

  3. Thank you for all your wonderful reciepes dassana amit. Every dish in your website is a pleasure to try because you have shown the method with pictures and very clear reciepe steps.
    I love Shrikhand. Reminds me of my years in Gujarat. The reciepe came out fab.

    • Welcome Sandy. Glad to know that you like the recipes and their step by step presentation. Thanks for your positive feedback.

  4. i like the way you try each recipes in your kitchen and then post it . also telling us what went wrong while making it. it is very helpful. tried most of your recipes and they have turned out good. thank you. you are doing a good job.

    • thanks a lot lavanya. glad to know that you liking the posts.

  5. Thanks a lot!!
    I made this recipe, and it turned out to be a super yummy.

  6. with what can we replace hung curd if we have too short delay to prepare it?

    • ruth, no idea. hung curd is essential.

    • Hi Ruth,
      I tried the shrikhand, i used sour cream instead of yogurt it came out really well and it’s very quick. It takes less than 5 mins to make.

  7. Thank you so much for the recipe. It turned out great.

    • welcome always beena 🙂 and thankyou.

  8. I strained the yogurt for 24 hours and it became very thick. I added sugar to it. But the moment I started beating it, it turned into liquid. Now the whole mixture is thinner than buttermilk. What should I do?

    Thanks in advance.

    • the mixture has got whipped too much. since you mention that the mixture has become thinner like buttermilk, looks like the hung curd has curdled and whey has been released. this also can imply that the curd must be on the verge of getting spoiled. otherwise it should not turn into a consistency thinner than buttermilk. if you can see the whey in the mixture, then beat more, so that you get butter. this butter will be sweet as sugar is added. remove the butter and store in the fridge.

  9. Can I use a mixer instead of blender

    • pooja, you can use a mixer but makes a coarse mixture. don’t make it very smooth.

  10. Can Jaggery be used instead of sugar?

    • vivek, you have to try. i can’t say.

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