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5-minute Indian Dessert! - Shrikhand

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It's going to take longer to tell the story of this dessert than it is to prepare it! (or eat it!)  Making Shrikhand the proper way takes hours, but do it my way and it'll be ready in less than 5 minutes!

Here's what you'll need:
  • Electric Mixer/Bowl
  • Packet of MTR Badam Feast (100g)  $2.99
  • Container of whipped cream cheese (8oz) $1.87
But first, the backstory...

I first enjoyed Shrikhand in London over a dozen years ago, in one of those great Indian Bhel Poori restaurants on Drummond Street behind Euston Station.  (I'm not sure which one; it might have been the Diwana?)

I then emigrated to the USA and any time I was in an Indian restaurant I asked for Shrikhand, but for all the years I've been here I never found it anywhere.  So I decided to make my own...  I followed many Indian recipes but never got the flavor or the texture right.  Recipes called for yoghurt, and I tried plain, I tried Greek, I made my own - but it was never right.  And I tried flavoring with cardamon but never got the flavor right either.

Then years later, an Indian store opened in our town, and among the things I tried there was a packet  of flavoring called "MTR Badam Feast", intended for milk drinks and desserts. Well blow me over - it was the exact flavor I remembered for Shrikhand.  All I needed to do now was work on the texture, which to my recollection had been far less like yoghurt and more like butter, or ... maybe ... cream cheese?  Well, why not? ... I tried it, with the Badam Feast, and could not believe that I had stumbled on the perfect recipe at last. Given it was some years since I had it, this was exactly  the treat I remembered!

 (By coincidence, I had to return to London later that year, and I stopped off at Drummond St to check my recollection.  Yes, it was spot on!  This quick & easy substitute really is a good copy of the style of Shrikhand they serve in London...)

So... how to make it?  Could not be simpler.  Read on...
 
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imakethings3 years ago
i love this dish!
meerar3 years ago
it is actually quite easy to make shrikhand from greek yoghurt. there are a number of recipes on the net. you can add sugar, cardamom and chopped nuts to taste. of course one of the most popular versions of shrikhand in mumbai (maharashtra) is amrakhand (made by adding mango pulp to shrikhand)

i think shrikhand is a tremendous dish but i have found that people from other indian states dont like the taste. it is not something everyone likes instantly.

gtoal (author)  meerar3 years ago
OK, as someone who has had the real stuff, would you try this recipe and let us know how it compares? (And if it is very different, how does it stand in its own right as a dessert?) I think the problem I had was that the guys in London were making something that was different from the way Shrikhand is usually made. Although they may not have been making it exactly this way! Its possible they sweetened it and dumbed it down to make it more acceptable to a wider audience.

I did actually make it from Greek yoghurt in one earlier attempt and it was OK but it wasn't remotely similar to the dessert I was trying to recreate. I also did it the hard way once, making it from scratch, squeezing it out through a muslin cloth bag etc!

The only difference between this hacker recipe and what I remember from Drummond St (where this was made in several different restaurants, but all tasting very similar) is that Badam Feast has almonds and other solid matter in it, whereas the restaurant version was completely smooth like butter. You could strain the Badam Feast first if you wanted an exact duplicate, but I happen to like it just the way it comes.

Now if someone could post a recipe on how to make a Badam Feast lookalike, that would be cool too!

Talking of Amrakhand - I did once order AMUL brand Shrikhand and Amrakhand by mail - but although it was great, it was more like an ice cream or kulfi and had to be shipped frozen. Still wasn't what I was looking for.
meerar gtoal3 years ago
i appreciate your zeal for shrikhand. i will try your recipe if i can find the mtr badam feast mix here

you need to pass the greek yogurt through muslin to collect the concentrated cream. otherwise it tends to be a bit watery. good luck