Strawberry rose shrikhand is an easy-to-make, sweet, floral and fruity take on the classic Indian yogurt dessert.
I grew up helping my mom make shrikhand every summer. We hardly bought store bought shrikhand. It was always a summer time treat that she loved to make by hand. Thinking about it though, I always felt like the process is a bit too involved for me. At least right now, when I have so little time to spend on in the kitchen.
From what I remember the process involves, taking plain yogurt and placing it a muslin or cheesecloth to drain. We would hand this bundle of yogurt overnight for the water to drain from the yogurt. In the morning I had to take the strained yogurt and push it though a sieve. (This step is probably extra, but I hate lumps in my shrikhand and we found that the mixture needed to be sieve to remove the lumps). Then I would mix in an allotted amount of sugar and place the whole thing in the fridge. Depending on the flavor that we were going for, my mom would come home from work and add in the mix ins. Usually cardamom, nutmeg, saffron. Sometimes a touch of milk if the shrikhand is too thick.
Nowadays, we just can't bring ourselves to eat desserts that are too sweet on a regular basis. And so making a traditional shrikhand recipe is out of the question unless there's a big together.
Here's my take on home made shrikhand! Its much easier and a touch healthier (but only because I add a lot less sugar)
- Greek Yogurt - If you use a Greek yogurt, I've found that the yogurt is thick enough. If you prefer a super strained base for shrikhand, you can definitely strain the yogurt in a cheesecloth overnight.
- Freeze Dried Strawberries - I love using these. They are super healthy, nothing but dried fruit! They come in a smaller chip size bags, which make them perfect travel snacks for the kids as well!
- Rose Syrup - We always have a bottle of rose syrup on hand (its really great to add into milk for a special treat for the kids or quick faloodas!) But with rose syrup, it's already sweetened so be careful with how much additional sugar you add.
- Cardamom Powder - This warm spice really gives you that classic shrikhand taste!
Now you can leave the strawberry rose shrikhand as is, with the rose and strawberries flavors its already delicious! But if you like texture in your shrikhand, top it with chopped pistachios, sliced strawberries and edible flowers! So pretty and so much deliciousness!
Strawberry Rose Shrikhand
- 2 cups Greek yogurt optional, strain the yogurt to remove as much of the water as possible
- 3 tablespoons rose syrup
- ½ cup freeze dried strawberries
- ½ teaspoon cardamom powder
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar optional
- strawberries thinly sliced
- edible flowers
- pistachios finely chopped
- In a coffee grinder or food processor, grind the freeze dried strawberries into a fine powder.
- In a mixing bowl, combine Greek yogurt, strawberry powder, rose syrup, cardamom. Whisk until incorporated. Taste, add sugar if desired after tasting for sweetness.
- Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.
- Top with sliced strawberries, edible flowers and chopped pistachios before serving.