Strawberry Shrikhand (Strawberry Yogurt Dessert)
750 gm Homemade Yogurt
2½ C sliced Strawberries
4 rinds of organic Orange (check notes)
3 – 4 tbsp Sweetner of your choice (adjust amount)
2 tbsp Orange Juice
Half a Cinnamon stick
(Check notes towards the end of the post before you proceed to the recipe)
Place a sieve over a pot (deep one coz we need to catch the drips and we don’t want the base of the sieve to touch the water which will gather in the pot).
Check the size, i.e. the diameter, of the sieve in ratio to the pot, ensuring that the sieve does not pop into the pot.
Line the sieve with a clean muslin cloth or a cheese cloth.
Whisk yogurt lightly and pour it over the muslin cloth. Cover the sieve with lid and place the loose hanging cloth over the cover. Place the pot inside the fridge over-night.
Next day, take a cooking pot and add the orange juice to it. Place the pot over fire on medium heat.
Add sweetener, orange rind and cinnamon stick and keep stirring till the sweetener melts (if using sugar or jaggery)
Allow the juice to boil while stirring it constantly.
Cook till the juice becomes syrupy and then add the sliced strawberries.
Stir them for fifteen to twenty seconds and switch off the heat.
At this point, remove and discard the cinnamon stick from the pot.
Allow the strawberries to cool and then blitz them using an immersion blender or a mixer.
Decant it in a bowl and set aside.
Bring out the hung curd from the refrigerator.
Turn out the yogurt in a bowl and whisk it well to attain a light and fluffy texture.
Add the pulped strawberry mix and whisk till the strawberry mix is well incorporated.
Pour the yogurt mix in individual bowls or serving glasses. Cover and refrigerate it till it is time to serve.
Serve it garnished with finely chopped nuts of your choice. Enjoy!
Note – I could procure really thick yogurt that weighed 275 grams.
Note – Check for the sourness of the yogurt before you keep it for draining over night. This will help you to adjust the amount of sweetener.
Note – Wash and clean the orange really well. Dry it with a clean cloth before peeling.
Note – I had peeled orange rind using a potato peeler and used four vertically peeled rinds.
Note – Hull, wash and drain excess water from the strawberries before slicing.
Note – The amount of sweetener will depend on the sweetness of strawberries and sourness of yogurt.
Note – I usually keep aside a few tablespoons of strawberry pulp and pour a little on the top of the yogurt before serving.