Kesar Badam Shrikhand Recipe
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Preparing shrikhand is very easy and simple. You will need one large bowl of curd, cardamom powder, saffron strands, sugar (as per your taste), almond pieces, and any more flavors if you wish to add.
Basically Shrikhand is hung curd. Thick collected curd got after hanging it overnight is mixed with personal favourite flavours and whisked thoroughly to form a creamy textured curd.
Take a big vessel. Place a thin cotton or muslin cloth on the vessel. Pour all the curd on this cloth. Leave this setting overnight so that all the whey gets drained.
If you fear for the curd turning rancid, then keep these hanging curd setting in the refrigerator.
Next morning you will find all the whey collected in the vessel below.
The thick curd on the cloth can be scrapped out into a different bowl very easily.
Soak 4-5 almonds in half cup hot milk. Also add saffron strands to this. You will see saffron releasing its flavour, essence and color. Allow the milk to cool.
Once the milk is cooled, you will find that the milk has kesar/saffron flavour. Also the almonds would have softened enough to remove its peel away.
Chop the almonds into tiny bits and add it back to the kesar milk.
This is the traditional kesar-badam milk we Indian love.
Now, to the hung thick curd, add sugar, powdered elaichi and kesar-badam milk. Mix thoroughly.
Beat the curd with a ladle or a spoon until it forms a blend of smooth cream like consistency.
Shrikhand is ready for serving.
Serve it chill as a dessert after lunch or dinner. You can also serve shrikhand along with puri or chapathi.
How thin or thick you want your shrikhand to be, is your personal choice.
It tastes best when it is thick and chill.
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