Saturday, March 21, 2015

Amrakhand ~ Mango Infused Yoghurt Dessert ~ Happy Gudi Padwa !!

Happy Gudi Padwa !!! Gudi Padva is the first day of Chaitra(first month) in the Marathi Hindu Calendar. As a offering I made Amrakhand. Amrakhand is simply Shrikhand blended with mango pulp. 

Shrikhand is a very popular Indian dessert made from strained yogurt, sugar and some dry fruits. This exotic Dessert is super simple to prepare and much healthier than other sugar coated Sweets.

Here I used store bought mango pulp. Fresh and ripe mangoes can also be used to make Amrakhand. For flavoring can add some cardamom powder, saffron(not used here), nutmeg powder(not used here) and dry fruits. 

Time: 5 minutes + 6-8 hr making hung yogurt/chakka+ 1-2 hr refrigeration time
Serves: 3-4 people


3 cups yogurt(curd)
1/2 cup mango pulp or more(or 1 large ripe mango puree)
1/4 cup powdered sugar 

1/4 cup dry fruits(chopped)(pistachios, almonds, cashews)
1/4 tsp cardamom powder


1. Place yogurt in a muslin cloth, tie up a knot and hang it overnight or at least for 6-7 hours to drain out the whey from the yogurt. This cottage cheese like texture yogurt is called hung yogurt or chakka.

2. In bowl, mix hung yogurt and sugar for about 5 minutes or until the sugar dissolves.

3. Now add half of the chopped dry fruits, mango puree, cardamom powder and mix well.

4. Keep it in the fridge for an hour or two. Garnish with dry fruits. Serve chilled.

1. To make it quick version use Greek Yogurt as it is relatively thick.
2. In Summers, yogurt may get sour if you keep outside long time. You may tie it and keep inside a refrigerator to avoid it going sour.

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