Kesar shrikhand is a sweet dish made from curd and saffron, which originates from the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is a popular dessert often served during festivals like Diwali, Holi and Navratri. The easy recipe for making Kesar Shrikhand is as follows:
- 1 litre thick, strained yogurt
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- A pinch of saffron threads
- 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
- Few threads of saffron/kesari paddy (kesar)
- 2 tbsp hot milk
- 2 tbsp chopped nuts (almonds, pistachios or cashews)
- Take a big bowl and strain the curd to remove excess liquid.
- In a separate bowl, soak the saffron threads in 2 tbsp hot milk for about 10-15 minutes.
- Add the mixture of powdered sugar, cardamom powder and saffron milk to the strained curd. Mix well till the sugar dissolves.
- Properly cover the bowl with plastic wrapper and freeze it for at least 2 hours or up to overnight. This will allow the flavors to develop.
- When it cools down, take out the Shrikhand from the fridge and mix it well.
- Serve Shrikhand in individual bowls and top with chopped nuts of your choice.
- Enjoy your delicious and aromatic Kesar Shrikhand! You can also serve it with puri, a deep fried Indian bread, for a delicious dessert experience.