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Shri- Khand - Saffron Spiced Yoghurt (Hindu Cooking)

This recipe is in categories Breakfast, Desserts, Healthy eating, Postwar / Modern, Vegetarian,
About this recipe:
Difficulty: 3
Preparation Time: 10 -15 minutues (30 mins soaking time)
Cooking Time: None
Number of servings: Serves 4
Serving suggestions: Eat on its own or with fresh fruit
This is a vegetarian recipe

Shri-Kand is used traditionally as a festival dish.

Saffron is an expensive ingredient which is taken from the dried stigma of the crocus flower.  It is dried and needs soaking to bring out the colour and flavour.

For images of the cooking process see our Shri- Khand Picture Gallery.

With thanks to Sheela Joshi   for her help with this podcast.


Making and cooking it
  1. In a small cup or bowl, soak the strands of saffron in 2 teaspoons of hot water
  2. Let them soak for at least ½ an hour 
  3. Then crush them with the back of a spoon
  4. Open the cardamom pods and take out the hard black seeds. Discard the shells
  5. Grind the seeds into fine powder with either a mortar and pestle or put them in cling film and crush with a rolling pin
  6. Empty the Greek yoghurt into a pretty serving bowl
  7. Add the sugar or honey and the saffron and mix well
  8. Add ¾ of the cardamom powder
  9. Mix thoroughly
  10. Finally, with the rest of the cardamom powder make a little pattern on top of the “Shri-Khand” dish to finish off
  11. Put it in the fridge until ready to serve