Shrikhand is an Indian sweet dish/dessert which is made of hung curd/yogurt (chakka), flavored with saffron, green cardamom powder, blended smooth and served with poori/puffed bread. Today we are celebrating Hindu New year and Gudhi Padwa. Traditionally  many Maharashtrian home make Shrikhand – Poori on this day. At my home we make Puran poli, Kheer, Katachi amati, rice and pakode but today I had to rush because hubby had office and needed to pack lunch for him. I took shortcut today and decided to make simple dishes. For sweet, I chose traditional flavor of shrikhand. As I made Strawberry shrikhand in the past, it took very less time to make it.

Total time: 35 minutes
Serves: 3-4 People

1 1/2 cup greek yogurt/ or any plain yogurt
2 1/2 Tbsp sugar or more for taste
2 Tbsp  blanched and then chopped pistachios  1 Tsp more for garnishing
1/4th tsp freshly crushed green cardamom powder/ Elaichi powder
1/2 Tbsp warm milk
Pinch of Saffron/kesar

In a bowl place strainer and line a muslin cloth on the strainer. Transfer the yogurt into it. Wrap the muslin cloth, tie a knot and place it under any heavy object for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile soak the saffrons in warm milk. After 3o minutes, remove the yogurt from heavy object and transfer into a deep bowl, add sugar and whip it till smooth, creamy texture. Now add saffron milk, chopped pistachios and green cardamom powder, mix  well. Garnish with remaining chopped pistachios and serve with hot poori or for healthy option serve it with chapati.

1) For strong saffron flavor, add saffron strands into hot milk.