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Shrikhand / Amrakhand [Mango Yogurt or Homemade Mango Yoplait]

Shrikhand is an Indian sweet dish made of strained Indian curd [Dahi [Hindi],Yogurt]. It is a popular dessert in Gujarat and Maharashtra. You can add mango to the curd to make Amrakhand, fruit medley to make Fruitkhand and so on.....



Ingredients:

Dahi [Indian curd] or Yogurt - 2 cups
Mango pulp - 1/2 cup
Cardamon powder - 2 pods
Kesar [saffron] - dissolve few strings in milk
Sugar - 3-4 Tbsp or according to your taste
Nuts for garnishing [Almonds and pistachios]

Method:

Hang the curd overnight in the refrigerator in a cheese cloth [place a container underneath to collect water][ * make sure the yogurt/curd is not too sour, else you will need to add more sugar]

Next day remove the solid curd from the cheese cloth and mix mango pulp, sugar, kesar and cardamon powder. Mix it well with hands or spoon

Spoon the above mix in individual serving bowls or a big serving dish and refrigerate for at least 3 hours before you eat


This is my entry for the following events:

Need help with setting Indian curd [not yogurt]

Please read the comments for all the troubleshooting we the foodies did and finally have my curd back:)) Also keep pouring your suggestions ......

Hello All,

I need help with setting Indian curd [not yogurt]. Until few weeks back I was getting creamy, thick curd and one day I didn't get the same texture , instead there were three layers, the top most being creamy curd, middle being water and third being loose curd.....I don't know what went wrong.
Anyways, I tried to set the curd using the culture from this batch, again the results were same:((((

Any idea what went wrong? However, I had stored some culture from my previous previous batch in the freezer, was wondering how to thaw it? Any precaution while thawing? I don't have access to Indian curd, my friend gave me the culture and I really don't want to loose it

Thanks in advance for you replies.....
I will share my recipe for setting thick and creamy curd later !

Oh Curd I misss you soo much :))

Oatmeal Porridge with Strawberries

Its a very easy breezy breakfast with goodness of oats!!!

Eating oatmeal can help your heart 3 ways! It helps to Lower cholesterolPromote healthy arteriesControl blood pressure


Ingredients

Steel cut oats - 1/2 cup
Water - 1.5 cups
Milk - 3/4 cup
Raisin - 1 tbsp
Fruit - strawberry
Sugar 2.5 tbsp
Cardamom powder - optional

Method:

Boil water and add oatmeal to the boiling water and stir to avoid clumping

Now add milk and cook till oats get softer and porridge looks creamy

Add sugar and raisins and take it off the stove

Cool to room temperature and add strawberry slices before you are ready to eat.

Eat warm or cold , with or without fruits, no matter how you eat it, you will like it for sure!!!

This is my entry to :
Show me your breakfast eventStrawberry Fest
EFM June - Breakfast Series!

Low Fat Baked Methi Muthia [Fenugreek Crackers] and Award Time

This is one healthy snack with goodness of fenugreek, olive oil and is baked !! This snack is ideal for someone like me who loves to much all day long:)) This is a guilt free snack which you can munch anywhere !


Ingredients:

Whole flour - 5 tbsp
**Besan [gram flour] - 5 tbsp
**Kasoori Methi [Fenugreek Leaves] - 2 tbsp
Cumin seeds - 1tsp
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Red chillie powder - 1/4 tsp
Hing[Asfotedia] - pinch
Salt to taste
Olive oil - 2 tbsp
Water to knead

Method:

Sieve all the powder ingredients including spices

Now add cumin seeds, fenugreek leaves and olive oil and mix well with hands [I have used MDH brand fenugreek leaves as I ran out of the fresh ones! Fresh leaves give better flavor and aroma]

Make a semi-soft dough using minimum water and let the dough sit covered at room temperature for 1 hour

Pinch out one inch diameter balls and roll them into small thin discs [called Muthia] and place it on a greased cookie sheet

Bake it in a preheated oven at 350 degree Fareheit. First bake …

Shalom and Salaam with Mamoul [Date filled cookies]

Mamoul is a middle eastern cookie served for special holidays. I like these cookies as it does not use whole lot of sugar as you would expect in a cookie. The sweetness is provided by dates, which makes it more healthy. My recipe is inspired from here, I have made few changes to suit my taste....



[This is my entry for CLICK event ] Ingredients:

All purpose flour [maida] - 1/2 cup
Semolina - 1 cup
Baking powder - 1/4 tsp
Rose water - 1.5 tbsp
Butter [unsalted]- 2.5 tbsp
Salt - pinch
Whole milk - 1/2 cup
Pitted dates - 15
Broken pistachios


Method For Dough:

Sieve together all purpose flour, semolina, salt and baking powder. Rub in the butter with hands and keep it aside

Next add rose water to the milk and use it to form dough of the above mix and let it sit at room temperature for at least 1 hour [the dough may not be firm at this stage. Don't worry, the semolina will absorb the excess fluid in course of time it will improve the consistency ]

Method For Filling:

Chop the pitted dates an…