Sunday, November 18, 2007

Shrikhand

I recently ordered Ruta Kahate's 5 Spices, 50 Dishes, and one of many, many mouthwatering dishes included a recipe for shrikhand. I'm a novice when it comes to cooking Indian dishes, although I really enjoy using many of the cuisine's spices, and I've long loved eating it. This dish uses one of my most favorite of all spices--cardamom. It's the saffron that really comes through here, though. I'm not complaining! The shrikhand recipe is located here, and it's a cinch to make!

Plated and good to go! But ... it's missing something.
shrikhand

*sprinkle sprinkle*
shrikhand

Mmmm, Mount St. Saffron!
shrikhand

I've discovered my favorite way to eat saffron!
shrikhand

It's sweet, a little tart from the yogurt, and deliciously aromatic from the saffron. The nuts give a nice, occasional crunch. I didn't have pistachios on hand, so I used hazelnuts, instead.

7 comments:

african vanielje said...

Double Yum. I love stuff like this for breakfast

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

That looks incredibly delicious! I love cardamom too! This looks like heaven to me.

Susan said...

Mount St. Saffron - LOL! You've got a way w/ words, too, Julie. This looks fabulous! Thanks for the intro to shrikhand; I've never heard of it. Thanks, too, for the lead on this cookbook. I adore spices.

Kribha said...

That's a beautiful name Mount St. Saffron. Looks sinfully good.

Julie said...

Inge, thanks! I had Fage (Greek strained yogurt) for breakfast, and it was very similar! But no saffron and hazelnuts--just local desert honey. Yum!

Jenn, thanky you! It was heaven! I said a prayer of thanks for every bite.

Susan, thank you! The book and dessert are both awesome! I hope you try them both. It may be strange to say, but spices are so amazing--such little granules of color that impart such gigantic flavor. I could daydream about them all day, and sometimes, I do!

Kribha, thanks! Coming from you, whose Diwali desserts I've been admiring, your compliment means a lot!

aamena said...

wow your shrikhand looks tempting! will you believe it am indian and i have never had it!

Julie said...

Aamena, thank you! I was inspired by Kribha's Diwali treats to try my hand at more Indian sweets, and I'm so happy with how this turned out! It's so easy. If you like yogurt, then I think you'll enjoy this. My next experiment will be paneer, since I really love palak paneer!