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Hung Up Yoghurt Dessert Recipe

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Published October 27th 2012
A low calorie simple dessert idea
I invited friends over for dinner a few days ago and was trying to think of a simple and easy dessert recipe that is not too high in calories. At that moment enlightenment struck me :O and I decided on hung up yoghurt (also called Shrikhand in India), which is an absolutely amazing yoghurt recipe that even the most lactose intolerant person can have.

Hung up yoghurt with saffron, pistachios and cardamom
Hung up yoghurt with saffron, pistachios and cardamom


Hung up yoghurt is a good alternative to high fat ice creams and desserts and is very simple to make. Here is my quick and simple recipe. Get 1 kg of natural yoghurt, something like Greek style yoghurt and a muslin cloth. Put the yoghurt onto the muslin cloth like the picture below.

Yoghurt in muslin cloth
Yoghurt in muslin cloth


Now tie the muslin cloth which has the yoghurt in it onto a hook or something high such that the water can drip down through the muslin cloth. You will be quite amazed how much water drips down. This process takes 12 hours, so leave the cloth hanging overnight with a bowl to collect the water.

Hang the yoghurt to let the water drip
Hang the yoghurt to let the water drip


Once the water and whey has come out, what is left in the cloth after 12 hours is yoghurt which is thick and is drained of all the water. It looks like the picture below.

Open the muslin cloth after draining water
Open the muslin cloth after draining water


Empty the contents into a bowl and mix with a ladle and add powdered sugar, powdered cardamom and saffron for the rich colour. Keep tasting till you feel the sugar quantity is adequate. You might need 1/4 to 1/2 cup of sugar. The mix is now smooth and creamy.

Beat it well and add sugar, cardamom powder and saffron
Beat it well and add sugar, cardamom powder and saffron


Store it in the fridge to chill the contents and serve with some chopped pistachios on the top.

All ingredients mixed well
All ingredients mixed well


It is one of the best alternatives to high calorie desserts, simple to make and usually loved by all. I'd love to know how you went with the recipe, leave your comments below.
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I really like the way you have taken us through it all, step by step, and with great clarifying photos! I can't wait to try it! Would fresh tumeric be an alternative to saffron? or too savoury?
by gayle (score: 0|4) 1729 days ago
Yes refrigeration is recommended. I genereally let it drain overnight and put in the fridge in the morning.
by Priyanka (score: 2|388) 1728 days ago
I really like the way you have taken us through it all, step by step, and with great clarifying photos! I can't wait to try it! Would fresh tumeric be an alternative to saffron? or too savoury?
by gayle (score: 0|4) 1729 days ago
Hi Gayle , thanks for the comment. You can omit the saffron but tumeric cannot serve as a replacement for it.
Other options if you don't have saffron could be to add mango pulp that will impart colour and also give it a mango flavour
by Priyanka (score: 2|388) 1729 days ago
Silly question here...but where do you buy muslin from?
by vince (score: 1|24) 1729 days ago
Hi Vince, absolutely valid question. You can use any cotton cloth that is thin and will permit you to drain or strain juices. I am sure any fabric or cloth store that can sell a thin cotton cloth will suffice
by Priyanka (score: 2|388) 1729 days ago
Alternatively you can make a savory version as this is effectively labne cheese. I chop up mint, parsley and a little salt pepper and then mix and drop teaspoons into half jar of olive oil (minced bulb garlic below) then dollop teaspoons in the jar. This is a preserved cheese to use in salads or as a sandwich filler. Keep in fridge. It's yum!!!
by dsamm (score: 0|3) 1728 days ago
Great idea dsamm. Thanks
by Priyanka (score: 2|388) 1728 days ago
In hot weather, do you need to refrigerate it while it's draining in the muslin?
by s.chr (score: 0|2) 1728 days ago
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