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 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.
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.
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
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
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
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!!!