April 23, 2011

Classic Shrikhand and Eggless Red Velvet Cupcakes

In case you hadn’t noticed, I have been MIA for a week – but thankfully, I have a great excuse. If you follow me on Facebook you’ll know that I’ve been spending most of time baking for a lovely little party I attended last weekend. On the entirely eggless dessert menu were Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting, Chocolate Fudge Cake, Vanilla & Cherry Sponge Cake, Chocolate & Coconut Cake Pops and Shrikhand Cheesecake.

Speaking of shrikhand, here’s my very classic (and simple) recipe for one of my favourite Gujarati desserts. I’m adding this to the royal wedding banquet menu not because it’s an authentic Mughlai dish, but because it’s rich, opulent and incredibly well-suited to that particular style of cooking.

Three spices I never fail to add to this dessert are green cardamom seeds, saffron and just a pinch of mace – these aromatic flavours are what make shrikhand, well shrikhand really. An acquired taste for many, this thick tangy yogurt is the perfect way to end an indulgent meal on a warm day – and to say today was warm is a hefty understatement.

Without further a due, I’m super sleepy and short on words so grab a spoon and dig in to this shrikhand recipe whilst I anticipate catching some Zzz’s. 


Classic Shrikhand
(serves 4-6)


1kg plain natural yogurt
200g icing sugar
½ tsp ground green cardamom seeds
Pinch saffron
Pinch mace
2-3 tbsp coarsely ground pistachios


1. Tip the yogurt into a clean muslin cloth and tie it up tightly with a piece of string right above the top of the yogurt so that the water can drip away.

2. Tie the muslin somewhere where it can hang with a large bowl underneath to catch the water and leave it for 24-48 hours. Keep tipping away the water as the bowl fills up.

3. Remove the yogurt from the muslin and place it in a large bowl. Add the sugar and mix well.

4. Press the yogurt and sugar mixture through a fine-holed sieve to remove any lumps. Work those biceps.

5. Mix in the cardamom powder, saffron, mace and half of the pistachios. Reserve some pistachios for garnishing later. Chill in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.

Before I love you and leave you, here are some photos from Baby J’s (very cakey) welcoming party.




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18 responses to “Classic Shrikhand and Eggless Red Velvet Cupcakes”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Wow, I bet the cakes were yummy.

  2. Ramya says:

    The red velvet cupcakes looks soo cute n yummy!!
    But i have to say The Shrikand cheesecake is the real winner:-) Just love it!!

  3. artipatel88 says:

    Oooooo yummy! I hope I get a cupcake one day! <3 They Look Ammmmaaaazzzingzzz!

  4. Trix says:

    Your cupcakes are filled with your signature cakey goodness, but the shrikand is *my* kind of dessert! Not too sweet, fragrant, little tangy and rather light. hearts.

  5. Our Eyes Eat First says:

    So beautiful! The shrikhand pics are just amazing. Thanks for sharing this : j

  6. Shabs says:

    I love shrikhand and those cupcakes look pretty

  7. Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets says:

    This all looks so yummy! I love pistachios in sweets. Indian desserts have the loveliest flavors.

  8. Champa says:

    Nice cake stand and the cuppies.

  9. Sandra says:

    Yummy! Congrats on top 9!!!

  10. Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal says:

    Love all your pics. Especially, the classic Shrikhand ones 🙂

  11. TipsNDeals says:

    wow!!! I'm speechless..

  12. Vaishali Sharma says:

    Oh my god! So many cakes, cupcakes and the delicious Shrikhand! Everything looks sooo enticing!

  13. Srivalli says:

    Awesome pictures..

  14. Priya says:

    Fantastic shrikhand and cute cupcakes, both looks simply marvellous..

  15. Free Spirit Eater says:

    Wow! Your photos are phenomenal, I love your site! Great recipes! I can't wait to try them. So glad I came across your site. I am now following. =]

  16. Preeti says:


    Could you pls post the recipe for the eggless re velvet cakes? thanks so much!

    I love your blog an the recipes you post!

  17. MEENA SONI says:

    i actually wanted the recipe for eggless red velvet cake pls>>>>

  18. Kami says:

    Hi, thank you….my 3 yr old is often asking me to make shrikhand ….. Do u leave the yoghurt out of the fridge when u hang it to drip ?

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