During summer Indian stores are loaded with Aamrakhand, strained yogurt mixed with mango pulp, sweetened with honey or sugar, flavored with cardamom and saffron.
By Kankana Saxena
Come Summer and Indian markets get flooded with mangoes, spreading their sweet smell in every corner, every home and there is absolutely no way that one can stay away from it. From supermarkets to tiny local shops, all are overloaded with different varieties of mangoes making sure no one gets bored with just one kind.
During summer Indian stores also gets loaded with Aamrakhand which is basically strained yogurt mixed with mango pulp, sweetened with honey or sugar, flavored with cardamom and saffron. Pretty simple, except you need to have some patience for the yogurt to strain out all the water and make it thick and smooth. Almost like cream cheese.
It would take about 6 hours minimum to strain the water from the yogurt. I let it hang overnight.
- 1-1/2 pound plain yogurt
- 2 ripe mangoes (preferably alfonso mangoes or any yellow kind)
- ½ cup honey
- ½ cup condensed milk
- pinch of saffron threads
- 1 teaspoon cardamom powder
- slivered almond for garnish
- Start by making hung yogurt
- You would need muslin cloth/cheesecloth or any white thin cloth that can filter the water.
- Spread the cloth in a bowl big enough to hold the yogurt.
- Pour the yogurt, tie the loose ends and let it hang for at least 8 hrs over the sink or any other place.
- Once the hung yogurt is ready, make the mango puree.
- Cutting mangoes can get messy but it will be worth the effort. Check out this [link|http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/how_to_cut_a_mango/] to learn how to cut mangoes.
- Drop the mango pulp in a blender and mix it to a smooth puree.
- Add honey, condensed milk, saffron, cardamom and strained yogurt. Blend until it looks smooth and creamy.
- Pour it in a ramekin or serving bowl, cover with clear-wrap and let it rest in the refrigerator for at least 2 to 3 hours.
- Garnish with slivered almond and enjoy it cold.
Kankana Saxena shares culinary journey, travel stories and passion for photography in her blog 'Playful Cooking'. Her cooking style is mostly nutritional with little bit of indulgence here and there. She believes in the mantra 'homemade is happiness'! She is a native of India but currently resides in Santa Clara, California with her husband.