When I was younger, as every April approached my mother would come to me asking me for a list of my favourite foods. April, being my birthday month was the time of year my mother would cook all my favourite foods. And every year I would always ask for the same dessert ~ Shrikhand, a Gujarati sweet made from strained yogurt, sweetened and spiced with saffron and cardamom.
As far as I’m concerned this Indian sweet takes the cake. When there is Shrikhand I say goodbye to Gulab Jamun and even Ras Malai–two of India’s most celebrated sweet dishes.
Not overly sweet, Shrikhand is rich, velvety smooth and creamy with subtle hints of cardamom, nutmeg and saffron topped with pistachios and almonds.
Often we eat Shrikhand with a fried flatbread puri consumed as a sweet alongside a vegetarian meal. This can be said with many Indian sweets as they are often placed on a vegetarian thali. It’s kind of cool having your dessert with the main meal since you can go back and forth from savoury to sweet. Anyone with a sweet tooth is with me on this one!
Only eaten once a year for me, it is now my tradition to make Shirkhand every April.
An epic indulgence. The most elegant thing one could eat on a birthday!
What foods do you eat on your birthday? Anything strange or different or just purely indulgent?
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