Aamrakhand – Mango Sweetened Yogurt

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.

That’s one of a kind of experience that I sure do miss out here. However, that has never stopped me from enjoying mangoes. It’s this fruit that keeps me going even when the temperature shoots up high and makes me sweat all day long!

Typically, a ripe mango has sweet fruity aroma. If it smells too strong, than it’s overripe and should be used right away or it might go bad in a day or two.

Out here, mangoes never smell sweet, no matter how hard I try to sniff. The one that looks good goes in my basket. If it’s not sweet enough, I either sprinkle some sugar or make a spicy salsa or blend it with yogurt to make mango Lassi.

Then, there are other times when I get in the mood to make my husband very happy and I makeΒ Aamrakhand.

I never ate Shrikand or Aamrakhand (which is shrikand with mangoes) as a kid. It’s not very popular in Bengali community. I learned about this yummy Indian treat from Arvind who loves eating shrikand in summer, be it plain or with mangoes. It has a rich flavor, creamy like a mousse and served cold like ice cream.

It is easily available in any Indian store but since it’s so easy to make at home, I thought why not?

AamrakhandΒ 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.

Enjoy this summer with a bowl of sunshine in your hand!

Aamrakhand - Mango Sweetened Yogurt

Serving Size: 4

Aamrakhand - Mango Sweetened Yogurt

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pound plain yogurt
  • 2 ripe mangoes (preferably alfonso mangoes or any yellow kind)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup condensed milk
  • pinch of saffron threads
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • slivered almond for garnish

Directions

    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 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.

Notes

Depending on the sweetness of the mangoes, you might need to change the quantity of honey.

http://www.playfulcooking.com/dessert/aamrakhand-mango-sweetened-yogurt/

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BEAUTIFUL pictures and love the composition! Impressive…plus aamrakhand is my all time favorite πŸ™‚

What a refreshing treat to enjoy during the summer days ahead. Kankana, you photographed your aamrakhand so beautifully!

That’s an delectable looking luscious dessert……love at first sight…..

Arch says:

This is a favourite in summers…Never tried it with condensed milk though. My son would be delighted with this..He loves mangoes !

Rosa says:

A wonderful dessert! I love the use of condensed milk and strained yogurt. Delightful.And your pictures are beautiful.

Cheers,

Rosa

So beautiful! definitely the color of sunshine!

Spandana says:

Beautiful Kankana. Aamarkhand is favorite for everyone I guess πŸ™‚

Would love to have a bowl of sunshine each day till the Mangoes last..lovely color and clicks!

Eha says:

Have never been fortunate enough to taste this! But our winter will pass and the mango season return and since I do make my own yogurt: this recipe will be filed πŸ™‚ !

Nandita says:

I guess aamrakhand is an eternal favourite with everyone. You have presented it so beautifully Kankana. I loved those cute ramekins. πŸ™‚

Hi Kankana, I have been your follower from long and love all your recipes hitting my mail box.We are lucky to have mangoes flooded all over in the markets these days,love all your photographs. Aamrakhand is my fav too!

Asmita says:

I love ammrakhand. Been eating so many mangoes in India while on holiday along with some amazing ammrakhand, lassi, ice creams all made with mango. This looks incredible!

nisha says:

ive never tasted this dish..although ive heard loads about it. Looks so darn good though πŸ™‚
and such pretty pretty pictures as usual.

Hi Kankana
Great to meet you and to discover your trully amazing blog. The photos, the food, the styling…love it.
Congrats πŸ™‚

My husband loves Shrikhand but I have never had the patience to make my own hung curd πŸ™ These pictures are making me drool! Beautiful…

Megha says:

Beautiful pictures. Never enjoyed Aamrakhand so much visually πŸ™‚

Kalyani says:

looks yummy and tempting dish …….

All of your India stories have me wanting to go back so badly! I wasn’t there during mango season. Pretty sure I would have died with happiness had I been there! We did feast on endless amounts of pomegranates though!

I love mango and a summer period in general πŸ™‚ lovely recipe and amazing pictures.

Maureen says:

Oh this sounds so good! I know about hanging the yoghurt — it’s really easy, especially if you do it overnight. I’ve never put the mango, honey and condensed milk in it. πŸ™‚

Vishakha says:

Gorgeous clicks esp. the first two!:) I never knew that Shrikhand has another name Aamrakhand. We’re learning something new every day.
I’ve had home-made shrikhand once, couple of yrs ago, at a friend’s place and loved it. She made it sound so easy.. yet I’ve never had the courage to make it at home..

Apu says:

Oh yum!! You brought back some memories from my childhood!! Love amarkhand.

Lisa H. says:

Looks so inviting, makes me want to reach out and grab one πŸ™‚ love it
I love anything with mango, the sweet aroma, taste n smell…
I must try this when its mango season in OZ

So you finally made it! Looks lovely πŸ™‚ Love Mango Shrikhand!

kale says:

Mere days ago we were lounging on a beach in Esmeraldas, Ecuador and sucking back mangoes like they were going out of style! (And may they NEVER go out of style…) πŸ˜‰

This looks totally inviting and delicious!

Ansh says:

Beautiful photos once again. I also never liked eating Srikhand until I ate one made by Hubby. And then as they say the rest is history πŸ™‚

sonia says:

Hi Kankana, Its always fun to see ur lovely recipes. And this Amarkhand is looking amazing. I am so tempted to make it on my isle some day pretty soon. Enjoy your weekend. Thank you so much for stopping by my space and the warm words. Best Regards, Sonia

impressive clicks kankana and wonderful presentation as always !!!!amarkhand looks absolutely delicious !!!it has come out so well!!!!

Stunning photography! And this sounds absolutely delicious — what a cool process!

I’m always amazed how similar puerto rican cuisine is to indian cuisine. The flavors are the same, it’s the quantities that vary (we use less spices). Mangoes are definitely part of our diet. Trees go wild all over the island so it’s very easy to just reach for a ripe fruit and eat it.

Charles says:

I’m on a quest to find the best tasting mango, really I am – I like to sample them and make comparisons and I just love it as a fruit – does this yoghurt dish have a strong mango flavour? If it does then I know I’d love it – the colour is fantastic!

Debjani says:

Aah mangoes! I miss the mango season back home while I walk past the fruit aisle bearing tart green mangoes.
Surprisingly I’ve never had Aamrakhand. It looks delicious and sounds great. I’ll keep this in mind.
By the way, I’m also loving those spoons from the first picture.

Hands down one of my favorite ways to curb those sweet cravings during summers. I love the addition of condensed milk here..yum!

nipponnin says:

It’s 9:30 PM and I’m in pajamas already but I am tempted go to the grocery store to buy mangoes after reading this. Photos look absolutely gorgeous. I’m going to hang yogurt now.

Delishhh says:

Ohh just fabulous!

Rekha says:

oh this could not have been better than this …love all the frames and especially the hung curd one and though I have never tried but amarkhand sounds delish πŸ™‚

rebecca says:

looks so good love the color congrats on the awards well deserved your blog looks fab

Hi Kankana! I hope you are enjoying hot summer weekend! This is such a delightful dessert. We love mangoes and have been enjoying them. I’d love to have this yogurt. Your pictures are always phenomenal and so gorgeous!!

This is just gorgeous. Wish mangoes were cheaper here!

Irena says:

Amazing looking dessert, fresh, love the mangos.Beautiful photo-:)Real Summer treat

Thanks for dropping by my blog, I’ve now found your’s which is beautiful

Kankana, your photos are just stunning!! I want to grab a spoon and dive right in. I’ve never heard of Aamrakhand but based on the list of ingredients I know I will love it.

Your writing and photography are amazing, so beautifully done.

Simply Stunning! How I love the background – is that your wall? So assymetrical and theatrical – please take the former as a compliment!

Recently I did a shoot for Rasgullas and wanted to set up the draining of the Paneer in a similar manner. the ‘dori’ got soggy and I tied up the muslin in a gift wrapping ribbon! How I envy the ‘dori’!!!

The Aamrakhand looks absolutely heavenly and ‘breathtaking’!

Kankana says:

Thanks buddy πŸ™‚ wish that was my wall .. but no! That’s a board that I painted and that ‘dori’ is easily available in any many store actually!

I love it! Most of my walls, even some of my cupboards are like this. I just sent you an email asking for ur twitter id – just ignore it! found it:)))

i love love the pictures in this post.. the colors all so perfectly working with each other and the composition!

beautiful and amazing pictures! you continue to amaze me. I love the color of the yogurt with the mango addition and I bet it taste incredible

Joanne says:

I’ve been eating mangoes like crazy lately and I can’t wait to include them in this fabulous dessert! SOunds addictive in the best possible way.

A bowl of sunshine is right, look at that beautiful rich yellow color!

this is wonderfully done lovely shrikhand

Amrakhand on a summer afternoon? Count me in, Kankana. And with all those lovely photographs, my stomach is grumbling already. Loved the garnishing with almonds.

Shabs says:

Hi, I am not sure if I have come here before, but I have heard and come across the blog name, and your name too.. You recipe looks great and the pics are just out of the world!

Hi Kankana – sending you my first greetings since we arrived in the States. I remember seeing those plump Indian mangoes in Little India before we left Penang. We didn’t have the time to get any of them, and now seeing the mangoes on your post makes me pinch myself for missing them. Guess I just have to make do with the types of mangoes we can get here. This yogurt sure sounds like a great bowl of sunshine. Hope you are enjoying your wonderful summer!

tigerfish says:

I really need to buy some good sweet mangoes soon! And maybe will have better luck at the Indian marts ? Those I bought from the regular grocery stores aren’t that sweet.

The yogurt you made looks perfect for summer.

Perfect for mango season like these days. Thanks for submitting your photo to DMBLGiT July.