It’s never too late to explore the many health benefits that eating yogurt can give you. Produced by the bacterial fermentation of milk, yogurt has calcium that builds bones and protein that boosts power. It can help with weight loss and immunity. Whether you eat plain frozen yogurt, Greek yogurt, soy or organic yogurt, you will see instant results. Thanks to the cosmopolitan nature of this healthy snack, yogurt can be eaten for breakfast, dinner and of course, dessert. It can easily become your favorite cultured ingredient in sweets!
You can make some sweet and spicy yogurt that will also serve as a fantastic dip for fresh fruit. This recipe is based on an Indian dish called shrikhand. Strain the yogurt either for a shorter time to achieve a thin consistency or for a longer time to make a thick consistency as a way of controlling the thickness. Making your own yogurt using a yogurt maker is still the best option instead of having to buy commercial yogurt. It will save you money and you always know what ingredients go into the yogurt.
For this recipe, you will only need some whole-milk Greek yogurt, whole milk, saffron, sugar, ground cardamom, ground cinnamon, freshly ground nutmeg and some toasted and chopped pistachios for texture or crunch. Use a large piece of cheesecloth to line a sieve. Set the lined sieve over a large bowl and pour yogurt into it. Fold the excess cheesecloth over the yogurt and weigh it down with a plate. Refrigerate the set up for three hours, or for a longer time to get a thicker result, refrigerate overnight. After refrigeration, take the plate off, then lift the cheesecloth from the sieve and transfer the yogurt to another large bowl.
Pour some milk into a microwaveable container and heat it in the microwave oven till hot, which will take about 15 to 30 seconds. Take the warmed milk out and sprinkle some saffron thread over it, stir and allow to sit, waiting for the saffron to soften and the milk to achieve a golden hue. This will take around 5 minutes. Meanwhile, you can wash the fruit you’d like to dip into the final product, if any.
Add some sugar to the yogurt and whisk rapidly for 5 minutes or until the sugar starts to get dissolved. To this mixture, whisk in the saffron milk, cardamom, cinnamon and nutmeg. Serve in small bowls and garnish with the pistachios. Like mentioned before, you can eat this alone or use it as a unique and creamy dip for your favorite fruits.