Dassera (Dussera) is one of the most auspicious days according to the Hindu Calender. I recall my aai making an elaborate lunch on that day - batata bhaij, pakoras, puris,.. the list was long. We girls contributed by making hot puffed puris. These would then be used to scoop some cool Amrakhand.
I made some Aamrakhand last weekend as a part of the puja meal.
This is a very easy to make dessert with not much scope for mistakes.
(Printable version of recipe here)
What's needed :-
1 32oz can of full fat yogurt ( I used readymade Dannon yogurt but homemade would work great too)
1/2 C or more of alphonso mango pulp
1 C sugar
1tsp cardamom powder
walnuts or other chopped nuts to garnish
- Scoop the yogurt into a muslin cloth and tie the ends. Then hang it up so that it drains out the water. I have seen friends hanging it to the handle of kitchen cabinet or to a chair (similar to hanging paneer). Just ensure that its high enough so that the whole thing does not sit in its own whey.Overnnight is the best but 7-8 hours would also work.
- Transfer the thick yogurt into a bowl. Add the sugar,cardamom and the mango pulp. Mix until smooth and there are no lumps.Taste and adjust sweetness. If you use homemade yogurt that is slightly sour you might need more sugar.
- Then decorate with nuts and serve !
It had been quite a while since I made a traditional maharashtrian dessert. So we enjoyed every spoonful to the fullest.
And what's up with the toddler these days ? Here have a look.....
Yes,he plundered mommy's purse..And BTW,someone else got to wear my sunglasses too...