Amrakhand / Mango Shrikhand
Amrakhand is a popular Maharashtrian variation of Shrikhand ( a yogurt based dessert) . As the name suggest, Amra means related to Mango ( in Marathi) so a Mango Shrikhand ( ripe mango pulp blended with Shrikhand) is Amrakhand. This exotic sweet dish is one of the easiest Mango desserts that can be made in a jiffy ( if we exclude the time for making hung curd). I make this creamy , soft and delicious sweet dish on special occasions and on festival like Gudi Padwa and more often during Summers as we get fresh Mango pulp , though it can be made using canned Mango pulp.
Amrakhand is served chilled and can be had as it is. It also goes well when served as a side dish with hot Poori . The home made curd/ yogurt is tied in muslin cloth and the resultant creamy hung curd ( called as Chakka) is whisked with powdered sugar and Mango pulp. I have flavored the Amrakhand with Saffron and Cardamom and garnished with sliced Pistachios. One can also add Chironji ( Charoli) to it. The sugar added depends upon the sweetness of Mango. Also the color of Amrakhand depends on the the color of Mango pulp used.