Fat free, gluten free, Indian dessert made from just 3 ingredients!
Do you remember foods you loved as a child but have not had in a while? I suddenly found myself thinking of the sweet and tangy, Shrikhand Vadi this week. It is a yogurt based sweet that is so popular that we even had Shrikhand flavored hard candy.
Shrikhand Vadi is one of those childhood memories where I get transported back in time and can almost smell and taste the vadi and savor those fond memories. But this time ‘almost’ was not good enough……and I suddenly found myself reaching for the Greek yogurt and sugar….hmm why not try the microwave I thought…
In India ‘chakka’ or hung yogurt is used. I remembered how fabulous my Shrikhand had turned out with Greek yogurt here in the US, so I used fat free plain Greek yogurt for the Shrikhand Vadi.
I combined the yogurt and sugar and microwaved for 3 minutes. The mixture was a watery mess and I thought I have to abort this experiment. But I figured, no matter what it looks like, it will taste good, so I added the saffron and put it back in the microwave for another 2 minutes. You know how it is when that hankering hits:) Cardamom powder also tastes yummy with this but I did not add any.
Luckily the mixture seemed to be coming together but the yogurt mixture looked more like paneer (See photo 1) I put it back in the microwave for another 2 minutes and voila! The mixture was bubbly (photo 2) Photo 3 shows the mixture when the bubbles settled. Then I added the confectioner’s sugar. I could knead the mixture! At this point, quickly put it in between 2 sheets of wax paper and roll it out with a rolling pin. If the mixture cools, just stick it back in the microwave for 10 to 15 seconds to warm it and roll it out quickly. Cut into square or diamond shaped Vadis!
Are you ready to make Shrikhand Vadi in the microwave?
Shrikhand Vadi in 7 minutes!
- ½ cup plain, fat free, Greek yogurt
- ½ cup sugar
- A fat pinch of saffron
- ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder (optional)
- ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar
To make the Shrikhand Vadi-
- In a microwave safe bowl, combine the yogurt and the sugar. Microwave for 3 minutes. Stir, add saffron and /or cardamom powder and microwave again for 2 minutes.
- Remove from the microwave, stir well, breaking up the granules with a spoon or spatula, and microwave for 2 more minutes. 7 minutes total so far. The mixture will be bubbly, as shown in the picture above.
- When the bubbles settle add the confectioners’ sugar and stir well. Knead the mixture for 30 seconds or so.
- Roll it out with a rolling pin, between 2 sheets of wax paper. If the mixture is too cool to roll, you can warm it for 10 seconds or so in the microwave again and roll it out immediately.
- Cut into diamond or square shapes.
- Individual microwaves vary, so adjust the timing according to your microwave. The timings are based on my 1000 W, 110 V microwave drawer.
- Readymade ‘chakka’ may be even denser than the Greek yogurt so may cook even faster.
- Confectioners’ sugar may be substituted by finely ground sugar.
Happy Friday everyone!