Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Mango Mania - Amarkhand (Mango Flavored Yogurt Cheese Sweetened with Xylitol)



Craving for some dessert, try this nutritious Amarkhand!! Amarkhand is an Indian Sweet Dish made with strained yogurt, mango pulp and by mixing it with sugar, saffron, cardamom and nuts.  Instead of the sugar, I have replaced it with Xylitol and you can absolutely not tell much difference in the taste of Xylitol on dairy based desserts. Xylitol is a sugar alcohol sweetener used as naturally occurring sugar substitute. In fact Xylitol doesn't cause any cavities like normal sugar and is safe for kids too.


I am holding off on those summer beverages and thought of posting my series of mango recipes. Summer is incomplete without mangoes and in tropical countries like India you get a variety of them. But in United States except for the Mexican variety and few of the Indian varieties you don't have much choices. Unless you have seen and tasted the Indian varieties of mangoes it is very difficult to comprehend what I am talking about. But these mangoes are good to go in variety of dishes like this and with still Summer around the corner, do try it out and let me know how you liked it.


Preparation Time -30 Minutes
Cooking Time - None
Serves - 2


Ingredients


Greek Yogurt - 2 Cups (16 oz)


Mango pulp(pureed) - 3/4 Cup


Powdered Xylitol - 1/4 Cup or more based on taste


Saffron - Few Strands


Warm Milk - 1 Tablespoon


Sliced toasted nuts- 1 Tbsp


Cardamom powder - 1/4 Tsp


Finely chopped mango pieces - 1/4 Cup  (optional)


Method


1) Place the yogurt in a cheese cloth and squeeze out the excess water from the yogurt.( Make sure you don't squeeze out the yogurt and only the water).


2) Place this cloth in strainer with a bowl underneath and set this aside for 30 minutes to drain any more excess water.


3) Soak the saffron strands in warm milk and set this aside.


4) Now take the yogurt from the cheese cloth and wrap it in paper towel and place a flat bottomed heavy weight object for 5-10 minutes. The excess water any left out will be absorbed by the paper towel. Repeat the process with another 4 to 5 towels and voila you will have the thick, creamy yogurt.


5) Now add the saffron soaked  milk, powdered xylitol, mango pulp, cardamom powder and the chopped nuts.


6) Chill it before serving and add chopped mangoes before serving.










33 comments:

aipi said...

Creamy, yummy n devourable :)
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Mugdha said...

Wow lovely recipe...sooo yummy...:)

Chitra said...

wow perfect desert ...looks so creamy...yum

Ramya said...

yummy pic and recipe...i love mangoes...

Ramya
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divya said...

looks fabulous, yummy and tempting.

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

wow, I have seen so many people using this Xylitol for sweetener. I guess I get to get my hands on it too. Love your recipe and pics :)

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Delicious looking perfect dessert. Wonderful recipe.

Deepa
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Vimitha Anand said...

Oh dear healthy and yummy dessert... I love mangoes and this one looks so inviting

Kalpana Sareesh said...

yummy n yummy

jayasree said...

Creamy and delicious. Very tempting.

Vardhini said...

Love the last click particularly. So creamy and yummy.

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kankana said...

I never knew about Xylitol.. that's some great dental care information you shared. This amarkhand looks creamy and lovely.

Prathibha said...

thick n creamy dessert..looks delicious..:)

Prathima Rao said...

Creamy & luscious!!! Love it!!
Prathima Rao
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Jay said...

lovely presentation ...great flavors..Tasty Appetite

Priti said...

Nice and yummy ....you got it just so rite

CinnamonNChillies said...

oohh...soo creamy and yummm!!!!

thekitchenaffaire said...

Gosh .. I love mangoes so much. I love amarkand too..I am drooling :D

sangee vijay said...

so creamy n yummy...very nice pictures..loved it !!!

Vidhya said...

Never thought of using Greek yogurt.Thanks to you now I can quickly fix amarkand in a jiffy.

Neha said...

Oh wow..It is so creamy and yummy...

Sissi said...

It looks fabulous and so original (I have never tasted any Indian dessert); Having tried some amazing mangoes from Mali (not bought in a shop, but brought by a relative) I fully understand what you can mean by really incredible mangoes...

vanishri bhat said...

nice twist to the traditional srikhand.

Zareena said...

Loved this creamy texture of amarkand. Nice clicks. Yummy and lovely
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Miriam said...

That is an excellent and refreshing treat! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

Prathima Shivraj said...

Yummy, looks inviting.

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Thanks every one for your sweet comments. Really appreciate it.

Sobha Shyam said...

simply superb, yummy dessert

SouthIndianHome said...

Looks tempting and delicious
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Alessandra said...

Yum, this looks so good, decadent yet guilt free :-)

ciao
Alessandra

Plateful said...

So simple and delish, WOW! Gotta try it before the mangoes disappear from the markets.

Pavithra said...

ooooooooooooh my that looks toooo good and creamy.. Wish I could grab that here ..so rich and drooling dessert.

Chaitanya said...

simple awesome and very yummy
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