Pineapple Shrikhand

// Discover the delightful Pineapple Shrikhand in this creamy dessert recipe that balances the tangy sweetness of pineapple with the yogurt.



Pineapple Shrikhand is an elegant and refreshing Indian dessert that is loaded with the refreshing flavors of pineapples. It is a fruit-infused sweetened chilled yogurt dish that combines the mouthwatering flavors of ripe pineapples with the richness of traditional shrikhand.

This luscious dessert is made using hung curd, pineapple, sugar, cardamom, saffron, and nuts.

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'there is a bowl of Pineapple Shrikhand on a table with a candle

Made using 5 basic ingredients, this creamy and flavorful pineapple shrikhand gets done in just 10 minutes when made using hung curd. Plus, this Indian sweet dish is vegetarian and gluten-free.

This dessert is ideal for Diwali, Holi, or any other festivals or special occasion.

On this page, you will get a step-by-step picture and video recipe to make the ultimate Pineapple Shrikhand.

close up photo of a bowl of pineapple shrikhand with a pistachios and almonds on it

About Pineapple Shrikhand

Pineapple Shrikhand, also known as Pineapple Flavored Yogurt, is a treasured Indian dessert prepared by mixing strained yogurt, aka hung curd (or Greek yogurt), with pineapple chunks or puree and sweetener.

This sweet, tangy pineapple flavor and the freshness of the yogurt create a divine blend of creamy and fruity goodness.

This chilled dessert is a fabulous choice for any time when you are craving a good dessert. It also makes a wonderful summer dessert to cool down on a hot summer day as it is best when served chilled.

The addition of aromatic cardamom, tropical pineapple essence, and the floral elegance of saffron enhances the overall color, flavor, and taste of this shrikhand. Nuts and dried rose petals add a beautiful textural contrast and touch of elegance.

The creamy texture and succulent flavors of this dessert are loved by all age groups.

It is a tangy sweet dessert, making it a perfect choice for satisfying your sweet cravings.

Whether you are hosting a festive get-together or just want to enjoy a quick and easy homemade dessert, this Pineapple Shrikhand has your name written all over it.

It fulfills all your dessert needs.

This Pineapple Shrikhand

  • tastes so tempting

  • is quick & easy to make

  • has a creamy & rich texture

  • can also be made using Greek yogurt

  • made with minimal efforts

  • comes together in just 10 minutes

  • is an excellent choice for celebrations and festivals

  • is suitable for a vegetarian & gluten-free diet

  • is packed with tropical pineapple taste

  • is a delectable fusion dessert

overhead photo of a bowl of pineapple shrikhand that is sitting on a table

Ingredients

  • Hung Curd: Strained yogurt or hung curd is the main ingredient of this dessert, creating the base of this creamy dessert. Hung curd is also known as Matha or Chakka in Hindi languages.

Making hung curd is very easy at home, but if you don’t want to use hung curd, then you can also use Greek yogurt or Turkish yogurt to achieve a similar rich and creamy texture.

  • Pineapple: To infuse the dessert with tropical pineapple flavor, I have used canned pineapple in this recipe. But you can also use fresh, ripe, and sweet pineapple puree.

  • Pineapple essence: To enrich this dessert with an intense pineapple taste, I have used a few drops of pineapple essence. Adding this essence is optional but highly recommended if you want to devour classic flavors.

  • Sugar: Used to sweeten the shrikhand according to your taste preferences.

  • Saffron-Infused Milk: I have added about 2 tablespoons of saffron-infused milk to add a hint of luxury and color. To make saffron-infused milk, you need to soak about 12-15 crushed saffron strands in warm milk for about 10 minutes.

  • Cardamom Powder: Ground cardamom adds a subtle and aromatic Indian touch to the dessert.

  • Chopped Nuts (Optional): I have added some chopped almonds, pistachios, or cashews. Feel free to add any of your favorite nuts here.

  • Edible color: I have also added a few drops of orangish-yellow food color. But it is only added for presentation, so adding the food coloring is entirely optional here.

  • Optional Garnishing: For garnishing, I have used saffron strands, nuts, and dried rose petals.

a bowl of pineapple shrikhand with a light on the side and a candle in the background

Variation

Coconut Pineapple Yogurt

Love Pina colada flavors or pineapple coconut smoothie? Then you would love coconut pineapple shrikhand. To make this version, swap hung curd with coconut hung curd. Also, add some coconut flakes to this shrikhand.

Pineapple Shrikhand Tart

You can also use this refreshing Shrikhand as a tart filling. To make a tart, simply make a crust using graham cracker, digestive biscuits, or shortbread and butter. Then top it with the pineapple shrikhand.

Chill for 2 hours, decorate it with pineapple slices, nuts, and dried rose petals. Slice and enjoy!

Mango Pineapple Shrikhand

Mango and pineapple taste great together. The addition of double fruit creates a lovely flavor. To make this variation, add some chopped or pureed mangoes along with the pineapple. The rest of the recipe will be the same. 

Pineapple Shrikhand Popsicle

Love creamy popsicles? Then you can make a frozen dessert using this pineapple shrikhand. To make this dessert, simply freeze your Pineapple Shrikhand in popsicle molds and freeze. These popsicles will make a lovely frozen dessert to enjoy on a hot day.

Pineapple Shrikhand Frozen Yogurt

Simply add the shrikhand to a freezer-safe container and freeze for about 4-6 hours. Scoop your pineapple shrikhand frozen yogurt into a cone or a cup. You can also pair it with Pineapple Ladoo, warm gulab jamun, ghevar, or malpua.

Pineapple Shrikhand Smoothie:

Love a yogurt smoothie? Then blend all the ingredients along with some ice cubes and pineapple juice/milk, and your deliciously creamy and refreshing Pineapple Shrikhand smoothie is ready. 

Pineapple Shrikhand Mousse

Love homemade mousse? Then transform your Shrikhand into a mousse. This light and airy dessert is wonderful for those who enjoy silky mousse. To make this mousse, gently fold the shrikhand with whipped cream and melted white chocolate.

Pipe into serving glasses, chill, garnish, and enjoy!  

Pineapple Shrikhand Lassi

Are you a lassi lover? Then make this fusion lassi drink by blending pineapple shrikhand with milk and ice. Your refreshing, sweet, tangy, and flavorful pineapple lassi is ready to be slurped.

Storage Suggestions

This fruity shrikhand stays fresh for up to 3-4 days when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. After that, it starts to lose the flavors and textures.

Serving Suggestions

This creamy and revitalizing shrikhand dessert tastes best enjoyed chilled. Simply serve this Pineapple Shrikhand chilled as an after-meal treat, as a decadent brunch or afternoon snack. You can also serve it as a part of an Indian thali along with palak chole, puri, naan, paneer Afghani, cucumber raita, badam halwa, garlic chutney, and papad.

'a bowl of pineapple shrikhand with a green pistachios and red dried rose petals on it

Tips & tricks to make the best Pineapple Shrikhand

  1. Hung Curd: For making hung curd, I have used 1 kg of thick yogurt and strained it for 5-6 hours to remove excess moisture and get a creamy consistency.

  2. Other Yogurt: After straining, I’ve got about 500 grams of hung curd. You can also use strained Greek yogurt or even Turkish yogurt here.

  3. Pineapple: I have used canned chopped pineapple here, but you can also use freshly chopped or pureed pineapple here. Make sure to strain the extra juice.

  4. Sweetener: Taste your Pineapple Shrikhand as you add sugar, and adjust the sweetness to your taste preference.

  5. Adjust Yogurt Consistency: My recipe made a really creamy and thick shrikhand. If you want even thicker shrikhand, then strain it for a longer time to remove more whey. Using full-cream yogurt gives the best taste and texture, but you can also use low-fat yogurt for making hung curd.

  6. Garnish: I have garnished this shrikhand with saffron-infused milk, chopped nuts, and dried rose petals, you can add any garnish of your choice. 

  7. Ripe Pineapple: When using fresh pineapples, make sure you use ripe and sweet pineapples, as they give a more intense pineapple flavor to this shrikhand.

  8. Chilling: This Shrikhand tastes best when it’s served chilled. So make sure to refrigerate it for a few hours before serving. This chilling time will enhance the flavors and infuse it with dessert flavors.

  9. Drain liquid: If you are used to canned pineapple like me, then make sure to drain the excess liquid.

  10. Other Fruits: If you like a fruity taste, then you can add other fruits to this shrikhand.

  11. Edible Food Color: I have added a pinch of orangish-yellow food color. It is only added for presentation purposes, so if you don’t want food color, then you can omit it.

overhead closeup photo of a bowl of pineapple shrikhand that is sitting on a table

FAQ

How can I tell if Pineapple Shrikhand is ready to serve?

This Shrikhand is ready to serve when sugar is dissolved, and it is smooth and creamy in consistency.

What are other shrikhand flavors?

Shrikhand comes in many flavors. Some popular shrikhand flavors are cardamom shrikhand, kesar elaichi shrikhand, rose shrikhand, mango shrikhand, strawberry shrikhand, chocolate shrikhand, thandai shrikhand, toffee shrikhand, and coffee shrikhand. You can experiment with other flavors such as mandarin, lemon, orange, or passion fruit.

Can I use fresh pineapple for this recipe?

Canned pineapple is easy to use, but you can surely use fresh pineapple here.

Is Pineapple Shrikhand gluten-free?

Yes, this is a naturally gluten-free dessert, as it has no grain or other gluten-based ingredients.

Can I make this Shrikhand in advance?

Yes, making Pineapple Shrikhand ahead of time is possible. It can be prepared in advance and stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

Can I use non-Greek yogurt for Pineapple Shrikhand?

While Greek yogurt is preferred for its creaminess and thickness, you can use regular plain yogurt. To achieve a thicker consistency, strain the regular yogurt in a muslin cloth or cheesecloth to remove excess whey before using it.

What other fruits can be combined with pineapple for a fruity shrikhand?

Pineapple pairs well with various fruits like mango, strawberries, and even passion fruit. Feel free to experiment with different fruit combinations to create unique fruit-flavored shrikhand variations.

Is this Shrikhand suitable for a vegetarian diet?

Yes, this Pineapple Shrikhand is a vegetarian dessert, so it is suitable for a vegetarian diet.

Can I make vegan Pineapple Shrikhand?

Yes, you can make vegan Pineapple Shrikhand. To make a vegan version of this dessert, make hung curd with vegan yogurt, and also use coconut milk for making saffron-infused milk.


Pineapple Shrikhand (Step-by-step photo instructions)

For making Pineapple Shrikhand

  1. To prepare saffron-infused milk, take 25-30 saffron strands and crush them with your fingers. Add 2 tablespoons of hot milk to the saffron and set it aside to infuse for 20 minutes.
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  3. Transfer the hung curd to a mixing bowl. Add the powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons of saffron-infused milk, cardamom powder, and the chopped nuts to the thick yogurt. Additionally, incorporate a few drops of pineapple essence to enhance the pineapple flavor. Mix well until the sugar is completely dissolved.
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  5. Next, add the pineapple chunks to the yogurt mixture and blend them in. Now, introduce a pinch or a few drops of yellowish-orange food color to achieve a vibrant hue and a few drops of pineapple essence to further enhance the pineapple flavor. Pipe or spoon the mixture into a serving bowl. Garnish it with saffron-infused milk, chopped nuts, and dried rose petals before serving. You can serve it immediately or chill the Pineapple Shrikhand in the refrigerator for a couple of hours before serving. Enjoy your homemade Pineapple Shrikhand with its delightful flavors and colors!
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Recipe Card


Pineapple Shrikhand [Recipe]

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Discover the delightful Pineapple Shrikhand in this creamy dessert recipe that balances the tangy sweetness of pineapple with the yogurt.
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Prep time 🕐 Cook time 🕐 Total time 🕐
20 mins
Category ☶ Cuisine ♨ Serves ☺
Desserts Indian 4
Nutrition Info ⊛ Serving size ⊚
230 calories 1

INGREDIENTS

For Pineapple Shrikhand
  • 2 cups of hung curd or Greek yogurt, chilled
  • 1 cup of canned pineapple chunks with the juice discarded (or finely chopped fresh pineapple)
  • 6 tablespoons of powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cardamom powder
  • 2 tablespoons of hot milk
  • 25-30 saffron strands
  • A pinch or a few drops of yellowish-orange food color
  • A few drops of pineapple essence
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped nuts (such as almonds and pistachios)
For serving
  • 1 teaspoon of saffron-infused milk (optional)
  • Dried rose petals for garnish
  • Chopped nuts for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS:

For making Pineapple Shrikhand
  1. To prepare saffron-infused milk, take 25-30 saffron strands and crush them with your fingers. Add 2 tablespoons of hot milk to the saffron and set it aside to infuse for 20 minutes.
  2. Transfer the hung curd to a mixing bowl. Add the powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons of saffron-infused milk, cardamom powder, and the chopped nuts to the thick yogurt. Additionally, incorporate a few drops of pineapple essence to enhance the pineapple flavor. Mix well until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  3. Next, add the pineapple chunks to the yogurt mixture and blend them in. Now, introduce a pinch or a few drops of yellowish-orange food color to achieve a vibrant hue and a few drops of pineapple essence to further enhance the pineapple flavor. Pipe or spoon the mixture into a serving bowl. Garnish it with saffron-infused milk, chopped nuts, and dried rose petals before serving. You can serve it immediately or chill the Pineapple Shrikhand in the refrigerator for a couple of hours before serving. Enjoy your homemade Pineapple Shrikhand with its delightful flavors and colors!

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NOTES:

  1. For making hung curd, I have used 1 kg of thick yogurt and strained it for 5-6 hours to remove excess moisture and get a creamy consistency.
  2. After straining, I've got about 500 grams of hung curd. You can also use strained Greek yogurt or even Turkish yogurt here.


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