Tuesday, March 15, 2016


Piyush , a popular drink belonging  to the Maharashtrian and Gujarati cuisine is perfect for summer. Piyush is a rich creamy drink prepared by combining "Shrikhand" with buttermilk and flavored with saffron, nutmeg and cardamom. Its garnished with chopped pistachios and can be relished after a good spicy meal:)

Piyush is very similar to lassi but is thicker in consistency. In this recipe, instead of buttermilk, I have used a combination of yogurt and milk. I have already shared the recipe of Shrikhand in my blog (Click here for the detailed recipe). Kesar- Elaichi Shrikhand works well in the Piyush recipe. 

 I will share the recipe once again here:)

Recipe for Shrikhand:
  • Yogurt : 4 cups
  • Powdered sugar : 1/2 cup (adjust according to desired level of sweetness)
  • Cardamom powder : 1/4 tsp
  • Saffron : 1 pinch soaked in 2 tbsp of warm milk
How to prepare: 

  • Arrange a colander on top of a  vessel. Line this colander with a muslin cloth or a fine cotton cloth. Pour the yogurt on the cloth. You can either  squeeze this cloth, tie it and then hang for the water to drain or keep a heavy object on top of the cloth so that water drains away due to the pressure from the heavy object. Keep it aside for 3-4 hours.
  • After 3-4 hours , most of the water would have separated and you will have a thick dense mass called CHAKKA. Take this in a bowl.
  • Using a dry grinder, powder the sugar along with the cardamom seeds. Keep it aside.
  • Also soak the saffron in some warm milk.
  • Add the powdered sugar + cardamom to the strained yogurt. Lastly add the saffron soaked in milk.
  • Whisk it lightly until everything is well blended.
  • Shrikhand is ready.

Now with Shrikhand ready, lets prepare PIYUSH.

Note: All measurements are based on the US measuring cup and spoon sizes where 1 cup = 235 ml

  • Shrikhand : 1 cup
  • Yogurt : 1 cup
  • Milk : 1.5 cup
  • Sugar : 3 tbsp (or as per taste)
  • Cardamom powder : 1 pinch
  • Nutmeg powder : 1 pinch
  • Saffron : a small pinch
  • Pistachios (finely chopped) : 1 tbsp for garnish

  • Mix the yogurt, milk, shrikhand, sugar, cardamom powder, nutmeg powder and saffron well with a whisk. You can mix them in an electric blender too.

  • Chill for a couple of hours.
  • Serve garnish with pistachio bits.


  1. Heavenly!! Gorgeous drink, presented beautifully. I just love it. Great share!

  2. Very refreshing and inviting drink..perfect summer cooler!!

  3. Simply unable to take my eyes off the glasses. Love the colour. With a hint of nutmeg and all the pistachios, this must be so so delicious and fragrant. Have bookmarked the recipe. This will be totally refreshing to gulp down in the Dubai summers.

  4. This is lovely and with those of my fav ingredients, oh yes please.

  5. Refreshing drink for summer..nice share

  6. cool, refreshing, inviting and oh! how I wish I could just grab one of those glasses.. You have explained the recipe so well!

  7. Wow! What an awesome looking drink. I have never had or heard of this beauty before, but sounds like I need to give it a go very soon! Happy Holi dear! :)

  8. wow wow , what a gorgeous drink and excellent presentation . I love it so much can't wait to try it