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The exact origin of Shrikhand is unknown but Western India is credited with the first historical mention of the dish. The dish is very popular in Gujarat and Rajasthan but other states like Maharashtra and Punjab do have local variations that are popular too. Although there is no exact record of how the dish came about, the legend states that traveling herdsmen hung curd or yoghurt overnight to make it easier to carry while traveling. The thick yoghurt that was collected the next day was mixed with sugar and nuts to make it palatable during the long journey.

Different states tend to have different names as well as a different shrikhand recipe for the same dish. Preparation methods and the shrikhand recipe may vary slightly along with additional ingredients that are added to make Shrikhand palatable to local state customs. For example, in Gujarat and Maharashtra, curd is first prepared from milk.

The curd is filtered and hung in a muslin cloth overnight to remove the extra water. Once the curd is ready, it is then called as chakka. The next morning, the thick concentrate of curd or chakka is removed and beaten well with powdered sugar, nuts, saffron or kesar and additional powdered milk to make it richer in taste. In West Bengal, sweet milk is cultured with cultures to make sweet curd called as Mishti Doi. But this dish is not the same as this yogurt dish even though the basic ingredients are the same.

There is a mention that shrikhand as we know it now, appeared in writings on food in Kannada as early as 1025 AD. It refers to 'Lokopakara' of Chavundaraya which says that it was known as shikarini at that time. After that 'Supa Shastra' by the poet Mangarasa refers to shrikhand in 1594 AD, so the new name seems to have caught on at least by then.

 

 
 

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